Beta Sigma Kappa, BSK, is the International Optometric Honor Society fraternity dedicated to scientific and clinical excellence as well as high moral standards in the optometric profession. The Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) International Optometric Honor Society is an elite group of Optometrists and Optometry students whose mission is to stimulate scientific attainment, academic excellence and the ethical practice of optometry, and to promote and provide financial support for worthy research projects relating to vision care and the eyes. Beta Sigma Kappa chapters can be found at every school and college of optometry in the US, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.
The organization is involved in a variety of activities including tutoring, organization of review sessions, and hosting mock proficiencies and meetings on topics such as life after graduation and residencies. It supports optometric research by awarding grants each year to deserving student and young faculty research projects. It also presents the Silver Medal Award to the graduating student with the highest academic record.
BSK student leadership will notify students who are eligible to join the organization during the fall term. Eligible individuals can become BSK members by submitting a Membership Application and paying membership dues. Individuals who join will receive a Membership Certificate.
Membership eligibility is determined by GPA and those that chose to join the organization take part in volunteering within the community. To be eligible for BSK membership at NECO, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.5 in their first professional year, a cumulative GPA of 3.4 in the first two years, a 3.3 cumulative GPA for the first three years and a 3.2 cumulative GPA for all four professional years. Beta Sigma Kappa is a highly honorable organization to be a part of. Learn more about membership in the Beta Sigma Kappa on their website.
Current Student President: Swati Kumar, Class of 2018
Faculty Advisor: Nicole Quinn
Active BSK members are distinguished by a gold cord that is worn during the graduation ceremony. BSK members who have maintained the required academic standards throughout the four years of optometry school and who continue their club membership throughout these years will be distinguished by a gold and black cord that will be worn during the graduation ceremony. For further information, contact Swati Kumar who is the 2016-2017 President or faculty advisor Dr. Nicole Quinn.
OD Class of 2016