Psych Scoop, 10/5/2021

October 5th, 2021

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Psychology Undergrad Fall 21 Town Hall

Thursday, October 14th, 12:00-1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Psychology Department is hosting the Fall 21 Town Hall for undergraduate students. The goal of these town halls is to connect students directly with the Department of Psychology leadership. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google Form to RSVP. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you can leave comments/questions in the form; feedback will be shared anonymously at the Town Hall. The town hall won't be recorded, however, meeting minutes will be shared out afterward. Meeting minutes for past Town Halls can be found here.

2. Registration is About a Month Away!

Registration for the Spring semester is coming up quickly! Registration for the Spring semester starts on November 9th. OneStop will release registration days and times as we get closer to the start date but in the meantime, do you know what PSY classes you need to take? Do you want some help planning courses toward graduation? If you are a BS student going into your final year, do you have the research requirement for Capstone figured out? Get the answers to these questions by scheduling an appointment or reaching out to us over email at As we get closer to registration, we can get booked almost four weeks out! Beat the rush and schedule today.

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

3. Join the Chinese Psychology Student Association

The Chinese Psychology Student Association (CPSA) is currently recruiting new members and potential leaders for the organization. CPSA is an academic student association composed of Chinese students with a major in psychology at UMN. Our intention is to set a foundation to unite and provide a platform to communicate, share, and establish comprehensive information in the psychological field between alumni and students, including topics on academic discussions, research/graduate programs, career perspectives, etc. For more information, email Kedian Chang at


4. Midterm Madness Pomodoro Sessions

Thursday, October 7th, 2021, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Gather with other students and staff to learn how to use the Pomodoro technique—a brain-research based study strategy—and work on whatever needs to get done. Come prepared to be productive—whether that means studying for midterms (or anything else!), researching and writing, or finishing a problem set. Power through with others for accountability, and use this focused time to get stuff done. Then take a group break and repeat. Zoom link will be sent to those registered.

5. Fall 2021 Transfer Workshop Series: Preparing for your Future Career: Getting Started and Next Steps

Friday, October 8, 2021, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall, Room 512B

It is never too early to be prepared! Find out what you can be doing now to prepare for life after graduation. RSVP today.

6. Health Equity Seminar Event: Stolen Breaths

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Rachel Hardeman, Ph.D., MPH will present on "Stolen Breaths: Exploring Solutions to the disproportionate impact of police violence and the COVID-19 pandemic on Black lives." Dr. Hardeman is an Associate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity, Division of Health Policy and Management. Registration is required. Please RSVP by October 11th.


7. Get Involved: Apply to be a MURAJ Student Reviewer

The Minnesota Undergraduate Research & Academic Journal (MURAJ) is an academic journal dedicated to the research of undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota. Apply to be a MURAJ student reviewer for the 2020-2021 academic year. Reviewers review research papers within a specified focus area for publication in our journal. Please fill out the form by 11:59 pm CST on October 15th to apply. If you have any questions, please email or attend one of our Reviewer Information Meetings on Monday, October 4th or Thursday, October 7th.

Graduate School

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

8. Educational Psychology Info Sessions at Psych Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn more about earning your grad degree in educational psychology. We're hosting info sessions on our school psychology MA and Ph.D. (10:00- 11:00 am CST) and counselor education MA (11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST) on October 6, 2021, at the Psychology Graduate School Virtual Fair (free for prospective students) in the University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology chat room. Signing up is easy. Register for the fair. The Virtual Fair will send you details on how to log in the day of once you’ve registered. If you have questions about this process, send an email to or call 770-980-0088. Then, RSVP to attend our University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology info session during the virtual fair. RSVP for school psych and/or RSVP for counselor education. For general questions, contact

9. Graduate Admissions Virtual Information Session - Fall 2021 - Every Thursday at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm CST

Every Thursday at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Graduate Admissions Office is pleased to offer information sessions for prospective applicants interested in graduate education. While this information session is tailored to the University of Minnesota, it provides a comprehensive overview of what to consider when determining if graduate school is right for you! Please note that these information sessions are intended for individuals in the early stages of preparing for graduate study. If you have already applied, or been admitted to a graduate program, please reach out to someone in the department directly. To register, select your preferred date from the calendar and complete the registration form.

10. Online Info Session: Special Education MA with Applied Behavior Analysis

Monday, October 11th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join Professor Jennifer McComas for a virtual information session on earning your MA in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis at the University of Minnesota. The info session will be held with Zoom on October 11 from 4 to 5 p.m, Central time. Once you register, you will see the Zoom login information. Please save this to your calendar. We will also email out a reminder closer to the date. Thank you!

11. Virtual Info Session: Online MA in Applied Child and Adolescent Development

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you interested in a career working with children or adolescents, or creating and implementing practices and policies that support their growth and well-being? Consider an online graduate degree in applied child and adolescent development! The University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development MA program will provide you with a strong foundation in developmental psychology and an opportunity to specialize in one of three areas: child life, infant and early childhood mental health, or individualized studies. Join us for an info session on Wednesday, October 13th at 5 p.m. CST to learn more about the program, areas of specialization, and how to apply. Register through our form.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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12. Administrative Assistant - David Hoy & Associates

David Hoy & Associates is a mental health agency located in Golden Valley and Chaska. We are looking for a full-time Administrative Assistant to help us run our offices smoothly. This is the perfect opportunity for a recent graduate or soon-to-be graduate from a Psychology program that has an interest in furthering their career in the mental health field. The position is full-time, the person who is hired will work partially from the office and partially from home. Work hours are 8:45 am- 5:15 pm, Monday - Friday. To apply send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Recke at

13. Full-Time Research Assistant Position at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

The Clinical Research Department at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY invites applications for a Research Assistant position. Our research involves clinical trials and investigations into the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, neurocognitive disorders, and mood disorders. The RA will work on an experienced multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and research nurses. They will coordinate schizophrenia studies, with potential involvement in cognitive impairment and depression studies, under the supervision of Drs. Dan Iosifescu and Matthew Hoptman. This is an excellent opportunity for obtaining research and clinical experience prior to applying for graduate or medical school. Job qualifications include BS/BA in psychology or related field, two-year commitment, prior research experience, clinical and/or research experience with psychiatric or medical populations is preferred, willing to complete a phlebotomy certification course and perform blood-draws, competent and comfortable with computers and technology, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and comfort in interacting with adult research participants. This position would begin in the Winter of 2021. If you are interested, please send a CV/resume and cover letter to Allison Sparpana at

14. Peer Advisor - Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

This position is for a work-study GWSS Peer Advisor. This position is treated as a professional role with a focus on career development for the employee. Individuals in this role are expected to take on increased responsibilities relating to direct student services, peer advising, community building, and undergraduate communications for a dynamic and diverse undergraduate student body. The Peer Advisor will work closely with the Advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in GWSS for approx. 10 hours per week between 8 am-4:30 pm and be available for occasional evening events. The position pays $13.00 an hour. This position will be on site. Preferred applicants should be an undergraduate who is enrolled in or has completed at least 1 GWSS course, should have an interest in community organizing, and demonstrated commitment to working with diverse ideas and populations, particularly those related to BIPOC students. Email Jake Rudy at for more information.

15. Bell Museum Hiring Multiple Student Positions!

The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s official natural history museum, established by the legislature in 1872 and held in trust by the University of Minnesota. For over a century, the museum has preserved and interpreted our state’s rich natural history and served learners of all ages. Additionally, our scientific collections contain over one million specimens, representing every county in Minnesota and various locales around the globe. Positions open include Administrative Assistant, Interpretive Guide, and more. Read about and apply for the various positions on the website.

16. Center for Community-Engaged Learning Hiring for Multiple Positions (Including Peer Advising!)

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning in Appleby Hall is hiring for the following positions Community Engagement Scholars Program Asst / Peer Advisor (Job ID 343032)Event Facilitator / Peer Advisor (Job ID 343034)Racial Equity & Community Outreach Co-Coordinator / Peer Advisor (Job ID 343038)Office Coordinator / Peer Advisor (Job ID 343040), and Marketing Assistant / Peer Advisor (Job ID 343041). We are looking to hire students who are passionate about Community Engagement and Community-Engaged Learning, whether or not they have all of the stated experiences or skills specific to each position. Please read each description for further details. If you have questions, please contact our CELS Program Manager, Basanti Miller (she/hers), at

17. Access Assistants - Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center is looking to hire students for access assistants. Access assistants focus on helping students and staff of the DRC. Read more about the job description and apply online. The job ID is 342030.

18. Care/Case Manager - Office for Student Affairs (OSA)

The Office for Student Affairs (OSA) non-clinical Care Program / Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT) collaborates to address the needs of students who have medical or mental health situations, shortages in access to basic needs, relational, and/or academic challenges through a variety of consultations, interventions, and referrals. Responsibilities include: providing consultation and action steps to faculty/staff who are concerned about student health and safety, the threat of harm to self or others, and well-being; collaborating with faculty, staff, academic departments, health care providers, parents/loved ones, and campus partners to address student concerns in order to minimize academic disruptions and help resolve problems affecting students. The Case Manager (aka Care manager) engages in brief case management, co-leads the BCT, provides direct student support, fosters student development, and delivers equity-minded and culturally relevant support to students when difficulties arise. Learn more and apply on the UMN Job Search Site (job ID 343660).

19. MCTFR Research Professional 1 (ABCD Research Assistant)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one ABCD Research Assistant (8352R1: Researcher 1) responsible for executing all tasks associated with the ABCD(Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development) protocol which include neuroimaging, neurocognitive assessments, and clinical interview or self-report measures designed to assess eligibility criteria, psychopathology, medical health, social relationships, personality, and substance use, and more. Research Assistants will review data to assure quality and transfer data to ABCD Informatics Center. They will work closely with the ABCD research participants assessing complex psychological traits. A bachelor's degree in psychology or related field is required, as well as a flexible work schedule (evenings and weekends) and the ability to work onsite at and transition between the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) and Elliott Hall. Research experience, knowledge of the DSM, excellent verbal communication, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently are preferred. Apply online (internal applicants and external applicants).

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