Phi Lambda Upsilon
Xi Chapter - University of Pittsburgh

About PLU

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.

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This page was last revised on May 30, 2003.