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.
Delta State is home to the Gamma Delta chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon. Chartered in April 2017, the Gamma Delta chapter initially inducted 11 student charter members and five charter faculty members with Dr. Gene Grimley III, Phi Lambda Upsilon President presiding. A chemistry majors are identified for induction based on their qualifications and an induction ceremony as well as officer elections are held each spring.
Read more about our chartering ceremony here.
President – Emily Grossi Jamison
Vice-President – Tyler Daniels
Treasurer – Ana Daisy Camarillo
Secretary – Jean Claude Blackmon
Membership in a local chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon is by invitation only and requires meeting the academic standards specified in the National Constitution.
Requirements for membership shall be:
(i) A minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent of Chemistry, chemical engineering, and/or biochemistry;
(ii) Rank in the top 20% of seniors in their department or at their institution; and
(iii) A minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0.
The invitation to join is usually formally transmitted by letter from the Councillor of the chapter and may include a formal ceremony of induction. Once a nominee has gone through induction, the nominee is required to fill out a new member form, which is available from from the DSU Gamma Delta chapter, and submit a one time life-time membership fee of $40.00 to the National Treasurer, either by mail or electronically at plu-memberships-and-merchandise. A Certificate of Membership is then mailed to the new member.
The Delta Gamma chapter constitution will be made available in Fall 2017.