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.
Career Navigator Live presents ACS Career Day Houston
Join us in Houston for a FREE career day!
Attend the upcoming ACS Career Day in Houston on March 7, 2020 for panel discussions and networking with chemists. ACS members are permitted exclusive access to additional resources, such as, 1:1 career consulting including résumé reviews, mock interviews, and more!
Register for free and tell your friends and colleagues. Find out more about this exciting opportunity.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Holiday Inn & Suites Westway Park
4606 Westway Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77041
The Future of Food
Spring 2020 ACS Program-in-a-Box
Celebrate the 50th Earth Day by exploring chemistry's impact on our world's food supply.
Food impacts many of the most dire problems facing humanity—health, sustainability, global warming, poverty and inequality. Join Professor Joseph "Jody" Puglisi, Professor at Stanford University and Head Scientific Advisor to Beyond Meat, for a discussion of the chemistry behind new plant-based alternatives to animal meat and how these innovations could help address these global challenges.
Tuesday February 25th
5:45 - 7:00 pm
University of St. Thomas
3800 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
2020 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam
Since 1973, 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 places, respectively. Scholarship awards and plaques for honorable mention will be presented at the Awards Banquet in the Fall.
The 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 register their students using the registration form and pay all their students' fees at once via PayPal. Students who are not pre-registered will only be seated if extra tests are available.
Saturday, May 16th
University of Houston
Science and Engineering Classroom Building
3487 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204
ACS-GHS Annual Administration Report
The Greater Houston Local Section prepares an annual report summarizing our activities for the previous calendar year, and highlighting our past successes and plans for the coming year. We're pleased to share this summary with our members, and hope you'll consider joining us for one or more of this year's activities!
ACS Regional and Local Awards
The ACS-GHS held an awards luncheon on Saturday, January 18th to present ACS Regional awards to those that were unable to attend the Southwest Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX last November, and local awards to recognize some our outstanding volunteers.
Local awards included the following Salutes to Excellence:
The GHS 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Catherine Faler for her active involvement in the Local Section’s outreach efforts for several years. Many of these events promote Chemistry and STEM to young kids. Catherine has dedicated her time and effort in celebrating the International Year of Periodic Table (IYPT) all year long in 2019 - she has organized several events which actively engaged all ages of children, teachers and general public.
Thank you all for your amazing leadership and dedication!
Research Experience for Undergraduates - Summer 2020
Nano REU is a 10-week internship for community college students to work
in Rice University nanotechnology research laboratories. Participants
gain hands-on research experience in nanotechnology, one of the most
exciting areas of scientific research. This is a 40 hour/week program and participating students receive a $6000 stipend.
Possible research areas that students can become involved in include:
Please apply at https://rstem.rice.edu/nano-reu
Applications close March 18, 2020
2020 US National Chemistry Olympiad - Local Competition
The ACS-GHS is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2020 US National Chemistry Olympiad (UNSCO). We encourage teachers and students to participate, as eligible students may be selected to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on July 6 - 15, 2020. The local qualifying exam for students in the Greater Houston area is now open for registration.
Friday, March 6th
University of Houston, Main Campus
Registration deadline: Saturday, February 15th
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
More information on the Chemistry Olympiad is available on the ACS Webpage.
Volunteer Spotlight - MHCTA
Who lit your spark? Likely if you’re reading this you were inspired at some point in your life to study chemistry by some person, probably a teacher or by something you read or watched. This month we’d like to put our ACS-GHS spotlight on the Metropolitan Houston Area Chemistry Teachers Association. This group of teachers is a local affiliate of the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas. They meet three to four times a year to network, share and learn from each other. Teachers can earn professional development credit by attending the meetings. In the fall they met to coincide with the ACS National Chemistry Week Marvelous Metals. The Metro Houston area chemistry teachers met on the Saturday before National Chemistry Week for some food, friends, and chemistry fun. There was a periodic table game, in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table (courtesy of Bean Burr); activities related to the chemistry of metals, in honor of the National Chemistry Week theme of Marvelous Metals; and a few gas related demos and activities (thanks to Amiee Modic) for our teachers who were new to the Metro group and new to teaching chemistry.
Roxie Allen, brought out some metal related activities that some had never seen, and others had forgotten about, and the exploring began. There was creating an activity series or table of reduction potentials using just small bits of metals, a few drops of solution, and some filter paper in a petri dish; then we used a variety of 9V batteries assembled in series to anodize niobium and titanium wire, creating colorful pieces that could be made into jewelry.
The information about these metal activities can be found in the Metro Houston folder on the ACT2 website. If you’d like more information about MHCTA or ACT2, please email Roxie at email@example.com.
Thank you for being dedicated volunteers to Houston area students!
Guess the Molecule - February
I am a dense, insoluble salt. I can be used in oil well drilling fluids, X-ray imaging, paint pigments, fireworks, and brake linings. What compound am I?
A: Find out in our March e-newsletter!
January's Mystery Molecule: An aromatic hydrocarbon that contains no six-membered rings, with a similar odor to naphthalene, but it is blue not white. It's azulene!
We have several open calls for volunteers for efforts of various proportion and length - there's something for everyone. There are several upcoming outreach events that would welcome your participation. Please check out the list of volunteer opportunities available on our Volunteer page and get in touch with us.