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.

2018 ACS GHS Awards Banquet

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 ACS GHS Local Section Awards:

  • Joe W. Hightower Award - Michael Wong, Rice University
  • Two Year College Award - Elisabeth Harthcock, San Jacinto College
  • Younger Chemist Award - Jakoah Brgoch, University of Houston 
  • Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching - Lindsey Wilson, Austin High School
The 2018 Award dinner was held at the Student Center at the University of Houston on Saturday October the 27th where we honored ACS GHS Local Section Award winners as well as our 2018 Scholarship Award winners: Ivana Hsyung, Anuraag Madabushi, Max Hall-Brown, Carl Ho, Ryan Anselm and Audrey Nguyen along with their teachers: Carolyn Ericson, Barbara William, Jenifer Kuhl and Vicki Hermsdorf.

Ann Cartwright and her colleagues from San Jacinto College accepted the 2017 ACS National ChemLuminary Award on behalf of GHS for its tireless efforts and work in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences.

National Chemistry Week Activities

Hands on Activities at the Children's Museum

We celebrated National Chemistry Week event at the Children's Museum on Saturday October 27th. Volunteers from Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston and University of St. Thomas conducted " out of this world" experiments and demonstrations with children and their parents including the chemistry of soil from the Moon and Mars, making their own space creations, color changes with juices, skewering a balloon and blowing up an Asteroid!

We had steady traffic at the tables all day. By the smiles on the faces, the kids had a lot of fun!

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Event Spotlight

Women in Industry Panel

ACS-GHS sponsored a Women in Industry seminar which included a panel discussion in which women from various industry sectors shared their career journey as well as their experience on a range of topics including how to successfully transition to a career in industry, how to prepare a resume that will stand out, and career-life balance. The discussions and networking continued during dinner and beyond. More than 50 undergraduates, graduate students and professionals were in attendance.

Plans are in progress for future career networking opportunity opportunities. Stay tuned!

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Project Seed Celebration

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.

The 2018 program began on June 12 and culminated in a poster session and celebration on August 3. This year, we had 12 research fellows (pictured above) and 12 mentors including new mentors Dr. Andrew Barron, Dr. Venkata Pavan Raja Manuri, Dr. Dan Villalanti and Joy Cocchiara. The complete list can be found here. The ACS Project Seed program is celbrating its 50th anniversary and GHS is celebrating its 10th! Over the past 10 years, 48 mentors have have worked with 128 high school students. A complete list of participants, mentors and sponsors can be found here.

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