SMACS second Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Student-Faculty Mixer

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On the morning of March 15, 2024, UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty, graduate students, and eager undergraduates gathered in Boyer Hall 159 for a student-faculty mixer, hosted by UCLA’s Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) in collaboration with the department.

More than 40 faculty members and students engaged in friendly, casual exchanges over breakfast treats and beverages, including an assortment of muffins, bagels, tea, and coffee. The event, held from 9:30 to 11:00 am, provided a platform for faculty and students to explore each other’s interests beyond their ongoing scientific pursuits.

“It was nice to see not just people’s current research and responsibilities but also their backgrounds and where they come from,” commented Bedelia Law, a second-year Chemistry major who attended the event.

This was the second quarterly mixer hosted by UCLA’s Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) in collaboration with the department. The first event brought students and faculty together in November 2023 over pizza. Keep an eye out for more of these events in the future!

SMACS is the UCLA undergraduate chapter of the American Chemical Society. SMACS aims to nurture a social network for life and physical science undergraduate students, especially chemistry and biochemistry majors. SMACS holds weekly meetings from 6-7 PM on Wednesdays in Young Hall 2033 covering professional development, green chemistry, and service demonstrations. To find out more about SMACS at UCLA, visit or check them out on instagram @smacsbruins.

SMACS Co-Presidents Juliana Girdner (left) and John Cao (right) enjoy a snack and conversation with Department Vice Chair Prof. Jorge Torres (middle).
Graduate and undergraduate students had a great time getting together to talk, ask questions, and catch up.
Department undergraduates Chahak Gupta (left) and Lucas Vu (middle) in a lively discussion with Dr. Stacie Nakamoto (right).
Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty mingled at SMACS’s second student-faculty mixer.
Undergraduates enjoyed catching up and meeting new friends in the department.

Article written by SMACS members Chahak Gupta, Felisha Kuo, and Juliana Girdner,

Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,