The Department of Japanese History, in which I was enrolled, is located at the National Museum of History and Folklore in Sakura, Chiba. Researchers are from variety of fields as Archaeology, Folklore, and History (from ancient to modern ),and they conduct their own free research. After completing my master's degree in Nara Women's University, I had worked as a junior high and high school teacher in Tokyo for 38 years. After retiring, I enrolled in the doctoral course at SOKENDAI in 2018. While in SOKENＤAI we could
have many careful supports of our teachers and administrative staffs, which were very helpful. In addition, SOKENDAI has a great support system which provide research expenses and travel expenses for attending academic conferences.
Fortunately, I was able to get my PhD in three years. Now, I am at the starting point for new research again. There is no retirement year in research, and there are many challenges. If you are motivated, we recommend you to enroll in SOKENDAI.
I belong to the fusion science department at National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS). SOKENDAI students in NIFS can learn a wide range of fusion science, from plasma physics to fusion material engineering. Instead of basic research as studied in standard universities, I have researched the practical theme of establishing a nuclear fusion reactor. Your motivation and effort are necessary to explore this unknown region, and once you succeed, you can talk with other researchers with sufficient confidence. Funding is essential for performing every research, but luckily, SOKENDAI will give you tremendous financial support greater than a usual Ph.D. student expected. I would be grateful if you could consider becoming a SOKENDAI student.
I engaged in studies to test the inflation hypothesis in cosmology by improving sensitivity of the milli-wave telescope system. For SOKENDAI students in KEK, productive facilities including experimental equipment running at the frontier of fundamental physics, machining tools, computing systems, poster printers, stately lab notes and so on are available. Also there are financially supporting programs for research publication and trip. I often made a trip to the Chilean observational site or foreign institutions to work together with collaborators. Besides my major, I visited national research institutes all over Japan for interdisciplinary lectures. These were very fruitful to broaden and deepen my experience. The greatest benefit to study in SOKENDAI is having many opportunities to join the international network of researchers and broaden your horizons.
One of the greatest benefit you can enjoy at the Graduate School of Multidisciplinary Sciences is its rich diversity. Not only do we handle wide range of fundamental, applied, and practical researches, but we also collaborate across industry, academia, and government. In addition, we actively interact with researchers from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds. I feel that this diversity gives each researcher a multifaceted perspective and leads to more sophisticated results. Last year, we had a serious irregularity of the corona disaster, but thanks to the ingenuity of the laboratory and administrative staff, many students were able to share the site and atmosphere of active research with front-line researchers. Why don't you join us and have a research exchange in the rich ecosystem of SOKENDAI?
I belong to the Department of Physiological Sciences which is set up at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), and we students can carry out research using a full equipment while being surrounded by leading researchers. In addition to the equipment of the NIPS, it is also possible to perform analysis using the equipment of the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), easily. In my case, I brought samples to the NIBB and performed proteomics analysis using a mass spectrometer. Also, as a feature of SOKENDAI, many researchers are enrolled for the number of students, and students can get a lot of ¬¬¬advice. In addition, there are opportunities to discuss with faculty members from other laboratories, which will be of great help in advancing research. I think it is a very blessed environment for students who want to study.
The Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems (ESB) is one of the best choices if you want to pursue the study of biological evolution. This is because ESB is a unique organization that integrates various fields of evolutionary studies, including archaeology and mathematical biology. Taking this advantage, ESB can provide you a good environment for discussing your research with other members studying in various fields and for starting interdisciplinary collaboration, via biannual progress meetings involving all members and laboratory rotations. In fact, through the activities, I, a theoretical evolutionary ecologist, had the opportunity to collaborate with a professor studying molecular evolution experimentally. Also, in my lab rotation, I joined archaeological excavation and learned evolution via cultivation and domestication, discovering the fun of archaeology. Financial support by ESB is substantial and another attractive point of ESB. In this department, you will be able to conduct your study with rich ideas from various perspectives, from microscopic molecular evolution to macroscopic evolutionary ecology, and aspects of field, experimental, and theoretical study.