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Eleven Scholars inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

By Elisa Maldonado


On April 7, 2017, 11 UC San Diego graduate students were inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The induction ceremony took place at the 14th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Graduate Division staff member, Elisa Maldonado, accompanied the scholars.

Each year, the Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education and the National Induction Ceremony brings together scholars from all 13 chapters to form connections across their research, outreach and personal interests in service and advocacy for communities traditionally underrepresented in the academy. This year, the theme of the conference was, “The Urgency of Civic Responsibility: Building a Movement to Leverage Scholar-Activism in the Academy.” Scholars attended networking events and talks by pre-eminent scholars, including a Keynote Lecture by Current Yale College Dean and future Provost of Northwestern University, Jonathan Holloway, an expert in pre-emancipation United States history.

This year’s UC San Diego inductees are: Mojegan Azadi – physics; Daniella Gagliuffi – physics; Jessica Blanton – Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Jason Dorwart – theatre and dance; Melissa Galang Han– education studies; Andrew Janusz – political science; Dae Kang – bioengineering; Daniel Klein – physics; Tavina Offut – chemistry and biochemistry; Dianne Pater  – biological sciences; and Claudia Rafful – public health. To view biographical sketches of all members, please visit the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society page at grad.ucsd.edu.

2017 UC San Diego Bouchet Inductees: (back row) Dae Kang, Daniel Klein, Daniella Gagliuffi, Mojegan Azadi; (front row) Tavina Offut, Dianne Pater, Melissa Galagan Han, Jason Dorwart, Jessica Blanton, Graduate Division staff member Elisa Maldonado.


Bouchet Society Southern California Regional Networking Mixer

As we return to our home institutions, students express excitement about their newfound connections. To help solidify these networks, the UC San Diego and UCLA Bouchet Society Chapters held a Southern California Regional Networking Mixer at Sol Cocina in Newport Beach, CA on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The goals of the mixer were to strengthen the relationships formed at the Yale Bouchet Conference and build the regional and national networks by bringing together Bouchet Society members from other chapters who are currently living in Southern California. Overall, 11 scholars attended the mixer, representing the UCLA, UC San Diego, Howard University, George Washington University, and Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chapters. Scholars represented a variety of career levels, including graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty from Azusa Pacific University, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine.

The Bouchet Mixer is the result of a recent tracking survey of Bouchet scholars coordinated by the UCLA and UC San Diego Chapters. The tracking project revealed that over 40% of Bouchet scholars are currently in academia, with over 23% in postdoctoral research and 40% in assistant professor positions. Thus, the Bouchet Society is truly a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence and who serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, service and advocacy for communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

UC San Diego Bouchet Scholars (left to right) Sabrina Strings (2010), Tavina Offut (2017), Yawo Ezunkpe (2015), Elisa Maldonado (2010), David Gonzalez (2010).


Bouchet Society Southern California Regional Networking Mixer attendees (Sol Cocina, Newport Beach).

The Bouchet Society honors the memory of Edward A. Bouchet, who was the first African-American to earn a doctorate from an American university when he earned a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1876. He was also among the first 20 Americans to receive a Ph.D. in physics and the sixth to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Yale. In 1884, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious honor society. After graduation, he was unable to find a faculty position, most likely due to racial discrimination. For the rest of his career, he taught at various high schools including the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia for 26 years.

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