Puppy Lab Opens at MIT During National Mental Health Awareness Month

Visit sessions begin on May 10

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Students, faculty and staff now have an opportunity to de-stress with therapy dogs, thanks to the MIT Puppy Lab.

Dog owner and graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, Stephanie Ku, created the proposal this past fall.

After receiving a grant from the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund, Ku started the project.

Visit sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons (3-5 p.m.) on May 10, 11, 17 and 18. The lab can be found in the Lobby 10 Community Lounge.

Playing with puppies is said to be a stress-reliever and nerve-calmer.

The opening of the lab coincides with final exams and National Mental Health Awareness Month.

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