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The Bouchet Society is named for Yale University Alumnus, Dr. Edward A. Bouchet (1852-1918), who in 1876, became the first African American to Earn a Ph.D. in any discipline from an American university. As one of the first African Americans to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he was the sixth person in the western hemisphere to earn a doctoral degree in physics. The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society was established by co-founding chapters at Yale University and Howard University in 2005.

The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students and postdocs who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both within and without the academic realm, inductees into the honor society bearing his name also exhibit these qualities.

Bouchet fellows are inducted into the society at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education in the Spring at Yale University. All fellows participate in ongoing professional development opportunities through the Graduate School.



Membership is by faculty nomination only. CLICK HERE  to initiate the nomination process for a PhD candidate or post-doc.

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Membership into the Bouchet Honor Society is by nomination only and approved by the National Steering Committee.  The levels of membership are as listed below:

Doctoral Student Membership is available to any individual who is currently a PhD student in good academic standing, and through initial research achievement in a humanities, social sciences and sciences field, shown outstanding promise as a scholar, as evidenced by independent investigation or current work on a dissertation project.

Post-Doctoral Member is available to any individual who has received their PhD degree over the last 6 years, and through initial research achievement in a humanities, social sciences and sciences field shown outstanding promise as a scholar, as evidenced by independent investigation, completion of the dissertation and publications.

Faculty Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as a scholar and exemplar of the Bouchet Society’s mission. The faculty should currently hold an appointment in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences fields, with a record of publication and evidence of research and teaching in their field of study. Individuals who are invited to membership have (by virtue of their scholarship, research, teaching and service) shown their commitment to ensuring excellence and equity in graduate education.

Alumni Member is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as a scholar and exemplar of the Bouchet Society’s mission in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences fields and who has received their PhD from the member institution. Individuals who are invited membership have (by virtue of their scholarship, research, teaching and service) shown their commitment to ensuring excellence and equity in graduate education.

Lifetime or Honorary Member is conferred upon any individual who has shown outstanding and noteworthy achievement as a scholar and exemplar of the Bouchet Society’s mission in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences fields. Individuals who are invited to membership have (by virtue of their scholarship, research, teaching and service) shown their commitment to ensuring excellence and equity in graduate education.

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From Faculty:
Two letters of recommendation to the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society must be submitted from each of the following:

(1) the nominee’s dissertation advisor or faculty with knowledge of the nominee’s research
(2) a faculty member, dean or director from UM, OR a leader who is knowledgeable of the nominees service/leadership in other communities

• A nomination evaluation form from each of two recommenders above (indicating strengths of nominee as regards to the five thrusts of the Honor Society);

From Nominee:
• Transcripts from all graduate and professional schools attended;
• A current curriculum vitae;
• Abstract; A 250‐500 word abstract (including purpose and background, methods, results, conclusions);
• A personal statement capturing how the nominee embodies the characteristics of Dr. Bouchet as expressed through the five thrusts and the mission of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Additionally, the candidate should address their anticipated contributions to the Society (2 - 3 pages).

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• Upon receipt of completed application materials for nominees, the Membership Selection Committee will review all applications.
• An interview process for finalists will be conducted by faculty and administrator members of the Membership Selection Committee.
• The Membership Selection Committee will then provide a recommendation of inductees for consideration to the National Steering Committee.
• The National Steering Committee reviews all nominated applications submitted from chapter institutions and reserves the right to approve or decline membership into the Bouchet Society.

Timeline

• Application information and materials available on-line - Early December
• Deadline for receipt of nomination letters and application materials - February 17
• Announcement of new members – March 1
• Inaugural Induction Ceremony – Annually at the Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education in April.

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In Fall of 2015 the University of Miami was recognized as an institutional member of the prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society; making it the first chapter in the state of Florida.

Contact Information
Dr. Koren A. Bedeau
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
k.bedeau@miami.edu



Howard University
Yale University

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The purpose of the Bouchet Society is to recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Edward Alexander Bouchet and the scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy he exhibited, inductees into the Bouchet society must exhibit these same outstanding qualities. The UM Bouchet Society is committed to intellectual excellence and interdisciplinary work, with the additional goal of using this knowledge in the service of society.

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