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Phi Lambda Upsilon - Rho Chapter
Phi Lambda Upsilon - Rho Chapter
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History of Phi Lambda Upsilon

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Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded as an honorary society in March 1899 at the University of Illinois. The society stands as a monument to the enthusiasm and zeal of Horace C. Porter, Paul F. A. Rudnick, and Fred C. Koch, who, at the time, were seniors 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 maintenance of its high standards.

The aims and purposes of the Society were from its inception "the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of 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 scientific research, and Tau Beta Pi in Engineering. Throughout its history, Phi Lambda Upsilon has shown a consistent devotion to its objectives as an honor society.

The Rho chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon began at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1922. Members of the Rho chapter are graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, elected on the basis of their academic achievement and potential. Members include exceptional students from both pure and applied fields of chemistry.

The Rho chapter members participate in a variety of social and service activities throughout the school year and summer. Our chapter sponsors and coordinates annual, family-oriented summer picnics and Winter holiday dinners, and Valentine's day sales. These events are well attended, bring a sense of camaraderie and goodwill, and boost morale in the department. We raise funds through sales of combination locks and model kits to undergraduate students enrolled in chemistry labs. We offer service to the Department of Chemistry by providing a forum for graduate students to discuss relevant issues with chemistry department heads through our "Chat with the Chair conference series", recycling office paper once a week, awarding travel grants to Rho chapter members attending regional and national conferences, and providing a lounge for Rho chapter members and graduate students. In addition, our chapter sponsors the PLU-Rho Chapter Lectureship which brings in noted chemists to give colloquiums, attendance at which are made available to the public free of charge.


Current Officers


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Abby GelbPresident

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Katie Schumacher Vice President

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Eli RiekebergSecretary

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Maia KellyTreasurer

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Dr. Robert PowersAdvisor

Awards

Travel Grants
This award is given to PLU members to assist spreading the research performed at UNL's Department of Chemistry.
 
To apply for a PLU travel grant, fill out the application. Completed applications can be sent to agelb@huskers.unl.edu.
2017 Recipients Alana Rister, Dodds Group
Asilomar
Pacific Grove, California
September 29–October 3
Moriah Locklear, Dussault Group
National Organic Symposium
Davis, California
June 25–29
Kenneth Hipp, Lai Group
231st ECS Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 28–June 1
Channing Thompson, Lai Group
231st ECS Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 28–June 1
Fatema Bhinderwala, Powers Group
GRASP NMR Conference
Lawrence, Kansas
October 13-14
2016 Recipients Arin Sutlief, Lai Group
Midwest Regional ACS Meeting
Manhattan, Kansas
October 26th-October 28th
Jon Velasco, M. Stains Group
Biennial Conference on Chemical Education
Greely, Colorado
July 31st-August 4th
Jon Beck, C. Stains Group
EMBO Conference: Chemical Biology
Heidelberg, Germany
August 31st-September 3rd
2015 Recipients Teklab Gebregiworgis, Powers Group
Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference
Pacific Grove California
April 19-24
Xin Shang, Guo Group
American Chemical Society Fall Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts
August 16-20
Shulei Lei, Powers Group
Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR
Lawrence, Kansas
November 13, 2015
Lukasz Guaza, Redepenning Group
American Chemical Society Spring Meeting
Denver, Colorado
March 22-26
2014 Recipients Teklab Gebregiworgis, Powers Group
Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR
Lawrence, Kansas
October 17-18
Venkata Kolli, Dodds Group
American Society of Mass Spectrometry Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
June 15-19
Bradley Worley, Powers Group
International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems
Dallas, Texas
August 24-29
2013 Recipients Bradley Worley, Powers Group
Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference
Pacific Grove, California
April 14-19
2012 Recipients Yali Wang, Harbison Group
Biophysical Society Annual Meeting
San Diego, California
February 25-29
Rachel Willand-Charnley, Dussault Group
American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting
San Diego, California
March 25-29
John Presons, Harbison Group
Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference
Miami, Florida
April 15-20
Erika Pfunmiller, Hage Group
HPLC 2012
Anaheim, California
June 16-21
Jeanethe Anguizola, Hage Group
HPLC 2012
Anaheim, California
June 16-21
Ryan Matsuda, Hage Group
HPLC 2012
Anaheim, California
June 16-21
Bo Zhang, Powers Group
2012 International Conference on Gram-Positive Pathogens
Omaha, Nebraska
October 7-10
2011 Recipients John Persons, Harbison Group
Experiemental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference
Pacific Grove, California
April 10-15
Monica Kindle, Harbison Group
Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference
Pacific Grove, California
April 10-15
Yali Wang, Harbison Group
Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein & Biomolecular NMR
Lawrence, Kansas
October 28-29
Kiel Neumann, DiMagno Group
International Symposium on Radiopharmeceutical Sciences
Amsterdam
August 28-September 2
2010 Recipients

Kiel Neumann, DiMagno Group
St. Jude's Children's Research Memorial Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee
August 6-13

2009 Recipients Matt Shortridge, Powers Group
Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference
Pacific Grove, California
March 29-April 1
Adrienne Roehrich, Harbison Group
Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry
Snowmass, Colorado
July 19-23
Outstanding PLU Member & Research Excellence

The awards of research excellence and outstanding PLU members are each awarded $200.00 in travel grant money. The research excellence award is awarded during the departmental poster session in August and the outstanding PLU member award is awarded at the holiday party in December.

Research Excellence Outstanding PLU Members
2016   Jay Taylor (Morin Group)
2015   Lucasz Guaza (Jody Redepenning) Moriah Locklear (Patrick Dussault), Xiang (Sherry) Zhang (Jian Zhang)
2014   Arin Sutlief (Rebecca Lai)
2013   Thomas Smith (Rebecca Lai)
2012 Jeanethe Anguizola (David S. Hage)
Honorable Mention:
Thomas G. Smith (Rebecca Y. Lai)
Haotong Chen (Liangcheng Du)
Venkata Kolli (Eric D. Dodds)
Award Lecturers

Each year, the students of Phi Lambda Upsilon at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chooses a highly regarded researcher from the field of chemistry as the PLU-sponsored speaker for the Department of Chemistry's annual colloquia schedule. We focus on bringing in a multi-divisional chemist to ensure that their colloquia will be well received amongst UNL's chemists and physicists, as well as those from the Lincoln, Nebraska community and other local universities.

Past Award Lecturers

2016-2017 M. Christina White
2015-2016: Milan Mrsksich
2014-2015: Chad A. Mirkin
2013-2014: Daniel Harris
2012-2013: Mark Meyerhoff
2011-2012: Oliver Fiehn
2010-2011: Matthew P. Augustine
2005-2006: Gabriela C. Weaver
2003-2004: Richard Roberts
2000-2001: John Talley
1998-1999: Paul Anderson
1996-1997: Ronald Breslow
1994-1995: Clayton H. Heathcock
1987-1988: Henry Lardy
1986-1987: Tobin F. Marks
1984-1985: Ronald Breslow
1983-1984: Norman H. Cromwell
1982-1983: J. Calvin Giddings
1981-1982: W. Wallace Cleland
1980-1981: Mildred Cohn
1979-1980: Raold Hoffmann
1978-1979: Harry B. Gray
1977-1978: Paul Gassman
1976-1977: F. Albert Cotton
1975-1976: Neil Bartlett


Types of Membership and Requirements

(a) Undergraduate Students:
To be eligible for election to membership, upper-division students (juniors or seniors) 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 in chemistry courses to be eligible under this section.

(b) 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 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 in chemistry courses to be eligible under this section.

(c) Graduate Students:
In order to be eligible for election graduate students shall have been in graduate residence at the current institution at least one (1) semester and shall have completed approximately one-half of the number of semester-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 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 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. (See these By-Laws, Article VI, Section 3(d))