James Turner '65, Ph.D.

Co-curricular Interests:

Mentor in VMI Student Community Service Activities. I have the pleasure of directing VMI’s CORE Initiative. CORE stands for Community Outreach and Renewal Experience. This initiative, guided by the VMI Service Committee and the student-led Rotaract Club, helps facilitate cadet, faculty, and staff engagement in local, regional, national, and international volunteer community service opportunities. 

Mentor in Undergraduate Research. It is my passion to encourage a love of learning and the spirit of scientific inquiry. At VMI I have had the pleasure of being the founding director of both the Fred C. Swope Summer Scholar Research Program in Biology and VMI’s Center for Molecular, Cellular and Biological Chemistry, as well as founding and institutionalizing VMI’s Undergraduate Research Initiative. My greatest joy is mentoring students in my research lab which involves a unique way of teaching them unique problem solving skills and engaging them in real world science questions. My students regularly present their results at regional and national meetings and are co-authors on my publications in scientific journals. 

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Colonel Turner with some of his VMI summer undergraduate researchers.