Forest Products Society, MSU Student Chapter

Forest Products Society Student Chapter of Mississippi State University is a student club within the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Typical Chapter activities range from hosting industry speakers and visiting scientist lectures, to graduate seminars geared toward soft skills development. Chapter members also engage in fundraising activities and social events. FPS MSU SC provides an excellent basis for establishing professional contacts. The students make connections with past graduates and industry leaders, and create opportunities for making potential employment contacts. Students are also encouraged and supported to attend the FPS International Conventions.


Duties of FPS SC officer

Chair/President shall:

  • set meeting agendas
  • preside at meetings of the Student Chapter
  • brief Dean’s Council on Chapters activities on monthly basis
  • direct arrangement of activities and service projects
  • appoint ad-hoc committees as needed (e.g. Audit committee, Revision committee)
  • report on the Student Chapter activities to FPS and SWST Directors at the end of the Spring term
  • perform all other duties incident to their office

Vice-Chair/Vice President shall:

  • organize monthly meetings and activities
  • assist President
  • be ready to take over the duties of the chair and other officers during their absence

Secretary-Treasurer/Treasurer shall:

  • record activities of the Student Chapter (take pictures, edit news, make poster)
  • record minutes of Officers’ and Student Chapter meetings
  • maintain records of financial transactions of the Student Chapter, including income and expenditures
  • make financial reports to the Student Chapter Officers
  • provide Treasury reports at meetings
  • work with Faculty Treasurer to execute money transactions
  • Make food arrangement for meetings

Membership Chair shall:

  • maintain a current membership list
  • develop a continual influx of new members and arrange membership payments
  • notify Student Chapter members of dates and times of meetings and activities in the timely manner
  • take notes of attendance
  • encourage good attendance at Student Chapter meeting

Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

The forest products industry is one of the largest economic contributors to Mississippi, as well as in the United States. Employment in the furniture, lumber, wood products, composites, and paper sectors of the economy far exceeds the employment of any other manufacturing sector in the state. Mississippi's forest products industry recognizes the need for well-trained employees to help increase the conversion efficiencies and alter manufacturing processes to allow compatibility with a changing raw material base. While the industry is very large in terms of employment, value-added processing facilities number only a few thousand nationwide and a few hundred in Mississippi. Our students that focus on forest products are in demand with relatively high starting salaries and excellent opportunities for advancement.

The mission of the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social, and professional development of its students by providing them with knowledge and skills needed to utilize and conserve diverse natural resources effectively. In this regard, the Department's primary teaching responsibility is to provide high quality educational opportunities necessary to adequately prepare students for professional and scientific careers in bioproducts manufacturing and development sectors.