2020-21 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inductees announced

Edward A. Bouchet
Edward Alexander Bouchet was the first self-identified African American to receive a PhD from an American university. The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society creates a community of scholars who exemplify the same principles as Dr. Bouchet.

Ten scholars have been inducted into the UW–Madison chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

The Bouchet Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence at doctoral education and the professoriate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School was unable to host an induction ceremony for inductees in either 2020 or 2021. Instead, UW–Madison honored new Bouchet scholars with a video ceremony inducting new members for both years into the chapter.

“The graduate students and postdoctoral researchers we are honoring here today represent the excellent researchers, scholars, educators, and leaders we have on our campus,” said Graduate School Dean William J. Karpus.

The 2020 Bouchet Society inductees are:

  • Corri Hamilton, PhD candidate, Plant Pathology
  • Jasenia Hartman, PhD candidate, Neuroscience
  • Nancy Herrera, PhD candidate, Counseling Psychology
  • Dominic J. Ledesma, PhD, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
  • Fátima Sancheznieto, postdoctoral researcher, Division of General Internal Medicine

The 2021 Bouchet Society inductees are:

  • Kristal Gant, PhD candidate, Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology
  • Katherine Mueller, PhD candidate, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Tarsha Herelle, PhD candidate, Educational Policy Studies
  • Edrees Rashan, PhD candidate, Biochemistry
  • Sofia Romero Ferrufino, PhD candidate, Microbiology

“We could not be more proud of these inductees and hope that this recognition and networking opportunity helps further their personal, academic, and professional goals,” said Cheryl Gittens, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Provost, and Chief Diversity Officer.

Read more about the 2020-21 inductees and view the video ceremony on the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society webpage.