Two Graduate Students to Be Inducted Into Bouchet Society
Two students from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are among five graduate students of color who will be inducted into the UW-Madison chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in a ceremony during its annual conference March 1, 2013.
They will also be inducted into the national Bouchet Society at its conference, hosted by Yale University, April 19-20, 2013.
The Bouchet Society is named for the nation's first African-American doctoral degree recipient, who earned a doctorate in physics from Yale in 1876. It was established in 2005 by Yale and Howard Universities to recognize this historic event and to promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and among professors.
Local chapters are formed by invitation only, and must be at doctoral institutions with a sustained record of training scholars who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy.
The UW-Madison Graduate School formed a chapter in 2010. Each year, the school may sponsor a limited number of graduate students to become members of the national Bouchet Society.
Inductees from the School of Medicine and Public Health are:
Patrick Brown, a doctoral candidate in cellular and molecular biology and a medical student. He plans to complete his joint degree by 2015. Brown recognizes the need to bridge the research/practice gap.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois, he participated in the Undergraduate Scholarship Program, a highly selective program enabling students to conduct National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research. Brown says he was also fortunate to work with Wan-Ju Li on a stem cell and cartilage regeneration project.
As an MD/PhD student, Brown has continued to be a part of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). As the chapter president, he helped organized a voter registration drive and grant writing efforts, helping nine SNMA students at UW-Madison attend the national conference.
In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Brown also volunteers as a pianist for the Madison Allied Community Gospel Choir.
Chidi Obasi, a doctoral candidate in the graduate program of clinical investigation studying the severity of acute respiratory illness.
He was born in Madison, and then completed his medical education in Nigeria. During his time in Nigeria, he evaluated prescription patterns of antimalarial drugs among doctors in a teaching hospital.
Obasi served as a reviewer for articles in the Wisconsin Medical Journal and worked as a TRICARE representative, ensuring that military personnel and their families understood and obtained appropriate healthcare.
Long-term, Obasi hopes to improve health and educational achievement among minority groups through community.
Date Published: 12/10/2012