Welcome to Delta Sigma Delta

Delta Sigma Delta is an organization of dentists and dental students brought together with the common goal of promoting excellence in the dental profession. We currently have 33 dental school chapters, and 42 alumni chapters. At the school level, members have a great study support group, social events, education opportunities and do community service projects. Fellowship continues at the alumni level in graduate chapters all around the country.

On November 15, 1882, seven dental students in Ann Arbor, Michigan met and founded the first dental fraternity in the world. For a name, they transposed the initials of the DDS degree, to DSD and substituted the Greek letters ΔΣΔ. Delta Sigma Delta was born and this new chapter became known as Alpha Chapter. Upon graduation, these men continued their bond by creating the Supreme (or Alumni) Chapter, from which developed the many Graduate Chapters. After 130 years, we are 75 chapters strong in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

138th Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 13th - Sunday, October 16th, 2022 • Charleston, South Carolina
Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

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A message from our current Supreme Grand Master,
Peter Blenkinsopp


As Supreme Grand Master, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of Delta Sigma Delta.

This Fraternity was initially created in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1882, which makes it the oldest, International Dental Fraternity in the world. The Fraternity recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the profession and the community; and those who seek to inspire and uphold the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.

From this initial Chapter in 1882, it has grown to be an international organization with 42 Graduate Chapters, located in the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. This creates a worldwide network of like-minded dental surgeons, who through camaraderie promote the central principles of the Fraternity, of clinical excellence and education, utilizing the resources of this extensive reservoir of knowledge and experience.

In the United States, the Undergraduate Chapters are associated with dental schools across the nation. They form an important part of the Fraternity and its activities. This takes the form of education, mentorship, exposure to the principles of service via outreach programs, and the camaraderie so engendered by these activities.

Membership in America is mostly by transition from the Undergraduate Chapters. Elsewhere, which can also include American membership, it is by invitation of graduate dental surgeons from the profession into an already established Graduate Fraternity Chapter. As a Fraternity we are keen to contact any previous Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity members who have allowed their membership to lapse, or who would appreciate assistance in finding or forming a Graduate Chapter in their area.

To contact us Please click the link at the top of this page.
The Fraternity would be very interested and willing to respond or help.

Yours Fraternally

Peter T. Blenkinsopp

SGM 2021-2022

Delta Sigma Delta Educational Foundation

The Educational Foundation grants loans of up to $10,000 to student members of the Fraternity who are in their 3rd or 4th year of dental school or those in accredited dental specialty training. The loan application and qualification info are in the PDF below and should be read carefully. Applications are accepted Jan 1st and must be received by March 31st.

Applications must be sent by mail, not electronically. Loans are approved by a vote of the Foundation Trustees.

Please mail the application to the Foundation address shown on the form. Administrator Dr. Robert Karsten can be reached at drrobertkarsten(at)gmail.com or (914) 484-4315.

Student Loan Application


Most of us remember those days in dental school when financial aid meant a great deal to us. Today's Brothers and Sisters of Delta Sigma Delta have the same problems, and this is where our Educational Foundation is able to help out. The Foundation currently has 58 loans issued to students with principle due of $467,000. In addition, $15,000 in grants are given annually to help finance student activities fraternally, professionally, and for educational purposes. It is anticipated that many more applications for loans will be received this year and thereafter. Your contributions will allow the Foundation to continue to aid our DSD students. Please send your contributions to:

Delta Sigma Delta Educational Foundation
c/o Dr. Robert Karsten
P.O. Box 237
Katonah, NY 10536

(914) 484-4315