Convocation outside of MEMCHU
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Convocation 2012, Main Quad, Stanford. Photo credit: Linda A. Cicero


Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Religious Studies offers several undergraduate major and minor options within which students may design a concentration in Buddhism.

For information, see Religious Studies or contact the undergraduate student services administrator, Karina Sahgal, at 650-723-3322, ksahgal [at] (ksahgal[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Students may also design a concentration in Buddhism within the East Asian Studies major, administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. For information, contact the department Student Services Officer, Cyril Millendez, cyrilm [at] (cyrilm[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Recent Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to Julia Clark Camahort, the recipient of the 2022-23 Best Undergraduate Paper in Buddhist Studies! Title: "Resilience and Assimilation: Buddhism in Japanese-American Internment Camps" Abstract:
Congratulations to Xinyi Wang , the recipient of the 2021–22 Best Undergraduate Paper in Buddhist Studies! Title: "An Analysis of the Philosophical Coherence Between 'Neither A, Nor Non-A' in the Diamond Sutra and '因是' in Zhuangzi"
Congratulations to Ashwin Ramaswami, the recipient of the 2020–21 Best Undergraduate Paper in Buddhist Studies!
Abstract: "To See a World in a Grain of Sand: Self-reference and Chronology in the Lotus Sūtra"
Congratulations to Adrian Liu, the recipient of the 2017–18 Best Undergraduate Paper in Buddhist Studies!
The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies selects one undergraduate paper in Buddhist Studies to receive the award for the best paper in Buddhist Studies every year.  The recipient of this award for the 2016–17 academic year is George Husley.
Best Undergraduate Paper in  Buddhist Studies 2015–16 entitled “Emergent Dharma: Buddhist Board Games, Past and Present” by Jackson Roach, (Senior, class of 2017), Comparative Literature
Best Undergraduate Paper on Buddhism 2014–15 entitled “Zen and the Art of the Startup” by Zachary E. Whittington