OCAK - 2020

Newsletter | Issue -10

ISSUE 10 | January 2020

2020 METU Alumni Day

The traditional METU Alumni Day has been celebrated annually with the participation of METU alumni, faculty members, students, members, and their families since 1991.

In the morning of this special day, the alumni get together at METU Culture and Convention Center (METU CCC), and in the afternoon, they meet up again at their departments for various activities.

In the traditional medal ceremonies, the alumni, who celebrate their 10th, 20th , 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th and 55th graduation anniversary, are presented their medals.

In this regard, the alumni of the 10th, 20th, 30th, and 40th years are kindly asked to submit a Medal Application Form, which is usually announced in late January so that their names can be engraved on the medals.

We believe that our alumni are the best ambassador of METU to the outside world. The success and achievements of our alumni encourage our students. In that sense, we are always proud to see our alumni interacting with our current students and faculty.

The alumni who come together once a year on the Alumni Day stay together with our recent alumni network, “ODTÜM”, at anytime and anywhere!For further details please visit our web page.

We are looking forward to seeing you for the upcoming METU Alumni Day on June 27, 2020, Saturday.

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Next Generation Wing Design

Professor Yavuz Yaman and his team from METU Aerospace Engineering Department has developed Turkey’s first task compatible aircraft wings that can change their shapes. The airplane using a deformable wing system was successfully flown within the frame work of a TUBITAK project in partnership with the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI). The new wing design will result in fuel efficiency, environmental friendless and economical flights.

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Professor Gökalp at METU

Professor İskender Gökalp, who is between the researchers returned to Turkey by TÜBİTAK 2232 Scholarship Program to Leader Researchers, continues his research at METU.

Professor Gökalp has been performed his studies in France after graduating from ITU Aeronautical Engineering Department. Professor Gökalp and his team continue to support Turkey’s efforts to manufacture domestic engine at METU.

The Third METU Speed Networking Meeting Held

The third “METU Speed Networking” meeting was held in cooperation with the Department of Statistics, METU Career Planning Center and METU Alumni Office on Saturday, December 07, 2019, at Yüksel Proje Building. More than 150 alumni, faculty members, junior, and senior students attended to this special event.

We would like to thank the Statistics Department instructors and the students of the Statistics Club for their contribution.

We will continue to perform speed networking activities with the participation of our respected alumni and students.

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Burhan Alkar Exhibition

The exhibition of Burhan Alkar, who is the sculptor of “Space and Youth Monument”, has been opened on December 20, 2019. The monument which became one of the most important icon of our campus is also known as “C Aldım” sculpture. You can visit the exhibition to see the valuable works of Burhan Alkar in the METU CCC Exhibition Hall until January 15, 2020.

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AdımODTÜ Free Dinner for Students at Cafeteria!

AdımODTÜ has offered a surprise “New Year’s Dinner” to all METU students in the Cafeteria on December 27, 2019. METU faculty members and staff joined to this special event and had their dinner together with our students. 6000 students have been attended to AdımODTÜ dinner.We would like to thank our donors for making this special event possible.

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Recycling is fun with New Recycling Machines!

Recycle machines were installed on our campus within the framework of a joint project of AdımODTÜ and ODTÜDEN. Students can contribute the recycling by disposing of plastic, metal, and glass wastes in the campus. In return, they can collect points and get various gift from ODTÜDEN.

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METU Open Science Platform, OpenMETU, was built in order to compile the scientific and intellectual outputs produced at our university and to create an open-access to institutional academic archives in accordance with the international standards in order to ensure long-term preservation and continuity of access. In this context, METU Open Science Conference and the opening of OpenMETU (https://open.metu.edu.tr/) was held on December 20, 2019 at METU CCC Hall.

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ŞUBAT - 2020

ISSUE 11 | February 2020

METU Science and Technology Collection Exhibition Area Renovated

METU Science and Technology Collection Exhibition Area has been recently renovated and the website of the center has been renewed.

The Exhibition Area opens its doors again on February 19, 2020.

The following workshops have been recently added in the Exhibition Area.

(i) LEGO Makerspace (within the science center thanks to donations from LEGO Education),

(ii) Coding and 3D printer workshops (within the Science Workshops building),

(iii) Audio Guide for Classic Car Exhibition [through Audio-Visual Systems Research and Production Center (GİSAM) support],

You can listen to a sample at the following link: http://bit.ly/2NOIu1s

(iv) Göbekli Tepe workshop (within the Science and Technology History Exhibition building),

(v) Recycling workshop within the scope of environmental activities.

The highly motivated and experienced academic staff at the Science and Society Center serve an annual average of 28,000 K-12 students free of charge.

Registrations for the workshops that will be held throughout the spring semester will start on February 10, 2020.

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METU’s Recycling Application Makes Recycling Fun

The new recycling program on campus makes recycling at Middle East Technical University both attractive and fun. With the goal of recycling plastic, metal, and glass waste, the program aims to increase the number of recycling booths, the first of which have been placed in front of the Department of Basic English, the ODTÜDEN Store, and the dormitory area.

For more information please visit the website.

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TÜBA-GEBİP Award to Asst. Prof. Batur Ercan

Assistant Professor Batur Ercan from the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering has been selected as one of 28 people to receive the award, which was is within the framework of the Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientists Award Program.

Asst. Prof. Batur Ercan received the TÜBA-GEBİP Award for his research on biomaterials and tissue engineering. His research aims to control cellular functions by changing the surface properties of implants, i.e., surface chemistry, morphology, roughness, etc., placed into the body to interact with tissues. For further information you can visit our website.

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Bio-mechanical Research Team Applies for Patent

Assoc. Prof. Ulaş Yaman and his team, who developed solutions to eliminate the need to use special support structures used in the production of complex parts of 3D printers, has applied for a patent.

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“Science is Life” on TRT Radio 1

METU Science Communication Team prepared a science program in cooperation with Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) to be broadcasted on Radio 1. The program, airing with the name “Science is Life”, was created by METU faculty and students using the GİSAM studio. The radio program aims to present the joyful and playful nature of science to impact the multitude of parts of society by providing examples from daily life. You can listen to the program every Monday on TRT Radio 1 (93.3).

You can also listen to the podcast of the show using the following link:


Science at Home

The METU Science Communication Team (METU-SCT) and Pergamon Production have recently produced a science and technology television show with engaging content. The show was filmed on the METU campus and was hosted by Cengiz Eşiyok and METU students, who are the winners of the competition organized by METU-SCT. You can access all episodes of the first season from the following site:

https://www.trt.tv/belgesel/bilimin-ev-hali (in Turkish)

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ODTÜDEN for Kids

The ODTÜDEN store expanded its product range for newborns and children. There are many new pieces for little METU fans that you will love in the ODTÜDEN store. Please do not hesitate to visit their campus store or their website for online shopping.

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Today, games play an increasingly important role both in adult education and child development. But what role will it have with humanity at the point where it has come today, as we move on to the next step of civilization?

In this 67th issue, ODTÜLÜ focuses on such humans and brings together articles that will support our understanding of the game concept and our changing, transforming world.

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MART - 2020

ISSUE 12 | March 2020

2020 Memorial Medal Request Applications Started

METU Alumni Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm with various activities in METU.

The 2020 Memorial Medal Application Form is now available on our website mezun.metu.edu.tr .

Alumni celebrating their 10th, 20th, 30th, and 40th graduation anniversaries are invited to fill out the form to apply for Memorial Medals.

The medals for those alumni celebrating their 45th, 50th, 55th, and 60th graduation anniversaries will be automatically prepared without their request. However, we recommend that all alumni confirm that their names are on the list of Memorial Medal Application Form and, in case of any problem, please contact us via mezun@metu.edu.tr .

The program details of the Day and Memorial Medal Ceremony will be announced on our website soon.

We will be pleased to welcome you at METU on Alumni Day.

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Project Grant of 13 Million Euros for METU

The Ministry of Industry and Technology’s Competitive Sectors Program, now in its second phase, has funded two projects at METU. This funding is within the scope of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), which is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.

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Magnificent Cold: Antarctic and Arctic Expeditions

Assist.Prof. Korhan Özkan was the guest of the Science Café interviews on 19 February 2020. Korhan Özkan participated in three expeditions to the North Pole and two to Antarctica, both for the purpose of conducting ecological research. In Turkey, he continues these studies in high altitude lake ecosystems that have features similar to polar ecosystems.

You can get more detailed information on the link below to watch his talk about “Magnificent Cold: Antarctica and North Pole Expeditions.”

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Horizon 2020 eNOTICE Project “Serious Game” from METU Team

The METU Team of Horizon 2020 eNOTICE Project has designed a “serious game” for places such as hospitals and disaster areas, aiming to educate both officials and the wider public in cases of any biological weapons use, epidemics or disasters.

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Laser Assisted Small Pyramid Production

The “Laser Assisted Surface Texturing for Silicon-Based Solar Cells” method, developed by Assist. Prof. Selçuk Yerci and his team, decreases the cost – while increasing the efficiency – of silicon solar cells.

The new method allows for damages during the wire cutting process to be eliminated without the need for chemical etching. In order to eliminate the cutting damage area, laser beam scanning is performed on the washers instead of a standard abrasion. Vertical pyramids of controlled dimensions are produced with the surface etching process following the same laser scanning process.

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METU Alumni Europe Gathering

“METU Alumni Europe Gathering” will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on May 1st and 2nd 2020!

The program will kick off with a historic city walking tour on Friday May 1st afternoon, and will continue on Saturday May 2nd with a boat tour through the Amsterdam canals, followed by dinner.

If you’re interested, please check out below link and register before 31st March 2020!

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Alumni Discount at METU Cyprus

To produce METU graduates who are equipped to help the world, METU Northern Cyprus Campus offers a 20% discount on tuition fees for children of METU alumni.

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METU Career Fair

METU Career Fair was held at the METU Culture and Congress Center (CCC) on February 27-28, 2020 with 70 important participants from the private sector, public and foundations. The AR-GE, BEST, GGT, IEEE and VT communities also contributed to the fair organized by the METU Career Planning Application and Research Center (CPARC).

Nearly 3000 students and alumni had the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings, learn about job and internship positions and share their resumes through stand visits.

Private interview rooms designed and developed by the METU CPARC at the fair were used by our students for the first time in the “Career Booth” CCC exhibition hall. These Career Booths enabled participating companies to carry out more productive interviews with our students.

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Science and Technology Week

METU Science and Technology Collection Exhibition Area awaits its visitors with its renewed face. Various events were organized within the scope of the Science and Technology Week. For detailed information, please visit their webpage .

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AdımODTÜ Free Movie Screening Night

AdımODTÜ held the eighth free movie screening event on the evening of February 18, 2020 in the U3 Lecture Hall in the Physics Department. Nearly 400 METU students attended the free movie event where the Joker movie was shown.

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AdımODTÜ Undergraduate Research Projects

AdımODTÜ created a fund to support the research efforts of undergraduate students through donations. This year, nearly 100 applications were made to our project proposal call and 57 undergraduate research projects were found worthy of support by the jury. The undergraduate research projects to be supported by AdımODTÜ this year can be accessed at https://adimodtu.org.tr/pdf/SupportedProjects-2020.pdf.

To support the undergraduate research projects, you can visit the link below.

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NİSAN - 2020

ISSUE 13 | April 2020

Online Distance Education at METU

The precautionary measures regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) implemented at our university have been taken and are being updated in accordance with the recommendations and guidance provided by the Council of Higher Education and the Ministry of Health, and through constant interaction with these institutions.

Initially, the online distance education process began with various projects and programs conducted without compromising the quality of education, especially during this crucial early period.

This distance education process, which started on March 23, 2020 in the Spring Semester of Pre-School, Associate, Undergraduate and Graduate courses in the 2019-2020 Academic Year, continues via both asynchronous and synchronous instruction.

In the asynchronous course option, lecture notes, PPT presentations, reading files, assignments and other resources are presented weekly through the ODTÜClass system, and asynchronous interactive discussions can be held with students through the ODTÜClass forum service. In the synchronous course option; the Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom and BigBlueButton applications are supported, which can log up to 100 people at the same time.

Academic staff members and students will be able to get assistance about online education at the following website https://its.metu.edu.tr/uzaktanegitim/en/. On this website, there are tools for faculty members to render their courses appropriate for online education, resources and answers to frequently-asked questions.

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AdımODTÜ Internet Scholarship

METU switched to online distance education during coronavirus closure.Connected to this, we would like to provide an internet scholarship, for 3 months at 75 TL per month, to 1,200 METU students who are in need of support and who will continue their spring term via online education. Support will primarily be provided to students who receive a meal and a dormitory scholarship. If donations increase, our other students will also be supported.

You can support the project via https://adimodtu.org.tr/proje/odtu-internet- and send your messages to our students if you wish.

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Precautions Taken at METU

The precautionary measures regarding the Coronavirus have been, and are continuing to be implemented very carefully at our University since the very beginning of the pandemic.

All the regulations at our University regarding the Coronovirus are being renewed according to the unfolding circumstances here, with the specific purpose of minimizing physical interaction among individuals. Every regulation that related to the activities of our shared areas of use in this particular situation is made by taking into consideration the number of staff who are still working at this period.

In this context, primarily the Dormitories, Triple Amphitheater, Yüksel Project Amphitheater, Culture and Convention Center, Cafeteria, Social Building, Garages, Main Cafeteria, Library, Sports Halls, Society and Science Center Buildings, and all Buses have been disinfected.In addition, sanitizer devices are being installed in all buildings within the campus, and information regarding the necessity of cleaning the common areas and classes is already being regularly sent to all our units.

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Informational Note about COVID-19

METU Science Communication Team has posted a youtube video with Assist. Prof. Müslüm İlgü, from the Department of Biological Sciences of METU,about the Coronavirus.

Dr. İlgü briefly gives the answers of the main questions such as: where are the viruses found, how do they spread into our bodies, what distinguishes Coronavirus from the others, and who are most affected by the Coronavirus,among others.

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“Donut Language”

You can start talking English any time with “Donut Language”, developed by instructor Jason Steinberg, METU Department of Modern Languages, and Orçun Çevrim,
a student in the METU Computer Engineering Department. The founders of the software say that “Donut is a native speaking teacher in your pocket.” All you have to do is download
the application from the GooglePlay Store
or visit the webpage.

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METU Press on “Teacher Library”

Children’s books published by METU Press (Publishing) can be accessed from the “Teacher Library”, in cooperation with METU and Ministry of National Education. All teachers can immediately download the application from their Android or iOS phones and start reading.

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METU Design Factory against COVID19

METU Design Factory, like all the constituents of our university, is rapidly working towards solutions that could help the global community, especially healthcare professionals, in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Towards this purpose, the METU Design Factory Team has developed solutions that can be easily manufactured and customized if necessary. Our current plan is to deliver this protective equipment to healthcare personnel as fast as possible. All designs and manufacturing details for these solutions are accessible at the link below. Rapid prototyping or simple hand tools can be used to manufacture these models.

You are more than welcome to contact us if you need more information or to offer help.

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MAYIS - 2020

ISSUE 14 | May 2020

Dear Members, Alumni and Friends,

I deeply hope that you, your families and your loved ones are safe and well.

METU faces serious challenges from the global pandemic. All precautionary measures regarding the Coronavirus implemented at our university are being taken and updated in accordance with the recommendations and guidance provided by the Council of Higher Education and the Ministry of Health, and through constant interaction with these institutions.

In line with the Council of Higher Education’s guidance about Coronavirus and in common with other Turkish universities, METU has suspended all face to face teaching. Instruction in the Basic English Department and all associate degree, undergraduate and graduate courses has been carried out via distance education since 23 March 2020.

METU is undertaking a collective effort to respond to COVID-19 in many different ways. We have combined all of our science, technology, and research capabilities and experiences to address the direct and indirect aspects of Coronavirus. You can follow our scientific efforts against the pandemic
through the “News from METU” website.

As the president of METU, please allow me to thank our faculty members and staff doing their best to encourage our students to continue learning and moving forward. And finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our alumni for keeping the METU spirit alive and maintaining our solidarity in these difficult times.

Dear METU Family,

Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to the day when we all return to our beautiful campus.

Hope to see you soon at METU.

Best Regards,

Prof. Mustafa Verşan Kök


METU Ranked in Top 10 in THE Impact Rankings

According to the Impact Rankings 2020 results announced by the world universities ranking institution Times Higher Education (THE), METU has become the university with the best results among the Turkish universities, taking place in the top 10 in the title of “clean water and sanitation”.

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Prof. Haluk Külah and his Team Awarded “ERC-2020-PoC”Grant

The project called “New Generation Hearing Implants”, directed by Prof. Haluk Külah from the METU Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and his team, was awarded as the only grant from Turkey within the scope of the “ERC-2020-PoC” call.

The aim of the Project is to eliminate the downsides to creating the first fully implantable, low-power, energy-harvesting next generation cochlear implant that mimics the natural hearing mechanism of the ear.

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Chloroquine against Covid-19

METU scientists synthesized chloroquine, previously used for the malaria
cure. Assoc. Prof. Akın Akdağ from the Department of Chemistry said, “We
started preparations for publishing our work in international journals. We
are very happy to have achieved success in working with our students. ”

METU scientists also announced that they would be able to produce larger
quantities if they can find support for their project.

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Vaccination Studies against Covid-19

You can reach the information given by Prof. Mayda Gürsel from the
Department of Biological Sciences about the vaccine intended to be
developed against the new coronavirus through the below link.

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METU GÜNAM Granted for “Turkish Photovoltaic Technologies Platform” Project

The “Turkish Photovoltaic Technologies Platform” Project submitted by METU GÜNAM (Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications), together with 8 other national partners to the “Call for High Technology Platforms,” opened within the scope of the TÜBİTAK Center of Excellence Support Program (1004 Program), has been accepted and passed to the next stage.

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2020 METU Alumni Day Postponed

METU Alumni Day, which we announced to be held on June 27, 2020, has been postponed to a later date by our University within the “Measures Taken with the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)”. In line with the unfolding developments over the coming months, the new date to be determined for 2020 METU Alumni Day will be shared with you on our website, social media accounts and mail list.

Thank you once again for your understanding and support for the measures taken during the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

We hope to meet face to face with all our graduates on Alumni Day.

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Online Live University Promotion for High School Students

Middle East Technical University started delivering live online
presentations for high school students and their families – the first
university in Turkey to do so. High school students preparing for the
university entrance exam can follow METU’s social media accounts and
website for further information about online live presentations.

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METU Zero Waste Unit Placed 2013 Waste Collection Boxes

Zero Waste Unit, established in 2019 within the METU Directorate of Administrative and Financial Affairs, has started to work on the establishment of the Zero Waste Management System and placed waste collection bins at various points throughout the campus.

The aim of the initiative is to reach the highest level of benefits at the lowest cost in the various processes of waste reduction, separation at the source, temporary storage, collection, transportation and processing by using the Zero Waste Management System. METU aims to obtain the Basic Zero Waste Certificate by completing the installation of the Zero Waste Management System by 31 December 2020.

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AdımODTÜ Internet Scholarship Project

Within the scope of “AdımODTÜ Internet Scholarship Project”, we have started providing scholarships to our students who need internet. We would like to express our gratitude to all METU graduates and friends who have supported the initiative.

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HAZİRAN - 2020

ISSUE 15 | June 2020

Happy METU Day!

This year we are celebrating the 64th anniversary of the establishment of METU.

Middle East Technical University was founded under the name “Orta Doğu Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü” (Middle East High Technology Institute) on November 15th, 1956 to contribute to the development of Turkey and Middle Eastern countries, with the specific goal of training people so as to create a skilled workforce in the fields of natural and social sciences. “Arrangements and Procedures as for the Foundation of METU, Law No 6887” was enacted on January 29th, 1957. Finally, the “Foundation Act No 7307”, which sets forth the particular standing of METU and describes the conditions rendering METU as a juridical entity, was enacted on May 27th, 1959.

Therefore, we celebrate the 27th of May as METU Day and hold a special ceremony in its honor. In the first section of our METU Day celebrations, we present METU Outstanding Service and Appreciation Awards in the KKM Kemal Kurdaş Hall. In the second part of the ceremony, Turan Baskan Service and Incentive Awards are given to the administrative staff of our university. The Service Plaques are presented to our retired academic and administrative staff who have given service to our university for 20 years, and Service Documents are given to our members who have completed 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20 service years at METU.

2020 METU Day celebrations are planned to be held on the Opening Day of the 2020-2021 Academic Year because of the continuing COVID-19 precautions.

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AdımODTÜ Internet Scholarship

We initiated the “AdımODTÜ Internet Scholarship Project” to provide
scholarships to METU students experiencing internet access problems.
Thanks to the donations of METU graduates and friends, we have supported
more than 650 students so far. We wish all our students good luck in the

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Undergraduate Program Webcasts

We continue to promote our undergraduate programs online through our official Youtube account (Youtube.com/middleastechuniv) as part of the distance learning process we began on March 23, 2020, undertaken with valuable support from our departments.

You can find the presentations made so far below. We kindly ask for your valuable support in delivering this information to students preparing for the university entrance exam and to their families around you.

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METU Science Communication Team

A webinar on “Designing Games that Resonate with Learners and Learning” was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 9.30 pm (US time at 2.30 pm), with the organization of METU GİSAM President Prof. Dr. Kürşat Çağıltay and Researcher Dr. Çiğdem Uz Bilgin from MIT Eğitim Arcade/Yıldız Technical University, in cooperation with METU Science Communication Group. Prof. Eric Kopfler, Head of Comparative Media Studies and Writing, and Director of Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade of MIT, attended the webinar as the speaker.

The webinar was broadcasted in English and in Turkish.

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METU at First Glance

How many students are studying at METU? What is the capacity of our dormitories? How many laboratories, lecture halls, and classrooms are there? You can discover METU at first glance prepared by the METU Institutional Development and Planning Office, (IDPO) to find answers to all such questions you may have. Please click the link below for more information.

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Three Awards to the METU Team from the 23rd IBECC

The student team of Prof. Semra Aşcıgil, the faculty member of the Department of Business Administration at METU, won first and first runner up prizes in the prize category “graduate division” of the 23rd International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC), which was initially planned to be held in Boston between April 22-24, 2020 but was untimately held as a virtual competition due to the epidemic.

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My METU Short Film/Video Competition

The deadline for applications to the My METU Short Film/Video Competition 2020 has been extended until 1 September 2020. A new theme, We Missed METU, has also been added to our competition to account for the COVID-19 epidemic. From the eyes of alumni, employees, and students of METU, we want to leave films as an inheritance to the future in such categories as comedy, thriller, memory, documentary, and promotion, etc. reflecting the METU culture/spirit.

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ODTÜDEN web site is now ready for shopping online with its renewed interface. You can find brand new and restocked products and make donations for scholarships via AdımODTÜ & ODTÜDEN’s collaboration.

For further information please visit ODTÜDEN.

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2019 - Nisan

Newsletter | Issue -1

ISSUE 1 | April 2019

Dear METU Alumni,

Since its establishment,Middle East Technical University has steered

research, education, social service and the business world in our country

as well as internationally. As the President of our university, I am always

proud of the remarkable achievements and contributions of our alumni who

strive to make our world a better place.

One of the efforts to which we have attached great importance recently is the

initiation of the mechanisms to further facilitate communication and

interaction amongst alumni living in Turkey and around the globe and

also between

our university and our alumni. To instigate these efforts, as of last

year, we

have established a private social network called “ODTÜM.NETWORK”.

Using this platform (http://odtum.network), you can stay in touch with

METU (be in contact with your former classmates and professors), post jobs

to hire our recent alumni, be informed about career opportunities and


to the University and to our students through various projects and find

opportunities to cater for their needs in a diverse set of ways.

I would like to take this opportunity to request you to sign-up to our new

platform at your earliest convenience.

With the same vision of engaging our university with the greatest number of

alumni, I am very pleased to announce the launching of our new monthly “METU

Alumni Newsletter” published by our Alumni Office. I believe that this

newsletter will be an exciting milestone to strengthen the ties and


between our alumni and our university.

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök


Memorial Statute of Kemal Kurdaş was Inaugurated

The opening ceremony of the memorial statue of Kemal Kurdaş, built by his family and students, was held on 15 January 2019 in order to commemorate our former President Kemal Kurdaş who played a key role in the establishment and success of our university.

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My ODTÜ Short Film and Video Competition

Audio-Visual Research and Production Center (GİSAM) of METU organizes “My METU” Short Film/Video Competition on behalf of the Presidency of METU.

This competition is open to METU students, academicians, alumni and personnel. We would be glad to see you, our alumni, in this competition.

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UNESCO Award to Bioinformatics

Assoc. Prof. Nurcan Tunçbağ from METU Informatics Institute ( Health Informatics) has been selected as L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent. Out of 9000 applications worldwide, 275 candidates are evaluated and the IRT award is given to 15 women in science.

She took her award during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarter in Paris.

Professor Tunçbağ works on computational models of complex biological systems. Her research focus is on structural modeling of protein interactions, revealing how the genome and the networks of interactions among proteins and genes are altered in cells during cancer. Tunçbağ develops network modeling approaches that can be used to identify tumour pathway-level changes.

She can incorporate pharmaceutical and biological agents into her algorithm to help inform future therapeutics.

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ODTÜ Sanat’20

The Middle East Technical University has been continuing its METUSanat event for the past 19 years in order to contribute the Student Scholarship Fund.

This year, the 20th edition will be held between the dates of March 11 and April 6, 2019. This year’s programme includes concerts, film screenings, theaters, interviews and workshops which have been anticipated by not only METUist but also art lovers of Ankara with a great interest.

ODTUsanat20, which will make its opening with Karsu concert, is waiting to meet with art lovers …

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METU Yüksel Proje Lecture Hall Opened its Doors

Based on the idea of creating a new classroom complex for METU students, METU Yuksek Proje Lecture Hall built with the valuable donations of Yüksel Proje was opened with a ceremony held on Friday, January 11, 2019.

In the opening ceremony, Celal Akın, Chairman of Yüksel Proje Executive Board and a graduate of METU from Civil Engineering Department in 1979, and METU President Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök delivered their speech.

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ODTÜM Network

More than 18.000 graduates of our university have registered for the “METU Alumni Network”, which has been established in February 2018 to bring METU Alumni together.Thanks to ODTÜM that, METU graduates can not only reunite with their old friends, classmates, instructors, but also share their opinions, photos and support their university in various ways.

ODTÜM, which is also a career platform, has more than 150 active job announcements shared by our alumni all over the World.

We invite you all to register for ODTÜM (http://odtum.network) in order to benefit from the opportunities of our alumni network and become more powerfull all together.

You can watch our introduction video to get detailed information about ODTÜM and learn more about us from our alumni website.

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2019 - Mayıs

Newsletter | Issue -2

ISSUE 2 | May 2019

Dear METU Alumni,

We are pleased to announce the second issue of our new monthly Alumni Newsletter. The reactions to our first issue are overwhelmingly positive.We believe that our newsletter will continue to foster effective communication with our valued alumni.

We are honored to invite you all to the 2019 METU Alumni Day on June 29th, 2019. Homecoming at METU has always been an opportunity for our alumni to reconnect on our beautiful campus, to reminisce memorable experiences and to engage with faculty and old friends. For more information, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and ODTÜM Network (http://odtum.network)

In many diverse ways, METU alumni play an essential role in our university’s achievements. We are grateful to all of you who share your time and resources. In that sense, in this issue we would like to introduce our new fundraising program, AdımODTÜ. AdımODTÜ provides support to all METU students to meet their fundamental needs and research activities.

We are always honored to welcome you in our Alumni Office on the first floor in Rectorate Building. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your comments, questions or suggestions at +90 312 210 4128/7108 or https://mezun.metu.edu.tr

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Alumni Day!

On behalf of METU Alumni Office

Warmest Wishes,

Assoc.Prof. Y.Eren KALAY

Advisor to the President

Have you applied for your medal?

The METU Alumni Day will be held on June 29, 2019 Saturday between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm with various activities. All our alumni are kindly invited.

Applications for 2019 METU Alumni Day Memorial Medal has started.

Please find the Medal Application Form: http://mezun.metu.edu.tr/sites/all/themes/kpm/mezun/kayit

For more information on Alumni Day Program, you can visit our website https://mezun.metu.edu.tr

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Plogging Event At Lake Eymir

The second plogging event is going to be held by AdımODTÜ and ODTÜDEN at Lake Eymir on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Adapting the “plogging” workout that emerged in Sweden as an environmentally friendly sports activity and spread all over the world and aims to clean the environment while running as a “run and collect garbage” event, we invite METU alumni and all other nature lovers in Ankara to this special event. You can find the event program that brings together the healthy life and environmental awareness at http://basinda.odtu.edu.tr/icerik/odtuden/81/eymirde-cop-topla-kos-etkinligi-eymirde-cop-topla-kos-etkinligi

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Complimentary Sandwich-Fruit-Coffee for Students

On January 11 and 14, 2019, with the valuable support of METU Alumni, we offered complimentary sandwich – fruit packages and filter coffee to the students studying up all night at the library during final exams. We forwarded the goodwill messages from AdımODTÜ supporters to our students, as well. You can check out the short video clip from


To support our Project please visit AdımODTÜ

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METU Podcast Channel

Audio records (in Turkish) of various events at METU, the radio programs that METU faculty members participate, the seminars, the lectures and a wide range of other subjects can be found on METU Podcast page: http://basinda.odtu.edu.tr/icerik/podcast

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About AdımODTÜ

AdımODTÜ is a joint project of Institutional Relations and Communication Office and METU Development Foundation. It is a communication-sharing-action platform where everyone can provide financial support to the scientific research and community service projects of our students and faculty members, contribute to the announcement of the projects and even take part in projects voluntarily. For more information: https://adimodtu.org.tr/

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ODTÜLÜ Magazine

In its 65th issue, ODTÜLÜ Magazine(in Turkish) is focusing on “Science Communication”, a topic that we hear more day by day and that has become a must in contemporary universities. Our authors are trying to shed light on the means of transferring scientific and critical thinking into the society in the “post-truth” age that we currently live in. To read more about on “post-truth” and “science communication” from the perspectives of METU faculty and alumni, please have a look at the 65th issue at


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2019 - Haziran
ISSUE 3 | June 2019

Coming Home!

We are delighted to be inviting our alumni back to the University for our “2019 METU Alumni Day” and especially those who are celebrating 55th, 50th, 45th, 40th, 30th, 20th and 10th years of their graduation.

METU Alumni Day, which is being organized annually since 1991, will be celebrated on June 29, 2019 with all-day events.

We are hoping to get as many graduates as possible to attend the reunion. Therefore, if you have not yet applied for your Memorial Medal,

please click the link http://mezun.metu.edu.tr/sites/all/themes/kpm/mezun/kayit to complete your application since 14th of June.

On the day, in front of Culture and Convention Center (CCC) gathering and distribution of robes will start at 8:30. After the concert of METU Rectorate Chorus and Graduates of Classical Turkish Music

Community,Turkish Folk Sciences Community Graduates will display a show between 10.45-11:15. At 11:30 am buses will depart from the CCC and will return to the campus at 12:45 to visit

Anıtkabir with former and new graduates of METU. The alumni will gather for lunch at the METU Cafeteria between 12:00-14:00. There will be also an “Happy Hour” and “Band Show” in front of

ODTÜDEN Bookstore. After opening and joint events, the presentation of all 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th and 55th year Memorial Medals will be held in Departments*.

The reunion is a unique opportunity to meet up with old friends and see how METU has changed.

METU Alumni are welcome on the Day!

* This year there will not be a medal ceremony in the Kemal Kurdaş Hall, Culture and Convention Center.

ODTÜM Network

The upgrade to our ODTÜM Network is now available! We’re so excited to present you our new platform with a whole range of new opportunities.

We have not only added a personalized newsfeed, but also gave our graduates an exclusive access to our large network of Alumni.

Please visit www.odtum.networknow and simply login or sign up to explore your new platform.

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The Music Inside You

Elif Sürer, a member of the Middle East Technical University (METU) Informatics Institute, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they have started a new project titled

“The Music in You” with graduate student Elif Bozlak. “We notated and visualized DNA in our project,” Elif Sürer told in the interview. “We have transformed the characteristics

that distinguish each person from another to music as well as to light signals and animations,” Surer said. The presented the Project at the GOODTECHS 2018 Academic Conference in Bologna, Italy.

Aybar Can Acar, a scientist at METU, said the DNA in chromosomes makes every human being different. “Let’s think of the entire chromosome as a wire, Scientists from METU have converted chromosome

information into frequency values and created sounds using frequency data. “We converted the chromosomes into the frequency values by equalizing the length of a guitar string,” Bozlak said.

“Then we created different sounds, visuals and animations using this frequency data.”

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CSO Concert On the 100th Anniversary of May 19

The 100th anniversary of Atatürk’s arrival to Samsun was celebrated with enthusiasm once again on May 19 at METU Revolutionary Stadium at 16:00 with Tolga Taviş’s work called

“Sonsuzluğa Atılan Adım” and chorus’ songs which were appropriate for the meaning of the Day. The soloist of this concert was the baritone Kamil Kaplan. “

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Students from Ankara Celebrated April 23th at METU Museum

METU Society and Science Research and Application Center was opened after its renovation and the addition of new areas on April 26, 2019. In the opening ceremony,

6 groups of students from Polatlı Esentepe Secondary School, Haymana Mangaldağı Secondary School and Ayaş Oltan Şehit Olgun Gökmen Secondary School participated in various

activities accompanied by 6 group leaders who are METU students.

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Complimentary Sandwich-Fruit-Coffee for Students

We have repeated the complimentary coffee, sandwich and fruit in the final week at the library. Thanks to our donors, we offered sandwich package,

fruit and filter coffee to our students on May 23 and 28, 2019 with hundreds of messages from METU graduates and friends.

You can watch the short event video from here.

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2019 - Temmuz

Newsletter | Issue -2

ISSUE 4 | July 2019

2019 METU Alumni Day

2019 METU Alumni Day was celebrated on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with a diverse range ofactivities on METU Campus.

The event started with the METU Presidential Choir and Classical Turkish Music Club Alumni Concert and continued with the dance show of the alumni of the Turkish Folklore Club.

While the Alumni were enjoying the music performance of “Nefesli Show Band” in front of the Culture and Convention Center (CCC), our university President, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök and

the university administration had a breakfast gatheringwith the Presidents of METU Alumni Associations.

After the breakfast, the Chair of METU Alumni Association of Gaziantep and President Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök addressed the alumni with their speeches.

On the giant screen set up in the CCC Foyer area, a video prepared by METU GİSAM about activities held within the last year at METU was shown. We also had a booth where we introduced

ODTUM Network and received applications from our alumni.

In addition; a special issue of the ODTÜLÜ Magazine was distributed in CCC, ODTÜDEN, Cafeteria and dorms.

After the visit to Atatürk’s Mausoleum by the former and current alumni and METU members, which was among the events that attracted the highest number of participants during the Alumni Day,

a special lunch was organized for our alumni in the Cafeteria, reminding our alumni of their beautiful campus life memories. After the Alumni Day special lunch, Medal Ceremonies with special

events for the alumni celebrating their 10th,20th, 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th and 55th graduation anniversary was held at their Departments.

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“Happy Hour” by ODTÜDEN

The alumni had a lot of fun with their families during the Happy Hour organized in front of ODTÜDEN, where lemonade, pastry and special METU cookies were offered.

The “Nefesli Show Band” orchestra performed during the Happy hour activity.

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AdımODTÜ Fundraising Project for METU Alumni Day

On 2019 Alumni Day, METU alumni made donations to AdımODTÜ fundraising project “Free Meal for METU Students” and had their green box pictures taken in past METU campus themes.

To support “Free Meal for METU Students” Project, please visit AdımODTÜ website

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The Graduation Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony of METU Class of 2018-2019 was held on Sunday, June 30, 2019. This year, 2867 students graduated from the undergraduate programs including 288

graduates from Northern Cyprus. In addition, 397 masters and 221 PhD graduates were awarded their diplomas.

The ceremony was comprised of two parts. The first part of the Graduation Ceremony started at 14.00 following the gathering of the university administration,

faculty members and PhD program graduates at the Kemal Kurdaş Hall at the METU Culture and Convention Center (CCC). The second part of the ceremony started at 18:30 with the ceremonial march

at METU Stadium.

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2019 - Ağustos

Newsletter | Issue -5

ISSUE 5 | August 2019

KALTEV, ODTÜ Kalkanlı Technology Valley launched!

For the past 14 years, METU Northern Cyprus Campus has undertaken ambitious studies and projects in fields such as energy, sustainability, intelligent systems, environmental management

and metamaterials. METU North Cyprus Campus’s comprehensive project to accelerate digital transformation in Northern Cyprus, ODTÜKalkanlı Technology Valley (ODTÜ KALTEV), started its activities

on July 20, 2019, with the participation of TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı, Deputy President of the Republic of Turkey Fuat Oktay, senior officials and METU officials.

ODTÜ KALTEV is designed as an R&D and production zone that brings entrepreneurs who produce innovative technology together with the academicians who can provide groundwork for this technology.

Middle East Technical University, the founder of Turkey’s first technology center, aims to become the initiator of the technology-oriented development revolution in the island by establishing

the first technology valley of Northern Cyprus. With this mission, ODTÜ KALTEV will bring together the stakeholders such as students in North Cyprus, whose number is exceeding 100.000, hundreds of

researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and TÜBİTAK, the Office of Coordination for Development and Economic Cooperation of Turkish Embassy of Lefkoşe and non-governmental organizations. The innovation

energy and research potential of the stakeholders that come together will transform North Cyprus with science and technology.

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Professor Feryal Özel: “We kept the black hole photo like a secret”

Prof. Feryal Özel, one of the distinguihed members of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, was awarded the “METU Distinguished Service Award”. Professor Özel is a theoretical

astrophysicist whose primary research interests include the physics of neutron stars and black holes, as well as the formation of supermassive black holes and galaxies in the early Universe.

Prof. Özel has served on a large number of advisory committees for NASA and the National Science Foundation, including the NASA Astrophysics 30-year Roadmap and the Chandra X-ray Telescope Users


Prof. Özel, gave an update on the project of taking the very first snapshot of black hole after the award ceremony at METU.

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3rd National Polar Studies Workshop

The third National Polar Science Workshop will be held on September 5-6, 2019 by Middle East Technical University (METU). “National Polar Science Workshop” has been organized

every year to monitor the scientific projects and studies carried out by Turkish scientists. The current results of scientific expeditions in the polar zone and the developments

on the priority areas will be discussed in the scope of this important meeting.

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ODTÜM Network Apps Are Ready!

In our 3rd Issue, we announced that ODTÜM Network has upgraded. And, now we are happy to share the news that its apps are ready.

Please visit the links to be able to download them;

“Google Play Store” or

“Apple Store”

P.S. Android app is White Label (“ODTÜM Network”) and the iOS app is a container app (“Graduway Community”, then you choose your school from the drop down) as per the developer constraints

and requirements of Apple.

METU Open Days for Prospective University Students

Prospective university students and their families were able to listen on student life at METU, career planning and featured jobs in specially organized seminar sessions.Walking tours featured stops at library, dormitories, departments, dining hall, student recreation centers, and other campus


Students and families had the chance to hear the answers of their questions first-hand from METU students and academic staff.

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Jazzberry Tunes

Jazzberry Tunes, composed of METU students and alumni, founded in 2014 byME graduates and Performing Jazz students, Yiğit Deniz (conductor) and Mustafa Ç. Durmaz.

Having won lots of awards and given many concerts in the country, Jazzberry Tunes now aims higher. They are participating in one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe (Les Choralies) to represent METU and Turkey.

On this exciting journey, the METU student at Jazzberry Tuneswould appreciate your support via AdımODTÜ.

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Undergraduate Students Need Your Support For Research!

AdımODTÜ created a fund to support the research efforts of undergraduate students through donations. You can find the examples of previous projects supported by AdımODTÜ using the

following link.

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2019 - Eylül

Newsletter | Issue -6

ISSUE 6 | September 2019

Welcome, New Undergrads!!

University exam results have been recently announced! As METU, we are more than happy to welcome the newest members of our university through our Orientation Program which includes series of events that will be held

on Friday, September 20, 2019, and Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Orientation Program, for the first day, will include the introduction of the departments to our newcomers in groups of 25-30 students as well as the Welcome Cocktail which will be held at the Culture and Convention Center (CCC). METU Clubs and Societies will welcome the new students through various sports and cultural activities on

the second day of the program. Please find detailed information about the Orientation Program from


Furthermore, our Alumni Associations have announced that they will organize various activities in 17 different cities to welcome the newcomers of METU. METU has 17 Alumni Associations in Turkey and

33 abroad. For the detailed information on METU Alumni Associations visit our “website”.

Two METU Alumni Received “Presidential Early Career Award” from US Government”

Pınar Zorlutuna, Ph.D. graduate of Department of Biotechnology at METU Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, and Notre Dame University faculty member and Ayşegül Gündüz, graduated from

METU Electrical and Electronics Engineering B.S. program, and faculty member of University of Florida; were awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

by the US government.

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AdımODTÜ “Bir Pati de Siz Tutun!” Project

As we all know a wide variety of animals such as cats, dogs, turtles, foxes, hedgehogs, and birds live in METU campus. METU Animal Friends (ODTÜ Hayvan Dostları Topluluğu) is a group

of volunteer students working for a healthy, safe and animal-friendly campus. They need your support to reach more animals on the campus.

For further information and support, you can visit the “website”.

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ODTÜDEN web site has been renewed!

Capturing the legendary essence of METU, its tradition, its history, and its timelessness, each ODTÜDEN design is being crafted to complement the METU alumni, students, faculty, fans,

and visitors. From high-quality textile products to best-selling souvenirs, each product is being hand-selected by our team and packed/shipped to you with maximum care.

We’re happy to present our new website “odtuden.com.tr”, where you can find books, textile products and souvenirs

with METU logo.

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METU Received Two European Union Project Funds

METU; within the scope of the European Union’s Horizon2020 program received funding for two separate projects and added a new one to its achievements in the scientific arena:

The first one is; the “Solar Twinning to Create Solar Research Twins” project with the acronym SolarTwins has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and

innovation program under grant agreement No 856619.

The second one is the proposal entitled “Black Sea CONNECT: Coordination of Marine and Maritime Research and Innovation in the Black Sea” submitted to the “H2020-LC-BG-09-2018” call by

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barış Salihoğlu and his team from the Institute of Marine Sciences of our University.

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METU Leads the Research

METU continues to lead the research with 44 undergraduate programs in five faculties, 112 graduate and 69 doctoral programs in five institutes.

Between 2014-2018, in the national arena, with 377 national projects among 183 universities countrywide, METU is in the first place receiving funds from TÜBİTAK, in the international arena,

METU is the most successful Turkish research organization in the 7th Framework Program and the second most successful in the Horizon2020 Program.

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2019 - Ekim

Newsletter | Issue -7

ISSUE 7 | October 2019

Inauguration of Academic Year 2019-2020

The Opening Ceremony for METU’s 2019-2020 Academic Year was held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Anıtkabir, in the spiritual presence of the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. University President Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan KÖK delivered a keynote speech to METU students and academic and administrative staff to kick off the start of the new year.

In his speech, he not only emphasized the pioneering role undertaken by METU students and the faculty and the recent achievements of METU, but also congratulated the new students for their selfless work and wished them continued success.

He ended his remarks emphasizing the university’s commitment to continue to protect and defend the basic principles of the Republic, Atatürk’s Principles and Revolutions, secularism, human rights, equality between women and men, the rule of law, and the truths of science.

In closing, he expressed his wish for “all of our successes to be with us in the 2019-2020 academic year, one in which I sincerely believe that we will direct all of our energy to academic, scientific, and innovative studies.”

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The First METU Speed Networking Meetings Held

In honor of the 60th anniversary of its establishment, the Economics Department convened a 3-day conference. The highlight of the conference was the inaugural “METU Speed Networking Meetings” event, held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in the Foyer Area of the Culture and Convention Center (CCC). Sponsored by the METU Career Planning Application and Research Center (METU CPC) and Alumni Office, this event brought together METU’s esteemed alumni, academics, and students, who used the “Speed Networking” format to develop new connections. The activity, coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Pınar Derin Güre, was carried out under the guidance of Assist. Prof. Adil Oran. More than 200 alumni, academics, and current students attended the event.

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METU Presidential Lecture Series Starts with 2003 Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Peter Agre

Under the leadership of METU Presidency, “METU Presidential Lecture Series” will be held throughout the 2019-2020 Academic Year, in which world-renowned and Nobel Prize-winning scientists will be present as speakers. In the series where seperate activities are planned for university students, academicians, and for high school students; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2003 Prof. Peter Agre, MD will speak as a beginning.

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Asst. Prof. Zöhre Kurt Awarded by The L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science”

Assistant Prof. Zöhre Kurt, from METU Environmental Engineering Department was awarded within the scope of the “For Women in Science” program, in cooperation with L’Oréal-UNESCO by her “Wastewater Treatment Through Sustainable Fuel Production” Project. This award is granted to six women working on materials and life sciences by L’Oréal Türkiye for 17 years to support the contribution of women in science.

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Assoc. Prof. Görkem Günbaş received “ERC Starting Grant 2019”

Assoc. Prof. Görkem Günbaş from METU Department of Chemistry, was entitled to receive support with the “Overcoming the Barriers of Brain Cancer Treatment: Targeted and Fully NIR Absorbing Photodynamic Therapy Agents with Extremely Low Molecular Weights and Controlled Lipophilicity” (INFRADYNAMICS) project given within the scope of “ERC Starting Grant 2019” call. The project, which focuses on brain cancer treatment, is the third ERC project that is eligible to be supported in our university as well as the state universities in our country. At the same time, this project also has the distinction of being the first project in the field of chemistry in Turkey.

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METU’s Science Festival: “Science Through Art”

METU’s Science Festival: “Science Through Art”, has been celebrated on the day of European Researchers’ Nights. METU has organized a science festival with the purpose of enhancing public recognition of science through art, and breaking the conceived barriers between science and society. In this context, several science and art activities (i.e. Experiments, Demonstrations, Competitions), a science coffee (with Dr. Çiğdem Atakuman, Dr. Şeyda Ertekin, Ömer Faruk Sorak and Mehmet Turgut), a pizza party with scientists and artists, several artistic performances have been held at the Culture and Convention Centre and its parking lot.A special gala concert, “Treble Clef of Science”, has been taken place during night.

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Plogging Event

“Plogging” is the act of picking up trash while you jog or run. On September, 28th ; our 3rd “Plogging” event was organized in Eymir. Approximately 300 students, academicians, local and national press members attended the event in which more than 200 bags of garbage were collected. Participants who completed their registrations joined an amusing warm-up session led by a professinonal trainer before the event. After warming up, plastic gloves and garbage bags were distributed to the participants. Associate Professor Dr.Yunus Eren Kalay started this wonderful event with a speech emphasizing on the importance of green campus and initiated “Plogging”. At the end, participants were rewarded with several giftsand coffee from ODTÜDEN Store with companion of a student music group: “Ev the Band”.

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AdımODTÜ Outdoor Movie Night

The second outdoor movie night was held on 26th of September at Devrim Stadium. Forrest Gump was screened and complimentary blankets, coffee and popcorn were offered to the METU students.

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Solar Benches are on Campus

Thanks to the donations to AdımODTÜ Solar Campus Project, solar benches with charging units are now on campus. Benches are protected by water-proof tempered glasses and they can charge four mobile phones at the same time for 7 hours if their batteries are fully charged.

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2019 - Kasım

Newsletter | Issue -8

ISSUE 8 | November 2019

Three Thousand Saplings Planted in METU

“Forestation Event”, which has been organized since 1961 to enrich the presence of forest in METU and to call for the society to leave a livable country for future generations, and which has made our campus the biggest forest of Ankara today, was held on October 30, 2019.

The activity for forestation of the areas around METU 50th Year Pond is organized to commemorate our late Forestation and Landscaping Manager Erhan Torunoğlu who had a very valuable contribution to the protection and expansion of the forest land of METU, who passed away on October 1st 2019. Our president, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök, planted a cypress sapling in memory of Torunoğlu.

METU students, members, and pre, primary and secondary school students from various schools in Ankara contributed to the expansion of the METU forest by planting three thousand pine saplings in the region.

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96th Year Republic Run

We celebrated the traditional Republic Run with a record participation this year thanks to the support of sports team and communities.7,000 participants in METU stadium were singing marches and cheering up on a beautiful day.

We will continue to celebrate the traditional Republic Run of METU with increasing enthusiasm and number of participants.

METU Presidential Lecture Series Started with Prof. Peter Agre, MD

“METU Presidential Lecture Series” has been started with the speech of Prof. Peter Agre, MD, on October 14.

Prof. Peter Agre, Nobel Prize Laureate in chemistry in 2003, first met with METU Development Foundation Private High School, Atatürk Anatolian High School, and Ankara Science High School students to inspire those who are at the beginning of their academic lives, on October 12, 2019. Giving examples from his journey of science and private life in his speech,Agre gave his audience pleasant moments with his narratives aiming to raise awareness about the fun side of science and scientists.

Prof. Agre talked about “Aquaporin Water Channels”, which enabled him to win Nobel Prize, towards academicians, students, particularly Ph.D. and students in Higher Education Board’s 100/2000 Doctoral Scholarship Projects on Monday, October 14, 2019. Prof. Agre, has been also become a honorable member of METU Science Advisory Committee.

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ODTÜM Welcomes 20,000th Member

Our lucky member who has registered to ODTÜM Network as 20,000th has been announced. We met with Yaşar Alp Kahramanoğlu, 3rd-year student at METU Department of Architecture, at our Alumni Office on 15.10.2019 to present “ODTÜDEN Gift Box”. We were happy to meet Yaşar Alp Kahramanoğlu, who received his presents with a pleasant conversation. We thank him again for his interest and participation in our event and wish him success.

With your support and contribution, ODTÜM Network will continue to overgrow.

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AdımODTÜ Undergraduate Research Day

AdımODTÜ Undergraduate Research Day will be held on Thursday, November21, 2019 at METU Culture and Convention Center (METU CCC).

In this event, undergraduate students will be informed about “The Global Undergraduate Awards- UA”, the world’s leading undergraduate awards program that our university recently joined as an affiliate member (https://undergraduateawards.com/).

AdımODTÜ will keep on supporting the undergraduate research projects of METU students with the contributions of the donors.

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METU Career Fair

METU Career Fair will take place on November 7-8, 2019 at METU Culture and Convention Center. We will have 63 companies from various industries in our exhibition area in CCC.

Career Coaches of Kariyer.Net will guide our students with one-on one CV consultancy in CCC Hall C throughout the fair.

Furthermore, information about the team games (Goldberg Machine, Kahoot, Spaghetti & Marshmallow) can be accessed through the following link: https://kariyerfuari.metu.edu.tr/fuara-ozel/.

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METU Jazzberry Tunes Participated in Les Choralies Festival

Jazzberry Tunes participated in the 23rd Les Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, between 01-10 August 2019.

Jazzberry, in its first international experience, represented not only METU but also Turkey, where more than 5,000 people attended from 20 different countries.

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2019 - Aralık

Newsletter | Issue -9

ISSUE 9 | December 2019

The Second METU Speed Networking Meeting Held

The second “METU Speed Networking” was held in cooperation with the Department of Psychology, METU Career Planning Application and Research Center (METU CPC) and METU Alumni Office on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Yüksel Proje Building. More than 150 graduates, academicians, junior, and senior students attended this special event.

After the welcome speeches, the “Speed Networking” method used in METU alumni-student meetings was introduced to the participants. Afterward, alumni and students sat opposite each other at tables prepared in the foyer area and introduced themselves. The alumni and students, who had the opportunity to meet a large number of people in a short time, continued their meetings in the cocktail area after the meeting.

Within the framework of METU Speed Networking, we will continue our efforts to strengthen the alumni-student-university relationship with our event.

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METU Alumni Europe Gathering!

‘METU Alumni Europe Gathering’ will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on May 1st and 2nd 2020.

The program will kick off with a historic city walking tour on Friday May 1st afternoon, and will continue on Saturday May 2nd with a boat tour through the Amsterdam canals, followed by dinner.

If you’re interested, please fill out the form on the below link;


Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalçıner Received the Hamaguchi Award for His Pioneering Studies on Tsunami

Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalçıner was granted the 2019 Hamaguchi Award, given by Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Prof. Yalçıner was presented his award by Akaba Kazuyoshi, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan at the ceremony held on October 29, 2019.

Hamaguchi Award is given since 2016 for individuals and/or organizations that have made significant scientific or pragmatic contributions to the enhancement of coastal resilience against tsunami, storm surge, and other coastal disasters, which will raise people’s awareness of disaster resilience.

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Grand Award to METU in “Onkolojide İz Bırakanlar Zirvesi” Project Competition

“The Regulatory Role of hNRNPA1 on microRNA Genes” project, coordinated by Prof. Ayşe Elif Erson Bensan from Biological Sciences Department, in participation of Prof. Tolga Can from Computer Engineering Department, and İbrahim Özgül and Murat Erdem, Ph.D. students of Biological Sciences Department, as the project team, was granted the grand award in the Oncology Summit Project Competition held in memory of Prof. Mustafa Samur, MD.

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METU is on SoundCloud, and Spotify Podcasts

The seminar, radio programs, talks and lectures of METU faculty members are on Spotify Podcasts, and SoundCloud. Podcasts on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to solar energy, from cancer diagnosis and treatment to space radiation, from exam stress to information technologies can be found on Spotify and SoundCloud under the username of ODTÜ/METU.

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Automatic Drinking Bowls for Animals are on Campus!

AdımODTÜ and METU student community, Animal Friends Society placed drinking bowls for dogs and cats in various places on campus. Drinking bowls will be filled automatically so that campus animals will be avoided from being dehydrated.

To support METU Animal Friends Society, you can visit AdımODTÜ Project: “Bir Pati de Siz Tutun!”.

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METU Career Fair

METU Career Fair was held at METU Culture and Convention Center on November 7-8 with 64 valued national and international employers.

METU Career fair is a great way for recruiters to meet talented METU students. METU career fairs include opportunities for full-time and paid internship positions. Nearly 3000 students and alumni visited the stands and had the opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews, learn job and internship positions and share their résumés.

Award-winning “Goldberg Machine” and Spaghetti & Marshmallow, where students demonstrate teamwork skills, were also held at the fair. Gift cards from ODTÜDEN store were given to the winning teams.

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AdımODTÜ Undergraduate Research Day Held

AdımODTÜ held the second AdımODTÜ Undergraduate Research Day on November 21, 2019, at METU Culture and Convention Center (CCC). The students were informed about the AdımODTÜ Undergraduate Research Project and students involved in undergraduate research shared their experiences with students. In addition, poster presentations of undergraduate projects supported by AdımODTÜ in 2019 were organizedat CCC small foyer. You can reach the examples of studies conducted in 2019 by using the following “booklet”.

To support the undergraduate research project, you can visit the website.

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ODTÜDEN is Ready for the New Year!

ODTÜDEN store is ready for the new year and welcomes 2020 with its new concept! You can buy your new year’s gifts from ODTÜDEN Books, Gifts & Coffee Store or just visit to support the undergraduate research project, you can visit www.odtuden.com.tr to purchase online.

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