The Virginia Tech Graduate School announced the seven inaugural members of the university’s chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Ashley Robinson, CS doctoral candidate, was selected to join. Ashley is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia. She is investigating the attitudes of African-American middle school girls toward computer science and the factors that influence these attitudes.
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The Bouchet Society was established in 2005 by Yale and Howard universities and named for the first African-American to earn a doctoral degree in the United States. Bouchet graduated from Yale College in 1874 and earned his doctoral degree in physics from Yale University in 1876. The society’s goal is to create a network of strong scholars and professionals who “serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the Academy,” according to its webpage. Virginia Tech is among 11 university partners with Bouchet Society chapters.