Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU) is a National Honorary Chemical Society.
The members of the Xi Chapter are faculty and graduate students
in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.
The graduate students must have passed their preliminary exams and
are respected by the faculty and their peers. Members should have
a fundamental interest in things chemical which characterizes the
members of our Chapter and the Society at large.
Chapter activities differ somewhat on various
college campuses where the Society is represented.
In a few places the election of members constitutes
the main function, but in many other chapters
projects of a scientific nature, such as public
lectures, visits to industrial plants, visiting
speakers, and chemical exhibitions are sponsored.
In most chapters some award is made to local
students who have distinguished themselves in
scholarship and/or research. Our chapters are
recognized by their respective college
administrations as definitely fulfilling their
function as an honor society.
Administration of the Society is affected through six National
Officers, together with the most recently retired Past National
President. The Triennial Congress (Convention prior to 1975), in
which each chapter is represented by a delegate, functions as a
deliberating and legislative body to determine the policies of the
Society. Interim action is by vote of the of the Administrative
Council in which each chapter is represented through its President
and Councilor. Items of business which directly affect the chapters
are decided by ballot within the individual chapters. At the present
time the National Society reaches its alumni through The Register.
PLU is a graduate student organization
for graduate students and run by graduate students. Please let us
know what we can do to make PLU more enjoyable for all chemistry
graduate students in the department. We would like for everyone
to get involved and to enjoy the experience. Email PLU
with suggestions and comments.