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Dental School Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi with Dr. Nader Nadershahi after the ceremony.

May  07, 2010

Twenty-one students from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry have been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the oldest and largest interdisciplinary honor society in the United States. The Dugoni School of Dentistry students joined nearly 100 of their Stockton and Sacramento peers at a recognition ceremony held April 30 on University of the Pacific's main campus in Stockton.

This year, the dental school was pleased to see very high representation among the newly admitted Phi Kappa Phi students, all of whom ranked in the top 10% of their respective classes. Sixteen students from the DDS Class of 2010, two students from the IDS Class of 2010 and three students from the Dental Hygiene class of 2010 were admitted.

In addition to recognizing academic achievement, Phi Kappa Phi offers opportunities to assist members throughout their academic and professional lives. Awards and scholarships, career assistance and training opportunities are among the benefits offered to active members.

"Induction into Phi Kappa Phi is a testament to the love of learning that these students have exhibited in their time at the dental school," remarked Dr. Nader Nadershahi, associate dean for Academic Affairs. "Ranking in the upper 10% of one's class is a remarkable achievement. I am very proud of our Phi Kappa Phi students."

Initiated Dugoni School of Dentistry students (in alphabetical order) are Ashley August, Jacob Barber, Chelsea Bernstein, Loren Cadelinia, Brent DeLong, Barry Dunn, Jen Fountain, James Galea, Abdul Ghadiali, Nathan Hinckley, Rafia Jawed, Adam Kirkpatrick, Rebecca McConkie, Ryan Mirchel, Julia Ng, My-Tien Nguyen, Kevin Perry, Martin Schellinck, Nicole Shinbori, Megan White and Desy Wilson.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. It is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. University of the Pacific's Phi Kappa Phi chapter was chartered in 1951. For more information visit

Category Type: Honors and Awards, University

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