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Become a Member

When you join ASDA, you are given a voice in both your education and profession and a chance to be part of a strong network of future dentists. You will also have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, dental students attending the University of College of Dentistry pay a one-time due of $100. That's a 69% reduction in dues!* This automatically enrolls you as an Oklahoma chapter and national ASDA member, as well as a student member of the ADA.

 

*National ASDA dues are normally $80/year.

 

Oklahoma Member Benefits

General Members

  • Automatic student membership to the ODA and ADA

  • Access to members-only social events, like Casino Royale and various sponsored social hours throughout the school year

  • Free entrance to the Loupes Fair, as well as the Fall and Spring Vendor Fair

  • Eligibility for scholarships to national ASDA conferences

  • Eligibility for ASDA Fever Award by earning points from event attendance

  • Eligibility for social media campaigns and contests

  • Member spotlights via social media

  • Access to award-winning publications and writing opportunities: Sooner Smiles - Journal, Brush Up - Newsletter, and the website blog

Leaders

In addition to the above, Oklahoma ASDA leaders receive the following exclusive benefits:

  • A voice in the development, planning, and execution of programming to meet the objectives of the organization

  • Unique leadership, mentorship and networking opportunities

    • Build lifelong relationships with dental students and professionals from across the country

    • Develop relevant leadership skills

  • Priority selection for attendance to national ASDA conferences

  • Eligibility for scholarships and awards presented at the end-of-the-year banquets

 

National Member Benefits

 
Be a part of something bigger than you, but better because of you.
— Dr. Daryn Lu '15, Oklahoma ASDA Alumnus
 
 
The benefits of my ASDA involvement is unmatched by any dental school experience thus far. I am able to hone valuable leadership skills for real-life practice, all the while advocating for the profession.
— Lynna Van '19, Oklahoma Chapter Past President

Become a Leader

Becoming a member is an exciting first step, but becoming a leader will surely take your experience further. Take some time to explore available opportunities for leadership at our Oklahoma chapter.

 

National Meetings

National ASDA holds various meetings throughout the year to educate members on issues facing the dental profession and provide opportunities to meet students from different dental schools. We encourage you to attend meetings to learn more about ASDA and maximize the benefits of your membership. View a schedule of ASDA meetings.

 
 

National Leadership Conference

The National Leadership Conference (NLC) is geared towards personal development by providing leadership training to dental students across all years. Attendees can create customized schedules based on their personal knowledge, experience and interests, in order to benefit them as dental students and future practitioners, as well as leaders in organized dentistry.

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Annual Session

Annual Session is official meeting of ASDA's House of Delegates (known by past attendees as "the best week ever") and the meeting during which association policy is voted on.

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ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day

During ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day, students visit Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of themselves and their patients. This unique experience gives ASDA members the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and staff to discuss the issues that will impact the education and training of dental students and future dentists.

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District Meetings

National ASDA is divided into 11 districts, and Oklahoma ASDA is a part of District 9 which consists of the following ASDA chapters:

  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas at Houston
  • University of Colorado
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Texas at San Antonio

District 9 holds two meetings throughout the year to strengthen leadership and camaraderie among the district. We encourage you to attend meetings to learn more about ASDA District 9 and maximize the benefits of your membership. In particular, the Leadership Retreat is catered toward those who hold district offices, while the District 9 Meeting is open to all Oklahoma ASDA members.

 
 

District 9 Meeting

The District 9 Meeting usually takes place in Breckenridge, Colorado. This meeting is unlike any other district's meeting. Ditch the suit and tie and grab your flannel PJs to join over 50 dental students in a large cabin for mountain activities, chapter exchanges, and outstanding networking opportunities.

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District 9 Leadership Retreat

The Leadership Retreat is held in the summer and is open to those who hold a district office. This meeting kickstarts the ASDA year with committee planning and leadership training at the district level. Pool parties, too.

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