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Source: Briana Nelson Goff, 785-532-1490,
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News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519,

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Briana Nelson Goff, associate dean for academic affairs in Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology, has received national recognition for her work developing the next generation of scholars.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Human Services presented Goff with the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Nov. 15 at its annual conference in Dallas. The award recognizes a faculty member in the human sciences for exceptional performance as a research mentor for undergraduate students.

Goff, a professor in family studies and human services, is college coordinator for the University Honors Program and provides leadership for undergraduate research projects. She has mentored more than 100 students, including more than 55 undergraduate students, in her research program since 1998.

"It's my goal to help students find areas they are passionate and curious about," Goff said. "The idea of doing research can be intimidating to undergraduate students. I work to help them view research as simply answering questions, which helps take the mystery out of research."

Goff directs the College of Human Ecology's Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, which coordinates research and outreach programs that address the well-being of military personnel, veterans and their families after the battle. The institute opened in 2009.

She also works with diversity initiatives, international programs and partnerships, student learning assessment and other academic and student issues.