+LAB: Learn, embody, do

What is the +LAB?

The +LAB is a co-curricular learning program that brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the university in a dynamic learning environment designed to:

  • Immerse students in the theory and practice of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS)
  • Equip students to apply what they have learned to be organizational change agents
  • Engage with inspirational organizational leaders and pioneering scholars
  • Build a community of students passionate about understanding and creating high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people

The +LAB experience

Selected students complete the application, participate in a community interview session and are invited to the +LAB in early fall. The program is scheduled to kick off in October and runs through the end of February. During the program, +LAB students attend +LAB events and register for MO455/555 in Winter A semester.

Huddles and events

  • Huddles: Monthly +LAB Friday learning sessions are called huddles. Engage with organizational and academic leaders who equip and inspire our students with case studies, pioneering research, and positive organizational practices. These Huddles typically take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. To see what life in a +LAB huddle looks like, check out our Facebook photo album.
  • Tool Pop-ups: Engage with POS-based tools in a small group and hands-on setting. Tools we’ll explore in these Pop-ups will range from tools developed by POS faculty to tools being used by our CPO community from around the world.
  • Alumni Pop-ups: Connect with CPO alumni visitors and learn about their journey as change makers and researchers during informal small group sessions.
  • CPO Events: Gain inspiring and practical research-based strategies for building organizations at our monthly Positive Links featuring leading Positive Organizational scholars.

MO455/555: Flourishing at Work

  • +LAB students enroll in MO 455/555, a 7-week course in Winter A semester taught by CPO co-founder Jane Dutton. This course is designed to give students (undergraduate and graduate) a working and practical knowledge of the growing domain of positive organizational scholarship based on an intensive immersion in POS research and practice.
  • POS is an interdisciplinary approach to leading and being in work organizations in ways that call forth the best in people, resulting in individual and collective flourishing. Flourishing is a term that captures the optimal state of functioning of individuals, groups or organizations, with indicators such as thriving, engagement, health, growth and creativity as well as other markers of being in a state of positive deviance.
  • To learn more about the course, check out last year’s MO 455/555 syllabus.

Application process

The 2020-21 +LAB application period has ended and the below information is for reference only. The application process has 2 parts:

  1. Online Form: Complete and submit an online application. The 2020-21 online applications will open August 7 and be due September 16.
  2. Online Community Interviews: Applicants are invited to register for one of our Community Interview Sessions once their completed application is reviewed by the CPO Learning Programs Team

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • August 7: Online application opens
  • September 16: Online application closes at 11:59pm EST
  • End of September:  Virtual Community Interviews
  • October: Virtual Kickoff Huddle (First event of the season)
  • Winter A Term 2020: MO 455/555, historically on Tuesdays/Thursdays 8-10 a.m. ET

Who should apply to the +LAB?

  • Students from all majors and schools at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor are welcome to apply
  • Undergraduate students: Students in their third and fourth years should apply
  • Graduate-level students: Students in any year of their graduate-level studies should apply

More about CPO

Learn more about CPO and what we’re all about by watching our welcome video.

Other ways to get involved

Check out the Magnify Immersion Program, our spring term program for undergraduate students. Explore the undergraduate class listing or the graduate class listing to find a POS course to add to your academic schedule.


Get in touch with Stacey Scimeca, +LAB Lead, at sscimeca@umich.edu.