Volume 13, Number 4
3 October

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Student Council Elections

The Student Council Elections for the 2006-2007 academic year will take place according to the Election Calendar as announced in this issue of the Bilkent News.

The Student Council Regulations, the Election Calendar, the Application Form for Candidacy for Department Representation in Faculties/Schools/Institutes and other useful information and announcements can be accessed at the university's web page:

You are strongly urged to become a candidate for your Department Representative first so that you may then seek a membership in the Student Union Executive Committee or run for President of the Student Union.

Week of Bayram:
No Classes

Last week, on Friday, September 29th, Bilkent University Senate convened to discuss changes to the academic calendar. At this meeting it was decided that no classes are to be held October 26-27, Thursday and Friday, in addition to classes not being held during the Bayram Holiday from October 23-25. Due to this change, the academic calendar has been revised. Please refer to the calendar below and note the changes from here.

Hilmi Volkan Demir Receives JCI Young Outstanding Persons Award in Scientific Leadership

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hilmi Volkan Demir, of Bilkent University's Physics Department and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, receives the JCI Young Outstanding Persons Award in Scientific Leadership. Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide federation of young entrepreneurs and leaders. JCI was established in 1910 by Henry Giessenbier in the USA and continues to be the most prominent network of young leaders and entrepreneurs with 124 countries participating from around the globe. Hilmi Volkan Demir was recommended as one of JCI Turkey's candidates for The Young Outstanding Persons (TOYP) Competition.

The recommendation for the award was based on his research work in the Turkish National Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award Program.

The independent TOYP Science Jury selected Dr. Demir for his research group's work on the invention and demonstration of new optoelectronic quantum devices and granted Dr. Demir First Prize in Scientific Leadership. Dr. Demir's research group is working on the development of novel nanophotonic devices and sensors at Bilkent University's Nanotechnology Research Center and Advanced Research Laboratory. The prizes were presented with the participation of national and international guests and the press at the JCI Turkey Award Ceremony held on September 22, 2006.

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Ready to Study Abroad?
Now Is Your Chance!

The Student Exchange program gives students the opportunity to study in the United States during the 2007-2008 academic year. This is your chance to experience a culture different from your own. Students who have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and are currently in their second year are eligible to apply for the program.

Applicants must submit a CV and statement of purpose along with the application form (which is available at http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/ academic/international  under "exchange/ outgoing students/how to apply") to the Office of International Exchange Programs in the Registrar's Office. The application deadline is October 27.

Qualifying students will be selected for initial interviews, which are scheduled for November 6-10. Successful candidates will be announced on November 15. Candidates who will study in the United States are required to submit TOEFL scores by February 1, 2006. All students who plan to apply for the Student Exchange Program should contact Ayşegül Başol at ext. 2435 or Ceren Genç or Erkin Tarhan at ext. 3218 for more information.

Bilkent University Celebrates the Turkish Language in the Annual Dil Bayramı

Last week, on September 26 and 27, the university hosted a Turkish Language Congress, to celebrate the Dil Bayramı (Turkish Language Celebration), an annual celebration of Atatürk's initiative to modernize the Turkish Language.

The Higher Council of Turkish Language opened with speeches from Rasim Özyürek, Hakan Fidan, TİKA President, and Hüseyin Çelik, Minister of Education. Ninety six scientists, including 31 from different countries presented papers encouraging a wider use of the Turkish Language. The papers represented a wide range of topics including the improvement and enrichment of the Turkish language, the history of the Turkish language, the relationship between Turkish and other languages, and ways to strengthen the use of the Turkish language in science-related areas.

The program also included a wide range of solutions to the challenges the Turkish language faces such as the global image of the Turkish language in today's world, the degeneration of the Turkish language and problems arising with the use of the Turkish language.

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