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.

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June Invention and Innovation Articles and Statistics about Houston and Texas

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VENT eVent

Hosted by the ACS Brazosport and Greater Houston Local Sections in celebration of the ACS Women Chemists Committee's 95th anniversary. Join us as we meet virtually on the Gather.Town platform for your chance to vent and win one of four $25 gift cards!

Tuesday, June 28th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

via Gather.Town

Register via Google Forms here!

ACS-GHS Awards: Call for Nominations

Know someone that has done outstanding work for ACS-GHS? Nominate them for either a local or national award!

  • Visit GHS Awards for nomination details and past winners.
  • Information on ACS Regional awards can be found here.
Direct inquiries and submit nomination packets by September 8 to

July Seminar - Dr. Bridgett Rakestraw

Dr. Bridgett Rakestraw, Project Lead/Formulator at CPI Fluid Engineering in Midland, Michigan, joins us in July to share her path into the world of chemistry and her current work. More details are available in the seminar flyer and the registration link!

Register to receive Zoom meeting link by email

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National Chemistry Olympiad 2022

Fourteen high school students were nominated from the Greater Houston Section to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad competition in person at the University of Houston Main Campus. The Greater Houston Section is proud of the selection of Phoenix Wu from Seven Lakes High School and Anantshri Asthana from Dulles High School among the twenty finalists nationwide to join the Study Camp for the International Chemistry Olympiad. More impressively, this is the third consecutive year that two students were selected from our section!

Great job and congratulations, Phoenix Wu and Anantshri Asthana!

Please see here for the full announcement of the top 20 finalists. Students who also performed well and received High Honors and Honors in the national competition can be found here.

2022 ACS Leadership Institute -

May 20-22, Atlanta, GA

The Greater Houston delegates had an enriching experience at the 2022 ACS Leadership Institute, an annual invitation-only conference where ACS leaders come together to learn both management and leadership skills to enable them to be successful leaders.

Pictured (L to R): Eme Abu (Chair), Tracey Simmons-Willis (Alt. Councilor), Safia Mohamed (Younger Chemist Leadership Development Award recipient), and Lisa Houston (Director, District IV).

YCC Virtual Seminar - Do I Need a New Job or Career?

Thursday, June 30th

6:30 - 8:00 pm CDT

via Zoom

Working during the pandemic has many reassessing their options with the notable increase in open positions with the Great Resignation, however, how do you decide if you need a new job or career? Inspired by popular ACS Industry Matters newsletter articles and columns by Chemjobber for C&EN (Bench and Cubicle), the American Chemical Society Greater Houston Section Younger Chemists Committee (ACS-GHS YCC) organized this virtual seminar with a powerful panel of highly experienced chemists to offer their advice on this topic to help guide younger chemists in answering this question to decide what is the right move to make for their careers.

To learn more about the speakers, submit questions, and register for the event, please see the event page.

Upcoming events

ACS at Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

The ACS booth had plenty of volunteers from the University of St. Thomas and they did a great job interacting with families during Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.

Since the theme this year was Bug Chemistry, we brought awareness to how crickets and superworms help our Earth's environment. For example, superworms can digest plastic and are believed to help possibly reduce pollution in the future! Volunteers also led a mini activity of creating a personal magnifying glass and gave out ACS Earth Day goodie bags which included an ACS 2022 Earth Day booklet, science mood pencil, and stickers. In all, it was a success!

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