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.

ACS-GHS Summer Social

You are invited to join the Greater Houston Local Section to enjoy the play, "In All Thy Getting:The Forgotten Story of Freedmen's Town". This play was written by area high school teacher, Holly Charles, and directed by Ally Woods of NY,  a descendant of Freedmen's Town. This show will be hosted by the Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. and is benefiting the Rutherford Yates Museum, a preservation group in Freedman's Town.

Saturday, June 17th | 8pm

The Ensemble Theatre

3535 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002


Tickets may be purchased directly using the following link: 

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To assist in reserving seats together, please add "ACS" after your first or last name. To enter theatre, use Fannin & Berry Street entrance.  Free parking is available at HCC, Fannin or Berry Street facilities or directly across from Ensemble.  Fee parking is available in the parking garage on Main street across from Ensemble theatre.


ACS-GHS Awards Dinner

 Friday, September 22nd

The Houston Engineering and Scientific Society (HESS)

5430 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX, 77056

Join us to honor the recipients of the Joe W. Hightower Award, Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching, Two Year College Award, Younger Chemist Award and the Greater Houston Section high school scholarships.  

Dinner tickets are $50.00 for individuals attending this special event. Sponsorship of a table seating ten (10) persons is also available for $475.  To ensure accurate seating, please provide a guest list when purchasing a table or a group of tickets.   

To purchase tickets, please make a check, money order or cashier's check payable to ACS-GHS and mail it to ACS-GHS, P.O. Box 66181, Houston, Texas 77266 or purchase tickets online via PayPal. The deadline to purchase dinner tickets will be Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Please plan carefully since no tickets will be sold at the door.     

Self parking is available at no cost.  The attire is business casual.

ACS-GHS Science Cafe

Join ACS-GHS for a private tea tasting where we will learn where each tea comes from, how it is processed, and the health benefits of that type of tea. We will also learn how to brew the best tasting teas including water quality and the optimal water temperature and steeping time. We will learn different ways to make tea, the differences between coffee and tea as well as how tea rituals are used by different cultures.

Thursday, July 20 | 6:30-8pm

The Path of Tea

2340 W. Alabama St.

Houston, TX 77098

$10/person via PayPal or credit card with button below or email us for additional options

Cost includes a take home gift and 1 door prize will be given during event. Seating is limited to 25 people so do not delay in signing up!

Save the Date

ACS-GHS 100th Anniversary

 Friday, November 10th

The Briar Club

2603 Timmons Lane

Houston, TX, 77027

The Greater Houston Section of the ACS was officially formed in 1917 as the Southeastern Texas Section with joint headquarters in Houston and Port Arthur. The boundaries and our name have changed over the years but we are still going strong in our 100th year. 

We are planning a special celebration in the Fall to mark this momentous occasion. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or memories to share, please send them to us at We will use the ideas in our planning process and the memories on our website and other communications. Looking forward to your input!

Upcoming events

Member Spotlight

Dr. Jerry Yang

Dr. Jerry Yang, UH Professor and ACS-GHS Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator was awarded a prestigious five-year, $570,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. More details at y/news-events/stories/2017/ 0215-yang-award.php .

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Past Event Spotlight

March for Science

Members of ACS-GHS participated in the March for Science in Houston with ~10,000 other men, women and children which ended in at Houston City Hall where we also participated in a Teach In outreach event. Our booth was one of the favorites with kids crowding in all day to participate in the hands on chemistry activities. Thanks to Chair-Elect Catherine Faler (shown behind our booth with the ACS sign) for organizing and the volunteers from ExxonMobil and Rice University.

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