(i) To be eligible for election to membership, upper-division students shall have obtained an overall grade point average of not less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Furthermore, the candidate shall have completed at least sixty-four (64) semester hours of college work including twenty (20) semester hours or thirty (30) quarter hours in chemistry courses to be eligible under this section.
(ii) Individual chapters are permitted and encouraged to set standards for membership which are higher than the national minimal standards. Chapters are recommended to invite for membership the top 20% of students in the chemical sciences.
Undergraduate Transfer Students
Undergraduate upper division students transferring to the chapter location from another institution shall have been in residence at least one year at the chapter location at the time they are considered for election unless they transfer at the beginning of their senior year, in which case they may be considered for election after one (1) semester or two (2) quarters of residence. In such cases the scholarship rating shall be computed on the basis of only those courses of college level, which shall include chemistry courses taken at the institution where the chapter is located, and the minimum scholarship rating shall be 3.00 grade points; provided, however, that the candidate shall have completed at least twenty (20) semester hours or thirty (30) quarter hours in chemistry courses to be eligible under this section.
The chapter may set any limit above this minimum as a basis for eligibility. In case the undergraduate transfer cam from an institution where there is a chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, inquiry should be made of that chapter as to the reason for the student’s failure of election to membership at that institution.
In order to be eligible for election graduate students shall have been in graduate residence at the current institution at least one (1) semester or two (2) quarters and shall have completed approximately one-half of the number of semester-hours or quarter-hours of graduate work normally required for the Master’s Degree or shall have been admitted to doctoral candidacy with a scholastic rating of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Graduate students may be subject to a secondary vote as outline in these By-Laws, Article VI, Section 5(b). The foregoing shall constitute the basis of computation, irrespective of the graduate degree sought by the candidate.
A student in the process of completing the above requirements may be elected to membership in the second semester or third quarter providing the chapter Committee on Eligibility shall have reasonable assurance from the candidate’s instructors and research director that the scholastic standing of the student is above the minimum requirements of the Society. Only such graduate students as are majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering or related fields of pure and applied chemistry and who meet the requirements of the Section shall be eligible. The chapter shall have the right to set any limit above this minimum as a basis for determining eligibility. The scholarship record may be supplemented by information from the candidate’s director of research as to the quality of the candidate’s performance, if such research is already in progress.
Faculty and Staff
This category includes persons specified in the National Constitution, Article III, Section 2a(iii) who are members of the faculties of chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, and other applied chemical fields.
(i) In order to be eligible for membership, such faculty member shall have been in full time employment of the current institution for at least one (1) year, and is responsible charge of some of the undergraduate or graduate courses, or important research work of the institution.
(ii) Eligibility of faculty members shall be based mainly upon their present achievements as denoted by their degrees, rank, publications, high standards of scholarship maintained in their classes or research work, honors and memberships in other societies, and potential future interests in our Society.
Post-doctoral fellows may be elected if:
(i) They have been in residence at least one (1) semester or two (2) quarters at the institution where they are proposed for election.
(ii) They meet the requirements, employment responsibilities and length of employment expected of faculty members for membership eligibility as specified in the National Constitution, Article III, Section 2a(iii).
Summer School Students
Summer school students may be elected to membership if:
(i) They have completed at least two full regular sessions at the institution where they are proposed for election.
(ii) They fulfill the requirements of the pertinent Sections of this Article that pertains to them.
Students of Neighboring Schools
Eligible students from a neighboring institution may be elected to membership in a chapter of the Society under the following conditions:
(i) The institution must meet the requirements of the National Constitution, Article II, Section l (a).
(ii) The candidate must meet the same eligibility requirements as the other chapter members (see these By-Laws, Article VI, Section 3).
(iii) The chapter located most closely geographically must be accorded preference in the privilege of initiating eligible students.