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Daniel Davis

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
College: Health
School / Department: Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
Mentoring Philosophy:

Dr. Davis will provide a scaffolding upon which the student will feel safe exploring and expanding the boundaries of their knowledge. Dr. Davis prioritizes his mentee's feeling comfortable being wrong about concepts and asking probing questions to not only acquire new information but to gain experience in posing thoughtful questions and thinking creatively. These activities will be fostered during frequent lab technique training, and in weekly individual meetings. In these meetings, Dr. Davis will provide mentorship on topics previous students indicated as helpful in spring-boarding them to success, including but not limited to:

-Funding opportunities and applying for graduate school,
-Responsible conduct of research,
-Integrating knowledge from journal readings and discussion,
-Best-practices in scientific communication.

Dr. Davis has provided eight years of mentorship to undergraduate students in academic and research settings. He began providing this mentorship as an undergraduate himself, where he served as a teaching assistant and later as a mentor to more junior teaching assistants. Additionally, as an undergraduate researcher, Dr. Davis frequently provided one-on-one training to newer students in research techniques. Throughout his graduate study, Dr. Davis mentored multiple undergraduate and more junior graduate students, guiding them through literature review, protocol development, responsible conduct of research, data analysis, and scientific communication. His experience as both an undergraduate researcher himself and as a peer mentor throughout his career has positioned him to be a particularly effective mentor for this program.