The LSU Macromolecular Studies Group was founded in 1985 with a program development grant from the Louisiana Center for Energy Studies. Its mission is to coordinate education, research and service in the science and technology of large molecules, both synthetic and bio-derived. MSG now includes some 20 faculty in 6 campus units. There are additionally affiliate members from other Louisiana universities. Supported activities include travel by graduate students to meetings, student awards, seminars at LSU and other Louisiana universities by outside speakers, minicourses, minisymposia and student recruiting. Most MSG faculty have joint research projects, and interdepartmental communication and cooperation are excellent. MSG maintains outstanding relationships with the polymer industry, and now derives most of its funding though industrial contract work performed in the Polymer Analysis or Polymer Engineering and Properties Laboratories.