News Tagged as Undergraduate Academics

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New Video Series Demystifies the Liberal Arts

Feb 02, 2024

The new “Concentrations” video series highlights students from each of Soka’s five concentrations: Environmental Studies, Humanities, Life Sciences, International Studies, and Social and Behavioral

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Impactathon Offers Inspiration and Real-World Lessons for Soka Students

Nov 29, 2023

More than 30 Soka students in this year’s Impactathon began the business pitch competition with ice breakers, including a prompt to brainstorm what they could create with candy and plastic toys. Then

2023 scholarship awardees with university officials

Recognizing Our 2023 Scholarship Award Recipients

Nov 28, 2023

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

Two students wearing teal scrubs review imaging during their neurosurgery preceptorship in Summer 2023.

Hands-on Medical Experiences Prepare Soka Students for the Future

Oct 30, 2023

For several weeks last summer, Zachary Holt ’25 and Yinka Aduloju ’24 woke up as early as 4 a.m. to start their days shadowing neurosurgery cases and conducting neurosurgery research at medical

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M. Robert Hamersley Is Named Dean of Faculty

Jun 07, 2023

M. Robert Hamersley, professor of environmental biogeochemistry, has been named Soka University of America’s dean of faculty. His appointment, announced by Michael Weiner, executive vice president for

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