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K-State Today

May 14, 2012



The science of scholarship: McDaniel recognized for mentoring undergraduates in research

By Communications and Marketing

A Kansas State University psychologist is being honored for her mentoring efforts with future researchers.

Brenda McDaniel, assistant professor of psychology, is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research. The award is based on mentoring performed in the previous academic year, and includes $2,500 and a plaque.

McDaniel joined K-State in 2008. Her research focuses on optimal personality development, such as moral traits, and the influence of moral role models to maladaptive personality development, such as emotional and physical stress reactions from chronic psychological trauma -- stemming from caregivers, peers and romantic partners.

She also works closely with undergraduate and graduate students for her studies, involving them in the entirety of a project -- from helping develop a study to publishing and presenting the findings.

"Involving students in the entire research process helps them appreciate the dedication needed for research as well as provides them skills to be successful in their future careers," McDaniel said.

McDaniel earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas, and both her master's degree and doctorate from Oklahoma State University.