Kappa Epsilon (ΚΕ) is an American professional pharmacy fraternity founded by Zada M. Cooper on May 13, 1921. 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.
|Founded||May 13, 1921|
Iowa City, Iowa
|Motto||Cogito Ergo Sum|
(I think, therefore, I am)
|Colors||Red and White|
|Chapters||43 collegiate, 10 alumni|
|Headquarters||7700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 201|
Overland Park, KS 66202
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.
An Honorary Member is a person who has given distinguished service to the profession of pharmacy and/or Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.