PHI LAMBDA UPSILON
"(For) the promotion of high scholarship in original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry."
The aims and purposes of the Society are summarized in its constitution - the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. The founders envisioned a society dedicated to these objectives which would serve the field of chemistry in much the same manner as Phi Beta Kappa does the humanities; Sigma Xi, scientific research; and Tau Beta Pi, engineering. Throughout its history, Phi Lambda Upsilon has been consistently devoted to its objectives as an Honor Society.
Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded as an honorary chemical society in March 1899, at the University of Illinois. This was the first honor society dedicated to a single scientific discipline.
A survey of our history reveals three distinct periods. Founding, growth and entrenchment of Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois comprise the first period. The second period began in 1906 when Beta Chapter was established at the University of Wisconsin. Five more chapters were chartered prior to 29 June 1911, the date of the convention at Indianapolis at which the national society was organized and the second period reached its culmination. From 1911 to date, the Society has effected a gradual rise in the standards for membership. This period has also been characterized by the development of programs of activity within the chapters consistent with the honorary character of the Society. In the span of ninety-five years, Phi Lambda Upsilon has grown into an organization comprising sixty-seven chapters and more than 55,000 members.
Members are elected by the Chapters or At-Large on the basis of their
academic achievement and promise. Membership includes exceptional students of pure and
applied chemistry selected from the junior, senior, or graduate classes, and also from
well qualified members of faculties, staffs, as well as from selected post-doctoral
students engaged in chemical endeavors in affiliation with qualified institutions of
Information on qualifications for membership in the Society is available from each local chapter or may be obtained by writing to the National Vice President, for 2002-05 is Dr. Richard White, CSB/SJU, St. Joseph, MN 56374-2099, or located on the web at http://www.cpac.washington.edu/~campbell/plu/membership/qualifications.html.
Honorary membership is the highest honor the Society may bestow upon an individual.
Honorary members are scientists of national or international reputation in a field of chemistry and are chosen by a vote of the chapters. Regular membership in the Society in no way precludes later election to honorary membership. This honor has been bestowed upon only two hundred and ten individuals in the ninety-five year history of the Society. The roll of honorary members includes the names of prominent American and foreign chemists, including virtually all American Nobel Laureates in Chemistry.
THE CHAPTERS OF PHI LAMBDA UPSILON
During the course of its ninety-nine year history, chapters of the Society have been established at each of the institutions listed below. Not all of those listed are currently active. A prime function of the chapters is to recognize and to honor excellence in students of chemistry by electing them to membership in the Society. In addition, most chapters carry out projects of a professional nature and present local scholarship awards to distinguished student and faculty. Our chapters are acknowledged on all campuses to be properly fulfilling the functions of an honor society.
|Gamma||Columbia||1909||Alpha Mu||Louisiana State||1936|
|Epsilon||U. of Wash.||1910||Alpha Xi||Cincinnati||1939|
|Zeta||Minnesota||1910||Alpha Omicron||Mich. Tech. U.||1942|
|Eta||Ohio State||1911||Alpha Pi||Duke||1944|
|Theta||Iowa State||1912||Alpha Rho||U. of Kansas||1948|
|Kappa||Denver||1912||Alpha Tau||Syracuse U.||1951|
|Mim Kaph Mim||California||1913||Alpha Upsilon||Pennsylvania||1951|
|Mu||Penn State||1914||Alpha Phi||Connecticut||1951|
|Nu||Purdue||1917||Alpha Chi||Georgia Inst. of Tech||1951|
|Xi||Pittsburgh||1917||Alpha Psi||Wayne State U.||1952|
|Omicron||I. I. T.||1920||Alpha Omega||Oklahoma||1952|
|Pi||Texas||1920||Beta Alpha||M. I. T.||1955|
|Rho||Nebraska||1922||Beta Beta||Texas A & M U.||1957|
|Tau||W. Virginia||1924||Beta Delta||U. of Louisville||1962|
|Upsilon||U. of Iowa||1925||Beta Epsilon||Drexel||1966|
|Phi||U. of Arizona||1926||Beta Zeta||Worcester Poly. Inst.||1969|
|Chi||Wash. State||1926||Beta Eta||S. Dakota State||1970|
|Psi||Univ. of S. Calif.||1926||Beta Theta||Arizona State||1971|
|Alpha Alpha||Rice||1926||Beta Kappa||U. of Scranton||1975|
|Alpha Beta||Oregon State||1927||Beta Lambda||N. Carolina State||1976|
|Alpha Delta||Oklahoma State||1929||Beta Mu||S. Methodist U.||1982|
|Alpha Epsilon||Kansas State||1931||Beta Nu||U. of Miami||1982|
|Alpha Zeta||Poly. U. of N.Y.||1932||Beta Xi||Xavier U. of Louisiana||1984|
|Alpha Eta||John Hopkins||1932||Beta Omicron||DePauw U.||1985|
|Alpha Theta||V. P. I. & S. U.||1933||Beta Pi||St. Cloud State||1986|
|Alpha Iota||Auburn||1933||Beta Rho||Mississippi State||1986|
|Beta Sigma||Valpraiso Univ.||1991|
THE PHI LAMBDA UPSILON FRESENIUS AWARD
In keeping with its objectives, Phi Lambda Upsilon, in 1965, established the National Fresenius Award to recognize outstanding chemists whose early achievements have an exceptionally high quality and who show great promise for distinguished careers in chemistry. The recipient of each year's award is selected from a slate of nominees by a select committee of distinguished chemists appointed by the National President for this purpose. The award, consisting of a unique metal plaque and an honorarium, is given to a person under 35 years of age who has made notable contributions to chemical research, education, and/or administration. A mere glance at the list of recipients given below tells how well the selection committee has succeeded in recognizing excellence and potential for future excellence in chemistry. Remember that each recipient of this award was nominated for it prior to having reached his or her thirty-fifth birthday.
FRESENIUS AWARD RECIPIENTS
1965 Martin Karplus, Columbia University
1966 Ronald Breslow, Columbia University
1967 Mostafa El Sayed, U. C. L. A.
1968 John Baldeschwieler, Stanford University
1969 Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
1970 Harry Gray, California Inst. of Technology
1971 Willis Flygare, University of Illinois
1972 Charles Cantor, Columbia University
1973 Nicholas Turro, Columbia University
1974 Richard Zare, Columbia University
1975 Robert Vaughn, California Inst. of Technology
1976 Joseph B. Lambert, Northwestern University
1977 William P. Reinhardt, University of Colorado
1978 Patrick S. Mariano, Texas A & M University
1979 Robin J. Marks, Northwestern University
1980 John R. Shapely, University of Illinois
1981 Richard P. Van Duyne, Northwestern University
1982 Michael J. Berry, Rice University
1983 George C. Schatz, Northwestern University
1984 Mark S. Wrighton, M. I. T.
1985 Ben S. Freiser, Purdue University
1986 Jacqueline K. Barton ,Columbia University
1987 Ian Rothwell, Purdue University
1988 Peter G. Wolynes, University of Illinois
1989 James L. Skinner, Columbia University
1990 Nathan S. Lewis, California Inst. of Technology
1991 Peter G. Schultz, Univ. of California-Berkeley
1992 John D. Simon, Univ. of California-San Diego
1993 Joseph T. Hupp, Northwestern Univ.
1994 Scott Rychnovsky, University of Minnesota
1995 Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford
1996 Erick M. Carreira, California Inst. of Technology
1997 Christopher Cummins, MIT
1998 Chad A. Mirkin, Northwestern University
1999 Joseph M. DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2000 David E. Clemmer, Indiana University
2001 Jillian M. Buriak, Purdue University
2002 Andrei Tokmakoff, MIT
As the Society's official publication, The Register performs several important functions. Not only does it record for historical interest the activities of the national organization and individual chapters, but it also serves to coordinate our widespread chapters' efforts to achieve the purposes for which the Society was founded and for which it exists. The Register brings to the entire membership reports of chapter and national activities, the triennial congresses, initiations, meetings, and awards. In addition, the magazine presents articles of a general nature in any area of science relating to chemistry.
Alumni and alumnae are urged to maintain active participation in the affairs of the Society through life subscription to The Register. This action is purely voluntary upon the part the individual as there are no alumni dues.
Administration of the Society is effected through six national officers, together with the two most recently retired national presidents. The triennial congress, at 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 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. The National Office for 2002-05 is located at the Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331, Dr. Christine Pastorek, National Secretary.