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Sarah Watts, an assistant clinical professor in Auburn’s School of Nursing and a doctoral candidate in Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, has been selected to receive the 2016 Southern Nursing Research Society/National League for Nursing Doctoral Dissertation Award.

This award is given annually to one doctoral nursing student in the country. Watts was selected based on her dissertation research proposal, “Learning Experiences of Senior-Level, Pre-licensure Nursing Students: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.”

Watts will receive $5,000 to support completion of her dissertation work, as well a one-year student membership to the National League of Nursing.

Watts began working for Auburn on a part-time basis in 2010. She joined the faculty full-time last fall.