Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the National Dental Honor Society, recognizes scholarship and character in dental professionals. Since its founding in 1914, membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon represents one of the highest honors attainable in the dental profession.
Our XiXi Chapter began in 1944, and currently supports 210 active members.
- Chapter Officers
- Consideration for Nomination
- Becoming an Active Member
- Chapter News
- Reinstating Active Membership & Other Contributions
Dr. William Lobel
Dr. Paul Trombly
Dr. Karen Wallach
A pre-doctoral student qualifies for membership with outstanding accomplishments, high scholarship, his or her character, potential for leadership, professionalism and ethics. Our chapter chooses only the top 12% of each year’s graduating class for induction.
Omicron Kappa Upsilon defines an active member as one who pays OKU dues every year. When an active member reaches the age of 60, and completes 30 years of dues payment, OKU deems him or her a Life member and exempt from paying dues. Our chapter currently boasts 98 Life members.
Dues help support the yearly activities of this chapter, including
- Induction of new members at the Convocation Dinner and graduation
- Yearly student Scholarships and Achievement Awards including the Bates Day Research Award
- Purchase of OKU Stoles to wear at graduation, OKU Pins and OKU Certificates for new members
- Convocation Dinner activities
Omicron Kappa Upsilon inducted twenty students at a ceremony held at the Revere Hotel on May 18, 2012. The ceremony featured guest speaker, Dean Huw F. Thomas, 16th Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
D’12/IS’12 Student Inductees
|Anna Emily Abrahamian||Carolyn Joanne Ferrick|
|Alana J. Bednarz||Bryan Francis Foley|
|Akiva Y. Bersson||Shin Huh|
|Gloria C. Chao||Eunice Dongyoon Lee|
|Jonathan Leslie Czerepak||Albert Francis Lewicki II|
|Corey F. Decoteau||Marek J. Ogledzki|
|Mary Kathryn DeLoach||Gaurang Patel *|
|Adrina DeVitre||Ramya Bhat Rao|
|Jessica Dillon||Urvi Navin Ruparelia|
|Kevin Duong||William R. Trahan|
2012 Faculty Inductee: Dr. J. Michael Hall
2012 Students Inductees and OKU Faculty
Other Notable Awards
Allison Ferris received the competitive scholarship award, initiated by the XiXi Chapter in the amount of $1,000, for demonstrating the characteristics that OKU stands for: scholarship, character and leadership.
OKU also presented cash awards to Diego Camacho (D’13) , James Koehler (D’13) and Jessica Silva (D’13), who received the Hilde H. Tillman Bates Day Research Award for their project “Retrospective Evaluation of Implant Failure Predictors at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine” at the Annual Bates Andrews Research Day on March 3, 2012.
Nicole Mahoney (D’13), received the Basic Science Award for outstanding scholarship in the Basic Health Sciences, and Dustin McCammon (D’13), received the Dental Science Award for outstanding scholarship in the Dental Health Sciences.
Congratulations to all!!
The support of our active members allows us to continue the important programs for our students. If you are a member of the XiXi Chapter and wish to be reinstated as an Active member, or if you are a Life member and wish to contribute to the student awards please follow the instructions below. Your contributions, support and dedication to OKU is greatly appreciated.
Annual Membership Fee: $60
Please make checks payable to OKU and mail to:
Department of General Dentistry
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
Visit the OKU national website for more information about the organization.