Lambda Alpha Beta (or LAB) is the chemistry club on the campus of SAU. The club is a student organization with membership open to anyone, but specifically intended for students in the sciences. Through membership in the club, students build relationships with their peers, the faculty, and the community. The chemistry club meets regularly during the school year.
While not considered to be a service organization, Lambda Alpha Beta has played a large role in the community; both on and off-campus. The club works closely with the chemistry faculty to provide support for departmental activities such as demonstration shows, the annual Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair, and all departmental or college open house or recruiting activities.
Over the past few years, Lambda Alpha Beta has sponsored free tutoring to students in chemistry courses such as college chemistry, university chemistry, and organic chemistry. This service was initiated by the student members and is available weekly at no cost to the students using the service.
With the help of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, LAB played a prominent role in bringing the Columbia County Angel Tree to the SAU campus over a decade ago. This program operates over the holidays and matches up local donors with needy children in the county. The donors select the “angels” they wish to shop for and return the gifts for the organizations to distribute to the families in need. The two organizations sponsored the Angel Tree for several years before passing it off to another organization on the SAU Campus where it still thrives every Christmas.