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Fellowships, Honorariums, and Associations

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society

Membership in this national honor fraternity reflects recognition of high scholastic standing and consistent, earnest study throughout the curriculum. To be eligible for election a student must rank in the upper twenty percent of the class scholastically, be of high moral character, and show promise of making significant contributions to the profession after graduation.

The Richard Doggett Dean and Marguerite Taylor Dean Honorary Odontological Society

This society, dedicated to promoting high standards in the profession, was founded in 1948 in recognition of Dr. Richard Doggett Dean and his wife, Dr. Marguerite Taylor Dean, for long and faithful service to the University and dental education.

Dental Students Research Group (SRG)

A chapter of the Student Research Group was established in 1985. Students are encouraged to join the American Association of Dental Research/International Association for Dental Research (AADR/IADR). The University of Tennessee Health Science Center chapter of the SRG is represented annually at the national meetings of the AADR/IADR.

Research seminars and Journal Club meetings are held periodically to discuss ongoing research and review literature related to dental research.

American Student Dental Association

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry chapter of the American Dental Association is recognized as the student governing body of the College. It is part of the national organization, which is associated with the American Dental Association. Dental students may join the American Student Dental Association and receive the ADA journal, as well as be eligible for the Association's insurance programs and other benefits. The membership fee is 65 dollars per year for students.

In addition to maintaining an excellent liaison with the faculty and administration, the organization encourages active participation of each student to work for the highest ideals of the profession.

Student National Dental Association

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) strives to promote and encourage an increase in minority enrollment in all dental schools. The SNDA is committed to the improvement of the delivery of dental health to all people, with an emphasis on minorities and the under-served. This organization assists those programs within the greater community which require some measure of dental expertise, by educating and involving its members in the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession of dentistry and promoting a viable academic and social environment which is conducive to the mental health of minority students.

American Association of Women Dentists

The UT Chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) was formed to foster mutual support among female dental students and to provide personal, social and professional association with women dentists.


On campus are chapters of two national dental fraternities: Psi Omega and Xi Psi Phi. The Interfraternity Council aids in the formulation of policies relating to the activities of the fraternities. Through the help of the Council, each fraternity has a program that augments that of the College of Dentistry in preparing dental graduates for successful lives in the dental profession.

May 26, 2022