Staci Johnson, PhD Candidate in Engineering and Science Education, was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant from the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Staci, an Associate Professor of Biology at Southern Wesleyan University, received an M.S. in Animal Physiology from Clemson University in 1999 and a B.S. in Animal Science – Science and Technology from the University of Tennessee in 1997. As Associate Professor, she serves as the Pre-Health Advisor, organizes the National Science Seminar, and teaches a variety of classes. She also mentors undergraduate research students in physiology and biological sciences. Her dissertation focuses on the cognitive processes and pathways utilized by undergraduate students in anatomy and physiology courses. Her research interests include student learning in biological sciences and sub-disciplines, improving team-based student experiences, and broadening participation in biological sciences.