News Tagged as Undergraduate Academics

Prof Robert Levenson poses with three Soka Undergraduates

A Breakthrough for Soka Life Science Faculty: Q&A With National Science Foundation Grant Winner Prof. Robert Levenson

Apr 26, 2023

The National Science Foundation recently announced it will award Soka faculty member Robert Levenson, assistant professor of biochemistry, $292,310 to support his research on “BRC-BIO: Harnessing

A brunette woman wearing a jean jacket smiles as she speaks with other students in front of a variety of international flags.

Learning Clusters Explore Issues Both Timely and Timeless

Mar 30, 2023

The annual Learning Cluster at SUA allows faculty and groups of 12 or fewer students to co-design monthlong courses around a problem or question of interest and immerse themselves in exploring

Professor Emeritus Gail Thomas smiles outside on Soka University's campus. She's wearing a black turtleneck with a zebra print zip up jacket and gold dangly earrings.

Being Soka: An Interview with Professor Emerita Gail Thomas

Mar 28, 2023

In the 1990s, Gail Thomas took a leap of faith and left her tenured position at Texas A&M University to become a founding faculty member of Soka University of America. Now professor emerita of

Two female students talk while sitting on a bench beneath a building displaying flags from various countries. Two men are walking down the steps to the side of the women talking.

Springboard to an Advanced Degree: Undergraduates Can Gain Accelerated Entry to the Middlebury Institute at Monterey

Feb 14, 2023

SUA has partnered with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey to provide Soka students with the opportunity to gain accelerated entry admission to its master’s degree program

Dr. Shane Barter poses in front of an election sign in Kazakhstan.

Dr. Shane Barter: Reflections on His Experience as an Election Observer

Dec 14, 2022

Free and fair elections are crucial to democracy, and Shane Barter, professor of comparative politics and director of the International Studies concentration, recently returned from observing

Professor Chika Esiobu stands in front of big red letters spelling out TED as she speaks on stage during her TED Talk

Professor Chika Esiobu on the Power of Indigenous Knowledge

Nov 16, 2022

Attending the same Nigerian high school where author Chimamanda Adichie studied, which shared a campus with where Chinua Achebe lectured, fueled Prof. Chika Esiobu’s desire to affect the world through

Sophia Vitale ‘25  and Quang Pham ‘24 at the University of Michigan.

Life Sciences Students Participate in the University of Michigan’s Developing Future Biologists Program

Jul 13, 2022

Before SUA, Quang Pham ‘24 never imagined he would want to pursue research. Two years into his education at Soka, Pham, along with Sofia Vitale ‘25, was among 25 students accepted to the University of

Students reading and discussing Core literature

Challenging New Students to Consider Humanity's Enduring Questions

Nov 09, 2021

It is one of SUA’s signature experiences, a rigorous introduction to university-level intellectual work during which first-year students delve into the works of some of humanity’s most profound

Kroc School of Peace Studies building at University of San Diego

An Innovative Option for the Next Generation of Peacebuilders and Social Innovators

Nov 08, 2021

In a time of heightened divisiveness and turmoil in the world, two universities with similar missions have come together to educate the next generation of peacebuilders. Beginning next fall SUA

Soka scholarship winners with administrators

Honoring Our 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Sep 14, 2021

The recipients of Soka University of America’s top academic honors — the Ikeda Scholarship, the John D. Montgomery scholarship, Soka Merit Award, and Academic Excellence Award — met with President Ed