Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Xi Xi Chapter – Tufts University School Of Dental Medicine

Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society was founded in 1914 to recognize scholarship and character in the dental profession. Each year, only the top 12% of the graduating class are chosen for induction.   Since its inception, membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon has come to represent one of the highest honors attainable within the dental profession. Consideration for nomination begins objectively with high scholarship. Subjective factors such as character, potential for leadership, professionalism and ethics are then considered. Outstanding accomplishments as a pre-doctoral student qualifies you for membership.

Our Chapter, XiXi Chapter, began its inception in 1944.

2013-14 XiXi Chapter Officers

Dr. Paul Trombly

Dr. David Leader
Vice President

Dr. Karen Wallach

Our chapter currently has 210 active members.  Active members are members who have paid their dues every year.  There are 98 Life members.  Life members are exempt from paying dues when you have reached the age of 60 and have been a dues-paying member for 30 years.

Dues help support for the yearly activities of this chapter, which include:

  • Induction of new members this year 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 (to be held on May 16, 2014)

Chapter News

Twenty-three students were inducted into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, at a ceremony on May 17, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Boston. The guest speaker was Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Dental Association.

The D’13/IS’13 student inductees were:

Ahmed Mohamed Reda Afify* Megan A. McGillicuddy
Stephen Nicholas Cagliostro Lauren E. Murphy
Patricia K. Domings Emery Leigh Nicholas
Ruth Gonnella Michael C. Popelars
Sarah A. Greenlaw Jesse J. Punch
Jameson Louis Hardy Christophe J. Rohe
Ian Jameson Kaemmer Matteo Ugo Sferlazzo
Jennifer Kusner Sarah L. Shin
Bohyun Lee Erica Ann Stutius
Kacey Mahoney Laura Hanson Vaccariello
Nicole K. Mahoney Carlin Elizabeth Weaver
Dustin McCammon
 *International Student

The 2013 faculty inductee was Dr. Joanne Marie Falzone, Clinical Professor.


 (Photo of Inductees)


 Dean Thomas, Dr. Joanne Falzone, Dr.  Paul Trombly

Also at the ceremony, cash awards were given to Jaskaren Randhawa (D’14) who received the Bates Day Research Award; Matthew Cannavo (D’14) who received The Basic Science award and the Dental Science Award.


 Dean Thomas, Jaskaren Randhawa (D’14), Dr. Hilde Tillman and Dr. Paul Trombly


Steve O’Loughlin, Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin (Guest Speaker) and Dr. William Lobel

If you are a member of XiXi Chapter and have not been an active member in recent years, I hope you will reconsider. It is through the support of its members we can continue with the important programs for the students. The annual membership fee is $60.

If you are a life member and want to contribute to these student awards, it would be greatly appreciated.

Make check payable to OKU and send to:

Patty DiAngelis
Department of Comprehensive Care
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111

For more information about the national organization, visit the OKU National website at