The purpose of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (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 preeminent scholars who serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy, for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Nominations for membership in the Bouchet Society are open. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. December, 1, 2017.

Students must be nominated by their department to apply.  

Nominee Applications for memberships in the Bouchet Society are due by 11:59 p.m. December 8, 2017.

The candidate's application requires two recommendation letters - one from an academic advisor and, preferably, one from a community member who is familiar with the student's broader service and advocacy work. Ideally, one letter will articulate the student's academic excellence and another will describe the student's broader contributions that complement research and teaching, such as advocacy and engagement with specific communities. Recommendations must be received by 11:59 p.m. December, 11, 2017, using this link.

Those chosen to be part of the Society will be recognized at the Graduate Education Week's Award Banquet in March and at the annual Bouchet Society Conference held at Yale University.The conference generally is scheduled the first weekend in April. We will share the exact dates when they are announced each year. Conference proposal information can be found here.

Students and faculty nominators will be notified in January after the nomination period closes.   

Edward A. Bouchet Photo

Edward Bouchet (1852-1918) graduated from Yale College in 1874 was the first African American to earn a doctorate from an American university with a Ph.D. in physics at Yale University in 1876. At that time, Bouchet was the sixth person in the western hemisphere to earn a doctorate in physics.  

Bouchet Scholars 2017

2017 Edward A. Bouchet Inductees at Yale University