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.

Now accepting nominations for the 2018 Greater Houston Executive Board including Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Councilor, Alternate Councilor and Director. More information can be found here.

To kickoff National Chemistry Week (NCW) Chemistry Rocks!, join us for a Rock Climbing Social at 6pm on Saturday, October 21st at Texas Rock Gym, 1526 Campbell Road, Houston, TX  77055. There's a required belay class at 6pm, if you are new to climbing. Otherwise come anytime after 6pm. For more info, pricing details, and to sign a waiver, go to

Chemistry Rocks!

Exploring the Chemistry of

Minerals and  Rocks

 Tuesday, October 24th


St. Johns School

2401 Claremont Lane

Chao Assembly Room

Houston, TX 77019

We are surrounded by rocks and minerals everywhere... in the ground we walk on, the places we work and live, and even in the food we eat.  How are chemists experimenting with these fundamental materials to help the world and make our lives better?  Join us for an evening program to network with young chemists across the world on social media, participate in discussion and activities, and ask questions live to the experts regarding the amazing work that is being done in rock and mineral science.

Click here for more information and here for a map of the location.
ACS-GHS 100th Anniversary

 Friday, November 10th

The Briar Club

2603 Timmons Lane

Houston, TX, 77027

The Greater Houston Section of the ACS was officially formed in 1917 as the Southeastern Texas Section with joint headquarters in Houston and Port Arthur. The boundaries and our name have changed over the years but we are still going strong in our 100th year!

We are planning a special celebration to mark this momentous occasion to honor our members from over the last 100 years that have received annual local, regional and national ACS awards, our past and present officers, Project Seed students, ACS scholarship recipients, our current 50 and 60 year members and other distinguished honorees.

Tickets will cost $65.00 for this special dinner celebration which will include a sponsored wine and beverage reception. To purchase tickets, please make a check or money order/cashier check payable to ACS-GHS and mail it to ACS-GHS, P.O. Box 66181, Houston, Texas 77266 or online via PayPal using link below. Sponsorships are also available. See complete details here.

Ticket Options
Table Sponsors

NCW Museum Event &

Illustrated Poetry Contest

Saturday, October 28th

10am - 4pm

Children's Museum of Houston

1500 Binz Street

Houston, TX 77004

Come rock out with the ACS Greater Houston Section at the Children’s Museum of Houston for a day of fun and hands-on activities for family members of all ages! More information can be found here.

We are proud to announce the winners of the Illustrated Poetry Contest for the Greater Houston Section:

Adriana Scott from McDonald Junior High in Katy was the winner for the 6-8th Grade. Her winning entry can be seen here.

Abigail Lopez from Katy High School was the winner for the 9-12th grade. Her winning entry can be seen here.

Both have been entered into the National ACS Illustrated Poetry contest. Good luck!

Sign up for the ACS-GHS Career Workshop!

 Saturday, November 11th

9am - 3:00pm

St. Thomas University

Anderson Hall #103

Houston, TX 77006

Register for a career workshop with Bill Carroll, ACS Past President, 2005; ACS Director-at-Large, 2009-17. This event will feature an interactive workshop on constructing a strong resume; interviewing strategies; networking skills; an overview on ACS career services and more. The workshop will also include an expert panel session with an opportunity to network with professionals from various fields of Chemistry: Industry, Academia, Government, Entrepreneurship, and the Law.
  • Industry - Careers in Industrial Chemistry - JC Kuo and LaDonna Finneli-Neal
  • Academia - Working in Higher Education - Ognjen Miljanic
  • Entrepreneurship - Starting your own Business - Suman Khatiwada
  • Government - Opportunities for Chemists in the Government Sector – Sebastian Frommhold

The event is open to everyone but space is limited. Please register by November 3rd to participate in this event. Access Flyer and location map.

There will be a raffle for a year of ACS membership dues for the upcoming year.

Upcoming events

Member Spotlight

2017 ACS GHS Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 ACS GHS Award winners:

  • Two Year College Award - Rachel Garcia, San Jacinto College
  • Joe W. Hightower Award - Vassiliy Lubchenko, University of Houston
  • Younger Chemist Award - Tom Teets, University of Houston
  • Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching - Theresa DeLong, The Woodlands College Park High School

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Past Event Spotlight

Summer Social

ACS-GHS hosted a Summer Social on Saturday, September 23rd, at the Karbach Brewery. There were 29 attendees of members new and old that were treated to a brewery tour with an emphasis on the chemistry of brewing from a future chemist. Thanks to Jennifer Schmidt for organizing a very successful event! 

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