After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1993, Dr. Victoria Turgeon went on to pursue a PhD in neurobiology & anatomy at Wake Forest University where she focused on the role of serine proteases in neuronal development and degeneration. She received her PhD in 1998 along with the Norman Sulkin Award for Excellence in Neuroscience and was immediately hired at Furman University as an Assistant Professor of Biology. During her tenure at Furman, Dr. Turgeon has been awarded the Henry and Ellen Townes Associate Professorship of Biology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentor Award, the Alester G. Furman Jr and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Teaching Award, and the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award. Her lab has been funded by grants received by the National Institutes of Health and the South Carolina Spinal Cord Research Fund and, along with her students, she has published articles in Thrombosis Research, IMPULSE, Psychopharmacology, Journal for the South Carolina Academy of Science, and the Journal of Freshwater Ecology. During this time Dr. Turgeon has peer-reviewed articles for Journal of Neurobiology, Journal of Neurochemistry, and Journal of Neuroscience. Her greatest professional achievements are her students who have gone on to pursue their passions in the fields of biology and neuroscience.
In addition to the over 40 students that have conducted research in her lab, Dr. Turgeon has mentored students from Bridges to a Brighter Future and Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, along with local high school teachers. She has also served as the faculty supervisor of Furman's editorial staff for IMPULSE: Undergraduate Journal of Neuroscience.