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The Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) is the national dental honor society with chapters in all U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools. It is Dentistry’s Phi Beta Kappa.

The Kappa Lambda Chapter is very active in supporting student scholarship and achievement. During the academic year, many students are recognized by this chapter with certificates and scholarship awards. Examples of recognition by OKU follow- The top 20% of the senior and junior class (by GPA) receive Certificates of Academic Achievement. The two senior students with the highest GPAs receive the Emile Fisher OKU Scholarship Awards. The junior and sophomore students with the highest GPA receive scholarship awards.

The students receiving the highest scores on Parts I and II of the National Boards receive scholarship awards in addition to the senior student with the best comprehensive patient case presentation. We also sponsor an award for a junior student that is selected by their classmates for their professional character.



Membership in OKU is by election. Each year we elect Alumni Members from the graduating senior class. To be eligible for membership, candidates must rank academically in the top 20% of the class. From this group, a number equal to 12% of the senior class may be voted into membership and inducted into OKU just prior to graduation.

Invitations for membership are based on GPA, extracurricular activities and professional conduct. Each year we also elect one honorary member who may or may not be a dentist, and one faculty member. Their election is based on significant contributions to the art and science of dentistry. To read more about OKU refer to the website at www.okusupreme.org.

A banquet is held annually at the end of the school year to celebrate our new members. New members are guests of OKU for an evening of dinner and recognition. This is an elegant evening in which new members are encouraged to invite guests and family to celebrate their induction.


Expectations of Health Care Professionals

Healthcare Professionals have Specialized Skills & Knowledge, an obligation to Life-long Education, Codes of Ethical Conduct, and a commitment to enhancing the Greater Community Good or Interest through Service and Leadership. Society empowers us in ways that very few other groups can imagine. Accordingly, we owe it to society to do right, give our best and be compassionate. OKU recognizes excellence in scholarship and character in the dental profession.

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Kappa Lambda Officers

President: Brian Bergeron
Vice President:  Allison Buchanan
VP Elect: Joseph Vitolo
Secretary/Treasurer: Kevin Frazier


The Kappa Lambda Chapter of OKU was awarded the Chapter of the Year for 2014.

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News & Announcements

Dr. Ahmed Zaher,Dr. Ahmed Zaher, Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences, received the inaugural Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Jon B. Suzuki Research Award at the OKU Supreme Chapter annual business meeting held in conjunction with the ADEA Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Zaher’s research proposal- “Fatigue de-bonding resistance of acrylic denture teeth to a conventionally processed denture base, or bases fabricated using computer-assisted milling or digital printing technologies” was selected for funding by the OKU Supreme Chapter research award committee. Dr. Fred Rueggeberg will serve as Dr. Zaher’s mentor for this project. OKU, the National Dental Honor Society, is the sponsor for this faculty research development program, and the $5,000 grant was established to help early career faculty be successful in dental education.


Dr. Frederick Rueggeberg received the prestigious "Stephen H. Leeper" award for teaching excellence from the Supreme
Chapter of OKU. The award was announced at the 2016 Annual Convocation Banquet by the Kappa Lambda Chapter Secretary Dr. Kevin Frazier. Congratulations to Dr. Rueggeberg on this distinguished honor. 

BuchananDr. Allison Buchanan was recognized for receiving the 2017 "Charles Craig" Teaching Award from the Supreme Chapter. This award honors early  career dental educators who have “demonstrated new and innovative teaching techniques in teaching the art, science and literature of dentistry”.
Induction Ceremony Held for Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society

The Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon; the national dental honor society; held its 45th annual convocation banquet on Wednesday, May 10 at the Pinnacle Club. Nine alumni members from the DCG Class of 2017, one faculty member- Dr. Tara Schafer (Pediatric Dentistry), and one honorary member- Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty (Oral Biology) were inducted. Dr. Michael Vernon, DCG Distinguished Alumni, and OKU member from the class of 1977 was the keynote speaker.

 Left to right standing: Ashley Farmer, Haylee Humes, Alexis Phillips, Kassidy Looper, Dr. Tara Schafer, Faculty Member. Left to right kneeling: Blake Jones, Ashley Clayton, Brian Jock, Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty, Honorary Member, Drew Richardson, Ahmad Bhatti