Emory Bouchet Graduate Honor Society


Portrait of Bouchet

Emory University is a member of the National Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (BHS), which is named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (Physics, Yale University, 1876), Edward Alexander Bouchet. The BHS acknowledges outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. It is a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support and serve.

To be considered for admission into Emory’s chapter and the national chapter, scholars must be in good academic standing, have entered candidacy, and intend to pursue academic careers with a future commitment to advancing diversity, equity, access and inclusion in higher education. The application deadline is January 17, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

National Bouchet Graduate Honor Society scholars serve as examples of CLASS:

  1. Character
  2. Leadership
  3. Advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy
  4. Scholarship
  5. Service.

In the spirit of Dr. Bouchet’s commitment to these ideals, inductees into the Emory Bouchet Graduate Honor Society must demonstrate significant achievement in these five areas.

To be considered for the Emory Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student in any doctoral program, in excellent standing;
  • Have completed all coursework and successfully advanced to candidacy;
  • Must not be graduating prior to December 2020;
  • Demonstrate the embodiment of the five CLASS areas;
  • Must be available to travel April 16-19, 2020.

Application Tips

Priority consideration is given to scholars who intend to pursue academic careers; have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, access and inclusion in higher education; and are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy.

Application Checklist

A complete application will include:

  • Graduate School Fellowship Application cover sheet (available on our Advanced Student Fellowships page, under Resources in the right hand margin);
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that explains how you embody the characteristics of Dr. Bouchet and the mission of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society;
  • A statement (1-2 pages) describing your commitment to diversity in the academy and future professional plans in the academy (in the online application, upload this as “Additional Attachment 1”);
  • A copy of your Emory transcript (a copy of an unofficial transcript issued to you is acceptable);
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor or Director of Graduate Studies assessing your embodiment of the five CLASS areas.

Further details about eligibility, criteria of selection, and the application process are in our application guidelines:

Bouchet Application Guidelines 2020

Submit your application no later than January 17, 2020.