Greater Houston Section

Greater Houston Section

Established in 1917, the Section serves about 2500 members, consisting of chemists, chemical engineers and professionals in allied fields. The American Chemical Society is recognized as a world leader in fostering science education and research, and promoting public understanding of science. The Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society is one of 189 local ACS sections across the nation.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day: Illustrated Poetry Contest

Teachers and Parents, are you looking for something science related for your students to work on during their time at home, maybe as a supplement to their on-line learning or a way to mix art, science, and English? You're in luck! The Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society is still hosting their Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) Illustrated Poetry Contest. This contest is hosted locally and the area winners in each grade category are forwarded on to the National contest. This year the topic is "Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry." Many teachers in the past have offered this opportunity for extra credit, but with the COVID-19 outbreak, it might serve as a way for students to do a little research about a topic and then produce a product that is both educational and artistic. Please see the attached flyer and entry form and get your students to work on this fun and educational project. We look forward to seeing what they produce!

The contest is open to students in grades K-12, with the categories being broken into four age groups. Please download the flyer and entry form and start your poem today. If you have any questions, please contact Amiee Modic at Happy drawing and happy writing!

Contest deadline: April 15th

For previous poetry contents winners, see here and here.

ACS-GHS Annual Administration Report

The Greater Houston Local Section prepares an annual report summarizing our activities for the previous calendar year, and highlighting our past successes and plans for the coming year. We're pleased to share this summary with our members, and hope you'll consider joining us for one or more of this year's activities!

ACS-GHS 2020 Administration Report

Career Navigator LIVE! Presents ACS Career Day Houston

The ACS Career Day took place in Houston on Saturday, March 7th. This year’s career event was hosted by members of the ACS National team and provided a wealth of career advice and networking opportunities. The morning kicked off with a series of workshops designed to get attendees thinking about how they can prepare for interviews and demonstrate their value to an employer. There were ample opportunities to network with other participants and one-on-one meetings with ACS Career Consultants were available throughout the afternoon.


A detailed event report (and some useful tips) are available here.

Did you know that ACS members have access to a professional career development program to help build individual career plans? Check out different career paths and set personal growth goals at Members can also take advantage of personal career consulting as part of their member benefits. Find out more at

Career Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

From Douglas Cross, Recruiter, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For a full list of available positions, please see

Cancellation Notice

2020 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam

The Education Committee is sad to announce that the 2020 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns around the current COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all the teachers and students who expressed interest in participating, we hope to see many of you at future competitions or events.

Upcoming events

Guess the Molecule - March


I am one of the world’s most widely prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections and on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. I am a descendant of norfloxacin. What compound am I?

A: Find out in our April e-newsletter!

February's Mystery Molecule: A dense, insoluble salt that can be used in oil well drilling fluids, X-ray imaging, paint pigments, fireworks and brake linings. It's barium sulfate!

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YCC Post-Career Day Networking Event

The ACS-GHS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) hosted a post-Career Day Happy Hour networking event immediately following ACS Career Day Houston. YCC Chair Kevin Ramirez organized the event, which was held at State Fare on Gessner Rd., a local restaurant/bar located near the Career Day Venue. Attendees were able to wind down with good company and social conversation, and even got to network with Professor Molenium who, as always, was the life of the party. It was great to meet everyone that attended, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

Volunteers Needed!

We have several open calls for volunteers for efforts of various proportion and length - there's something for everyone. There are several upcoming outreach events that would welcome your participation. Please check out the list of volunteer opportunities available on our Volunteer page and get in touch with us.

See where you can participate!

If you are interested in volunteering, email or the GHS Volunteer Coordinator, Maryanne Mores at

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