Bouchet Society and Conference

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2017 Bouchet Society Inductees and Conference Presenters with Associate Dean of the Graduate School Tatiana Perrino

The University of Miami is a chapter institution of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which was named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States.  

The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society was inaugurated on Thursday, September 15, 2005 with a simulcast ceremony held at Yale University and Howard University, the co-founding chapters.

Membership into the Bouchet Honor Graduate Society is by nomination only and requires approval by the National Steering Committee. Doctoral Student Membership is available to any individual who is currently a doctoral student in good academic standing, and through initial research achievement in a humanities, social sciences and sciences field, has shown outstanding promise as a scholar, as evidenced by independent investigation or current work on a dissertation project.

Each year, Yale University hosts the “Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education”. Click here for information.  University of Miami graduate students may attend the conference and present their research, and a group of nominated students are inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

*Information is sourced from the Yale University website.


List of 2017 Bouchet Honor Society Inductees

Celeste Amadei, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ali Bustamante, Ph.D. International Studies

Patrice Fenton, Ph.D. Teaching and Learning

Yvette Figueroa, Ph.D. Exercise Physiology

Houman Hadad, Ph.D. Civil Engineering

Catalina Vazquez-Carillo, Ph.D. Biology


List of 2017 Bouchet Conference Presenters

Wen Ding, Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Thouraya Ferid, Ph.D. Romance Studies

Seyedmorteza Khatibmasjedi, Ph.D. Civil Engineering