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Cultivating Creativity and Innovation in Engineering Graduate Students

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This project examines a new learning framework for engineering graduate students grounded in mindfulness training and intended to cultivate creativity, innovation, intellectual risk-taking and altruism. All of these qualities are at the heart of conceiving and conducting transformative research that focuses on societal grand challenges, as well as promoting emotional and physical well-being.

In partnership with UW–Madison College of Engineering professors Susan Hagness and Wendy Crone, Center experts are building upon a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded pilot project. The team is currently expanding the scope of the pilot study to a larger cohort of graduate students at UW–Madison and assess the transferability of the learning framework to an additional research-intensive university, the University of Virginia. 

The training program will be administered to 400 engineering and computer science graduate students, divided between experimental and wait-list control groups, at both institutions over a two-year period. 

People Working on This Study

Richard J. Davidson
Founder, Center for Healthy Minds & Healthy Minds Innovations, William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry
Pelin Kesebir
Pelin Kesebir
Assistant Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds
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