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.

Contact: Katie Denning, KU Phi Lambda Sigma President

Officers & Advisors


Title Name
President Katie Denning
Vice President  
Peer Mentor Coordinator  
New Member Coordinators


Student Activities Coordinator


Alumni Coordinator  
Wichita Liason  


Lawrence - Karen Moeller
Wichita - Bradley Newell


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.      

Events & 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.

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Peer Mentor Program

The PLS Peer Mentor Program partners incoming P1 students with P2 &P3 student mentors.  Mentors and mentees are matched in early September with a Kick-off Gathering held in the same month.  Additional gatherings are held in both the fall and spring semesters.  Each gathering includes conversation topics that are currently relevant to the P1 student and include time to socialize with and meet other students.  Mentors are selected from P1 & P2 participants whom successfully have completed the program in the spring semester for the following school year. 

PLS Members serve as mentors for the University of Kansas’ Pre-Pharmacy Club.  Members attend meetings offering insight into the PCAT, admissions process and interviews.  Each year the PLS Chapter sponsors a drive for PCAT Prep materials to distribute among members of the Pre-Pharmacy Club.

Leadership Challenge

Each Year the National Phi Lambda Sigma Organization selects an emerging healthcare concern for Phi Lambda Sigma Chapters to research and develop a proposal to solve.  A small group of PLS Members work with healthcare professionals and alumni pharmacists to develop a proposal and grant request.  Proposals are submitted to the national organization in December of each year and the winner chapter receives a grant to fund their proposal.

 Leadership Luncheon

The Leadership Luncheon is hosted each year by Dean Harold Godwin and Phil Lambda Sigma.  Each year a member of the KU Family is awarded the honor of the Leadership Legacy Award by Dean Godwin in recognition of their excellent leadership in the profession of pharmacy.  The recipient of the Leadership Legacy Award is invited to share their legacy as a guest speaker at the Leadership Luncheon.

Student Leadership Workshop

Each Spring Phi Lambda Sigma sponsors a Student Leadership Workshop.  At this workshop students can hear from current student leaders speaking on the benefits of student involvement and balancing your involvement responsibilities with your academic responsibilities.  Students are given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel of student leaders representing the various student organizations.  Following the Q &A students can connect with leaders and hear about available leadership positions.

School of Pharmacy High School Open House

Each Spring Phi Lambda Sigma partners with the School of Pharmacy for the Open House.  High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the profession of pharmacy and the life of a pharmacy student.  Stations are set up in the skills lab and visual demonstrations are presented to illustrate various skills used within the profession.

General Body Meetings

PLS meetings consist of the acquisition of leadership skills and guest speakers.  Most PLS Meetings are open to members only, but twice a year in lieu of a meeting PLS will host a student leadership event like the Student Leadership Workshop and the Organizational Open House.

National Meetings

Meetings for the National Phi Lambda Sigma Chapter are held each year at APhA Annual Conference. One member of the Beta Iota Chapter attends as delegate, but all members are encouraged to attend.  Members can also attend enjoy an opportunity to network and celebrate chapter achievements which are presented at the dessert reception each year.

Membership & 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)

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.


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