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

Dallas Ballroom

Register today!

Bad Science, Good Fun - BAHFest Houston 2020

The submission period for the 2020 Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHFest) is open until January 22nd (extended deadline!) - see the BAHFest website for info. BAHFest is also offering a $500 travel grant to bring in one non-local speaker, so speakers from outside of the Houston area are encouraged to apply.

BAHFestcreated by SMBC's Zach Weinersmith, is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory. Brave speakers present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determine who takes home the coveted BAHFest trophy. And eternal glory, of course.

Hosted by Kelly Weinersmith (Rice University), with keynote speaker Phil Plait (AKA the Bad Astronomer). The event will be held in Rice University's Grand Hall on the evening of March 8th and is brought to you by BAHFest, and the graduate students in Rice University's Department of BioSciences.

Volunteers Wanted!

Our Chemistry Career Roadshow continues into 2020 with a stop at Kempner High School in Sugarland. Volunteers are welcome to come share insight about their career with local high school students.

Thursday, February 27th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kempner High School

14777 Voss Rd.

Sugar Land, TX  77498

Please contact Javoris Hollingsworth by email at to volunteer or with any questions or concerns.

Guess the Molecule


I am an aromatic hydrocarbon that contains no six-membered rings. I have a similar odor to naphthalene, but I am blue not white. What compound am I?

A: Find out in our February e-newsletter!

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

5:30 pm

University of Houston, Main Campus

Registration deadline: Saturday, February 15th

Contact to register.

View our Event Announcement

Frequently Asked Questions

More information on the Chemistry Olympiad is available on the ACS Webpage.

Upcoming events

Kicking Off the New Year!

The new year is a great time to refresh and reset, and the ACS-GHS is ready to go for 2020. We welcomed our newly elected board members and volunteers at the 2020 Section Kick-off meeting on January 18th at the University of St. Thomas. Participants discussed section plans for the upcoming year and made some changes to committee assignments. We have exciting plans for 2020 and look forward to sharing them with our members!

Volunteers Needed!

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.

See where you can participate!

If you are interested in volunteering, email or the GHS Volunteer Coordinator, Maryanne Mores at

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