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.

June 26 Seminar - Dr. Ravindra Aglave

Dr. Ravindra Aglave of Siemens Digital Industries Software joins us in late June to share how Siemens uses the concept of a digital twin in simulations to help develop new materials and address complex engineering challenges. See the seminar flyer and the registration link for more details!


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ACS-GHS Senior Chemists Committee Presents Heartfulness Yoga & Meditation

Please join us for a 1 hour free session in a meditative approach to Yoga that allows us to explore the physical, mental and spiritual all at once,  presented by a Heartfulness Yoga & Meditation professional. This event is open to participants of all ages.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am

University of St. Thomas,

Robertson Physics and Engineering Building

Room 116, 1st Floor

3911 Mt. Vernon St.

Houston, TX 77006

Please RSVP here by June 23, 2024

Download the event flyer for more info!

June Seminar with Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez of Rice University

"I ask myself, and always tell my students, you should always ask "why do we care?" Because people are going to ask you, so you should be the first one to ask yourself."

- Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez, June 12, 2024

We were pleased to showcase more Houston talent in the first of our June seminars as Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez, one of C&EN's 2023 Talented 12, joined us to talk about his work on non-covalent interactions as a design principle for novel materials. If you missed the live webinar, you can still catch the recording on our YouTube channel!


SERMACS 2024 Communications Symposium

The ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) will sponsor a symposium at SERMACS 2024 in Atlanta from October 23 - 26, 2024, titled “Innovative methods of communicating the value of chemistry to the public.” The CPRC is particularly interested in hearing from students (undergraduate or graduate) who are involved in outreach or other communication avenues; the best student presentations will receive cash awards.

Abstract submission begins April 29, 2024; in the past the hard deadline was in the summer, about 6 weeks later. Any student groups that communicate the value of chemistry to the public are highly encouraged to write an abstract and submit through the ACS MAPS portal.

More information about SERMACS is available on their website: https://sermacs2024.org/.

2024 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exams

The ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam for high school students was held on April 27, 2024, at the University of Houston. The exam was organized by Dr. Tai-Yen Chen, Associate Professor of Chemistry at UH. Thanks to all the teachers and students who participated in this year's exam and congratulations to this year's Scholarship Award winners!

2024 Winners - 1st Year

1st Place – Krish Jha

Carnegie Vanguard High School, Teacher Joshua Garcia

2nd Place – Alan Yao

Glenda Dawson High School, Teacher Andrea Buchelli

3rd Place – Krishna Harish

Elkins High School, Teacher Rolf S. Arvidson

Honorable Mention – Leetyan Chen

St. John’s School, Teacher Sarwat Jafry

Honorable Mention – Boone Roeser

St. John’s School, Teacher Roxie Allen

Honorable Mention – Kevin Hu

Clements High School, Teacher Caitlin Zuber

2024 Winners - 2nd Year

1st Place (Tie) – Cosmo Wu

Dulles High School, Teacher Katherine Coleman

1st Place (Tie) – Richard Zhang

Seven Lakes High School, Teacher Mayra Colombani-Acosta

2nd Place (Tie) – Benjamin Bian

Seven Lakes High School, Teacher Mayra Colombani-Acosta

2nd Place (Tie) – Vishal Sundaram

Elkins High School, Teacher Christopher Nguyen

3rd Place (Tie) – Charles Anstead

DeBakey High School for Health Professionals, Teacher Dina Adam

3rd Place (Tie) – Antonio Yu

Clements High School, Teacher Caitlin Zuber

Interested in taking the exam next year? Learn more about the Scholarship Exam on our awards page.

University of St. Thomas – Now Hiring

The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, invites applications from outstanding candidates for the following positions:

Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry: A full-time, one-year faculty position in chemistry. The start date for the position is August 2024 with the possibility for yearly renewal based on department needs.

Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry: Multiple adjunct faculty positions in chemistry. The start date for the position is August 2024.

A Ph.D. in chemistry or related field and excellence in teaching are required for the posted positions. For additional information and to apply, please see the relevant UST job postings linked above.

ACS-GHS Awards: Call for Nominations

Recognize your peers for their outstanding scholarship and service to the ACS-GHS and our chemical community by nominating them for an award!


  • Visit GHS Awards for nomination details and past winners. Nomination packets due September 10, 2024.
  • Information on ACS Regional awards can be found here, nominations due August 1, 2024.

Direct inquiries and submit nomination packets to acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org by the specified deadline.

Upcoming events

ACS-GHS Summer Ice Cream Social


Saturday, July 6, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Creamistry

5000 Westheimer Rd, Ste 608

Houston, TX  77056

Tickets $5/person

Children under 5 attend free


2025 ACS Committee Preference Form is Open!

Did you know that anyone can participate in an ACS Committee as part of their Membership? ACS committees develop and deliver key policies & procedures, and lead and shape the direction, experiences, and programs of the Society. Members with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and perspec­tives helps ensure that ACS remains rel­evant, innovative, and effective. 

If you are interested in serving on an ACS Committee, the online committee preference form lets ACS know your committee preferences, your background, and your interests.

 The online preference form will be open March 1 through July 1, 2024 at http://www.cmte.acs.org.

Newly appointed and re-appointed committee members, associates, and consultants will be notified in December 2024 for committee assignments starting in 2025. Further details on the committee appointment timeline are available here.

Your ACS membership must be in good standing to complete your committee preferences. Please make a committee preference only if you feel that you can attend and actively participate in a committee’s meetings either virtually or in-person. ACS committees are working committees; attendance (virtually or in-person) and participation at committee and subcommittee meetings are important. Every ACS member who submits preferences is given due consideration, but with the number of actual appointments being limited, not everyone who submits a preference form will be appointed to serve.

Congratulations to Our 2024 Chemistry Olympiad Finalist! 

This year, more than 300 students from 35 schools in Greater Houston participated in the Chemistry Olympiad local competition in March. Among the top section-wide performers, 13 students were nominated and joined the 3-part national competition held at the University of Houston on April 15.

Mr. Anantshri Asthana from Dulles High School (who also participated in in the 2022 and 2023 UNSCO Study Camps) has just been selected among the top 20 finalists nationwide to enter the 2024 Study Camp. Anant, congratulations on your achievement!

The Greater Houston Section continues having representation in the top 20 nationwide finalists since 2020. We are pleased to see rising students' great interest in chemical education. We welcome more high school students to take part in this annual event.

We wish all the UNSCO attendees well as they participate in the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp at the University of Maryland at College Park from June 3 - 15, 2024.

For a full list of the top 20 finalists, see the ACS posting here.

2024 ECH/SEFH Banquet

The annual Engineering Council of Houston (ECH)/Science and Engineering Fair Houston (SEFH) Banquet was held Monday, May 20 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the University of Houston. Students were honored for their scientific achievements state- and nation-wide over the 2023-2024 academic year. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Alan Rossiter, Executive Director of External Relations and Educational Program Development at UH Energy, University of Houston.


ECH/SEFH award recipients with Dr. Lionnel Ronduen (UH STEM Center, left) and Dr. Heather Domjan, Executive Director of the UH STEM Center (right).

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