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A group of students at the BSK event.

About Beta Sigma Kappa

An international optometric honor society with more than 2,300 members worldwide. The mission of BSK is to stimulate scientific attainment, academic excellence, and the ethical practice of optometry, and to promote and provide financial support for worthy research projects relating to vision care and the eyes. The BSK chapter at Berkeley Optometry sponsors activities that include free tutoring to fellow students, projects serving students, an annual banquet, and various social events.

The BSK chapter at Berkeley Optometry requires each member to provide a minimum of 2 hours of tutoring service to fellow students. At the end of each semester, the member who provides the most tutoring hours is awarded a Smart Cookie Award. All BSK members are given a Certificate of Membership, a gold cord to proudly wear and keep upon graduation, the annual newsletter the Ocularum, and an invitation to the annual BSK Membership Meeting at the AAO meeting. The BSK Silver Medal Award is awarded annually at graduation to the graduate BSK member who epitomizes the mission of BSK at Berkeley Optometry. BSK members have the opportunity to apply for a BSK Student Research Grant to support a research endeavor.

Membership eligibility requires each member to have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater at the conclusion of each academic year.

Student Testimonial

“In the final weeks of my second-year Spring semester, I felt at a loss about how to prepare for my pharmacology final.  I met [with my tutor] for three hours and discussed practice questions. Different people have different study strategies, and having her show me her pharmacology study strategy really helped me with the final.”


To arrange tutoring, please reference the BSK Tutoring e-mail sent to students at the beginning of each semester.

BSK Faculty Advisor, A. Mika Moy, OD, FAAO