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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.
When you donate to the Edward A. Bouchet Endowment, you are helping promote the participation of under-represented minorities in physics.
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How you’re recognized:
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.
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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* Provided temporary annual support during campaign