Five UF PhD Students Honored at Yale, Inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Release Date: May 18 2018

2018 UF Bouchet Conference attendees (left to right): Jerone Dunbar, Denny Fe Agana Garcia, Arun Jani, Dr. Henry T. Frierson (UF Graduate School Dean), Lennie Jones, and Sanethia Thomas.

Five University of Florida Doctor of Philosophy students joined the ranks of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society this year: Denny Fe Agana Garcia (Epidemiology), Jerone Dunbar (Human-Centered Computing), Arun Jani (Agronomy), Lennie Jones (Linguistics), and Sanethia Thomas (Human-Centered Computing).

Their induction took place during the 15th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education at Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) April 26-28, 2018.

The Bouchet Society, named for the first African-American to earn a PhD in the United States (in physics at Yale in 1876), promotes diversity in higher education by recognizing noteworthy achievement among doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and alumni traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Membership in the society is by nomination only, approved by its national steering committee. Nominees are chosen by how best they advance Dr. Bouchet’s legacy by embodying the “five thrusts” of the society: scholarship, character, leadership, service, and advocacy.

To learn more online about the honor society’s chapter at the UF Graduate School, click on this link to its Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI) website: UF Bouchet Society Webpage

To learn more online about the life and career of Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, click on this link: Edward Alexander Bouchet (1852-1918)