"I suggest prospective students approach their questions and research with a critical thinking attitude in order to get the most out of their EPPS experience."
Hometown: Canakkale, Turkey
Degrees: B.A. in Economics - Marmara University; M.A. in Economics - University of Delaware
Current Academic Pursuit: PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- Senator - Student Government
- Vice President - Omicron Delta Epsilon (Honor Society for Economics)
- Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient
Deciding on Public Policy and Political Economy
Since starting college, I have wanted to study issues related to economic development. My economics graduate program helped to significantly improve my quantitative and analytical skills in order perform more effectively in that field. In addition to dealing with abstract methods and models, I also felt that I needed to strengthen my knowledge and understanding of the policies related to the topics. While I received offers from other PhD programs throughout the country, it was Dr. Dumas' very warm, kind and supportive reception during my initial visit to the department that led me to join UTD.
My EPPS Success
I view life as a never-ending learning endeavor and research as a passion. It was this passion that led me to pursue my PhD here at EPPS. Since joining EPPS I have never regretted making this decision. I think one of the most important contributions to my success at EPPS has been the flexibility offered by the department in both the selection of classes and the expansive range of research topics. The faculty expertise covers a wide variety of subjects and the professors provide excellent guidance so that we too can become successful researchers.
Plans for the Future
After getting my PhD, I desire to continue my research in the academic community. In the long run, in addition to my academic research I hope to also serve in a role I can advise or impact the policy-making process.
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
I recommend that prospective EPPS students to get in touch with professors who work on a similar subject to their interests as soon as possible, maybe even before they join EPPS. The faculty members have comprehensive knowledge and experience in diverse fields and they are always open to giving helpful advice. We all acknowledge that in the social sciences there is often more than one correct answer for a single question. Therefore, I suggest prospective students approach their questions and research with a critical thinking attitude in order to get the most out of their EPPS experience.
I am a huge fan of the Dallas Mavericks. I try to take a break from my studies to watch at least one Mavs game a week. My other hobbies include working out, watching movies, traveling, and listening to the podcasts or audiobooks on the economy and politics.