Kappa Psi

Kappa Psi is the largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the world. KU's Kappa Psi Rho Chapter encourages members to pursue a lifetime of service to their communities and provide quality friendships during their pharmacy education and throughout their professional careers.

Contact: Shahab Esfandiary (KU Kappa Psi Regent)


Title Name
Regent Shahab Esfandiary
Regent Elect  
Pledge Masters  
Fundraising Chairs  
Professionalism Chair  
Social Chairs  
Philanthrophy Chair  
Scholarship Chair  
Outreach Chair  
Health Fair Committee  


David Henry
Kimberly Guess

Kappa Psi History

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, began in 1879 as a secret society at the Russell Military Academy in New Haven Connecticut. Kappa Psi emerged as a Greek Letter Society that evolved into a medical- pharmaceutical fraternity. In 1924, the members of Kappa Psi decided to separate the fraternity in terms of profession. The pharmaceutical group retained the name of Kappa Psi, and the medical group became known as Theta Kappa Psi. The foundation of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is build on the four cornerstones of fellowship, industry, sobriety and high ideals.

Rho Chapter History

Rho Chapter was installed at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, April 23, 1932. Ferdinand D. Stoll, grand ritualist, installed the chapter and administered the ritual of initiation. The chapter became dormant in 1957 and was reactivated in 1967.

  • Chapter Meetings are bi-monthly on Wednesdays over the noon hour
  • Annual Thomas Mikkelson Golf Tournament
  • Pharmacy Formal 
  • Mr. Pharmacy Pageant

Returning members - $70 per semester

New members - $95 per semester




2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU