Hi there, this is Enes Akbuga! (ENN-ess AK-buh-guh). I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Michigan. Currently, I do research in mathematics education in the research lab–GRIP (Geometry, Reasoning, and Instructional Practices). I earned my Ph.D. degree in mathematics education from Texas State University. Therein, I taught undergraduate mathematics courses working as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant. My research interests include studying STEM major students within mathematics settings and exploring these students’ motivation and interest.
I currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before, I lived in Texas for 6 years. I moved to Texas back in 2012 from Turkey which is where I was born and raised. I received my B.A. in mathematics education from Hacettepe University located in Ankara, Turkey. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a middle school mathematics. I originally planned on teaching mathematics at the middle school level for a while, but then I changed my mind to move to the United States in order to pursue a graduate education. That was a major decision, but I never regretted!
I consider myself a mathematics educator, by training, since both of my degrees are in that field. I love teaching and helping students learn mathematics. It is very fulfilling to me when mathematics makes sense to students.
I am also interested in traveling and photography. In my leisure times, I spend time in outdoors for hiking or cycling. I also enjoy taking nature photographs.