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 Nominations - 2021 ACS Fellows

Recognize an ACS Member’s outstanding contributions to science and the profession, as well as their exemplary service to the Society, by nominating them to be an ACS Fellow! The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members of the ACS for excellence and leadership in both of two areas: (1) science, the profession, education, and/or management, and (2) volunteer service in the ACS community.

Submit nominations to and include:

  • Name of the proposed nominee
  • Proposal outlining why they think the nominee is deserving
  • Name of the person who will champion the nomination

Nomination deadline: March 15th

More information on award and award criteria can be found at ACS Fellows Program - American Chemical Society.

Deadline Approaching for ACS-Hach Classroom Grants

Application Deadline:

April 14th, 2021

Instructions and Application Form

The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant funds resources, activities, and laboratory equipment to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry in the high school chemistry classroom. Teachers can request up to $1500 for their ideas.

IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast 2021

Virtual Networking and Panel Discussion

“Empowering Diversity in Science”

The 3rd annual IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast event on Tuesday, February 9th was held jointly with the ACS Brazosport section. This year’s theme was Empowering Diversity in Science and included a virtual screening of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" in advance of the event. A 1 hr Zoom networking session followed by a panel discussion around the theme of discrimination and harassment faced by women and minorities in science, as highlighted in the “Picture a Scientist” documentary. Special thanks to our panelists, Carolyn Ribes, Amber Hinkle, Javoris Hollingsworth, and Kerry Spilker, for sharing their experiences and their inspiring words.

Panelist Carolyn Ribes provided a list of ACS resources on diversity and inclusion that can be viewed here.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2021 Global Women’s Breakfast Networking and Panel Discussion. It was an amazing experience and wonderful opportunity to meet you all!

Miss the panel discussion? Catch the recording on our YouTube channel!

ACS-GHS Volunteer of the Year 2020 – Laura Smith Callahan

Laura Smith Callahan is a Director of the Greater Houston Section and Chair of the Communications & Technology Committee, where she coordinates with our newsletter editor and website administrator to keep members up to date on important section news. Laura is also the powerhouse behind our social media accounts, sharing our section’s events and achievements along with a wide range of content to drive community interest and engagement in chemistry. She is instrumental in helping us welcome new section members and has been an active participant in several of our virtual program events during 2020. Laura, thanks for your hard work and congratulations on being named the GHS Volunteer of the Year for 2020!

Kicking Off the New Year!

The 2021 GHS Executive Board, volunteers, and interested members met via Zoom on the afternoon of Saturday, January 16th 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. We had a great turnout and are thrilled to welcome several new volunteers to our various committees! Great plans are in the works for 2021 despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, so stay tuned…

Spring 2021 Energy Professionals Hiring Event

Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers - Gulf Coast Section

ACS-GHS members are cordially invited to attend the Energy Professionals Hiring Event hosted by the SPE-GCS in partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions. The SPE strives to provide a platform for experienced upstream and energy professionals and industry companies to e-meet and create value for both sides.

Wednesday, April 7th


See the SPE Hiring Event Web Page for details and registration

Important Dates:

Job Seeker Registration opens on March 5th, and closes on April 5th, 2021

Employer Registration is now open, and closes on March 31st, 2021

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Chemists (and budding chemists) around the world will be  “Reducing our Footprint with Chemistry” through the annual Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW). 

This year, ACS-GHS will be hosting a virtual event. There will be several activities you can do on the website, at home, or outdoors. In addition to learning to care for Mother Earth, participants will have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Details will be available beginning in April.

2021 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam


We are sad to announce that the ACS-GHS will not be holding our Scholarship Exam in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to bringing the Scholarship Exam back once the public health situation with respect to the novel coronavirus has resolved.

Upcoming events

Guess the Molecule - February

*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.
February's Clue


I can be helpful during cold season. I like to break up phlegm and allow coughs to be productive.

What compound am I?

Answer must be submitted here by 11:59 pm on February 28, 2021.

A: Find out in our February e-newsletter!

January's Mystery Molecule: It fights gram-positive bacteria, but it don't do much in the gut. Someone locally synthesized it. It's vancomycin!


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software