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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Ho-min Sohn, headshot

Ho-min Sohn
Korean language

A professor with Manoa’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ho-min Sohn is a world renowned scholar of the Korean language.

His book, The Korean Language, is hailed as the best and most accessible book on Korean ever translated into English. He established MA and PhD programs in Korean language at Manoa, the first in the world outside Korea, making it possible to train a new generation of scholars.

A colleague noted, "Sohn’s work has brought much deserved recognition to his native tongue and has made the university a mecca for Korean language research."

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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Current awardees and links to archives.


Milton Garces, headshot
Milton Garces
Geophysics and planetology
Albert Kim, headshot
Albert Kim
Civil and environmental engineering
Tobias Owen, headshot
Tobias Owen


Bruce Chorpita, headshot
Bruce Chorpita
Ho-min Sohn, headshot
Ho-min Sohn
Korean language
Paul Lucey, headshot
Paul Lucey
Geophysics and planetology


Alexander Krot, headshot
Alexander Krot
Geophysics and planetology
John L. Tonry, headshot
John L. Tonry


Andrew Harris, headshot
Andrew Harris
Laurence N. Kolonel, headshot
Laurence N. Kolonel
Cancer epidemiology
James B. Nation, headshot
James B. Nation


Margaret McFall-Ngai, headshot
Margaret McFall-Ngai
Marine organisms
Stephen Olsen, headshot
Stephen Olsen
High energy physics
 Edward Ruby, headshot
Edward Ruby
Marine organisms