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President Wayne A.I. Frederick Accepts Edward Bouchet Legacy Award

By Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D.

Wayne A.I. Frederick
President Wayne A.I. Frederick

President Wayne A.I. Frederick accepted the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award from the Graduate School's Edward Bouchet Graduate Honor Society on September 17, 2015 at the forum's 10th annual Bouchet Forum and Ceremony at the Howard University Louis Stokes Library. The Bouchet Society recognized President Frederick's invaluable contributions to education access and opportunity.

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President Wayne A.I. Frederick Accepts Edward Bouchet Legacy Award from Associate Dean Chontrese Doswell

President Frederick gave keynote remarks that chronicled his journey from his native Trinidad to the presidency of Howard -- a journey that was distinguished both by his diagnosis at birth with sickle cell disease and his early and continuing commitment to academic excellence throughout his career.

He emphasized the humanity of research and humane considerations for patients and research subjects. He stated that he has always valued humility as a primary undergirding personal guide throughout his education and career, which included earning triple degrees from Howard -- the B.S., MD, and MBA -- and becoming Howard's 17th president. He expressed how he felt especially humbled as a recipient of the Bouchet Legacy Award.

During the forum, ten doctoral students were inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society: Christopher N. Cross, anatomy; Felicia Gangloff-Bailey, educational psychology; Danyella T. Brown-Willis; educational psychology; Monica Goldson, educational leadership and policy studies; Onochie Dieli, economics; Heather Key, psychology; Zuleka Henderson, social work; Vanessa Oyugi, African Studies; Brianna P. Lemmons, social work; and Denna Kowalek-Geppi, communication, culture and media studies.

Edward Alexander Bouchet was the first African American to earn a doctorate from an American university when he earned a Ph.D. in physics at Yale University in 1876. He was also one of the first African Americans to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Bouchet was the sixth person in the western hemisphere to earn a doctorate in physics.

The Edward Bouchet Society was established by Howard University and Yale University in 2005 to recognize outstanding achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The national initiative includes nine additional institutional partners: Cornell University, George Washington University, Rutgers University, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Washington University in St. Louis, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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