Phi Lambda Upsilon
Xi Chapter - University of Pittsburgh

Francis Clifford Phillips Lecture Series

Selection Process and History

In 1875, the chemistry department was first recognized at the Western University of Pennsylvania, forerunner to Pitt, with the appointment of Francis Clifford Phillips as professor of chemistry, geology and mineralogy. Phillips would serve as head of the department until his retirement in 1915.

The Lecture Series was established in 1955 to honor his dedication and services to the department.

The Phillips Lecture is the most important event sponsored by Phi Lambda Upsilon. The noted speakers are chosen directly by the graduate students. The students then have the opportunity to spend time with the speakers and to become acquainted with them on a more personal level. The speakers are chosen among the four divisions of chemistry on a rotating basis, organic, inorganic, physical and analytical. Funding for this event is shared by PLU, the Chemistry Department and the local ACS Chapter. We are thankful to GPSA for additional funding.

55th Annual Phillips Lecture Symposium

Speaker: Dr. Phil Baran (The Scripps Research Institute)
April 20th and 21st 2010

For additional information about the 55th Phillips Lecture Series and the opportunity to volunteer, please click here.

Previous Phillips Lecturers

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