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 Greater Houston Executive Elections Are Here!

Greater Houston Local Section Members - check your email (or mailbox) for your ballot and vote for the members of your 2022 Local Section Executive Board. The election will be open from October 22 to November 24th, so make your vote count!

Seeking MENTORS for the ACS Project SEED Program for Summer 2022

The ACS Project SEED summer research program creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged students to  experience what it's like to be a chemist. To promote this initiative, we are now seeking mentors to lead our high school  student participants in the summer of 2022. All mentors will be appointed to no more than 2 students.

Starting December 1st, 2021, we will be accepting proposals for both in-person AND virtual research projects. If interested, please contact the Project SEED Area Coordinator, Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth, at for further details.

Expectations for Mentors

  • Leads project with sufficient overlap with chemistry concepts
  • Ensures student comprehension and thorough understanding of the research project
  • Fully occupies student for the duration of the project timeline (minimum 30-36 hours per week for at least 6 weeks); Note that group meetings, research and writing time are included in this minimum)

Ask a Scientist

Argonne National Lab Tour

Did you miss our tour of Argonne National Lab with Tour Guides Dave and Denise Hooper?

Click here to access the recording!

  • Advanced Photon Source (APS) Video
  • Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) Video
  • Q&A

ACS-GHS 2021 Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Photo: Mamie Moy, Robert Curl, Jonel Curl and Anne Hightower

On Saturday, October 16th, at the Junior League of Houston, the ACS Greater Houston Section honored members who have received local, regional and national ACS awards including 2021 ACS Fellows, GHS recipients of the Southwest Regional Awards, and GHS members celebrating 50 and 60 years of ACS membership. The hybrid event was attended by ~70 in person and 5 virtual guests. National awardees included Amber Hinkle as the 2021 ACS Volunteer of the Year and Monte Pettitt for being named to the ACS Fellows Class of 2021.  Jennifer Notz was honored for receipt of the Southwest Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. Local awards were presented to Robert Curl of Rice University – Joe W. Hightower Award; Alicia Doffing – Excellence in High School Teaching Award; Jose Nunez of San Jacinto College -Two Year College Award; Snigdha Chennamaneni – Younger Chemist Award; and Robert Botto – Mamie W. Moy Distinguished Service Award. We were also honored to have in attendance a 50 year member, Thomas Walsh, and a 60 year ACS member, Ivory Nelson.

November Seminar Recording - Dr. Allison Campbell

Experiences in Chemistry and Science Advocacy

Our November seminar with Dr. Allison Campbell is now available on our YouTube channel, or watch below! Learn about Dr. Campbell's research work on biomineralization and how you can be a better advocate for science with officials at all levels of government.

Upcoming events

National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest

2021 Theme – Fast or Slow... Chemistry Makes it Go!

Congratulations to Kinley Lister, 5th grader, at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Houston, Texas. She is the Greater Houston section winner of the National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poster Contest. Much appreciation to her teacher, Brooks Conlan, for submitting the winning entry.  National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate NCW by communicating the importance of chemistry. Kinley’s illustrated poem will be submitted to compete at the national NCW competition for grades 3 -5.

Guess the Molecule - November

*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.
November's Clue


I'm an inorganic compound that is insoluble in water, but soluble in dilute acids/bases. I have many uses in industries such as rubber, ceramics, medicine, food, pigments, and coatings. If you put on sunscreen, chances are I protect you!

What compound am I?

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

A: Find out in our December e-newsletter!

October's Mystery Molecule:

Planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween? Then you know I will be there to provide that famous fall scent.

It's cis-3-hexen-1-ol (aka leaf alcohol)!


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