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.

YCC Social Mixer - Houston Zoo Lights

New Date!

The November YCC Social was rescheduled due to inclement weather conditions. There are limited spots available for the new date! Join us for a fun night out with other chemists in the community.

Limited Spots Remaining!

Saturday, December 17th

6:00 pm

Houston Zoo 

6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Houston, TX  77030

Reserve your ticket and get more event info here!

There is a $10 fee per person for this event. After registering, you will receive an email with a link to pay via PayPal.

2023 Chemistry Olympiad Local Competition

The Greater Houston Local Section will participate in the 2023 United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition administered by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Like the past two years, the local competition will be held in a hybrid fashion during the first week of March 2023. Interested students should express their intention to join with their chemistry or science teachers quickly.

The registration deadline is February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

For further information and the registration form for teachers, please contact Dr. Jerry Yang at

Education Rainbow Challenge Returns for 2022!

The Education Rainbow Challenge returned after a pandemic hiatus and was held at Northside High School in Houston on Saturday, November 5th. ACS-GHS volunteers at the Education Rainbow Challenge conducted chemistry demonstrations for ~400 HISD 3rd-5th graders as part of the annual Math and Science challenge event.

SWRM 2022 Regional Award Winners from the GHS

Congratulations to the Southwest Region Award winners from the Greater Houston Section! Mike Reynolds, Shell and Michael Wong & Pedro Alvarez, Rice University (not in attendance); Angel Martí, Rice University; and Jamie Flint, Spring Woods High School.


Photo (L to R): Mike Reynolds, Angel Martí, Jamie Flint, Lisa Houston

Professional Development Committee Kick-Off

Please join us for a meeting to help refine our Professional Development programming for 2023! This effort is part of our strategic plan and in response to your feedback that there is an opportunity for us to do more to help our members. All are welcome to join this initial planning meeting to help define what we are going to do, and start to gather a group of volunteers committed to making this a success!

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

7:00 PM

Via Zoom

RSVP to receive Zoom link by email.

Upcoming events

Apply for Project SEED 2023!

Project SEED is an American Chemical Society (ACS) internship program for high school students. Each summer, hundreds of students across the United States and U.S. Territories are matched with mentors/research advisors at university, industrial, and government labs for 8-10 weeks.

Scientists interested in serving as mentors for the summer of 2023 can apply at Project SEED.

National Chemistry Week Celebration at the Children's Museum of Houston

Our National Chemistry Week Celebration at the Children's Museum of Houston was a resounding success! 46 volunteers participated from 4 local colleges; University of Houston Downtown, Texas Southern University, Rice University, and University of St. Thomas.

All of the interactive tables were led by our volunteers, and families visited tables for about 10-15 minutes at a time. Attendees interacted with samples of natural and synthetic fabrics (including fabric made from recycled plastic bottles!), tried their hands at block printing, made molecule models from Play-Doh, created their very own slime in various colors to take home, and experimented with an acid (vinegar) and a base (NaHCO3) to change the color of red cabbage juice and grape juice. All attendees and volunteers conducting experimental explorations practiced safety by wearing gloves and safety glasses.

Volunteers were treated with pizza at lunch time!

ACS-GHS 2022 Award Ceremony and Banquet

On Saturday, October 8th, at the Junior League of Houston, the ACS Greater Houston Section honored members who have received local, regional and national ACS awards including 2022 ACS Fellows, GHS recipients of the Southwest Regional Awards, and GHS members celebrating 50 and 60 years of ACS membership. National awardees included Mamie Moy as the 2022 ACS Volunteer of the Year and Catherine Faler, Megan Robertson, and Christy Landes as new members of the ACS Fellows Class of 2022. Michael Wong, Mike Reynolds, and Pedro Alvarez were honored for receipt of the Southwest Regional Award for Partners in Prosperity. We were also honored to have in attendance 60-year ACS members Ed Billups and Clifford Venier, and 70-year ACS member, Herb Weiss. Thank you for all who attended in-person and online.

Photo (L to R): Michael Wong presenting the Joe W. Hightower Award to Christy Landes of Rice University

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