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.

ACS Project SEED College Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Zainab Abolade!

Zainab is a a recipient of the American Chemical Society: Project SEED college scholarship for 2019. In high school, she was the founder and president of the Science National Honor Society, vice president of UNICEF, vice president of WriterZ Block and member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, AVID and Science Olympiad. "With each club and organization, I gained a new strength that helped mold me into becoming a well-rounded individual. I would like to thank Mrs. Carolyn McDonald Burnley for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime and helping turn my dreams into reality. Mrs. Latha Veranani, my chemistry teacher, who encouraged me to apply for Project SEED. Dr. Pavan Raja and Dr. Andrew Barron from Rice University for allowing me to work in their lab and guiding me in the right path. Thank you all so much for aiding and guiding me through this experience." In the fall, she will be majoring in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University, and be a part of the university Honors Program.

Call for Award Nominees

The Awards Committee is seeking nominees for ACS local section and regional awards. The Greater Houston Section sponsors the following awards:

Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching

Joe W. Hightower Award  (formerly the Section Award)

Younger Chemist Award 

Two-Year College Award

Scholarship Awards

The list of awards can also be found on the GHS Awards page. Please visit each award page for nomination details. Local section nomination packets must be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair by September 15th.

The list of ACS regional awards can be found here, along with application requirements. Regional award applications are due August 1st. Contact the Awards Committee Chair at regarding regional award nominations.

ACS National Meeting Highlights

The ACS National Meeting was held in Orlando, FL from March 31 - April 4, 2019 and GHS was well represented. The following are a few highlights of interest:

  • The theme of the 257th ACS National Meeting was “Chemistry for New Frontiers.” The meeting had 15,605 attendees.
  • H.N. Cheng and Carol A. Duane were selected as candidates for 2020 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
  • The ACS member dues rate for 2020 will be held at the 2019 rate of $175, as approved at Council.
  • ACS net membership grew slightly in 2018 with a strong contribution from new members.

The complete highlights of the ACS Board of Directors meeting and Council Meeting can be found here.

Speed Networking Event

Shift your networking into high gear! The ACS-GHS Women Chemists Committee is hosting a speed networking event at the University of St Thomas. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, June 26th

6:00 - 7:30 pm

University of St. Thomas

Center for Science and Health Professionals

Room SHP 251/252

4100 Yoakum Blvd.

Houston, TX  77006


Upcoming events

Volunteer Spotlight - Kiresha Johnson

Kiresha Johnson is from The Woodlands, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Baylor University and is pursuing a medical graduate degree while teaching science in elementary and secondary education. Passionate about community service and science, Kiresha joined the American Chemical Society Greater Houston Local Section chapter. She was elected as director in 2018 and 2019. She has served as a Director on the Board and is currently leading several programs like Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, National Chemistry Week and also serves as Chair of Student Affiliates Committee.

The International Year of the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in 1869. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially proclaimed 2019 as “The United Nations International Year of The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements,” or "IYPT 2019."

The Greater Houston Section (ACS-GHS) is celebrating IYPT by making Periodic Table quilts and other themed crafts. If you would like to help by sewing, if you’re a teacher who would like to teach your students about the elements by making a quilt, or if you have other ideas for celebrating IYPT, please contact Catherine Faler at:

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 - Illustrated Poem Contest Winners

The Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the winners of the local section Illustrated Poem Contest for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week. The theme this year was The Chemistry of Paper, and there were several submissions at the middle and high school level. The winner of the middle school contest was Chloe Wilson, who is in the seventh grade and the winner of the high school contest was Zoe Barinaga, who is a senior; both girls attend Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. Their poems have been forwarded to the American Chemical Society for judging in the National Contest. Congratulations to both girls for their outstanding work.


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