History of Turkey/HIST 200 is a required course for all Bilkent undergraduate students. This course is designed to encourage students to work in group projects on any topic of their choice that relates to the history of Turkey. Since the 2011 spring semester, students from each department at the university have presented their projects for review by a panel led by Prof. Özer Ergenç of the Department of History. Those projects judged best of the academic year receive awards at a ceremony held the following autumn.
The award ceremony for projects completed during the fall, spring and summer terms of the 2013-2014 academic year took place on October 14, 2014, in C-Block Auditorium. Out of a total of 462 projects completed, 10 were chosen for recognition and awards. Those project teams received certificates as well as both volumes of “Devlet-i ‘Aliyye: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu Üzerine Araştırmalar” by Prof. Halil İnalcık.
The ceremony started with remarks by Asst. Prof. Berrak Burçak, stressing the importance of effective education and teaching in general, and appropriate history education in particular. A talk by Prof. Özer Ergenç, “Learning History Begins with the Immediate Environment,” followed. Emphasizing the uniqueness of history among the social sciences, Prof. Ergenç discussed various approaches to learning history and concluded by highlighting the innovative aspects of the HIST 200 course.
Then, the award recipients presented their projects. Their enthusiasm in sharing their learning experiences and their positive comments about the team process ended the ceremony on a very happy note.
First Prize: “Türkiye’nin İlk Bilgisayar Laboratuvarı: Bilkent Üniversitesi’ne Bilgisayarın Gelişi”
Göktuğ Kağan Yüksel, Murat Alp Güngen, Mert Özateş, Yaşar Sinan Nasır, Alper Özaslan (All EE students)
Second Prize: “Gökdağ Ailesinin 1915-1935 Yılları Arasındaki Yaşantıları, Sibirya’ya Sürgünleri ve Türkiye’ye Zorunlu Göçü”
Yasemin Gökdağ (IE), Simge Koç (IE), Yağmur Meral Algül (IE), Kerem Kendirli (IE), Zübeyir Oflaz (POLS)
Third Prize: “Türk Matematiğinin Japon Prensi Masatoshi Gündüz İkeda (1926-2003)”
Serdar Nair (MATH), Gökhan Kahraman (MATH), Gökhan Burak Erdem (CS), Muhammed İkbal Ulvi (MATH), Hüseyin Reşit Onur Erdem (CHEM)
Merit Awards: “Ankara’da Bulunan Dans Ayakkabıcısı İsmail Usta”
Uğur Orhan, Yağmur Öykü Yönet, İsmet Atasoy, Işılsu Köseoğlu, Geysu Geylan (All LAW Students)
“Ankaragücü Taraftar Grupları ve Yakın Tarihi”
Kaan Bayat (LAW), Melisa Bolayır (LAW), Mert Eney (LAW), Ceren Erdoğan (LAW), Bekir Yılmaz (IR)
“Dünden Bugüne Tatbikat Sahnesi”
Atacan Baran (IE), Tuna Baydın (MBG), Ekin Çakmak (LAW), Utku Büyükfidan (ME), Cemre Esensoy (CHEM)
“En İyiyi Arayan Kız Kardeşler: Türkiye Soroptimist Kulüpleri Federasyonu”
Atif Çağlar Ababay (MAN), Ayşegül Sarıgül (LAUD), Aykut Yener (MAN), Cansu Dekeli (MAN), Elif Alara Saltık (MAN)
“Geçmişten Günümüze Kadın Muhtarlar”
Dilara Boğa (CHEM), Murat Dilek (IR), Arzu Erkan (IAED), İlkay Karagedik (POLS), Oğuz Can Ok (POLS)
“Türkiye’de Devlet Eliyle Biracılık Atatürk Orman Çiftliği Bira Fabrikasından, Tekel Birasına”
Emre Arıoğlu (CS), Yiğitcan Kaya (CS), Hakan Kılıç (CS), Yavuzcan Eroğlu (ECON), Dilara Savranoğlu (MAN)
“Yusuf Ziya Paşa Köşkü”
Doğukan Hazar Yaran, Kaan Volkan Çirasun, Deniz Yücedağ, Simden Erler, İrem Olcay (All TRIN students)