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 Science Café

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

This event has sold out! Email us at to see if any tickets become available.

Sign up for the ACS-GHS Career Workshop!

 Saturday, September 9th

9am - 3:30pm

St. Thomas University

Science and Health Professions Building

Houston, TX 77006

Register for a career workshop with Bill Carroll, ACS Past President, 2005; ACS Director-at-Large, 2009-17. This event will feature an interactive workshop on constructing a strong resume; interviewing strategies; networking skills; an overview on ACS career services and more. The workshop will also include an expert panel session with an opportunity to network with professionals from various fields of Chemistry: Industry, Academia, Government, Entrepreneurship, and the Law.
  • Industry - Careers in Industrial Chemistry - JC Kuo and LaDonna Finneli-Neal
  • Academia - Working in Higher Education - Ognjen Miljanic
  • Law - Immigration and Patent law - Valerie Moore and Mr. Chao
  • Entrepreneurship - Working for yourself - Mayank Gupta
  • Government - Opportunities for Chemists in the Government Sector – Sebastian Frommhold

The event is open to everyone but space is limited. Please register by September 2nd to participate in this event.

There will be a raffle for ACS membership dues for the upcoming year.

ACS-GHS September Seminar 


Monday, September 18 | 6pm

St. Thomas University 

Houston, TX 77006

Join us as Andrew Cottone traces the growth and evolution of Adesis, one of the first boutique chemistry Contract Research Organizations (CRO’s) in North America, through the chemistry outsourcing bonanza of the late 1990’s and into the Asian dominated markets of the early 2000’s to become one of the fastest growing life science companies in North America.  More information can be found here.

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, 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 using link below. 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 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. Monte Pettitt

Congratulations to Professor Monte Pettitt on receiving the ACS Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award for the Greater Houston Section. These awards, given by the ACS Committee of Community Activities (CCA), recognize the immeasurable outreach efforts made by local section volunteers. In addition to his yearly participation in Project Seed as a mentor, Monte did an outstanding job organizing the Southwest Regional Meeting last November. His dedication, together with his leadership and organizational skills, led to an enormously successful event. Our thanks go out to Professor Pettitt for his continued commitment and inspiration to our younger members.

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Past Event Spotlight

BSA Stem Fair

ACS-GHS volunteers provided hands on activities for ~200 scouts and their families during the Scout Fair at Minute Maid Park on May 6th including making slime and "magic" color changing flowers. Thanks go out to Outreach Chair Kerry Spilker for organizing and to all our volunteers from St. Thomas University, Javoris Hollingsworth, Mia Nguyen, Tu Mai, Hiep Nguyen, Andrew Nguyen, Lucy Banh, and Adrianus Tjandra for their participation and support. 

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