Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology, Chemistry & Physics Department
BSc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
MSc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Neval Erturk is an award-winning teacher and scholar. In recognition of her teaching and research with the undergraduate students at Converse College, she received the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Teaching in Excellence Award in 2008. In 2012 she was recognized with the Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award by Converse College for "being at the forefront of mentoring student research" as well as her STEM Outreach activities to the local high school students many of which led to national awards for the students. She was also a recipient of the 2012 Student Service: Above and Beyond Award for her service to students.
Dr. Erturk is an active participant of inter-institutional research initiatives in South Carolina. She serves as the Chair of the Student Awards Committee of the South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium, Review Board of SCICU Faculty Sponsored Research Program, and Science Review Committee of Piedmont III Region Science Fair. In 2013, she was elected to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She received a Plaque of Recognition from the South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium for supporting the research and scholarly efforts of faculty and students in the Upstate in 2012 and a Certificate of Recognition from the South Carolina Academy of Science for her excellence in the support and development of talent and research in the State of South Carolina in 2011. She was also nominated to The Governor's Award for Excellence in Science Outreach in 2010.
At Converse, Dr. Erturk teaches a wide variety of courses in biology including Genetics, Cell Biology, Research Methods in Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Forensic Genetics, Science and Gender and introductory biology courses. She believes research complements teaching, thus she regularly works with students on original research. She also is a keen advocate of promoting science among high school students and professional development assistant to STEM Workforce.
Dr. Erturk is also an active scholar. Her research projects with her students and STEM workforce received numerous grants from various agencies and awards at the national and regional levels. She has professional memberships in American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society for Plant Biologist (ASPB), Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB), Council of Undergraduate Researchers (CUR), Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE), Mentor Net, and Earthwatch Institute.
When not teaching or researching, she spends her time traveling, reading, watching science fiction movies and exploring nature.