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.

Program in a Box: Voyage to Mars

Journey to the Red Planet

Celebrate National Chemistry Week on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:45pm and join one of our groups on a mission to explore the chemistry of Mars! A panel of experts will share what we know about the planet and the steps that need to be taken to safely send men and women to walk on its surface. Discover the challenges of long-term space travel and the materials, biochemistry, and astrochemistry that will help make this mission possible. Programs will be hosted at three locations in Houston. Flyer

Tuesday, October 23 | 5:45pm

University of St. Thomas 

SHP 252, Center for Science and Health Professions

4116 Yoakum Blvd.

Houston, TX 77046 

University of Houston

Room TBD                 

4800 Calhoun Road

Houston, TX 77004

St. John's School

Chao Assembly Room

2401 Claremont Lane

Houston, TX 77019

October Seminar

Human Space Exploration:

Challenges and Opportunities

Join us for our second seminar of the school year with Dr. Antony Jeevarajan, Deputy Division Chief Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences at NASA Johnson Space Center. He will talk about the challenges associated with human space exploration and discuss the assets, risk mitigation strategies as well as the technologies needed to accomplish the Human Mars Mission.  

Wednesday, October 24 | 6:30pm

University of St. Thomas

Center for Science and Health Professionals

4116 Yaokum Blvd.

Houston, TX 77046

More details on the event can be found here. Please RSVP if you can join us. 

National Chemistry Week Activities

Hands on Activities at the Children's Museum

Bring the family and join us at the Children's Museum for several hands on chemistry stations. The theme is "Chemistry is out of this World" and the theme table will focus on the Moon and Mars. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 10am - 4pm

Children's Museum

1500 Binz St.

Houston, Texas 77004

Illustrated Poem Contest

ACS-GHS is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students K-12. Winners of the local section will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes. Click here for more details and rules. Click here for the entry form.

Prizes: $25 for 1st place in each grade category

Contest Deadline is October 22, 2018

2018 ACS GHS Awards Banquet

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 ACS GHS Local Section Awards:

  • Joe W. Hightower Award - Michael Wong, Rice University
  • Two Year College Award - Elisabeth Harthcock, San Jacinto College
  • Younger Chemist Award - Jakoah Brgoch, University of Houston 
  • Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching - Lindsey Wilson, Austin High School

The awards will be presented at our Awards Banquet where we will also honor the 2018 high school scholarship award winners and their teachers as well as our 50, 60 and 70 year members.

Saturday, October 27 | 6:30-10 pm

Student Center South

University of Houston

4455 University Drive

Houston, TX 77204

Individual Tickets $50/person

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Event Spotlight

Women in Industry Panel

ACS-GHS sponsored a Women in Industry seminar which included a panel discussion in which women from various industry sectors shared their career journey as well as their experience on a range of topics including how to successfully transition to a career in industry, how to prepare a resume that will stand out, and career-life balance. The discussions and networking continued during dinner and beyond. More than 50 undergraduates, graduate students and professionals were in attendance.

Plans are in progress for future career networking opportunity opportunities. Stay tuned!

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Event Spotlight

Project Seed Celebration

Project Seed provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers by allowing them to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship.

The 2018 program began on June 12 and culminated in a poster session and celebration on August 3. This year, we had 12 research fellows (pictured above) and 12 mentors including new mentors Dr. Andrew Barron, Dr. Venkata Pavan Raja Manuri, Dr. Dan Villalanti and Joy Cocchiara. The complete list can be found here. The ACS Project Seed program is celbrating its 50th anniversary and GHS is celebrating its 10th! Over the past 10 years, 48 mentors have have worked with 128 high school students. A complete list of participants, mentors and sponsors can be found here.

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