We founded "SOKENDAI Scientist Award" in 2014. The purpose of SOKENDAI Scientist Award is to commend the research achievements obtained by the scientists who obtained Doctor's degree from SOKENDAI. Please refer to the following Guidelines for applicants.
There're 5 applicants for The 2nd SOKENDAI Science Award until closing date for application on the 11th(FRI) of Dec., 2015. Through screening of the application documents by the committee of SOKENDAI Scientist Award and the committee recommend 2 applicants as prize-candidate to the President. Through judging mainly their research contents by internationality, cross-disciplinary and the knowledge of relation of science and social totally, as a result, the President decided Dr. Ippei Shimamura (Graduated PhD at Department of Regional Studies, School of Cultural and Social Studiesas) as the 2nd recipient of SOKENDAI Award. The Prize Winning Reason is as mentioned below;
Dr. Ippei Shimamura started his PhD course at Department of Regional Studies, School of Cultural and Social Studies, SOKENDAI in 1999, after earning a master's degree in Monglia, when the country had just achieved its democracy. He received Doctor of Literature from SOKENDAI in 2010. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research on nationalism (ethnic consciousness), using anthropological fieldwork as his methodological foundation, in addition to the techniques of sociology and history. As his three references (French, Mongolian, and Japanese) also highly and equally evaluate his prominent work, Dr. Shimamura studied the shamanism of Mongol-Buryats that is an ethnic minority in Mongolia. Due to the political purge at the beginning of the twentieth century, Mongol-Buryats lost many of its male members and continuity in their social lineage. Dr. Shimamura revealed that Mongol-Buryats generated their new ethnic nationalism through becoming shamans, and those shamans to tell the stories of spirits, remind ethnic memories, and restore the lineage as well as the ancestors' spirits. His finding of the ethnic consciousness has been internationally recognized, among Western and Asian researchers. His masterpiece "The Root Seekers-Shamanism and Ethnicity among Mongol-Buryats," has been translated to English, and received the JSPS Prize and the Regional Study Prize in 2013, and the Dido-Life Regional Study Prize for Encouragement in 2014. Furthermore, Dr. Shimamura contributes to the Mongolian society through another interdisciplinary research of cultural anthropology and environmental science that focuses on the environment issues around mine development in Mongolia. In conclusion, his work, that brings interdisciplinary approach, as a new perspective, to the field study, truly is deserved the SOKENDAI Scientist Prize.
The Award Ceremony was held on the 4th of April (Mon), 2016 on the day of the Entrance Ceremony. Dr. SHIMAMURA Ippei has received the certificate and the extra prize by President OKADA.
After the ceremony, Dr. SHIMAMURA gave a lecture on the content of his research,"Staying with "others", or a Report on my Anthropological Fieldworks."
We held a ceremony of 1st SOKENDAI Scientist Award to April 6, 2015.
Dr. NAKAMURA graduated the Doctoral Degree by SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies), School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and holds PhD in Science. He served as a researcher at Kyoto University Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, RIKEN (Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark), Center for Quantum Spacetime (Korea), Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (Korea), and Kyoto University Graduate School of Science. In 2013, he was appointed as Associate Professor at Nagoya University Graduate School of Science. He took his current position in April 2014. From October 2014, he served as a Visiting Professor at University of Tokyo Institute for Solid State Physics (until March 2015). His research theme includes broad application of the superstring theory to physics. He is unique in his work to apply the so-called gauge/gravity duality, namely anti-de Sitter and conformal field theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence, where the former describes gravity and the latter elementary particles, to various kinds of unsettled physical issues. Particularly, he is successful in giving new insights to quark hadron physics and non-equilibrium statistical physics through the AdS/CFT correspondence. He thus opened up a new field in his own way on the basis of his academic carrier striding across a number of research fields and studying at a variety of major institutions. His research achievement gave a high impact to multiple academic fields.
Award ceremony on April 6, 2015 was held with Entrance Ceremony. Dr. NAKAMURA received the certificate and extra prize from President OKADA. After the ceremony, he gave a lecture on the content of his research and carrier pass to a researcher. Vigorous question-and-answer session went by the freshmen which made the lecture a success.