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.
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 will open in October 2023.