Starting from my Middle School years at NODET (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents) I have felt a great interest in Mathematics and Physics. It was always interesting for me to see how a set of simple mathematical equations can describe a wide range of phenomena in the physical universe. I remember that I was thrilled when I first encountered Newton's equations of motion because although the underlying mathematics is simple, it is successful to describe the motions in the classical physics range. In Parallel, I was always interested in how people are affected by others and media, and how simple individual interactions could lead to collective behaviors on a larger scale. Sadly, although I always thought about these profound questions the lack of exposure to social sciences in the education system made me believe that these are not scientific questions and they are not worth studying rather than that I tried to satisfy my passion for media by creating different discourses. I have directed two theaters in middle school, been the head of the school magazine in high school, and have written 6 fantasy novels. later I continued pursuing my passion for media with Popular Science Youtube Channels and Photography.
Towards the end of high school, I decided to study Physics to be able to understand the universe from the scope of mathematics, to do so I chose to migrate to Ankara, Turkey to become a Physics student at the Middle East Technical University. Since I had an outstanding performance in my first year, In my second year, I was able to try different branches of physics either by undergraduate research or taking some high-level courses (3rd year, 4th year, and Graduate) to find my passion. I have tried Optics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Biology, and Quantum Computing but I came soon to realize that none of the subjects are interesting for me. Towards the end of my second year, I encountered Complexity Science and its applications on Social System and I was instantly amazed by its generality and Interdisciplinarity, Suddenly my interests in physics and mathematics weren't so segregated from my interests in Media, Sociology, and Psychology. Realizing This, I decided to devote my time and life to pursue a scientific carrier in Social Complexity Science, to do so I shifted my coursework towards a more interdisciplinary version and far away from a standard physics student by taking courses like game theory and starting a minor in sociology. I also joined Prof. Serim Ilday's Research Group named Simply Complex Lab as an undergraduate research assistant to gain experience studying complex adaptive systems. There I am using my Computational Skills (Python and Matlab) To study a far-from Equilibrium Dissipative Colloidal System. I was lucky enough to be a member of an amazing and talented team and we have published an article on the Dynamical Evolution of hyperuniformity in our system.
In the April of 2021, I started an internship with Prof. Tamas Vicsek (Well-Known for The Vicsek Model and The Vicsek Fractal) to improve my understanding of Collective Motion and Collective Behaviour. we started working on a Soft Active Matter model and tried to understand the effect of obstacles on the model. After two months Prof. Vicsek suggested that we could publish an article on the subject which we are currently working on it and aiming for "Scientific Reports". (Click For More Details)
Now, towards the end of my undergraduate years (Graduating in spring 2021-2022), I have a better understanding of my research interests: I want to research in the field of Social Networks, Sociology, and Social Physics. My research interests are quite diverse but they intersect in using computational and mathematical models such as game theory, statistics, machine learning, and agent-based simulations to study social behavior.
Going Through all of these diverse experiences, gave me a unique set of abilities and skills which I believe makes me distinctive from the majority of students:
Firstly) I have a Strong Theoretical Background in a variety of subjects. Few Examples Worth Mentioning: Statistical Physics, Sociological Theories, Game Theory, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Statistics, Network Science, Calculus, Differential Equations, Algebra, and so on. (Check the "Important Coursework" below for a detailed explanation.)
Secondly) I am advanced in Coding using both Python and MATLAB and I am familiar with useful methods and libraries such as Monte Carlo Methods, Agent-Based Simulations, and CUDA Library. (Parallel/GPU Computing Library)
Thirdly) I am experienced with cutting-edge research on different complex systems and I have learned how to tackle a research question by diving it into sections and solving them one by one. I am also very familiar with researching systems with large parts/Ag where it is important to derive order parameters, correlation functions, autocorrelation functions, statistical measures, and phase diagrams to study the system.
Lastly) My Social and Outreach Activities gave me an amazing opportunity to grasp an intuition on how mass media works and how it shapes public opinion. I have also been able to see different patterns of collective behavior emerging in social media.
A detailed Curriculum vitae and a list of Important Coursework is provided in the next Section
2018 - 2022 (Expected)
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Major: Physics - CGPA: 3.76/4
Concentrated in Mathematical Physics
Minor: Sociology - CGPA: 4/4
Directing Board Member of METU Physics Society
Dance Instructor of METU Hip-Hop Society
Former member of METU Media Society
High School, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), Urmia, İran
CGPA of 18.95/20
Mathematics and Physics Concentration.
Extra Curricular Activities:
Head of "MEDAD" Publication
Member of Student Council
Research and Internships:
Intern of Prof. Tamas Vicsek (April 2021 - Continuing)
Undergraduate Research Assistant at Simply Complex Lab, Bilkent University. Under the Supervision of Prof. Serim Ilday (July 2020 - Continuing)
Undergraduate Research Assistant at Prof. Alpan Bek's Lab (September 2019 - June 2020)
Summer Intern at Koc University under the supervision of Prof. Özgür E. Müstecaplıoğlu (Summer 2020)
Member of QTurkey. (September 2019 - June 2020)
Computational Skills and Programs:
IELTS: Overall: 8/9, Reading 9, Listening: 8.5, Speaking: 7.5, Writing: 7.5 | Test Date: 21/09/2021
The Official language of education is English at my home university. (METU)
Living in turkey since 2018.
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos I & II AA (4/4)
Course Book: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven Strogatz
Statistical Thermodynamics AA (4/4)
Syllabubs: Thermodynamics, Bulk Matter, Statistics, Free Energy, Boltzmann Statistics, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution functions
Game Theory AA (4/4)
Syllabubs: Impartial Combinatorial Games, Two-Person Zero-Sum Games
Introduction to Sociology I &II AA (4/4)
Syllabubs: First Semester: Sociological Theories: Hegel, Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Parsons, Symbolic Interaction Theories, Critical Theory, Feminism, Conflict Theories.
Second Semester: Sociology of Education, Work, Urban, Media, Crime, Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Belief Systems, and Religion.
Calculus I & II AA (4/4)
Basic Linear Algebra AA (4/4)
Group Theory in Physics AA (4/4)
Quantum Information Theory AA (4/4)
Mathematical Methods for Physicists I BA (3.5/4)
Syllabubs: Differential Equations, Boundary Value Problems, Fourier Series, Partial Differential Equations
Mathematical Methods for Physicists II BA (3.5/4)
Syllabubs: Vector Calculus, Complex Calculus
Quantum Physics AA (4/4)
Quantum Computing (Master's Course) BA(3.5/4)
Electromagnetic Theory I AA(4/4)
Future Courses: (2021-2022 Academic Year)
Introduction to Stochastic Processes In physics
Statistical Methods in Sociology I&II
Sociology of Change and Transition
Self-Studied Courses and Books:
Realizing that network science is a great tool in my branch of sciences, I have devoted my time to read the great book by Albert-László Barabási by myself and learn the subject.
To improve my understanding of Machine learning methods and making myself able to use them if needed, Prof. Hande Toffoli Suggested this amazing book on the subject to me.
Monte Carlo Methods are a Powerful tool to Investigate
Stochastic Systems, to learn this amazing tool, I decided to read this book which is advised to me by Prof. Tamas Vicsek.
Awards and Scholarships
High Honor Student at the Physics Department. (Spring 2018-Spring 2021)
Ranked 3rd In the Physics Department.
50% Tuition Fee Merit-Based Scholarship
Beneficiary of TUTÜBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Scholarship for my Work With Prof. Serim Ilday.