Career Fair Connects Students With
Last week, Bilkent University hosted its 10th Career Fair, where
students and 45 participant companies had the chance to come together and discuss future
career plans. Student participation was as impressive as in previous years. The focus was
much more on internships than on full time job applications as many seniors feel it is
important to learn as an intern before taking the responsibility of a full time position.
Students rushed from one stand to another, leaving CVs and asking questions and finding
out what is waiting for them after their commencement ceremony. When the day finished,
students had answers, and left with new ideas about their future.
Gizem Babaoğlu, a 2006 Bilkent grad who now works for Johnson & Johnson, commented
that the fair was a golden opportunity for seniors to interact with employees and
Cizre Releases New Book
Professor Ümit Cizre of the Political Science
Department has edited and published Secular and Islamic Politics in Turkey: The Making
of the Justice and Development Party. The new book explains that the politics of change
the JDP initiated and sustained in terms of its identity in their first years in office,
was as an interactive process between many levels, forces, and historical periods of
politics. These include global Islam after 9/11; actors in Turkey's secular establishment;
the past and present players and traditions of Islam; and the changing balance of power in
the region which frames EU and US policies towards the JDP.
For much of her career, Professor Cizre has worked on issues related to Turkish politics,
including Turkish right-wing politics; nationalism; democratic governance of the security
sector, including the military; and security sector reform. Her other books include AP ve
Ordu İlişkileri: Bir İkilemin Anatomisi (1993) and Muktedirlerin Siyaseti: Merkez
Sağ-Ordu-İslamcılık (1999). She is editor of ALMANAC of Turkey's Security
Bilkent's World Poetry Day to Feature
Yahya Kemal: Poetry and Song
This year, Bilkent's World Poetry Day program is dedicated
to the great poet Yahya Kemal in memory of the 50th anniversary of his passing. Bilkent's
annual World Poetry Day is traditionally organized by the Center for Turkish Literature.
The event, scheduled for 9 p.m. on Friday, March 21,
will be held in the Bilkent Concert Hall, is free of charge, and open to all. The evening
will begin with an opening speech by Ertuğrul Günay, Minister of Culture and Tourism,
and continue with Prof. İskender Pala's speech "Yahya Kemal Şiiri ve Aşk,"
and Dr. Yılmaz Karakoyunlu's "Yahya Kemal'de Şiir ve Şarkı." This
will be followed by a performance from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Classical Music
Chorus, with Yıldız Kenter and Hilmi Yavuz reciting Yahya Kemal poems that serve as
lyrics to the songs presented by the chorus.
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Mind Over Matter
Bilkent Physics Grad Takes Next Step
Koray Aydın, a senior graduate student in the Department
of Physics, has recently received offers from Harvard University and Caltech to continue
his postdoctoral studies. Koray said that receiving offers from the top universities in
science and technology is a great honor for him. "I had to make a decision when I
finished my undergraduate study in physics: to stay here at Bilkent, or to go abroad for
studying. At that time there was a common belief among students that opportunities in the
United States are better than here in Bilkent. Many of my friends chose to go abroad. I
feel lucky to have stayed here at Bilkent because we have done world-class research at the
Nanotechnology Research Center and Advanced Research Laboratories with Prof. Ekmel Özbay.
Bilkent is well-known in the academic community for the quality of research being carried
out and the success of Bilkent's students. I have had a chance to see what people think
about Bilkent during my interviews in the USA. I encourage undergraduate students planning
to continue their career in academia to stay at Bilkent University." Koray says that
he is not the only one who got an offer from Harvard. His groupmates, Ertuğrul Çubukcu
and İrfan Bulu, are also continuing their studies there.
Koray, a Bilkenter for 10 years, got his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of
Physics in 2002 and 2004. He made significant contributions to the field of metamaterials
and photonic crystals, authoring 30 SCI papers with more than 600 citations. He is
currently studying hybrid nanophotonic light sources incorporating organic polymers and
inorganic semiconductor LEDs.
Instructor Wins Award
Mustafa Siyahhan, a Tourism and Hotel Management Department instructor, won the first
prize in The Mehmet Kemal Dedeman Research and Development Project Contest 2007.
The annual competition is organized by Dedeman Holding and aims to develop mining and
tourism in Turkey by discovering original and applicable ideas.
This year's challenge in the area of tourism was "How Should Turkey Promote and
Organize Tourism in a Constantly Changing World?" Mustafa Siyahhan won, along with
Prof. Dr. Ali Alp, with their "Turkey's Tourism Promotion and Organization
The subject for the 2008 contest will be "City Tourism in Turkey: Yesterday, Today
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