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Pi Day Irrational Race!

Celebrate the love of all things nerdy and pi related with activities, challenges, races, and games. The event will take place on pi day, March 14, 2024. Registration starts at 2:30 pm at the APSU track and the first 200 participants will get a free shirt and sticker. This event is open to all students no matter the major! The 3.14 mile race starts at 3:14 pm. For more information or to volunteer email Dr. Leslie Hiatt

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If the weather does not cooperate for the pi day race, alternate plans will be announced here and on social media the morning of the event. The event will still take place in very light rain, but will be reduced and modified to take place in Sundquist Science Center if lightning and thunderstorms are a high probability. 


Chemistry Events, Seminars, and other Involvement

Find out out about activites can be difficult, but our department loves it when you participate. To help you get involved, please add or bookmark our below calendar, which we try to keep current. We also announce activities on the departmental TV, social media, and at XEM meetings.

Please see the calendar below for scheduled seminars, activities, and outreach.

Add this calendar to your personal google calendar by clicking on the "+GoogleCalendar" button above.

The list of field biology speakers is already accessible and can be found here:

Field Biology Honors Seminars

For more information about any of these events (not biology), contact Dr. Hiatt.

Social Media

Stay involved through social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and the events calendar found above.

  Facebook: APSU Department of Chemistry (Group) Facebook

Facebook  Facebook: Austin Peay Chemistry Department (Page, @apsuchemistry)

instagram   Instagram: @apsuchemistry

Chemistry Club (XEM) may be nerdy, but only periodically!

Facebook  Facebook: APSU XEM (Group)

instagram  Instagram: @apsu_xem

XEM represents the Chemistry Department at many events. Here is a group of students representing at STEAM RUSH 2017.

Chi Epsilon Mu (XEM) is Austin Peay State University's chemistry club. We are dedicated to advancing chemistry in our system and surroundings, while also having some fun. We meet once a month to enjoy company, free food, and learning a little chemistry together. XEM provides outreach to neighboring schools in the greater Clarksville-Montgomery County Area, which inspires young students to pursue fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Along with outreaching to younger generations, XEM also caters to college students by providing them with guest speakers in the various fields of chemistry and provides tutoring in the various core disciplines of chemistry. XEM members not only enjoy the wonderful view of chemistry laboratories and lecture halls, they enjoy competing and participating in social events in and around campus.

Email Dr. Brennan to get involved!

Approximate XEM Membership Costs

You have three options for membership: XEM only, or ACS+XEM and a subscription to Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) magazine, or ACS+XEM without the magazine. ACS is the American Chemical Society and is the largest scientific society in the world (~157,000 members!), and our student chapter is proud to be a part of our local section (Nashville ACS). The ACS costs are fixed by the organization and our local chapter costs vary based on whether you purchase C&EN. The costs are also described in this document:

XEM Chemistry Club Membership ONLY: $15

ACS membership ($28) + APSU local chapter membership (XEM, $12): Total of $40

ACS membership ($28) + APSU local chapter membership (XEM, $9) + C&EN Magazine($28): Total of $65

Required forms that need to be completed in order to join XEM can be picked up from Dr. Carrie Brennan. Please turn in these with your money to Dr. Carrie Brennan.

Please check here throughout the school year to find upcoming events, demos, and other activities. Currently, you can also find out about our recent and upcoming activities on social media.

Chemistry Power Plays: A Workshop for Success  

The Nashvile Predators Foundation provided funding through a Helper Grant for two pre-semester chemistry worshops. Students who participated in this workshop were provided with calculator and goggles. They were introduced to concepts that helped them gain a good foundation toward success in General Chemistry. Much learning and fun was had by all!

Preds Bootcamp

Chemistry Study Abroad courses in London

Dr. Fred Matthews led a group of students to London, England, for a 10 day course in the winter of 2018. Dr. Leslie Hiatt took a group of students on a similar trip in July 2022. This was the Chemistry Department’s fourth course trip to London.

London 2022

Old Operating Theater

CCSA London 2018-2019 Chemistry

Day‐trips to various historical scientific, medical, and hospital museums

Perfect opportunity for chemistry major/minor and pre-dental/medical/optical/pharmaceutical students, as it focuses on England’s scientific contributions to chemistry and medical fields!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

Our department is very involved in research, during the school year and summer, but we are not currently offering any REUs. Many students participate in these programs with other universities. NSF sponsored programs typically include housing and a stipend, which allow you to experience research at another university.

NSF Sponsored REUs in Chemistry can be found through this link