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Honor Societies and Student Organizations

​Honor Societies

Omicron Kappa Upsilon

The National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), recognizes scholarship and character in the dental profession. Membership in OKU has come to represents one of the highest honors attainable within the dental profession. Colorado's Pi Rho Chapter was established in 1976.

Student Organizations

American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) leads individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the improvement of the health of the public. Members receive ADEA’s publication, the Journal of Dental Education. 

American Student Dental Association

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is a national student-run organization which protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. Additional benefits include life insurance, loans, MasterCard and various publications.

Every CU dental student receives an ASDA membership thanks to sponsorships from:
     Colorado Dental Association (CDA)  
     Colorado Prosthodontic Society
     Metro Denver Dental Society (MDDS) 
     The Trust

Learn more about Colorado ASDA chapter activities on their website, ​Facebook page​ and blog, The Colorado Quickset

American Association of Dental Research

The American Association of Dental Research (AADR) seeks to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health, support and represent the oral health research community and facilitate the communication and application of research findings. 

American Association of Women Dentists

The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) provides support and education to women in the dental industry and is constantly striving toward their mission of "becoming the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists." Created by members from the AAWD, the Smiles For Success (SFS) Foundation was formed to assist women in transition from welfare to work who cannot afford the cost of dental care. 

Colorado Dental Association

The Colorado Dental Association (CDA) provides member services that promote the highest standards of care for the public and inspires members in the pursuit of professional excellence and personal fulfillment through education, leadership and communication. 

Metro Denver Dental Society

The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society (MDDS) is a professional association devoted to the advancement of the dental profession and oral health awareness. MDDS pledges to provide the highest level of service to members, offer educational opportunities, promote ethical standards of practice and advocate for the health of our communities. 

Student Council

The Student Council is the voice of the entire University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine student body. It is involved in planning events, answering questions, solving class problems and communicating student concerns to the administration. All dental students are members of the Student Council, and the Council Executive Committee is composed of the student body officers and each class president. Meetings are held monthly and elections are held each year in May. Constitution and bylaws are included in the Student Handbook.

Student Representation on School Committees

Student representatives serve on all standing and ad hoc committees of the school dealing with student and educational issues. Students nominate candidates from the appropriate class for each committee. The dean selects one of the nominees to fill the position for the next year. The dean or committee chairs of the ad hoc committees appoint students to serve on those committees.


Professional fraternity life is a part of the School of Dental Medicine activities. Two national dental fraternities are represented through local chapters: Delta Sigma Delta​ and Alph​a Omega. ​​

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