Developing a Mindfulness and Compassion Course to Promote Engineering Students’ Resilience and Psychological Well-being

Duration: 2022 - Present
Funding: Leonhard Center, College of Engineering
Principal Investigator: John Park
Co-Investigator: Sebrina L. Doyle Fosco

happy group of Penn State College of Engineering students


Recent events have demonstrated the importance of universities focusing on development of the whole student, beyond just their academic prowess. This project focuses on the development of important intra- and interpersonal skills that can support students in their own lives and in their interactions with others.

John Park and Sebrina Doyle will design a micro-credential course for students in Penn State's College of Engineering that supports student development of skills for intrapersonal and interpersonal mindfulness and wellbeing. The development of micro-credential courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) allows College of Engineering students to personalize their education and get credit for doing so.

In developing the course, the researchers will use qualitative focus groups for determining course design, mixed-methods surveying for assessing acceptability.

Project Team