Doctoral student conducts mindfulness study using wearable technology

September 25, 2023

By Stephanie Koons

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. It mentions Engineering Summer Bridge, hosted by the Multicultural Engineering Program, which is housed in the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mindfulness — a practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and surrounding environment — has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in schools, according to U.S. News. A doctoral candidate in the Penn State College of Education is researching how mindfulness practices, aided by wearable technology, can help support students historically underrepresented in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, successfully transition to college. Over the summer, she partnered with two Penn State programs designed to help ease the transition to college for first-year students to test the effectiveness of the technology.

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