Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes and encourages collaboration among members across the five pillars of leadership celebrated by O∆K  and champions its leadership values of collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service.

About ODK

OΔK is a member of the Honor Society Caucus, a consortium of the most prestigious honor societies in the country.

Nationally, the purpose of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society is threefold:

First, to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines;

Second, to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest;

Third, to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution, as well as other Omicron Delta Kappa members, on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness.

Founded on April 29th, 1935, the University of Georgia Alpha Upsilon circle of Omicron Delta Kappa unites students and faculty who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in the five phases of campus life in the interest of the development of the University through commitment to service, integrity, excellence, and friendship. The circle was founded by 12 students and four faculty members and included UGA President S.V. Sanford and Dean William Tate among its early members. In his ODK files, Dean Tate described the society as “the most respected organization of this nature on the campus” of UGA. 

Throughout its history, ODK has talked of ambitious undertakings, including the establishment of a Student Government Association; enactment of an honor code; establishment of a president’s club for the presidents of student organizations; and regularly hosted student leader banquets, often times in collaboration with Mortar Board. 

The organization has created a positive press publication, called The Chapel Bell; petitioned to have a flagpole placed in the center of campus; facilitated a campus-wide September 11th memorial service; and served as a founding member on the steering committee for the first ever TEDxUGA event.

  • Leadership Mixer – an annual event promoting collaboration among leaders across campus.
  • Leadership Panel – an annual program exploring leadership topics. Open to all UGA students, faculty, and staff.
  • Service – ODK members engage in service together each semester.
  • Collaboration – to work together to achieve a defined and common purpose
  • Inclusivity – to actively seek, embrace, and advance a diverse group of individuals
  • Integrity – to align one’s values and beliefs with behaviors and speech
  • Scholarship – to strive for excellence in academics and pursue lifelong learning
  • Service – to answer the call for action from one’s community or country
  • Academics and Research
  • Athletics
  • Service to Campus and Community
  • Communications
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Demonstrated leadership in one of the Five Pillars of Campus Life and embrace the ODK Leadership Values.
  • Sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the top 35% academically.
  • Graduate/professional students with at least a 3.6 GPA.
  • All students must have been enrolled at UGA for at least one semester.
  • New initiates will pay a one-time Lifetime Membership Fee of $94 to Omicron Delta Kappa. A limited number of fee waivers and gifted memberships are available. 

In addition to ongoing leadership development, ODK members are eligible for national scholarships and members in good standing receive with honor cords to wear with their graduation regalia. Additional membership benefits are listed at

Once an individual is initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa and is no longer enrolled at institution that hosts their circle of initiation, they are considered a lifetime member of our Society.

Applications to the Alpha Upsilon Circle of ODK will be available in Spring 2025. 

To be considered, please complete the Omicron Delta Kappa Membership Application. Upon selecting the University of Georgia and your initiation class in the application, you be able to view the short essay questions on the form.

Applicants will be notified of their status in early April and initiation will take place in late April.

2024 Circle Initiates

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the Alpha Upsilon Circle initiated thirty-eight new members. The new members of ODK have committed themselves to the ideas, values, and aspirations of the Circle. Pictured above are the 2024 initiates at the Honors Plaza outside the Tate Student Center.

Sydney Fritsch, President
Dawson Templin, Vice President
Sannvikha Saravanan, Treasurer
De’Aisa Daniels, Service Chair

Elena Acosta
Christine Arsenis
Alexandra Audrain
Sophia Beasley
Abigail Bernardo
Jessica Bridges
Katherine Burch
Wayne Clayton
Nicole Cortes
Jenna Culpepper
Daniella Davydenko
Samantha Dilley
Mia Gale
Joshua Germain
Ellie Gilliard
Claire Hackleman
Samuel Harrison
Savannah Hernandez
Julia Hustead
Nikita Jha
Grace Kazak
Britton Landrum
Lauren Lewis
Sarah Margate
Daniel Maxwell
Kira May
Abigail McCulloh
Hannah Miller
Milan Nayak
Georgia Nunn
Cristina Padilla
Maria Padilla
Kinsleigh Purvis
Kaitlin Quick
Harrison Russ
Addison Tyler
Dylan Vila
Samantha Ye

Nicholas Ballin
Emily Belinski
Mason A. Brock
Bryce Carman
Caroline Campbell Hare
Samuel Thomas Janasik
Emily Jesseph
Jeffrey Scott Kempski
Elisabeth Dorothy Kersh
Pablo Andres Malaver-Reyes
Khushi Mehta
Caitlyn Noelle Miller
Zoe Alexandra Mitchell
Fatime Niane
Hannah Frances Nicholson
Darcy Jeanette Norris
Ryan Kerry O’Donnell
Ashni M. Patel
Wyatt Pitts
Aizhia Nicole Cabrera Poblete
Morgan Pope
Landon Elizabeth Poythress
Julianna Marie Russ
Beverly Pratt Spinks
Adam Starks
Nikita Swamy
Lucinda Warnke

Gabriella All
Michael Banks
Aditya Birla
Samuel Brewster
Portia Brown
Sarah Burnett
Haley Carman
De’Aisa Daniels
Emma DiPuma
Ryan Evans
Gideon Fernald
Emilio Ferrara
Sydney Fritsch
Ashley Gawey
Spencer Gordon
Bryson Henriott
Richard Ladd
Dayle McCallar
Jake Mitchell
Lauren Mullininx
Calvin Rausch
Sophia Rodriguez
Daniel Rouhani
Saanvikha Saravanan
Kara Scoggins
Avery Scott
Dawson Templin
Caitlin Williams
Grace Wills
Gabrielle Wood
Andrew Zach

Asim Ahmed
Marshall Berton
Amanda Bowden
Christopher Brandon
Cashington Callaway
Margaret Carlton
Amanda Colton
Jacqueline Ganun
Joshua Gregory
Davis Hardell
Christopher Hooper
Spencer  Jones
Christopher Jue
Elise Karinshak
Kiet Le
Mary Lollis
Hima Nesbit
Amelia Pak
Christopher Rosselot
Sarah Secrist
Amanda Sinning
Sydney Speir
Ellen Teeter
Ciera Thomas
Lori Wachowicz
Claudia-Michele White
Nicholas Yanek

Darrice Griffin (Faculty/Staff)
Lori Crawford (Faculty/Staff)
Andrew Abruzzo
Robyn Anzulis
Claire Bunn
Brennan Cox
Callie Dickinson
Elizabeth Esser
Edward Hunda
Culzean Kennedy
Christopher Lee
Kelton McConnell
Caroline Odom
Atithi Patel
Sydney Phillips
Karan Pol
Tarun Ramesh
Anna Samsonov
Emma Traynor
Emma Tucker
Jaaie Varshney
Suvitha Viswanathan
Avery Warner
Himani  Yadav