Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society was inaugurated on Thursday, September 15, 2005 with a simulcast ceremony held at Yale University and Howard University. As the co-founding chapters, Yale University and Howard University seek to recognize and continue Dr. Bouchet’s pioneering contributions to doctoral education. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both within and without the academic realm, inductees into the honor society bearing his name should also exhibit these qualities.
About Daniella C. Bardalez Gagliuffi
Daniella C. Bardalez Gagliuffi is a doctoral candidate in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, part of the Physics Department at University of California, San Diego. She studies brown dwarfs which are celestial objects intermediate between stars and planets with insufficient mass to sustain hydrogen fusion in their cores, which is the nuclear reaction that powers stars. As a consequence, brown dwarfs cool and dim over time, harboring atmospheres that resemble those of giant planets like Jupiter. Her dissertation explores the frequency with which brown dwarfs are found in systems of two compared to isolation, since this statistic holds a clue to the formation pathway producing brown dwarfs. Her research contributes a new technique to identify and characterize such binary systems. Her long-term research goals are to characterize brown dwarf and planet formation pathways.