The purpose of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) is to recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. 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 traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Edward Alexander Bouchet and the character, leadership, advocacy, scholarship and service he exhibited both inside and outside academic realms, inductees into the honor society bearing his name should also exhibit these same outstanding qualities.
Eligibility for the formation of an institutional chapter is limited to doctoral -granting institutions with a sustained record of training scholars who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Interested institutions must show evidence of prior reform efforts designed to promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education.
Yale University and Howard University are the founding chapters of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. One national charter with two chapters was inaugurated on September 15, 2005 on the occasion of Bouchet's birthday. The founding chapters and their members are by necessity members of the initial National Steering Committee and all other applicable committees.
For further information regarding the establishment of a chapter or membership to the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor society, you may contact the following individuals: