SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Duygu Ercan-Oruc
Dr. Duygu Ercan-Oruc, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry & Fermentation Sciences
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient
Project: “Support for Workshop Registration: Foundations of Downstream Processing and Formulation”
Ercan-Oruc received a SAFE grant as support for the project “Workshop Registration: Foundations of Downstream Processing and Formulation”. However, due to COVID-19, the workshop was canceled and has not been rescheduled. Therefore, in May of 2020, the College gave approval to use this funding for experimental kits/supplies. With this fund, experimental materials that were used in research and courses were purchased for students.
“With the help of this fund, students will get more hands-on experiences in the semesters to come,” said Ercan-Oruc.
Because of the SAFE grant, Ercan-Oruc was also able to purchase a microbiological medium (M17) used to identify the lactic acid bacteria population during acid whey fermentation.
“Moreover, we have started to include new experiments in our courses and this fund helped us to purchase materials for these experiments,” explained Ercan-Oruc.
About The SAFE Fund
Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Learn more at: https://cas.appstate.edu/students/student-and-faculty-excellence-safe-fund.
About the Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences
The A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with eight different concentrations and an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in fermentation sciences. The department’s programs prepare students to attend graduate and professional schools, as well as for employment in the pharmaceutical and fermentation industries and other business sectors. Learn more at https://chemistry.appstate.edu.
Compiled and written by Sophia Woodall and Ellen Gwin Burnette
July 21, 2021