Creativity + Science: Online Course for PhD Students

Bridging Theory and Practice

Creativity students’ responses to Think-Up Activities; some visuals represent reflections, reminders, future goals and visions. PhD creativity students will be challenged with similar activities.

Researchers aim to create new applications to their work, and to develop novel discoveries. However, many scientists start their research projects with pre-conceived ideas and assumptions, making it harder for them to make extraordinary contributions or explore the unknown. Similarly, PhD supervisors tend to give advice based on their past experiences and familiar ways of doing research. These behaviors can limit scientific advances and science preparedness. COVID-19 and the current pandemic have demonstrated that we must be prepared to explore unexpected situations and have the tools to approach problems from new perspectives.

So, thanks to the benefits of technology and online learning, this spring I will teach a creativity course for PhD students in plant biology, biochemistry and chemistry at the School of Natural & Exact…

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