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Application Procedures

Doctoral student member

A student who meets the eligibility requirements may apply for membership in the society. A student who does not apply may be nominated by a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s academic career. The applicant must provide a letter of support from his/her faculty thesis advisor or a faculty member from their Dissertation Committee. The application package should also include a personal statement indicating how the applicant embodies the character and legacy of Edward Bouchet as indicated in the mission statement and a current transcript from U-M. Nominees will be asked to provide the same application information. The application packet will be reviewed by the Membership Selection Committee.

Postdoctoral member

A postdoctoral fellow who meets the eligibility requirements may apply for membership in the society. The applicant must provide one letter from a current mentor at the University of Michigan or the Chair of the Dissertation Committee as well as a current copy of the curriculum vita. The application package should also include a personal statement indicating how the applicant embodies the character and
legacy of Edward Bouchet as indicated in the mission statement. The application packet will be reviewed by the Membership Selection Committee.

The Membership Selection Committee may also nominate each year current alumni, faculty, or distinguished members of the academy whom they wish to honor with membership into the U-M Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The procedures for nomination of these members are as follows:

Alumni member

Submission of a letter of intent to the Membership Selection Committee describing how the candidate embodies the character of Edward Bouchet in doctoral education. The letter of intent should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from one of the following: (1) a current Bouchet Society member or (2) a member of the faculty or an administrator from a chapter institution. The application will be reviewed by the Membership Selection Committee.

Faculty member

Submission of a letter of intent to the Membership Selection Committee describing how the candidate embodies the character of Edward Bouchet in doctoral education and the professoriate. The letter of intent should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from one of the following: (1) a current Bouchet Society member or (2) a member of the faculty or an administrator from a chapter institution. The application will be reviewed by the Membership Selection Committee.

Lifetime or honorary member

Submission of a letter of intent to the Membership Selection Committee describing how the candidate embodies the character of Edward Bouchet in doctoral education. The letter of intent should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from one of the following: (1) a current Bouchet Society member or (2) a member of the faculty or an administrator from a chapter institution. The application will be reviewed by the Membership Selection Committee.

The U-M Bouchet Graduate Honor Society reserves the right to revoke the privileges of membership if a member is in non-compliance with the goals and mission of the Society. In this circumstance, the Membership Selection Committee may review the member’s status and recommend discontinuation to the National Steering Committee. A doctoral student’s membership can be revoked if the student does not graduate within the time allotted by each university’s time-to-degree policy (with exceptions if necessary for compelling individual circumstances). The Institutional Steering Committee reserves the right to decide whether or not fellows maintain high, academic standing.

For the University of Michigan chapter, the Membership Selection Committee will be composed of members of the Institutional Steering Committee. Membership decisions will be made by the Membership Selection Committee.