Phi Lambda Upsilon

Phi Lambda Upsilon – The aims and purposes of Phi Lambda Upsilon are the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. 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 113 years, Phi Lambda Upsilon has grown into an organization comprising seventy-three chapters and more than 60,000 members.

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Announcement of the 36th Triennial PLU Congress

The 36th Triennial Congress of Phi Lambda Upsilon will be held Saturday-Sunday, August 9-10, 2014, in conjunction with the National 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Each active chapter is encouraged to send a delegate with their travel expenses to be reimbursed by the national organization. The purpose of the congress is to elect the national administrative officers, that will take office on July 1, 2015, and to conduct and act on the business of the society. Each delegate, in order to have a seat on Congress, shall present credentials signed by the chapter secretary. Delegates from 2/3 of the active chapters shall constitute a quorum.

The procedure in the congressional sessions shall conform in general to “Robert’s Rules of Order.” The national congress shall perform the following functions (Constitution, Article VI, Section 3):

  1. Determine the national policy of the Society,
  2. Interpret the provisions of the National Constitution and By-Laws, proposing amendments to the National Constitution for subsequent chapter approval, and amend the By-Laws,
  3. Determine the triennial Budget of the Society, and
  4. Act as a final court of appeal.


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