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Eighteen Dugoni School Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Some of the Phi Kappa Phi inductees from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry pose with Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Nader Nadershahi.

April  19, 2011

Eighteen 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 distinguished peers from Pacific's Stockton and Sacramento campuses at a recognition ceremony held April 8 at University of the Pacific's main campus.

Phi Kappa Phi inductees were all ranked in the top 10% of their respective classes. Sixteen students from the DDS Class of 2011 and two students from the International Dental Studies (IDS) Class of 2011 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 speaks volumes about these students' dedication to learning," said Dr. Nader Nadershahi, executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs, who attended the ceremony to recognize the students' achievement. "I would like to extend my congratulations to the dental students who recently joined the honor society. Being ranked in the top 10% of one's class is a tremendous accomplishment."

Initiated Dugoni School of Dentistry students (in alphabetical order) are Arash Abolfazlian, Eric Baker, Saoly Benson, Ryan Clark, Catherine Coppini, Anna Dneprov, Victoria Furman, Daniel Hammer, Preston Hansen, George Hwang, Catherine Legaspi, Veronica Montgomery, Morgan Nordstrom, Amanda Pinder, Ross Pulver, Lauren Rainey, Clio Samia-Lindenauer and Alan Shaw.

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

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