Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Edward A. Bouchet

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 (Ph.D. from Yale University in 1876), the Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Outside of the society's founding universities, Yale and Howard, Cornell was among the earliest universities to establish a Chapter of the Bouchet Society with its first members inducted in 2006.

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 CLASS: Character, Leadership, Advocacy, Scholarship, and Service. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both within and without the academic realm, inductees into the honor society exhibit these qualities, and demonstrate a shared commitment to broadening the participation of doctoral students, postdocs, and faculty from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy.

Bouchet Society Selection Timeline

  • Late October – Solicitation for applications from Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty that exemplify the principles of the society
  • Mid November – Applications due
  • Late November/Early December – Selection of new scholars announced
  • March/April – Induction of new scholars at the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education

All scholars also participate in ongoing professional development opportunities through the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement, Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and their partners.

2018 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Christian Aponte Rivera, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Jade Noble,  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering          
  • Katherine Quinn, Physics
  • Bobby Smith II, Development Sociology    
  • Diane Wong, Government     

2017 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Ezen Choo, Pharmacology 
  • Steve Halaby, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology           
  • Frank He, Biomedical Engineering  
  • Aaron Joiner, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology      
  • Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, Science & Technology Studies     
  • Paul Muniz, Sociology                
  • Ornella D. Nelson, Chemistry and Chemical Biology     
  • Suzanne Pierre, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology         
  • Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodriguez, Postdoctoral Associate in Chemistry
  • Carrie Young, Communication

2016 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Avery August, Ph.D., Faculty in Microbiology & Immunology
  • Rodrigo Alatriste-Diaz, Development Sociology                  
  • Jasmine Crumsey, Postdoctoral Associate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology         
  • Carrie Freshour, Development Sociology               
  • Danielle Fuentes Morgan, English Language & Literature          
  • Mariana Giusti-Rodríguez, Government                
  • Kenneth Lyons, Jr., Materials Science & Engineering   
  • Ozias Moore, Human Resource Studies          
  • Michael-Paul Robinson, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Ashley Torres, Biomedical Engineering              
  • Alexis Walker, Science & Technology Studies

2015 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Christine Akoh, Nutrition
  • Juan Guzman, Biological & Environmental Engineering
  • Kenneth Hernández-Burgos, Chemistry
  • Holly Lutz, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Amandianeze Nwana, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Melissa Toledo, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Simone White, Genetics & Development
  • Tiffany Williams, Materials Science & Engineering

2014 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Florencia Ardon, Postdoctoral Associate in Biomedical Sciences
  • Victor Bucklew, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Juan Gomez, Aerospace Engineering
  • Cassandravictoria Innocent, Genetics & Development
  • Erin Johnson, Genetics & Development
  • Dexter Thomas, Asian Literature, Religion & Culture

2013 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Chavez Carter, Immunology
  • Christian Guzman, Biological & Environmental Engineering
  • Michael Mitchell, Biomedical Engineering
  • Luisa Rosas, Romance Studies

2012 Cornell Graduate School Bouchet Scholars:

  • Fenaba Addo, Policy Analysis & Management
  • Jacqueline Benson, Plant Breeding
  • Chris Blackwood, Pharmacology
  • Tiffany Campolongo, Postdoctoral Associate in Biological & Environmental Engineering
  • Deeqa Mahamed, Immunology
  • Patrice Ohouo, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology
  • David Rodriguez, Postdoctoral Associate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • H. Hans Salamanca, Postdoctoral Associate in Molecular Biology
  • Joel Baumgart, Postdoctoral Associate in Anesthesiology and Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College