The Bouchet Society at Washington University in St. Louis 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 and postdocs who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of  Edward A. Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both in and out of the academic realm, inductees into the honor society bearing his name also exhibit these qualities.

Yale University and Howard University established the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in 2005.  Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (PhD in physics from Yale University in 1876), the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Bouchet fellows are inducted at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education in the Spring at Yale University. All fellows will participate in ongoing professional development opportunities through the Graduate School.