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.

Discover the Houston Ship Channel with the Younger Chemists Committee


Join ACS-GHS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) for a boat tour aboard the M/V Sam Houston. This tour offers a leisurely, 90-minute round-trip, educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel. Enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. This event has been cancelled due to recent severe weather in the area.

 Saturday July 13, 2024

Arrive by 1:30 pm

Tour starts at 2:00 pm

 Sam Houston Landing

7300 Clinton Drive

Houston, TX 77020


2024 Pre-College Awards & Recognition Program - Save the Date!

Celebrating the achievements of Greater Houston students in the US National Chemistry Olympiad, our annual Scholarship winners, and 2024 Project SEED participants. More information coming soon!

Friday, August 2, 2024

6:30 pm

St. John's School

2401 Claremont Lane

Houston, TX 77019

June Seminar with Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez of Rice University

"I ask myself, and always tell my students, you should always ask "why do we care?" Because people are going to ask you, so you should be the first one to ask yourself."

- Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez, June 12, 2024

We were pleased to showcase more Houston talent in the first of our June seminars as Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez, one of C&EN's 2023 Talented 12, joined us to talk about his work on non-covalent interactions as a design principle for novel materials. If you missed the live webinar, you can still catch the recording on our YouTube channel!

June Seminar with Dr. Ravindra Aglave from Siemens Digital Industries Software

" the story of our civilization."

- Dr. Ravindra Aglave, June 26, 2024

Dr. Ravindra Aglave of Siemens Digital Industries Software joined us to share how Siemens uses the concept of a digital twin in simulations to help develop new materials and address complex engineering challenges. If you missed the live webinar, you can still catch the recording on our YouTube channel!

Celebrating Professional Excellence

We are pleased to share that Amiee Modic was recently voted in as President-Elect for the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). She will begin her three-year presidential succession journey July 1, 2024.

Amiee is a chemistry teacher at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and an active member of the Greater Houston ACS section, serving on Education and Outreach committees (including NCW and CCEW), and promoting chemical education opportunities in the Greater Houston area and beyond. In 2019, she was honored as an ACS Fellow for her work in chemical education.

ACS-GHS Awards: Call for Nominations

Recognize your peers for their outstanding scholarship and service to the ACS-GHS and our chemical community by nominating them for an award!

  • Visit GHS Awards for nomination details and past winners. Nomination packets due September 10, 2024.
  • Information on ACS Regional awards can be found here, nominations due August 1, 2024.

Direct inquiries and submit nomination packets to by the specified deadline.

Upcoming events

Kicking Off Project SEED for 2024

Project SEED has commenced for 2024 with a start date of June 10 and an end date of August 5, 2024. We are excited to partner with Sam Houston State University, University of Houston and Houston Electron Microscopy, Stafford, TX. Check out the Project SEED page for the list of our current mentors and students. More news to come!

Heartfulness Yoga & Meditation Hosted by the ACS-GHS Senior Chemists Committee

L to R: Reggie, Venkat, Roopa, Corrin, Catherine, Carolyn, Peter & Simha

The Senior Chemists Committee hosted a yoga and meditation event at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, June 29, 2024. The session was conducted by Ms. Roopa Naras who is a full time software professional and also a certified yoga & meditation trainer lead the chair yoga & meditation. Dr. Venkat Madabusi who is a fellow ACS Emeritus member and also a meditation trainer helped with questions the participants had. The program started with a few stretches followed by chair yoga & Heartfulness meditation. Participants discussed about how just a few minutes of meditation could help everyone perform better & help keep you grounded. The SCC hopes to offer more such sessions to ACS-GHS members in the future.

2024 US Chemistry Olympians Announced

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the team that will represent the U.S. at the 56th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from July 21 to 30, 2024.

The members of 2024 Team USA are:

  • Anant Asthana, John Foster Dulles High School, TX.
  • Yufei Chen, University High School, CA.
  • Yunyi Ling, Mongomery Blair High School, MD.
  • Alice Liu, Marquette High School, MO.

The first and second alternates are:

  • 1st Aaron Wang, Conestoga High School, PA.
  • 2nd Yash Shah, Panther Creek High School, NC.

The ACS Greater Houston is proud of Mr. Anant Asthana of John Foster Dulles High School, who also participated in the 2022 and 2023 USNCO Study Camps before being selected for Team USA in 2024. Congratulations, Anant! We wish you best of luck in the international competition!

See the complete announcement here

Annual ChemLuminary Nominations Announced!

We are excited to share that the Greater Houston Section has been named a finalist for this year's ChemLuminary Awards for the following categories:

  • Most Creative NCW Celebration Using the Yearly Theme
  • Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award
  • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section - Large Size Category Award

The winners will be announced during the ACS Fall 2024 in Denver. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 20, at 9-10 pm.

Thanks to all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the ACS and our section!

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