Bouchet Endowment Campaign

Fundraising Goal Surpassed. Thank you!

For the past 18 years, the Edward A. Bouchet Award has connected exceptional minority physicists with students from the US and abroad. The award lost its annual funding this year, so APS established a fundraising campaign to endow the award for the next generation of scientists.

The fundraising committee not only reached the goal of raising $140,000, but surpassed it — raising a total of $151,000.

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How You Can Help

When you donate to the Edward A. Bouchet Endowment, you are helping promote the participation of under-represented minorities in physics.

Your donation will support:

  • Travel to a minimum of three academic institutions to interact with students
  • Lectures, classroom visits, and high school physics outreach efforts
  • Mentoring students and faculty about physics research and teaching careers

How you’re recognized:

  • Listing on the APS Bouchet Award Site
  • Recognition in the APS annual report
  • For donations of $10k or larger: Listing in the APS annual Prizes and Awards booklet. Invitation to co-present the award with the APS president at the annual awards ceremony and attend the presidential reception

Award Impact

The award has a large impact on the recipients’ careers both inside, and surprisingly, outside of the physics community. For many recipients, the award raises the visibility of their research and leads to exciting career opportunities. Many of the winners have been recruited to participate in documentaries, lecture at prestigious institutions, and are recognized as experts in their field by organizations outside of the physics community.

As much as the Bouchet Award has done for its recipients' careers, perhaps the most significant impact of the Award has been on physics students. One Bouchet Award winner was astounded by the number of students both at his institution and outside of his institution who were aware that he had won the Award. These students wanted to talk with him about his research as well as pursuing careers in physics.

The award has clearly been successful in identifying and highlighting underrepresented minority role models for the next generation of scientists.

Bouchet In 1876, Edward Alexander Bouchet made history by becoming the first African American Ph.D. physicist, and the sixth person of any race to receive a Ph.D. in physics from an American university. Bouchet went on to educate and inspire others as a science teacher at a school for black students.

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Thank You to Our Key Donors

Gifts of $10,000 or more

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation*
  • Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program
  • Harvard Physics & Applied Physics
  • In Honor of Robert Karplus
    • Beverly Karplus Hartline and Fred Hartline
    • Jason Hartline
    • Margaret Hellweg and Horst Rademacher
    • Barbara Karplus and Rodney Womer
    • Elizabeth Karplus
    • Catherine and David Karplus
    • Paul and Karen Karplus
    • Peter Karplus
    • Richard Karplus
  • Kathlee A. Maloy & Heather L. Burns
  • LIGO Laboratory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Research Corporation (previous sponsor)
  • Yale University


  • Diola Bagayoko
  • B. Alex Brown
  • R. Sekhar Chivukula
  • Sylvester James Gates
  • Larry Gladney
  • Gabriela Gonzalez
  • Laura H. Greene
  • Gaston Gutierrez
  • Wendell Talbot Hill III
  • Theodore Hodapp
  • Jefferson Science Associates
  • Daniel Larson
  • Eric Lin
  • Donald N. Langenberg
  • Ramon Lopez
  • Juan Maldacena
  • Stephen Craig McGuire
  • Cherry Ann Murray
  • Jorge Pullin
  • Helen & Dan Quinn
  • Susan Joyce Seestrom
  • Elizabeth Simmons
  • Stephen Steadman
  • Donna Stokes
  • Sergio Ulloa
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • Herman White

* Provided temporary annual support during campaign