Student Organizations

The Department of Chemistry has two active student organizations: SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society) and CSI Hofstra. These clubs organize participation in both community outreach and social events. Please see below for more information.

Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS)

The Student Members of the American Chemical Society is a national organization for undergraduate students interested in chemical sciences, including fields such as biochemistry, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, environmental chemistry, forensic sciences, and the allied health professions. SMACS members who join the national chapter enjoy many benefits. Members receive four issues of Chemistry, an ACS publication that highlights careers, graduate schools, and professional programs. In addition, members are able to contact the ACS Department of Career Services to ask for assistance in preparing their resume or for other career advice.

Hofstra University's chapter of SMACS sponsors a number of activities every semester that are intended to help students interested in chemical science fields prepare for their future careers. Every month during the academic year, SMACS hosts a speaker from the industry, a government laboratory, or graduate school to present their research as well as information about science-related careers, graduate programs, and research opportunities. We also organize outreach projects, including hands-on demonstrations for children from local school districts.

SMACS chemistry dinner

2022-2023 SMACS Officers:

  • Ella Pickell: President
  • Olivia Golebiewski: Vice President
  • Sarah Radichel: Vice President
  • Evan Kreth: Treasurer

Advisors for SMACS

  • Dr. Kara Jaremko
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Room 106E Berliner Hall
  • Dr. Daniel Miller
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Room 106F Berliner Hall

February 15:  Valentine’s Day - Growing Crystal Hearts (
February 22: KAHOOT Chemistry Trivia
March 1: Liquid N2 Ice Cream
March 8: Protein Modeling - Pymol
March 15: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (
March 29: Strawberry DNA Extraction
April 5: Easter - Bouncing Eggs (
April 12: Alumni Talk
April 19: Tie Dye - Lab Coats or Shirts
April 26: Synthesis Event 
May 3: Pie a Professor 
May 10: Last day of class party

CSI Hofstra

CSI Hofstra is a student-run campus organization for forensic science majors and forensic science enthusiasts. We host weekly meetings where we present interesting topics, such as techniques and methods of analysis, profiles of cases, and profiles of serial killers. Some of the meetings are also centered around watching and discussing documentaries, television shows, or movies. Members have the opportunity to attend the NEAFS (Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists) annual meeting every fall. The club also hosts multiple events throughout the year such as mock crime scenes, holiday activities, museum trips, and escape rooms. In the spring, we host a murder mystery dinner. In addition to our own activities, CSI Hofstra collaborates with other on-campus organizations to bring an array of events to our members.

CSI Hofstra event

CSI Hofstra E-Board 2023-2024

  • President: Abigail Pitts
  • Vice-president: Dylan Hubbs
  • Treasurer: Ryan Ketterer
  • Secretary: Julia Christ
  • PR Chair: Kris Bowyer
  • Event Coordinator: Rose Arias 

Advisor for CSI Hofstra

  • Dr. Deborah Silva
    Assistant Professor and Director of Forensic Science Program
    Room 106G Berliner Hall


February 6 and 8: Intro and Ballistics
February 13 and 15: Black History Month - Forensic Scientists
February 20 and 22: President’s Break - No Monday meeting; Wednesday - Movie Night
February 27 and March 1: CSI Effect - Courtrooms
March 6 and 8: Botany and Poisons
March 13 and 15: Forensic Art I - Diagramming
March 27 and 29: Forensic Art II - Facial Reconstruction and Ransom Notes
April 3 and 5: Gallery Space in FORM Jr. Art Gallery (Collab w FORM Art Club and SMACS), short meeting on child serial killers and then trip to the gallery
April 10 and 12: Digital Forensics
April 17 and 19: Dr. Hartnett-McCann lecture on Monday; student research lecture on Wednesday
April 24 and 26: Arson
May 1 and 3: CSI Workshops
May 8 and 10: Forensics Jeopardy