Harry Chatters Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the Brown School, is one of three Washington University students who was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education, April 1-2, at Yale University.
The Bouchet Society, named for the first African American to earn a doctorate in the United States, recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.
The society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.
Taylor earned his B.A. from Howard University in 2009 and his MPH and MSW from the University of Michigan in 2011. He came to the Brown School to pursue a doctorate focusing on gerontology under Nancy Morrow-Howell, the Betty Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.
“Older adults are the most diverse population group in the country,” Taylor said, with a wide range of cognitive and physical differences in addition to demographic differences. He is particularly interested in research aimed at disparities among minority older adults.
His dissertation examines racial differences linked to risk factors for social isolation among older adults.
Taylor’s work has also been recognized by the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, which selected him for their Pre-Dissertation Initiative after his first year of doctoral studies. Taylor also received the Dean’s Award from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Washington University’s other 2016 Bouchet fellows are Boahemaa Adu-Oppong, a PhD candidate in evolution, ecology and population science in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, and Anna Hood, a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow and PhD candidate in psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences.