UF Inducted Into Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Release Date: September 28 2016

The Graduate School is proud to announce The University of Florida’s induction into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society took place on September 15th, 2016.

The Bouchet Society is named for Yale University Alumnus, Dr. Edward A. Bouchet (1852-1918), who, in 1876, became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in any discipline from an American university. As one of the first African Americans to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he was the sixth person in the western hemisphere to earn a doctoral degree in physics.

Established by co-founding chapters at Yale University and Howard University in 2005, 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 and postdocs who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Through its chapter, the University of Florida will recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

The University of Florida was inducted into the Bouchet Honor society on Dr. Bouchet’s 164th Birthday at Howard University and will welcome its first cohort of Bouchet scholars in the spring on the campus of Yale University. 

To learn more about joining the Bouchet Society, please click here.

UF representatives attending the induction ceremony. From Left to Right: Henry T. Frierson, PhD, Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate School; Tyisha J. Hathorn, PhD, Director for the Office of Graduate Minority Programs; Ms. Brianna Posadas (Graduate Student); Ms. Armisha Roberts (Graduate Student); Juan Gilbert, PhD, The Banks Preeminence Chair in Engineering; and David O. Prevatt, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.

Dean Frierson, accepting the University of Florida’s induction into the Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society at the University of Howard. The University of Florida became the 14th research university inducted into the honor society. 

Chontrese Doswell Hayes, PhD, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the Graduate School at Howard University, welcomed a full room to the Edward A. Bouchet Forum and Legacy Award Ceremony.

Dean Hayes awarding Timothy D. Sands, President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the Edward A. Bouchet Legacy Award.