Sümeyra Bengisu Akkurt received her Bachelor's degree from the Department of Psychology at Istanbul Şehir University in 2019 as a full tuition waiver. In the same year, she was accepted to Psychological Sciences Master's Program at Kadir Has University with a full scholarship. She is currently working on her master's thesis on how different COVID-19 pandemic-related threats influence trust in science and belief in conspiracy theories. As a graduate student, she worked as a fellow in a TUBITAK-funded study that examined the psycho-social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic from a network analysis perspective. She has been working as a part-time research assistant in another TUBITAK-funded project on how social cooperation can be increased under the threat of an earthquake. Joining Abdullah Gül University as a Research Assistant in 2020, Akkurt's research interests in social psychology are mainly social identity theory, prejudice and discrimination, intergroup relations, belief in conspiracy theories, collective action, and gender studies.