Ten inducted into graduate honor society

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nine doctoral candidates and one postdoctoral associate at Cornell were recently inducted into the Cornell chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

The 2017 Bouchet fellows are: 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 scholar), Carrie Young (communication), and Christine Akoh (nutrition).

The scholars were inducted at the annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education held April 7-9 at Yale University.

The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Its network of pre-eminent scholars exemplifies academic and personal excellence, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

“This year’s scholars represent the Bouchet qualities of outstanding scholarship and a dedication to service and advocacy,” said Sara Xayarath Hernández, associate dean for inclusion and student engagement in the Graduate School, who coordinates the Cornell chapter of the Bouchet Society with Christine Holmes, director of Cornell’s Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

“Bouchet scholars become part of a community that extends beyond graduate school and into their professional lives,” said Xayarath Hernández.

Yale and Howard universities established the Bouchet Society in 2005 to recognize the life and academic contributions of Bouchet, the first African-American to earn a doctorate from a U.S. university. He earned a doctorate in physics from Yale in 1876.