​Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Edward A. Bouchet (1852-1918) earned a Ph.D. in physics at Yale University in 1876. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate in the U.S. and only the sixth person in the western hemisphere to earn a doctorate in physics. ​

Inaugurated simultaneously at Yale University and Howard University in September 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 who have been historically underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Dr. Bouchet's commitment to these pursuits both inside and outside of the academic realm, inductees into the honor society bearing his name should exhibit these qualities as well.

The Chicago School became a member of the Bouchet Society in 2013. The school's charter was presented to President Michele Nealon at the annual induction ceremony at Yale University. Representing the University as well were Drs. Orlando Taylor and Patricia Arredondo. Dr. Taylor is a founding member of the Bouchet Society.

Membership in the Bouchet Society is open to Ph.D. students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who have outstanding academic records and are committed to using their doctoral education to advance leadership, diversity, research, and/or public service.​​​

Mission Statement 

The purpose of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society is to recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (BGHS) 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 who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Edward A. Bouchet and the scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy he exhibited, both inside and outside academic realms, inductees into the honor society bearing his name must also exhibit these same outstanding qualities.​​​

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Joining The Chicago School's Chapter​


  • Enrolled in a Ph.​​D. program

  • Must be in All But Dissertation (ABD) status: all doctoral coursework, comprehensive exams and other degree requirements complete except for the dissertation as of the semester of induction (Spring).

  • Earned an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher​ in Ph.D coursework​

  • Earned Master's degree ​

The 2024 Bouchet Society application process is closed. Eligible students will be contacted in Fall 2024 for the 2025 application process.​

Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Chicago School unofficial transcript​​
  • Dissertation abstract OR statement of research interest 
  • Statement of interest outlining what the applicant intends to bring to the Chicago School Bouchet Society chapter
  • Two completed recommendation forms from two (2) department faculty member​​​​s.​​
  • Resume or CV​
Applications are reviewed using a rubric to evaluate various components. ​
​Questions? Contact [email protected]​.

 2013 Inductees


Student NamesCampus Academic Program
Asonganyi, Sharon A. Washington, D.C. International Psychology
Beck, Stephanie Washington, D.C. International Psychology
Byrd, Terrica Washington, D.C. Business Psychology
Caldera, Jessie Los Angeles Applied Clinical Psychology
Carroll, Shirley Washington, D.C. International Psychology
Cheng, Priscilla Y. Chicago Clinical Psychology
Cortes, Antonio Chicago Business Psychology
Ellis-Nelson, Leila Chicago Clinical Psychology 
Gilbert, Taetta Chicago Business Psychology
Gindlesperger, Maggie F. Los Angeles Clinical Psychology
Gonzalez, Ivan Chicago Clinical Psychology
Green, Cheryl K. Chicago International Psychology
Hankinson, Marie Chicago Organizational Leadership
Harmon, Shanon R. Los Angeles Business Psychology
Hicks, Vanessa Chicago Clinical Psychology
Holtgrave, Vanessa M.  Los Angeles Clinical Forensic Psychology
Joyner, Toya Washington, D.C. Business Psychology
Junkin, Janelle Washington, D.C. International Psychology
Justice, Amelia Chicago Clinical Psychology
Kominar, Crystal Washington, D.C. International Psychology
LaRue, Damita Sun Wolf Chicago Clinical Psychology
Lewter, Roblyn P. Chicago International Psychology
Locklear, Julia L. Los Angeles Business Psychology
McClain, Frances L. Chicago Counselor Education and S​​upervision
Morales, Gerson Washington, D.C. International Psychology
O'Mara, Allison D. Chicago Clinical Psychology
Patterson, Latoya Washington, D.C. Clinical Psychology
Pinkston, Allayna Fern Chicago Clinical Psychology
Slanina, Anne Chicago Clinical Psychology
Sulo, Suela Chicago Organizational Leadership
Thalheimer, Nicole A.  Chicago Clinical Psychology
Wood, Matthew Chicago Organizational Leadership
Zollicoffer, Chatonia Washington, D.C. International Psychology​


 2014 Inductees

Student Names Campus Academic Program
Belle, Tracey Washington, D.C. International Psychology
Grupe, Melissa Chicago International Psychology
Joyner, Angela Chicago Organizational Leadership
Miller, Leanne R.  Chicago International Psychology
Saiz, Orlando Los Angeles Organizational Leadership
West, Bertrina Olivia Online International Psychology
Williams, Shunna Chicago International Psychology​​

Post-doc Inductees
Dr. Flo Falayi
Dr. Kim Tatum


 2015 Inductees

Student Names  Campus Academic Program
Burch, Kesha S. Chicago Counseling Education and Supervision
Lawther, Christine M. Chicago Organizational Leadership
Msall, Kyle A. Washington, D.C. International Psychology
Pederson-Spaulding, DeAnza Online International Psychology
Sesay-Tuffour, Sheri A. Washington, D.C. Organizational Leadership
Togade, Don Chicago Behavior Analysis
Vance, Mindy Online Business Psychology
Wynn, Melissa E.  Washington, D.C. Organizational Leadership​


Post-doc Inductees
Dr. Adelina Longoria
Dr. Katherine McGraw​

 2016 Inductees

​Student Names​Campus​Academic Program
​Coleman, Kenneth​Chicago​Business Psychology
Harding Taylor, Alice​Online​Business Psychology
​Harris, Rosa Lee​Online​Business Psychology
​Jordan-Cox, Courtnee​Washington, D.C. Organizational Leadership
​Lipsky, Samara​Online​International Psychology
​Simmons, Amelia​Washington, D.C.​International Psychology
​Skalsky, April​Online​Business Psychology
​Taliaferro, James​Online​​Organizational Leadership

 2017 Inductees

​Student Names ​Campus ​Academic Program
​Abilez, April ​Online Educational Psychology & Technology
Brooks, Brandynicole ​Washington, D.C. Organizational Leadership
​Goulos, Anastasios Online ​Organizational Leadership
Heroy, Robert Online Business Psychology
​Jefferson, Michelle ​Online ​Organizational Leadership
Newburg, Kristi ​Online ​Business Psychology
Ragin, Cindy ​Washington, D.C. Organizational Leadership
Ré, Tyler 
​Online ​​Applied Behavior Analysis

 2018 Inductees

Student Names Campus Academic Program
Brown, Chelsey Chicago Applied Behavior Analysis
Kinney, Yvonne ​Online Business Psychology
Lee, Yvelle Online Organizational Leadership
Tran, Vivian Los Angeles Business Psychology
Shih, Maya Washington, D.C. Organizational Leadership

 2019 Inductees

Student Names​ Campus Academic Program
Gold, Aisha Online Business Psychology
Leonard, T. Xavier Los Angeles Organizational Leadership
Martin-Terry, Wanda Online Organizational Leadership
Ohiku, Patrick Chicago Organizational Leadership
Turgeon-Williams, Nicole Washington, D.C. International Psychology

 2020 Inductees

Student Names​ Campus Academic Program
Appleton, Veronica Chicago
Organizational Leadership
Brown, Charnetta
Business Psychology
Kiani, Amber
Organizational Leadership
Reynolds, Stacey
International Psychology
Rohleder, Panarat
Washington, D.C.​
Organizational Leadership

 2021 Inductees

Student Names​CampusAcademic Program
Cherise ColeWashington, D.C.Business Psychology
Lilly FloresLos AngelesApplied Behavior Analysis
Nakisha RamseyWashington, D.C.
Business Psychology
Carlotta RomanChicagoBusiness Psychology
Rebecca SmithLos AngelesBusiness Psychology​

 2022 Inductees

​​​ Academic Program
​Lacey Howell
​Business Psychology
​Kijana Jackson
​Business Psychology
​Meshanette Johnson-Sims
​International Psychology
​Kevin Logan
​Business Psychology
​Jacqueline Moreno
​​Applied Behavior Analysis

 2023 Inductees

​​​ Academic Program
Chandi Dublin
​Washington, D.C. 
​Business Psychology
Tracie McCargo
​Washington, D.C.
​Organizational Leadership
D'Alizza Mercedes
Washington, D.C.
Organizational Leadership
Mtondela Mondoloka
​Business Psychology
Dr. Annette Griffith
​​Applied Behavior Analysis
​Dr. Victoria Liu
​​Counselor Education

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