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 also 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. Joining Abdullah Gül University as a Research Assistant in 2020, Akkurt's research interests in the field of social psychology are mainly social identity theory, prejudice and discrimination, intergroup relations, prosocial behavior and collective action.