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.

Science and Engineering Fair Houston Chemistry Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2021 Science & Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) winners in the Chemistry category! They will be recognized in a special awards ceremony in May. Watch for the announcement!

 A special thanks to the ACS-GHS members that served as judges for the event.

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.

Project SEED - Virtual Summer Camp

The American Chemical Society is looking for undergraduate and graduate students to serve as Cabin Leaders for a 6 week-long virtual summer camp hosting ~450 students interested in the STEM field.


  • Mentor current high school students on current research, resume building, college life, etc.
  • Hold 2-3 meetings per week with a small group of students
  • Work with fellow undergraduate and graduate students to create engaging activities


  • Build your current resume; ideal for aspiring teachers
  • Mentor future scientists and share your expertise and learnings with them
  • $2,000 stipend

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student (medical school students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible as well)
  • No significant competing priorities that would prevent availability for meetings and trainings
  • Research or technical experience

For additional details, see the Project SEED VSC Cabin Leader Brochure

Apply at:

Cabin Leader Application Deadline is April 30, 2021

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!

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Celebrate Earth Week 2021 from April 18 - 24 with the theme, “Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry.” Check out a list of activities and local Earth Day events on our Community Affairs Committee page!

Chemistry Themed Private Tour of the Hall of Ancient Egypt at HMNS

Join the ACS-GHS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) for this special 2 hour event!

Sunday, April 18

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Houston Museum of Natural Science 

5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Learn about the First Chemists - the Egyptians were known in the ancient world as experts in many applied chemistry fields such as metallurgy, wine and beer making, glass making, paper manufacture, paint pigments, dyes, cosmetics, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals.

Only registered attendees can attend this event and masks are required! See Health Precautions at HMNS

There is a $5 fee for this event. After registering, you will receive an email with payment details.

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 - April

*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.
April's Clue


I am a hydrocarbon in which every carbon atom is equally bonded, or not bonded, to every other carbon. Look at my singlet 1H NMR. But I don't like keeping permanent.

What compound am I?

Answer must be submitted here by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2021.

A: Find out in our May e-newsletter!

March's Mystery Molecule:

A little bit of iron cations in my life

A little bit of cyanide anions by my side

A little bit of water is all I need.

It's Prussian blue!

Fe7(CN)18xH2O, where x = 14-16

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