Kappa Epsilon


Kappa Epsilon (ΚΕ) is an American professional pharmacy fraternity founded by Zada M. Cooper on May 13, 1921.[1] It was founded with the purpose of uniting female pharmacy students in an era when women were a minority in the profession. Today, KE has 43 collegiate chapters and 10 alumni chapters. Over 20,000 women and men have been initiated into ΚΕ since its founding.[2]

Kappa Epsilon
FoundedMay 13, 1921; 101 years ago (1921-05-13)
Iowa City, Iowa
MottoCogito Ergo Sum
(I think, therefore, I am)
ColorsRed and White
FlowerRed rose
Chapters43 collegiate, 10 alumni
Headquarters7700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 201
Overland Park, KS 66202
WebsiteOfficial website

Kappa Epsilon's National Project is the promotion of breast cancer awareness. Many ΚΕ chapters participate in the Race for the Cure or Relay For Life. KE chapters are also encouraged to promote awareness of other women's health issues such as osteoporosis. KE's recently added the Pharmacy Career Opportunity Recruitment Project (Pharm-CORP) to their National Project. Pharm-CORP works to introduce pharmacy careers to middle and high school aged students and encourages them to excel in math and the sciences.

Kappa Epsilon sponsors one scholarship and one fellowship. The Zada Cooper Scholarship, named for the fraternity's founder, is given to five students every year. The Nellie Wakeman Fellowship is given to a member in his/her last year of pharmacy school who wishes to pursue graduate study. For both awards, the recipient must be a fraternity member in good standing.

Every two years, the fraternity holds a convention where national officers are elected and collegiate and alumni members can network.

The official colors of Kappa Epsilon are only Red and White.

Honorary MembersEdit

An Honorary Member is a person who has given distinguished service to the profession of pharmacy and/or Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.


  1. ^ Henderson, Metta Lou (1998). "Zada Mary Cooper: Grand and Glorious Lady of Pharmacy". Pharmacy in History. American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. 40 (2/3): 77–84. JSTOR 41111877.
  2. ^ "KappaEpsilon.org". Archived from the original on 2007-05-30. Retrieved 2006-10-21.

External linksEdit

  • KappaEpsilon.org
  • University of Arizona chapter website
  • University of Nebraska chapter website