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Phi Lambda Upsilon
National Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Honorary 
Alpha Iota Chapter, Auburn University
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About Phi Lambda Upsilon
HISTORY
Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded as an honorary chemical society in March, 1899 at the University of Illinios.  It was the first honor society dedicated to a single, scientific discipline.  The society stands as a monument to the enthusiasm and zeal of Horace C. Porter, Paul F.A. Rudnick, and Fred C. Koch, each at the time a senior majoring in chemistry.  The founders were assisted in their undertaking by Professors Arthur W. Palmer, Harry S. Grindley,  and Samuel W. Parr, who continued for many years to manifest an active interest in the Society and to work for the mainteneance of its high standards.

PURPOSE
The aims and purposes of the Sociey were from its inception "the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches or pure and applied chemistry."  Through these objectives the founders envisaged a society which would serve the field of chemistry in the same manner that Phi Beta Kappa does in the humanities, Sigma Xi in scientific research, and Tau Beta Pi in engineering.  Throughout its history Phi Lambda Upsilon has shown a constant and consistent devotion to its objectives as an Honorary Chemical Society.

 
last updated 7/14/99
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