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!

Summer Social Celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table

The ACS Greater Houston and Brazosport Sections will be hosting our annual summer social on Saturday, August 3rd at The Printing Museum in Houston! Join us for a family-friendly social afternoon with hands-on printing activities and light refreshments. You'll even have the chance to create element squares to the GHS's periodic table quilt project in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Saturday, August 3rd

2:00 - 5:00 pm

The Printing Museum

1324 W Clay St

Houston, TX 77019

This event is open to members and non-members and is a great way to get to know other chemists in the Greater Houston and surrounding area! Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 per child 12 and under and can be purchased through the link below. Museum admission is included in the ticket price and tours are available for a small additional fee.

2019 Summer Social Flyer

Parking: The museum has a small (~15 car) parking lot; additional free street parking is available.

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2019 Project SEED Student Presentations and Poster Session

Join us for presentations and posters highlighting the research completed this summer by our 2019 Project SEED fellows.  Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, August 2nd

6:30 pm

University of St. Thomas

Center for Science & Health Professions

Rooms SHP 146/147

4100 Yoakum Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006


Volunteer Spotlight - University of St. Thomas ACS Student Chapter

The Chemistry Department at the University of St Thomas is a proud sponsor of the UST ACS Student Chapter. Students are encouraged to experience and showcase chemistry beyond the classroom by making science accessible and fun, while promoting sustainability, community, and service. They were honored at the ACS 2019 spring national meeting in Orlando with the Outstanding Student Chapter award. Last year, UST ACS showcased slime demonstrations for youths at the Texas Childrens Hospital and the Belville Junior High School Science Night and hosted several ACS-GHS seminars and a Women in Chemistry and Industry event. On campus, they hosted a campus-wide lab coat tie-dye event and a Valentine’s day fundraiser, promoting both ACS and sustainability. UST ACS hopes to inspire students from all walks of life!

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

WCC Speed Networking Event

On Thursday June 26th, the Women Chemists Committee organized a speed networking event at the University of Saint Thomas. A total of 10 participants enjoyed an informal yet speedy way to meeting new people. People were able to converse another participant for 8 min and then move to a new table. Light refreshments were offered to complement the event.

We look forward to hosting a second successful round of speed networking in the fall.

Call for Award Nominees

The Awards Committee is seeking nominees for ACS local section and regional 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.

The list of ACS regional awards can be found here, along with application requirements. Regional award applications are due August 1st. Contact the Awards Committee Chair at regarding regional award nominations.

Upcoming events

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:

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