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Nominations for the Edward Alexander Bouchet Honor Society Are Now Open!

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of 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—exemplifying the spirit and example of Dr. Bouchet.

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 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 Alexander Bouchet and the scholarship, character, leadership, 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.

Northwestern University chapter of Bouchet scholars was established in 2017 and currently boasts 10 honorees.

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Eligibility Requirements

Students or postdoctoral trainees may nominate themselves, other graduate students or postdoctoral trainees, or be nominated by a faculty member. Nominees must be:

  • Domestic underrepresented PhD students or postdoctoral trainees
  • PhD students or postdoctoral trainees who are women in STEM

Apply for the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Please provide all the following required documentation to complete the application. All application materials should be sent to erica.knight@northwestern.edu no later than Friday, January 31, 2020!

  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Completed application AND faculty nomination form*
  • High resolution headshot (JPEG or PNG format required, minimum resolution of 600x900 pixels)!

*Important notice: The nomination form must be sent directly from the faculty members who are providing the student nomination. By submitting this application, you are waiving the right to view the faculty nomination sent in on your behalf.

If selected, you must be willing to present your research in the form of a three minute thesis, Wednesday, April 15, 2020 on the Evanston campus; available to travel to New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2020; and participate in the Spring Recognition ceremony being held on the Evanston campus in May 2020!

Nomination Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Student Application Form Faculty Nomination Form

For questions related to the application process, please contact:
Erica L. Knight, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
erica.knight@northwestern.edu
(847) 467-7089

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