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.

2019 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam

Since 1973, the GHS has administered a scholarship exam to 1st and 2nd year chemistry students to vie for scholarships. Over $250,000 has been awarded to more than 200 students.

As in past years, three scholarships will be awarded at each level (1st year and 2nd year). The awards will be $2500, $1500, and $1000 for first, second, and third place participants, respectively. Scholarship awards and plaques for honorable mention will be presented at the Awards Banquet in the Fall.

Rules and eligibility requirements can be found here. Registration is $2 per student. This fee should be given to the teacher, and the teacher will pay all their students' fees at once via PayPal using this registration link.

Saturday, April 13th

Registration 9:15 am

Exam 10:00 am

Science and Engineering Classroom Building

University of Houston

3487 Cullen Blvd.

Houston, TX  77204

Houston Texas - Walk To End Lupus Now, 5K Run & Yoga

The ACS-GHS is proud to participate in the 2019 Houston Walk to End Lupus Now, in support of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus.

Join our team today and support our efforts!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

7:00 am - 11:00 am

Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford, at Congress

Houston, TX 77002

Event Details

Official chip-timed 5k run - 7:30 am

5k Walk - 8:00 - 8:15 am

Yoga Participation - 8:30 am

Proceeds from this event support programs such as education and outreach, direct services, research and overall support of the lupus community in the Texas Gulf Coast Region.

ACS-GHS May Seminar

Dr. Valerie C. Moore

Patenting in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

The concept of artificial intelligence is prevalent in all areas of science from robotics to medicine to petrochemicals. The emergence of big data and machine learning has enabled new avenues for scientific discovery and innovation in all industries. However, protecting innovations that stem from computer-based learning and complex algorithms face increased scrutiny at patent offices around the world. This seminar will review the global landscape and outlook for patenting machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Valerie Moore is a registered patent agent with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Houston. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry, with a physical-organic chemistry and nanotechnology focus, and M.A. in chemistry from Rice University. Her experience is in the areas of nanotechnology, materials engineering, supramolecular science, analytical methods, surface science, chemistry and biotechnology.

Thursday, May 16th

6:00 - 8:00 pm

University of St. Thomas

4116 Yoakum Blvd.

Center for Science and Health Professionals, Room 251

Houston, TX  77006

ACS-GHS Volunteers Needed

ACS-GHS needs volunteers for efforts of various proportion and length - something for everyone.  At this time, we need help with the following:
  • Technician Affairs Chair
  • Awards Canvassing
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • and members for all Committees:
    • Communications & Technology
    • Education
    • Programming
    • Younger Chemists
    • Women Chemists
    • Awards
    • Community Affairs
If you are interested in volunteering, email or the GHS Volunteer Coordinator, Maryanne Mores at
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

The ACS Greater Houston Section is pleased to announce the following Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) event:

Illustrated Poetry Contest for students in grades K - 12. The illustrated poem contest is a great way for teachers to engage their students in this year's CCEW theme, "Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper." Please see the flyer and entry form linked below. Prizes are available for students in each grade category. All entries must be received by April 12, 2019.

Illustrated Poetry Contest Flyer

Poetry Contest Submission Form

Come out with the family and enjoy hands-on chemistry activities with GHS volunteers to celebrate Earth Day at Discovery Green.  

Sunday, April 14th

12:00 - 5:00 pm

Discovery Green Park

1500 McKinney Street 

Houston, TX 77010

ACS Earth Day Poster

Upcoming events

Event Spotlight -

Science Café at the MFAH

Clockwise from top left: A full house at the MFAH; Dr. David Bomford chats with GHS member Dave Singleton at the post-lecture reception; Dr. Bomford receives a chromium element tile from GHS Chair Elect Dr. Crystal Young; Dr. Mamie Moy from the GHS Board thanks Margaret Mimms from the MFAH for organizing the Van Gogh lecture.

"Paintings fade like flowers." Dr. David Bomford's lecture on the materials and techniques Van Gogh used in his art was delivered to a full lecture hall at the MFAH on March 23rd. Van Gogh chose his materials knowing that certain pigments would fade over time, but Dr. Bomford showed how conservation science is providing insight into what Van Gogh's paintings looked like in their prime, and how analytical techniques like spectroscopy are being used to shed new light on Van Gogh's working methods. The lecture was followed by a small reception in the Museum Cafe.

The ACS-GHS is grateful for the opportunity to share Dr. Bomford's experiences with our members and the community, and wishes him well as he retires from the MFAH at the end of March. Special thanks to Margaret Mimms at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for partnering with the ACS-GHS and organizing this special lecture and reception.

If you have a suggested Member or Event Spotlight, please contact us at
2019 Project SEED Student Fellows

Project SEED provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers by allowing them to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship.

Applications for 2019 student fellows are open March 10, 2019 - May 15, 2019.

ACS-GHS February Seminar - Digital Transformation in the Chemicals Industry

Dr. Paige Morse

"It's a lot of work to make a new product, and if you can do anything to make that faster it's a great opportunity for companies to make money." - Dr. Paige Marie Morse, Feb 25, 2019.

Find out how big data can improve the efficiency of product development and is changing the chemicals industry in our February seminar!

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