Learn more about the student clubs, honor societies and
organizations that help foster social interactions, professional
development, community service opportunities and recognition of CU
School of Dental Medicine students.
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.
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:
National Dental Association, Colorado Chapter provides an educational,
professional, and social platform for students in the Doctoral of Dental
Surgery (DDS) and Advanced Standing International Student (ISP)
programs at the University of Colorado School of Dental
Medicine. We promote a positive environment that is conducive to the
holistic well-being of underrepresented and minority
students. Activities of the organization enhance all facets of
professional growth and development. This includes but is not limited
to providing opportunities for networking, advocating on behalf of
underrepresented and minority students, and developing student
programming that increases the visibility of underrepresented and
minority groups and interests.
The National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), recognizes scholarship and character in the dental profession. Membership in OKU has come to represent one of the highest honors attainable within the dental profession. Colorado's Pi Rho Chapter was established in 1976.
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 Alpha Omega.
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 June Constitution and
bylaws are included in the Student Handbook.
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.