Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education

A group of Bouchet Conference attendees

The “Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education” finds its origins in our treasured collaboration with Howard University. It has become a dynamic and increasingly recognized academic conference, drawing New Haven community residents, scholars, administrators, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the nation.

Yale, the first institution in the country to award graduate degrees, is Dr. Edward A. Bouchet’s alma mater. Dr. Bouchet is the first self-identified Black American to earn a Ph.D. from an American university and the 6th person in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded the Ph.D. in physics.

Whether you are engaged in research, teaching, or any of the many facets of administration, this conference is for you! We invite you to participate in vigorous discussions on diversity in graduate education and ongoing research across disciplines in universities located in all parts of the Nation. You will not want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to network with graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators from across the country on April 5-6, 2024 at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences campus.

Save the date, register, and bring along a colleague! This distinguished event is sure to be engaging, enlightening, and empowering.

Conference Information

2024 Call for Proposals

Register for the 20th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education on April 5-6, 2024. The theme of the conference is "Rediscovering the Legacy of Edward A. Bouchet: A Catalyst for Historical Reckoning".


PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted via e-mail by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on February 15, 2024.

A limited number of research proposals will be accepted in each of the following divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering. Submissions must be relevant to one of the following topics:

  • Science, Technology, Science Policy
  • Chronic Diseases, Health
  • Race Relations, Social Movements
  • Literature, Arts, Culture
  • U.S./International Policy, Law, Economics
  • Career Paths, Transitioning

We invite oral and poster presentations from graduate and undergraduate students, and Bouchet Graduate Honor Society alumni, based on your research, teaching or practice perspective, as it pertains to one of the above topics. The 2024 theme is:

“Rediscovering the Legacy of Edward A. Bouchet: A Catalyst for Historical Reckoning”.

Students from diverse backgrounds, particularly women and other underrepresented students are especially encouraged to present their research. Research presentations should be original and they must relate to one of the above topics. We seek to feature the research of graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines to recognize outstanding scholarship among students in progress.

General Guidelines

  1. All submissions must be accompanied by the Submission Cover Sheet.
  2. An abstract, using the “Submission Abstract” form is required and must be 250-500 words. The abstract should include purpose and background, methods, results, conclusions. For graduate and undergraduate students, the Submission Abstract form must be signed off by a faculty advisor who has reviewed the abstract. Abstracts without faculty signatures will not be reviewed.
  3. Electronic Submissions are required. Please send Word Documents (.docx) only to (Please indicate Yale Bouchet Conference Abstract Submission in the Subject Heading).
  4. All notifications and announcements will be made via e‐mail by March 1.

Session Lengths

  1. Oral Research Presentation (individual): 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
  2. Poster Research Presentation (individual): poster presenter must be available to discuss their poster during the poster session lasting 1 hour. Easels and white foam poster boards (36” x 48”) will be provided. Please note that all posters must be removed at the end of the session.

20th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education

"Rediscovering the Legacy of Edward A. Bouchet: A Catalyst for Historical Reckoning"
Friday, April 5, 2024

All Times EST

11:15am - 12:15pm Yale University Art Gallery Tour (*** For signed up guests only ***)

1:30pm - 3:00pm Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (BGHS) National Steering Committee Meeting (*** For BGHS Chapter Institutional Representatives Only ***)

Official Start to the “Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education”

*** For all Registered Bouchet Conference Attendees ***
Marsh Lecture Hall (J.W. Gibbs Lab, 260 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511)
3:00pm - 5:00pm Conference Registration
4:15pm - 4:30pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
4:30pm - 6:00pm The Yale & Slavery Project Plenary
6:30pm - 8:00pm Reception at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511 (Registered Conference Attendees Only - must be at least 21 years old)
Dinner on your own

Saturday, April 6, 2024

***For all Registered Bouchet Conference Attendees***

Day 2 of the “Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education”
All Times EST

Humanities Quadrangle (320 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511)
7:30am - 9:00am Poster Set-up
8:00am - 9:00am Conference Registration
8:00am - 9:15am Networking Continental Breakfast
9:30am - 11:00am BGHS (Bouchet Graduate Honor Society) Induction Ceremony
11:15am - 12:15pm Poster Exhibit
12:30pm - 1:45pm Networking Lunch
2:00pm - 2:55pm Concurrent Session I
3:05pm - 4:00pm Concurrent Session II
3:45pm - 5:00pm - "Shining Light on Truth: New Haven, Yale, and Slavery" exhibit at the New Haven Museum (*** Optional - for signed up guests only ***)
4:10pm - 5:05pm Concurrent Session III
5:30pm - 8:30pm Bouchet Lifetime Achievement Award Keynote Lecture and Dinner at the Omni Hotel, 155 Temple Street (registered guests only)


The Annual Yale Bouchet Conference will be held on the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT. New Haven, known as the gateway to New England, is located along the coast, about two hours from Boston, MA and one and a half hours from New York City.

Conference Site Address:

Daily event locations will be listed in the Conference Schedule.

Information about visiting Yale

Travel to New Haven

Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) is served by Avelo Airlines and is about twenty minutes from Yale by car, bus, or taxi. From Tweed, we recommend taking a taxi service to downtown New Haven/Central Campus.

Bradley International Airport/Hartford (BDL) is about one hour north of New Haven. From Bradley, we recommend using one of the shuttle services below. A taxi from Bradley to New Haven is expensive and not recommended.

New York Area Airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA), and Newark International Airport (EWR) are about 2 hours south of New Haven. These airports are served by many national and international airlines. From these airports, we recommend using one of the shuttle services listed below. Alternatively, you can navigate to Grand Central Station, where you can take the train to New Haven (see below). A taxi from New York to New Haven is expensive and not recommended.


Prime Time Shuttle (GO Airport)


New Haven is served by Amtrak, Metro-North, and Shoreline East train service, arriving at Union Station. Taxis are available at the taxi stand right outside the station (see below). We do not recommend that you attempt to walk from the train station.

Amtrak is the US national passenger rail service; service from New Haven to Boston, New York, Newark, Washington D.C, and beyond. Service now includes stops at Newark International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Regular commuter rail service, New Haven to New York City. Operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in cooperation with the state of Connecticut. One-way fares from New Haven to Grand Central Station in New York City are $24.50 peak, $18.25 off-peak (onboard fares are higher).

Shoreline East
Commuter rail, Stamford to New London, CT.


Interstate 95:

From the north: Connect to I-91 North in New Haven; take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and follow directions below for I-91.

From the south: Connect to I-91 North in New Haven (left exit); take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and follow directions below for I-91.

Interstate 91:

From the north or south: Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street). Stay in the middle lane and continue straight onto Trumbull Street to the fifth traffic light. Turn left onto Prospect Street and continue for one block. Prospect Street becomes College Street at this point, near the center of campus.

Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkways):

From the north: Take Exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Avenue for approximately five miles. Turn right on Sachem Street at the Peabody Museum traffic light. Continue to next traffic light and turn left onto Prospect Street. At the second traffic light, Prospect Street becomes College Street.

From the south: Take Exit 57. Drive east on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) for approximately five miles past the Yale Athletic Fields. Turn left onto Route 10 North, Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. Proceed to the fifth traffic light and turn right onto Whalley Avenue. Whalley becomes Broadway in 1 mile, and Broadway becomes Elm Street in the center of the Yale campus.


There is no overnight on-street parking near most graduate dormitories and in many downtown neighborhoods. You may park in a metered space to unload your car, but you should arrange for parking in a Yale or commercial garage soon after arrival. There is free public parking in most Yale surface lots on campus from 5:00pm-7:00am weekdays, and on weekends from 5:00pm Friday-7:00am Monday. See the section on parking in this Online Graduate Student Services Handbook or go online to Yale Parking and Transit.


Long-distance bus companies with service to New Haven include Greyhound Bus and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Buses arrive and depart from Union Station, where taxis are readily available for travel to campus (see below).


Taxi Cab stands with regular cab service can be found at Tweed Airport, Union Station (Rail/Bus), the CT Limo terminal, and at the larger downtown hotels. If you need a scheduled pick-up in New Haven, call cab service dispatchers several hours or a day in advance. Cabs run on a meter basis. *Rates are $3.00 to start, and then $2.75 for each mile. By law, passengers with a common destination should not be charged extra (two or three people pay the same price as one).

  • M7
  • New Haven Taxi Company

*Rates subject to change


The following hotels are within closest proximity to the Yale campus. (Please note that we will not be reserving blocks of rooms. As such, it is recommended that attendees book their hotel as soon as possible.)

Courtyard Marriott at Yale-New Haven
30 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-777-6221

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
115 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-772-6664

The Study at Yale
1157 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-503-3900

The Blake Hotel
9 High Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-390-5352

New Haven Hotel
229 George Street
New Haven, CT 06510


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