February featured student: Irem Sevindik
Irem Sevindik is a second year PhD student in the Economics Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, and MBA from Ankara University, both in Ankara, Turkey. When looking for a graduate program in her specific area of interest, she discovered that the Nevada had exactly what she was looking for. A campus tour featuring enthusiastic faculty, a gorgeous campus, and a unique natural environment sealed the deal for her.
Irem is specializing in Financial Economics and Renewable Energy Economics and is serving as a teaching assistant in the Economics Department. She became interested in economics after realizing she wasn’t attracted to manufacturing, but wanted work in the finance field and utilize her mathematical and optimization skills. With a PhD, she feels her career options will be endless.
While she enjoys teaching and research, she is also interested in corporate roles that focus on renewable energy. Irem published a paper titled In Analysis of Turkey’s Solar PV Auction Scheme: What can Turkey learn from Brazil and South Africa in January. This paper was featured in the Energy Policy Journal, a top-25 journal. In the paper, they examined the auction schemes for renewable energy in Turkey; measured the profitability and vulnerability of solar PV technologies to macroeconomic shocks and financial risks; and made policy recommendations for Turkey by comparing the auction scheme with those of Brazil and South Africa. The project was completed solely by Irem and another student, without the assistance of faculty.
Irem also presented a paper at the IRES International Conference on Economics and Social Science in Los Angeles California. Her presentation – How is wind energy changing the price dynamic in Turkish Power Market? – won the Excellent Paper Award, a highly coveted honor within the field. Irem was also awarded the distinguished Neslihan Aybek Memorial Scholarship, and more recently, the Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship.
Her advice for fellow graduate students: “Graduate studies require a lot of work, so choose topics that you are passionate about. Being an international student brings many challenges and having a community really helps.” Irem also recommends yoga and daily exercise to her fellow graduate students for resilience and stress management.
An analysis of Turkey's solar PV auction scheme: What can Turkey learn from Brazil and South Africa?, Selahattin Murat Sirin, Irem Sevindik, Energy Policy, Volume 148, Part A, 2021, 111933, ISSN 0301-4215, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111933.
How is wind energy changing the price dynamics in Turkish power market?, Irem Sevindik, Selahattin Murat Sirin, Ozgesezgin Alp, Proceedings of Research for a 51st International Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 18th-19th April, 2019.