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.

Call for ACS Fellows

The GHS Awards Committee is soliciting nominees for 2022 ACS Fellows. The nominee must be an ACS member in the Greater Houston Section and have outstanding service for both the science and ACS. The suggestions must include the contribution to science and the Society as well as a suggested champion for the nomination. More information on ACS Fellows can be found at ACS Fellows Program - American Chemical Society.

Please send your suggestions with supporting information to Lisa Houston at by January 18th.

Seeking MENTORS for the ACS Project SEED Program for Summer 2022

The ACS Project SEED summer research program creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged students to  experience what it's like to be a chemist. To promote this initiative, we are now seeking mentors to lead our high school  student participants in the summer of 2022. All mentors will be appointed to no more than 2 students.

Starting December 1st, 2021, we will be accepting proposals for both in-person AND virtual research projects. If interested, please contact the Project SEED Area Coordinator, Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth, at for further details.

Expectations for Mentors

  • Leads project with sufficient overlap with chemistry concepts
  • Ensures student comprehension and thorough understanding of the research project
  • Fully occupies student for the duration of the project timeline (minimum 30-36 hours per week for at least 6 weeks); Note that group meetings, research and writing time are included in this minimum)

Ask a Scientist

Argonne National Lab Tour

Did you miss our tour of Argonne National Lab with Tour Guides Dave and Denise Hooper?

Click here to access the recording!

  • Advanced Photon Source (APS) Video
  • Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) Video
  • Q&A

ACS-GHS 2021 Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Photo: Mamie Moy, Robert Curl, Jonel Curl and Anne Hightower

On Saturday, October 16th, at the Junior League of Houston, the ACS Greater Houston Section honored members who have received local, regional and national ACS awards including 2021 ACS Fellows, GHS recipients of the Southwest Regional Awards, and GHS members celebrating 50 and 60 years of ACS membership. The hybrid event was attended by ~70 in person and 5 virtual guests. National awardees included Amber Hinkle as the 2021 ACS Volunteer of the Year and Monte Pettitt for being named to the ACS Fellows Class of 2021.  Jennifer Notz was honored for receipt of the Southwest Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. Local awards were presented to Robert Curl of Rice University – Joe W. Hightower Award; Alicia Doffing – Excellence in High School Teaching Award; Jose Nunez of San Jacinto College -Two Year College Award; Snigdha Chennamaneni – Younger Chemist Award; and Robert Botto – Mamie W. Moy Distinguished Service Award. We were also honored to have in attendance a 50 year member, Thomas Walsh, and a 60 year ACS member, Ivory Nelson.

GHS January Kick-Off Meeting

Sunday, January 9th

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Via Zoom

RSVP here to receive the Zoom meeting link by email.

The 2022 GHS Executive Board and associated volunteers will be meeting in January to review the section's strategic goals and annual plans, assign committee chairs and volunteers, and ensure a smooth transition between board members in new positions. This is a great opportunity for members interested in volunteering with the ACS Greater Houston local section to meet the board and get involved in our 2022 activities.

Upcoming events

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November Seminar Recording - Dr. Allison Campbell

Experiences in Chemistry and Science Advocacy

Our November seminar with Dr. Allison Campbell is now available on our YouTube channel, or watch below! Learn about Dr. Campbell's research work on biomineralization and how you can be a better advocate for science with officials at all levels of government.

Guess the Molecule - December

*New for 2021*

Play "What Molecule Am I?" with the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society! Every month, we will post clues to a mystery molecule in our electronic newsletter and on our website. Enter your guess here into the contest form each month. Each correct answer will get you one entry into our 2021 prize raffle for a maximum of 12 entries per person. At the end of the year, we will tally up the correct answers and enter them into a draw for a chemistry-themed prize pack!


  • One entry per email per month. If more than one response is received, only the first one will be considered.
  • Only *correct* responses will count towards a raffle entry...but we promise not to judge too harshly.
  • Monthly responses must be received by 11:59 pm on the last day of that month.
  • Final entries must be received by December 31, 2021 and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced in the January 2022 e-newsletter.
December's Clue


This time of year, many people smell me around their houses as they like to bring trees indoors. I'm found in both alpha and beta.

What compound am I?

A:It's pinene!

By J.delanoy - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,                         By Jan Herold - File:Beta-pinen.png, CC BY-SA 3.0,

(+/-)-α-Pinene                        (+/-)-β-Pinene

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