||Instructor of Biology; Director, Program for Research Incentives in Science and Mathematics
Ed.D., Higher Education, NOVA Southeastern University
M.S., Biology, Winthrop University
B.S., Biology, Winthrop University
||345B Dalton Hall
Underrepresented Groups in STEM Programs, Program Evaluation, Curriculum Development
Dr. Wilson received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Winthrop. After graduating from Winthrop with her M.S., Wilson began working at Cannon Research Center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., as a laboratory manager and research technician. She researched prostate and lung cancer with Thomas P. Kennedy for several years and then worked for a year at the Women’s Institute at Carolinas Medical Center as an assisted reproductive technology specialist before joining Winthrop as an instructor of biology and research scientist in 2006.
During her employment at Carolinas Medical Center, Wilson became interested in teaching and working in higher education. While working at Winthrop, she obtained her Ed.D. in higher education from NOVA Southeastern University in 2009. Her research focused on the retention and matriculation of underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. She developed the Program for Research Incentives in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) within the Department of Biology in 2006. The program is a STEM education and academic enhancement program that focuses on identifying minority students for engagement in research with faculty in the Department of Biology while preparing them for graduate careers that require knowledge and experiences in scientific research. The program was designed to enhance student learning and academic achievement through the use of tutoring sessions, peer mentoring, academic workshops, field trips, and seminars. The program strives to strengthen relationships between underrepresented students and faculty, increase minority awareness of biological science research on and off campus, increase the number of underrepresented students participating in biological research, build strong communities among the minority student population in the Department of Biology, and strengthen the academic skills of underrepresented students that are relevant to their success in basic biological sciences.
Wilson has taught cell biology, laboratory safety training, and microscopic anatomy. She continues to collaborate with biology faculty members in support of the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant-funded program at Winthrop University. Wilson provides specialized expertise in various molecular and cellular techniques for INBRE faculty members to support their biomedical research projects and trains their students in these techniques. She also supports several other university programs. In the summer she teaches a GRE workshop for MCNR 300 as part of the Winthrop McNair Scholars Summer Experience and also conducts assessments for the Undergraduate Research Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
She is married, has a daughter, and lives in Sharon, SC.