University of Florida, Gainesville
Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering - University of Florida Polymer Science Program


Our student chapter was created 2 years ago, and it is affiliated to ACS POLY and PMSE divisions as well as recognized as an official organization by the University of Florida. POLY/PMSE is a place to network, help with career development and provide opportunities to students and post-docs in the polymer field.

News & Information:

Spring 2016
  • Congratulations to the UF ACS POLY/PMSE Student Chapter for Winning Best Student Chapter Award!

Spring 2016
  • Congratulations to Mayra Rostango of the Miller Group for winning the POLY/PMSE Video Competition! The purpose of the competition is to prepare young chemists to present their research in a short video and to interact with a broad range of audiences, including more senior scientists and the general public. Click here to view Mayra's video submission!

Spring 2016
  • Congratulations to Jawaher "Jojo" Alfurhood of the Sumerlin Group for winning the POLY/PMSE Poster Award! Alfurhood won the POLY/PMSE Outstanding Poster Award of the 2016 Spring ACS National Meeting in San Diego for her poster titled “Hyperbranched Poly(N-(2-Hydroxypropyl) Methacrylamide) via RAFT Self-Condensing Vinyl Polymerization.” Jawaher is a 4th year student in the Sumerlin Research Group. This is her second poster award in ten months, with the first coming at the 2015 Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition of American Chemical Society (FAME 2015).

Our current officers (2015 - 2016) are:

President: Kyle Bentz
Primary coordination of all chapter activities

  • Conduct regular meetings
  • Enforce parliamentary procedures
  • Encourage cooperation and participation
  • File annual reports
  • Represent the chapter in the POLY committee

Vice President: Adrian Figg

  • Plan calendar for the year
  • Act on behalf of the president
  • Coordinate membership recruitment campaign
  • Assist and share responsibilities as necessary with the president

Secretary: Chris Kabb

  • Record minutes for all meetings
  • Compile membership roster
  • List committee assignments
  • Handle chapter correspondence

Treasurer: Jessica Cash

  • Basic financial management
  • Prepare tentative budget at the beginning of year
  • Maintain balanced checkbook
  • Report on present income at all meetings
  • Record all cash advanced and handle reimbursements

Public Relations: Steven Shen

  • Communicate news and events to chapter members
  • Publicize chapter activities via email, flyers, etc
  • Keep student chapter board up to date

Event Coordinator: Craig Machado
Primary coordination of all chapter activities

  • General coordinator of events performed by the chapter
  • Location, technology and refreshment management


Faculty advisor: Dr. Brent Sumerlin



For information on past events, click here!

Past Officers

    President   Vice-President   Secretary   Treasurer   Event Coordinator   Public Relations
(2014 - 2015)  
Mayra Rostagno
Jessica Cash
Nicole Gibbons

Will Brooks
Nick Carmean
Megan Hill

    President   Vice-President   Secretary   Treasurer
  (2012 - 2014)  
Megan Hill
Mayra Rostagno
Chris Deng
Patricia Bachler

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