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.

We're Excited to Announce the Launch of our Fall 2019 Event Passport Program!

The event passport is intended to help us recognize local members and non-members who take time to participate in ACS events. It's participants like you that help us build a strong chemistry community in the Greater Houston area.

Learn more about the program and download your passport today!

A Conversation With ACS President Dr. Bonnie A. Charpentier

Photo by Gareth Gooch Photography

The ACS Community and Priorities for 2019

The Greater Houston and Brazosport local sections are proud to host Dr. Bonnie Charpentier, President of the American Chemical Society, for a dinner meeting and seminar at the University of St. Thomas. We invite you to join us for this special evening.

Monday, September 9th

6:00 - 8:30 pm

University of St. Thomas

Scanlan Room of Jerabeck Activity Center

4000 Mt. Vernon St.

Houston, TX  77006

Event Flyer

Dinner ticket sales close August 30th

Charpentier Dinner Seminar Tickets
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Call for Award Nominees

The Awards Committee is seeking nominees for ACS local section 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.

Summer Social Celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table

The ACS Greater Houston and Brazosport local sections held their annual Summer Social on Saturday, August 3rd at The Printing Museum. Attendees were able to explore the museum and were treated to a brief tour of the museum's reproduction Gutenberg printing press, as well as a press from Benjamin Franklin's era and a Linotype machine that was used by the Houston Chronicle until the 1970s. In addition to friendly discussion and light refreshments, hands-on printing of Mendeleev's original periodic table was set up in the print shop to commemorate the International Year of the Periodic Table. Thanks to everyone who attended, and special thanks to Artist-in-Residence Charles Criner for conducting the printing press tour.

Check out our adventures on YouTube!

Get in Your Element for 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:

Expand Your Palate: Culinary Chemistry at A 2nd Cup

Join A 2nd Cup and local cooks to expand your palate and culinary horizons through intriguing and unique classes. On August 24th, the theme will be Culinary Chemistry by Will Hutcheson and Crystal Young.

Saturday, August 24th

6:00 pm

A 2nd Cup

111 East 11th St.

Houston, TX  77009

Will and Crystal are a husband and wife duo originally from Houston and College Station respectively. Will is a freelance programmer and food enthusiast while Crystal is an assistant professor of organic chemistry at the University of St. Thomas and the chair-elect of the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please use the link below.

Upcoming events

Project Seed Celebration 2019

The GHS celebrated another successful summer of Project SEED with a research forum on August 2nd at the University of St. Thomas. Student fellows spent the summer conducting research in laboratories around Houston and gathered to share their results with peers, family, and ACS members as posters and oral presentations.  Marchelle Roberson, 2010 & 2011 ACS-GHS Project SEED fellow and 2019 graduate of the University of St. Thomas, spoke to this year's fellows and attendees on the topic of perseverance and  how the choices we make today influence our future. Congratulations to all our 2019 Project SEED fellows and special thanks to the students' families and mentors for their encouragement and support.

If you are interested in becoming a Project SEED mentor or applying for a Summer Fellowship, please see here for more information.

Volunteer Spotlight and 2019 ACS Fellow - Aimee Modic

Amiee Modic has been an active participant in district, local, state, and national Chemical Education for her entire teaching career. She was recognized as a Fellow for the American Chemical Society in San Diego this year. Amiee continues to demonstrate her creative,enthusiastic ardor for top-notch chemical education; and during her presentations, she has always been cognizant of potential student misconceptions and has provided experienced and new teachers alike, with the tools to approach a new topic or technique with confidence. She assisted with the pre-college program planning for the 2006 Southwest Regional Meeting, coordinated all the Illustrated Poem contests, both NCW and CCED, and has been dedicated to Science Olympiad. During our section’s centennial year, she served as a committee member for the gala. She is currently focused on serving as a member of the Awards committee. Her continued dedication to students and ACS makes her our spotlight volunteer this month!

Chemistry Outreach Volunteers Needed

Are you willing to share your experience as a chemist or chemistry technician with high school (afternoon) or college students (evening)? We're looking for volunteers who can either give a short presentation or simply speak freely to the students. Expected time commitment is 1-2 hours, including travel. To volunteer, contact

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
  • and members for all Committees

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

ACS-GHS August Seminar - Curtis Swisher, Career Management During Uncertain Times

Our August seminar speaker was Curtis Swisher, President of SpirePointe Consulting, who spoke on the topic of career management, and some of the most common mistakes people make when managing their careers. He also discussed the most effective actions you can take to enhance your career and achieve professional growth.

This seminar was definitely worth attending for the wealth of information Curtis provided, but if you missed it, don't despair! The recording is available now on our YouTube channel! Special thanks to those who tried to join our YouTube Live stream, we were sadly thwarted by an unreliable internet connection. We hope to see you again the next time we stream!

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