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Bouchet Honor Society

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.

Northwestern University chapter of Bouchet scholars was established in 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

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

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 no later than Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

*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.

The applicant is responsible for making sure that all the required documentation is submitted before the application deadline of Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2024

For questions related to the application process, please email

Student Application Form Faculty Nomination Form