Bilkent Faculty Receive SakÄ±p SabancÄ± International Research AwardAsst. Prof. AyĆenur Dal of the Department of Communication and Design and Asst. Prof. Efe Tokdemir of the Department of International Relations have received a SakÄ±p SabancÄ± International Research Essay Award for their study âSocialâPsychological Dynamics in the Fight Against COVID-19 in Societies With âUnderlying Conditions.ââ
The SakÄ±p SabancÄ± International Research Awards, first given in 2006, are presented annually in the field of the social sciences to honor the memory of businessman and philanthropist SakÄ±p SabancÄ±, who was also honorary chairman of the SabancÄ± University Board of Trustees. The awards include both an overall âJury Prizeâ and three essay awards, one of which went to Dr. Dal and Dr. Tokdemir this year; the essay awards, also selected by jury, are given to researchers under age 45. The 2021 awards were presented via YouTube on April 12.
The stated purpose of the SabancÄ± Research Awards is to âencourage research on all aspects of culture, society and politicsâ and to recognize âdistinguished examples of fresh research with a view to engaging intellectual attention on Turkeyâs role in the contemporary world.â In the last 16 years, they have been given for work in areas ranging from economics to foreign policy, history and social dynamics. The theme for the 2021 awards was âPost-Corona World and Turkey: Social Psychological and Political Impacts of the Pandemics.â