OBJECTIVES and HISTORY of PHI LAMBDA UPSILON, The National Chemical Honorary Society


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. In the span of some ninety-nine years, Phi Lambda Upsilon has grown into an organization comprising sixty-seven chapters and more than 55,000 members.

At Large Membership

PLU Brochure

Chapter Formation - Updated Dec 1999 !- New National Vice President, Prof. Charles T. Campbell, University of Washington

National Officers - New National Officers, Sept 1999!

Pictures from the 31st Triennial Congress, Blacksburg, VA 1995

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