Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, promotes the development of leadership qualities among pharmacy students. The society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.

Phi Lambda Sigma honors leadership. Members are selected by their peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.

Organization Contact:

Emilia Battles | KU Phi Lambda Sigma President |

Officers and Advisors


  • President - Emilia Battles  


Community Service

United Way Dinners
Students are given the opportunity to purchase tickets to enjoy dinner with their favorite professors and faculty along with a small group of other pharmacy students. This event allows students and faculty to get to know one another in a more personal way, outside of the classroom.  Practice your networking skills while helping Phi Lambda Sigma raise money for the local United Way.

Events and Meetings

PLS Leadership Conference
The Leadership Conference hosted by PLS provides many opportunities for attendees to grow in their pharmacy leadership abilities and develop as an overall leader. This event includes a message from a keynote speaker on pharmacy leadership, instruction on creating and developing a CV, interactive instruction on finding your leadership style and voice and the chance to ask questions and interact with pharmacy leaders from a variety of settings and positions. Registration and a fee is required, breakfast is included, attendees do not have to be members of PLS.


Membership and Fees

The Beta Iota Chapter consists of 10% of the student body. Students are nominated by their peers, complete an application for consideration and are selected for membership by the current student members of Phi Lambda Sigma.  Members must be of high moral and ethical character, have successfully completed at least one professional year of scholastic work applicable toward a recognized pharmacy degree, and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 grading scale.

New Membership Fee -  $80 
This one time payment gives each member a life-time membership to the National PLS Chapter

Annual Chapter Dues - $25

P4 Graduation Cords $15 (Optional)


Founded in 1965, through the creative imagination of Alabama Pharmacist Charlie Thomas, then a student at Auburn University School of Pharmacy, Phi Lambda Sigma celebrates many years of leadership recognition. Believing that leaders needed recognition for their contributions to our profession, the Alpha chapter of Auburn University was chartered in 1965 and thus began the tradition that is Phi Lambda Sigma today. The membership of the society is rich in leadership diversity and values the enduring support of the many friends, deans, advisors, faculty, alumni and student members. We are thankful to our founder for having the vision and dedication to leadership that allows us to recognize those individuals who have accepted the responsibility for leadership to profession of pharmacy.

Like many national associations, Phi Lambda Sigma operates through a system of local Chapters. Phi Lambda Sigma Chapters are designated by Greek letter. As of 2011, a Phi Lambda Sigma Chapter has been chartered at 103 of the 125 schools and colleges of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The University of Kansas Chapter- Beta Iota was established by Dr. Kleoppel in 1995.  The chapter has a rich history of accomplishment at the national level with Chapter of the Year Awards in 2014 and 2016.