Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa VarankStating that Feridun Balaban, a student of Malatya TED College and BİLSEM, won both the first prize and the Wolfram (VOLFREM) special prize with his project “Photovoltaic Cell Construction” in the field of physics at the 32nd European Union (EU) Young Scientists Competition, he said, “Therefore, since 2005, This is the first time we have won the first prize in this competition we participated in.” said.
Varank, in a statement at Informatics Valley, stated that they achieved a proud success in the competition where he was the national coordinator of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).
Noting that 6 projects from Turkey participated in the event, where 34 countries competed with 114 projects, Varank said, “The projects of our 5 young people won 8 awards. In addition to the first, second and third places, 4 projects were deemed worthy of special awards. Malatya TED College and BİLSEM student Feridun Balaban won both the first prize and the Wolfram (VOLFREM) special prize with its Photovoltaic Cell Construction project in the field of physics. Thus, we have won the first prize in this competition, which we have been participating in since 2005.” he said.
Minister Varank shared the following information about the other students and projects that won the competition:
“Our Istanbul Kartal Anatolian Imam Hatip High School and Fuat Sezgin BİLSEM student Mehmet Sertaç Çeküç won the second prize with his Microfluidic Sensor Development project in the field of chemistry. Our Istanbul Cağaloğlu Anatolian High School student Emirhan Kurtuluş brought the third prize in the software field and the Wolfram special award to our country with his Surgical Planning with Deep Learning project. Our İzmir Bahçeşehir College student, Olcay Oransoy, received the Wolfram special award for his Graph-Oriented Algorithm Proposal in the field of software.Another student, who received the Wolfram special award in the field of Mathematics, is Istanbul Sakıp Sabancı Anatolian High School and Beşiktaş with his Mathematical Decision Algorithms for Covid-19 project. Zeynep Parla from BİLSEM became Fingerless.
I heartily congratulate all of our students, their valuable teachers and their valuable families who have achieved these successes, and wish them continued success. I would also like to congratulate TÜBİTAK, which is the apple of our country’s eye in the field of science, providing all kinds of financial and moral support to our students in this process.”
“We will witness many more successes together”
Minister Varank stated that these achievements in the competition are the second pride experienced after the greatest success in the history of the country with 13 awards received in ISEF, the world’s largest Science and Engineering Competition.
“Thanks to our science and research ecosystem, which is experiencing its golden age with the support we provide, we will witness many more successes together.” Calling on the bright, science-loving young people who will raise a great and powerful Turkey, Varank said, “I invite all my young brothers and sisters to TEKNOFEST to meet with our Nobel Prize-winning scientist Aziz Sancar. I would like to see the masterpieces of Turkey, our national aircraft, our domestic automobile, and countless technology and science competitions. See you at Atatürk Airport on September 21-26.” used the phrases.
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