Psych Scoop, 10/3/23

October 3, 2023

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. CONNECT! Schedule an appointment with a Psychology Advisor!

Making connections is a crucial part of your undergraduate experience, especially within your major. Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to invite you to schedule an appointment to simply CONNECT. Psychology Advisors hold a great deal of psychology-related experience: we have worked in a wide variety of psychology-related positions, completed both undergraduate and graduate programs in psych, traveled and studied abroad, and completed internships and maintained connections with alumni and current graduate students who are working in the field. Relationship building is important, so if there is an advisor with whom you have met in the past, or has experience in something that you are interested in, feel free to request to meet with that specific advisor. October is a great month for these types of appointments; act now before the rush!

2. Psychology Undergraduate Advising invites you to Psych Game Night!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023,3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall, S204

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hosting a new event - Psych Game Night! We will be supplying a few games for students to enjoy such as Yahtzee, Codenames, Uno, and more. We highly encourage students to attend to meet other students within the psychology major, as it is one of the biggest majors at UMN. Feel free to bring any additional games you would like to play with others, but we do ask that the games are appropriate. If you are interested in joining us, fill out the RSVP so we can know attendance beforehand. We hope to see you there!

3. Get to Know Your Faculty - Dr. Drexler James!

Friday, November 3, 2023, 11:00 am CST - 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Exciting news! Get to know our featured faculty for Fall 2023, Dr. Drexler James, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Drexler James specializes in social psychology. Dr. Drexler James is currently doing research on Health Disparities and Equity, Social Determinants of Health, and Psychological Essentialism. Dr. Dexler James has taught classes on cultural and socio-cultural psychology. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We can't wait to see you there!

4. Alumni Spotlight: Asha Hurreh

Psych Advising loves to show what our amazing psychology alumni are up to through our monthly Alumni Spotlight! Our October spotlight, Asha Hurreh ('22) works as a Lead Ophthalmic Technician. Read more about her tips on finding a career path, getting the most out of your major, and more. Nominate someone who you think would be great to spotlight, including yourself!

Career Spotlight

5. Career Spotlight - Art Therapist

Majoring or minoring in Psychology can pave the way for careers across various industries. This week, we are highlighting the career of art therapy. An art therapist is a professional who uses creative expression, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and other artistic modalities, as a means of therapy to help individuals explore and express their emotions, thoughts, and experiences. Through the creative process, clients can communicate and understand themselves in ways that might be challenging through traditional verbal therapy alone. The first step is usually obtaining a Bachelor's degree, often in a related field like psychology, art, or a combination of both. This provides a foundational understanding of both the creative process and psychological principles. A Master's degree in Art Therapy is generally required for professional practice. This graduate-level program combines coursework in psychology, art therapy theory, and supervised clinical experience. To learn more about this career, visit the American Art Therapy Association website, visit our office for in-person career resources (we're located in Elliott Hall - S205), or set up a meeting with us to discuss your post-grad plans and goals!


6. University of Minnesota Graduate Programs Fair

Monday, October 23, 2023, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Thinking about graduate school? The University of Minnesota offers more than 200 graduate and professional degree programs at the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses! With so many top-tier programs led by renowned faculty, chances are you'll find a program that’s perfect for you. If you are thinking about applying to graduate school or are curious to learn more about U of MN programs, the Graduate School Diversity Office invites you to join us to explore your options at our U of MN Graduate Programs Fair. Register for this event here!

7. New Transfers: Make the Most of your First Six Weeks!

The First Six Weeks!
Cost: Mostly free, some may vary
Location: In-person, Online, and Hybrid

There is a lot to explore and learn as you transition to a new campus! In order to help you get off to a strong start and take advantage of all the U has to offer, the Office for Transfer Student Experience created a calendar of events and resources just for you. Some of these events are just for transfer students, some are college or major-specific, and some are open to all U of M students. We are sure you will find something that interests you!

8. Be. Belong. Become: The Carlson School Diversity Experience

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Carlson School of Management 321 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

The Carlson School of Management Center for Inclusive Excellence is hosting the annual Live Into It conference on Thursday, October 12, 2023. This year's theme is the Business of Community, where various leaders in the DEI field will discuss research being conducted, and the DEI ecosystem in the Twin Cities. This is an opportunity to collaborate and network with industry sectors, researchers, and community members. To view the agenda and register for the event, please visit the website. Questions may be directed to Serena Carr at

9. 2023 Life Sciences Graduate School Fair

Friday, October 6, 2023, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: MAC Gym, University Recreation and Wellness Center

Looking to explore educational pathways related to the life sciences at the U and beyond? Attend the 2023 Life Sciences Graduate School Fair hosted by the College of Biological Sciences! This career fair aims to connect undergraduate students with program representatives from a plethora of master's and Ph.D. programs related to the life sciences. This includes, but is not limited to programs in the biological sciences, stem cell biology, animal science, epidemiology, biostatistics, medical devices, natural resources, pharmaceutical science, patent law, and other related opportunities. if you have any questions about this event, please contact Pre-register for the event on Handshake.


10. Group Therapy at Boynton Mental Health Clinic

Group Therapy programming is back at the Boynton Mental Health Clinic! Group therapy sessions are a safe, confidential space to share and explore concerns and learn new strategies for overcoming challenges. Group therapy sessions are open to all students unless otherwise indicated. To get started with a group, call 612-624-1444. Me & My ADHD and You 2.0 will remain open this semester so students can join anytime. Questions can be directed to

11. Boynton's Health's Nutritious U Food Pantry

12:00 - 5:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th full week of the month, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Location: Coffman Memorial Union Room 103A, directly behind the Goldy Gopher statue

Boynton’s Health’s Nutritious U Food Pantry is an on-campus, free food pantry available to any graduate and undergraduate student attending the University of Minnesota. The food pantry is open from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th full week of the month, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. October dates are 10th - 11th & 24th - 25th. Students may come once per pantry week (Tuesday or Wednesday), meaning one or two times per month. Please direct questions to Natalie Gerkin, Pantry Coordinator, at

12. Help get started with faculty-sponsored research

The UMN Libraries and Office of Undergraduate Research are offering "Think Like a Researcher" to help undergraduates get started with faculty-sponsored research. It is a self-paced mini-course with videos and short activities (2-3 hours to complete on your own timeline). Register today.

13. Pláticas: Latinx Connection Space

Pláticas: Latinx Connection Space is a virtual weekly group for Latina/e/o/x undergraduate and graduate students to come together and discuss specific needs, themes, challenges, joys, and identities in our community. Some of the themes we may discuss include colorism, language, belongingness, indigeneity, mestizaje, gender roles, religion and spirituality, immigration, and ongoing events that impact our people and communities. We acknowledge that within the Latinx community, there are many different identities, experiences, and preferences in how we describe ourselves. We invite this variety in lived experiences and trust that each of our identities and stories will add to our group and discussions. Sometimes we can wonder if we belong and if these spaces are for us. We want to honor how vulnerable it can be to consider joining a community space and hope to affirm your belonging and enoughness. Come as you are and we hope you will join us and explore these reactions, wonderings, and questions together. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Nina at

14. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Minor and Certificate

Interested in language? Teaching and learning abroad? Check out the TESL minor and certificate program. Prepare to teach English in community ESL programs, during study abroad, or after you graduate. The TESL minor and certificate is perfect for programs like JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching), the Peace Corps, or the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants program. Questions about how to apply or requirements can be directed to Stephanie Fore at

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

15. Master of Human Resources Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Please join us to learn more about the Human Resources and Industrial Relations Program and the opportunities it affords. Talk with our Director and a student or alumni as well as the admissions representative, and find out if the program is a good fit for you. Please register here.

16. Master of Marketing Program: Careers in Marketing Virtual Session

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Learn about the types of careers in marketing that Carlson's Master of Marketing program will prepare you for! If you are looking to jumpstart your career in marketing, Carlson’s Business Career Center will help you along the way. A representative from the Master of Marketing program's recruiting team will discuss marketing careers that the MSMK program prepares students for, the CBCC's services, and career outcomes. Please register here.

17. San Diego State University Department of Psychology Master's Program Virtual Open House

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Prospective Master's Students are invited to join San Diego State University's Department of Psychology for their Virtual Masters Program Open House! An overview of the program and the application process will be discussed. For those interested in both the MS and MA will have a chance to break out into groups to discuss both programs. For those who are interested, please RSVP here! Questions can be directed to

18. Experimental Psychology Prospective Graduate Student Virtual Open House - Texas Tech University

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 3:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Texas Tech University's Department of Psychological Sciences presents the Experimental Psychology Prospective Graduate Student Virtual Open House! Come learn about our Master's and PhD programs in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Psychology, and Human Factors. Please RSVP here.

19. Join Graduate Admissions for a Virtual Information Session!

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 9:30 am - 10:30 am CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Curious about graduate school? Wondering if it’s right for you? The Graduate Admissions Office hosts virtual information sessions for prospective applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to a graduate program and answer any questions you may have. Please note: These information sessions are intended for individuals in the early stages of applying to graduate school or simply considering graduate study. If you have already applied, or been admitted to a graduate program, please reach out to someone in the department directly. To sign up for a session, please select a date and time and fill out the registration form!

20. Graduate Program in Neuroscience Virtual Open House

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Are you interested in applying to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota? Want to hear what is going on in our research labs? The Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota is a large interdisciplinary PhD program, made up of over 125 faculty members. Our goal is to provide training in neuroscience research across a broad range of techniques and disciplines, ranging from the molecular and genetic level to computational. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, our program is a highly collaborative and collegial environment in which to train. Join us for our GPN Open House! Please register using the Google Form. If you have any questions about this event contact our Graduate Program Coordinator Rebecca Hervonen at


21. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Spring 2024 Application Now Open!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides current University of Minnesota undergraduates $1,800 scholarships so that they can partner with a faculty member on research, which enables undergrads to explore academic and career interests, apply classroom learning to real-time research, and prepares them for a career or graduate school while working closely with a U of M faculty member. The application process is a two-step one. The student application deadline occurs first; once that has closed, faculty mentors will have a week to enter their recommendations. Due to security restrictions, mentors will not be able to access the site until the student portal has closed. The Application for Spring semester 2024 projects is now open. The deadline to apply is October 9th, 2023. If you have any questions please direct them to

22. TRIO McNair Scholars - Applications Due November 9th

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is more than a research program. Scholars have the opportunity to develop their research and leadership skills while simultaneously preparing for graduate school and building a community with their peers. We are now accepting applicants for the 2024 McNair Scholars cohort! If you are eligible and are interested in learning more about the program, please fill out this form to express your interest and we will reach out. If you or students have any questions, please email

23. *Volunteer* TNT Lab seeking Research Volunteers for I-O Psychology and Technology Projects!

TNT Lab is currently seeking volunteers to join our team and contribute to our ongoing research projects. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of tasks, including testing logic, recruiting participants, rating, and codebook development. You will work closely with seasoned researchers in the field, gain hands-on research experience, knowledge in I-O psychology, and data analysis using R as well as the opportunity to learn more about grad school. We are looking for individuals who are detail-oriented, collaborative, and eager to learn. A strong interest in I-O psychology is essential, as is the ability to work effectively in a team environment. You will have the chance to work on challenging and exciting projects that will help advance our understanding of the latest developments in technology and their applications in the workplace. Most of the work can be conducted remotely. Please apply using this link. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in September. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Nga Do at

24. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunities - Learning Informatics Lab

Interested in getting research experience? Join projects in the Learning Informatics Lab; and do research on Machine Learning, AI, Data Science, and Learning Engineering. Benefits include receiving class credit and gaining research or volunteer experience. Please contact Marianna Pagkratidou at if you’re interested.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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25. Executive Function Coach

We are HIRING! - LifeFx is an Executive Function Coaching program embracing the strengths of the neurodiverse brain. We work with individuals of all ages and stages. Executive function coaching teaches students how to better understand their unique brain! We teach tools and strategies on how to organize, plan, prioritize, manage time, sustain attention, manage emotions, and get things done! The role of the Executive Function Coach is an essential role in our program. You will work 1:1 with students to provide guidance, motivation, and accountability as they learn new tools to improve their Executive Function skill set. At LifeFx you will gain hands-on, real-world, experience working 1:1 with students ages 6-18. This is an ideal role for anyone pursuing a role in mental health, education, or social work. You can see the complete job description and apply online using the link provided. Questions about this position can be directed to Amanda Hatling at or 612-568-3876.

26. Clinical Research Coordinator

The Research Data Associate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team within the Anxiety, Stress, and Prolonged Grief Program (ASPGP) at the Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Health. The Research Data Associate will provide support for the coordination of studies focusing on the phenomenology, biology, and treatment of anxiety, PTSD, and grief-related disorders under direct PI supervision. The overarching role of the Research Data Associate is to provide assistance in the recruitment of research participants, data entry and analyses, and other support duties in compliance with Good Clinical Practice, HIPAA, and required obligations to participants, the PI, the research team, and the sponsor. To qualify you must have an Associate’s degree plus one year related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Computer literate with good interpersonal, writing, and verbal communication skills. To learn more information about this position or apply, please visit their website. Questions regarding the position can be directed to

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