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Membership Criteria

Membership Categories

Membership into the Bouchet Honor Graduate Society is by nomination only and approved by the National Steering Committee. The levels of membership are as listed below:

  • 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.

  • Post-Doctoral Membership is available to any individual who has received their PhD degree over the last 6 years, and through initial research achievement in a humanities, social sciences and sciences field shown outstanding promise as a scholar, as evidenced by independent investigation, completion of the dissertation and publications.

  • Faculty Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as a scholar and exemplar of the Bouchet Society’s mission. The faculty should currently hold an appointment in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences fields, with a record of publication and evidence of research and teaching in their field of study. Individuals who are invited to membership have (by virtue of their scholarship, research, teaching and service) shown their commitment to ensuring excellence and equity in graduate education.

  • Alumni Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as a scholar and exemplar of the Bouchet Society’s mission in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences fields and who has received their PhD from the member institution. Individuals who are invited to membership have (by virtue of their scholarship, research, teaching and service) shown their commitment to ensuring excellence and equity in graduate education.

  • Lifetime or Honorary Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown outstanding and noteworthy achievement as a scholar and exemplar of the Bouchet Society’s mission in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences fields. Individuals who are invited to membership have (by virtue of their scholarship, research, teaching and service) shown their commitment to ensuring excellence and equity in graduate education.

Application

Membership into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society is by nomination only. All student nominees must be ABD (i.e., completed qualifying exam, orals, qualifying papers or equivalent) and submit all materials listed below.

Nomination criteria for students and post-doctoral fellows:

  1. Three letters of recommendation to the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society must be submitted from each of the following:

    •  the nominee’s dissertation advisor

    • a graduate faculty member invested in the nominee’s research

    • a faculty member, dean or director at the nominee’s institution

  2. A nomination evaluation form from each of three recommenders above (indicating strengths of nominee as regards to the five thrusts of the Honor Society)

  3. Transcripts from all graduate and professional schools attended

  4. A current curriculum vitae

  5. Scholarly writing sample

  6. A personal statement capturing how the nominee embodies the characteristics of Dr. Bouchet as expressed through the five thrusts and the mission of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Additionally, the candidate should address their anticipated contributions to the Society (2 - 3 pages).

Invited Membership Procedures

Faculty, Alumni and Honorary Members should submit the following upon invitation:

  1. Curriculum vitae or résumé

  2. Selected publication for the Bouchet Journal

  3. Personal statement depicting anticipated contributions to the Bouchet Society

All materials must be received on or before February 15 to the inviter's attention.

Selection Process

  • Upon receipt of completed application materials for nominees, the Membership Selection Committee will review all applications.
  • An interview process for finalists will be conducted by faculty and administrator members of the Membership Selection Committee.
  • The Membership Selection Committee will then provide a recommendation of inductees for consideration to the National Steering Committee.
  • The National Steering Committee reviews all nominated applications submitted from chapter institutions and reserves the right to approve or decline membership into the Bouchet Society.

Timeline

  • December 1: Application information and materials available on-line
  • March 1: Deadline for receipt of nomination letters and application materials
  • March 15: Announcement of new members
  • March/April: Annual Inaugural Induction Ceremony at Yale's annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education