The Association of Business Doctoral Students (ABDS) at the University of Kansas is the official organization of business doctoral students. It aims to provide doctoral students with an outlet for information, support and fellowship during their time at KU. All students are automatically members of ABDS upon their enrollment in the doctoral program in the School of Business. The current ABDS committee includes four members: President, Vice President, Ph.D. Team Representative, and Faculty Assembly Representative.
ABDS hosts approximately six main annual events along with numerous informal gatherings. In the fall semester, it assists with New Student Orientation, hosts a Welcome Back to School Party, and organizes an ABDS bowling event. During the spring semester, main events include the International Dinner, the McGraw-Hill Pizza Party, and the Mentor Luncheon. The Mentor Luncheon is the culmination of the academic year and provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding student achievements in research and teaching, as well as express gratitude to all of the faculty and staff who support the doctoral program.