Psych Scoop, 11/1/22

November 1st, 2022

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Countdown to Registration - 1 Week Out

We are about two weeks out from registration! Registration starts on November 8th. Have you checked your registration time? Have you confirmed any holds on your record? Do you know what you're taking for the Fall semester? If you're not sure, advisors are there to help! Appointments are currently available to meet with a Psych Advisor. We recommend scheduling sooner than later if you would like to meet with Psych Advising because our office can become very busy once registration starts!

2. Psychology Research Info Sessions

Various Dates
Cost: Free
Location: Online or In Person

Join this session to learn more about getting started with psych research. In the workshop, we will focus on sharing resources on how to get started with research that relates to the Psychology Major. You will learn how Psy 4/5993 research works in the department. You will discover how research can fit into your Psychology Major and/or overall enhance your undergraduate experience. You will leave this session with 2-3 ideas to explore for a research position. Please email with questions or to request disability-related accommodations. RSVP to sign up for a session.
Join us at any listed times!
1.) Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CST, Zoom
2.) Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST, N219 Elliott Hall
3.) Wednesday, December 7th, 2022,4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CST, Zoom

3. Psychology Internship Info Sessions

Various Dates
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join this session to learn more about the PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology class, earning credit for your work, and opportunities for funding! Please RSVP to sign up for this event. In this session, you will learn about the PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology class. You will discover how internships can fit into your Psychology Major and/or overall enhance your undergraduate experience. Ideally, you will also leave this session with 2-3 ideas to explore for an Internship in Spring or Summer 2023. Please email with questions or to request disability-related accommodations.
Join us at any listed times!
1.) Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, 12:30 pm- 1:15 pm CST
2.) Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm CST
3.) Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm CST
4.) Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm CST
5.) Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm CST

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.

5. Psychology Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: N227 Elliott Hall

We will be making stress balls and having Dr. Niels Waller come to talk about his career and research. The event will be on November 9th, 4-5:30 pm in Elliot Hall room N227. We will be making stress balls in the first half! The second half we will have Dr. Waller speak about his career, research, and pathways! Dr. Niels Waller is a professor here in the Psychology Department and he is the Director of Quantitative/Psychometric Methods. Some classes that Dr. Waller has taught include Individual Differences, Personality, and Behavioral Genetics. He is currently an editor of Applied Psychological Measurement and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. Be sure to come with any questions that you may have for him. He is looking forward to speaking with us! Make sure to RSVP for the meeting by Monday, November 7th at 11:59 pm if you plan on coming by using the RSVP link. We look forward to seeing you all there!


6. ESA's Free Thrift Store

Tuesday, November 7, 2022, 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Whole Music Club

The Environmental Student Association at the University of Minnesota is hosting a Free Thrift Store event on November 7th, from 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm in celebration of Green Week! ESA is accepting donations of clothing to make this event happen. You can contact ESA on Instagram, @umn_esa, for information on dropping off clothing. Otherwise, we are excited to see you at the event!

7. Work & Immigration Options in Canada

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

International Student & Scholar Services and UMN Career Services Administration have invited representatives from the Consulate General of Canada’s Immigration section to give a presentation to the UMN community. They will present information about various topics, including the process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program and opportunities to work in Canada. All UMN students, scholars, and staff (international and U.S. citizens) of any discipline are welcome to attend. Please email Jane, UMN International Career Consultant, at if you have any questions. RSVP online.


8. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology (URJP) at UCLA

Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work? If so, The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP) WANTS YOU to submit your papers for our annual publication, expected to be released in Spring 2023. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research. To submit, the papers must be original work completed by undergraduates (Including senior honors theses, independent research, reviews, theoretical papers, and other scholarly writing) and have never before been published. Read more and submit your paper online.

9. TRIO McNair Scholars - Applications Due November 11th

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 2023 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.

10. 2022 Virtual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

The deadline to register for the Fall Virtual Symposium is November 28! Entries will go live on December 9. This is an excellent venue to present the results of your research to the University Community. A reminder that there is no "live" component to the Fall symposium. Students pre-record presentations and the web pages featuring all of the student participants be live for public viewing for about a month. Learn more and register online.

11. Apply for the Social-Personality Undergraduate Research Program Today

SPSP is now accepting mentor and trainee applications for the Social-Personality Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Program, which aims to expand research opportunities for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Beginning in March 2023, the SPUR Program will gather mentors and trainees who will work together to complete an independent project between March-December. SPUR trainees will complete a poster at the program’s close to summarize the project and attend four seminars designed to promote success in graduate school. Trainees in the program will receive a free SPSP membership, an SPSP Annual Convention registration award, and $1,500 (paid in two installments) for their mentored research time for approximately 120 hours worked across the months of the SPUR program. The SPUR Program is open to individuals from historically underrepresented racial backgrounds who are either currently enrolled in college or recent graduates (within two years of graduation) and intending to apply to Ph.D. programs in social-personality psychology. Learn more and apply online. Applications are due November 11th, 2022.

12. Call for Papers: Undergraduate Journal of Psychology at Berkeley

The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology at Berkeley (UJPB) is accepting original undergraduate research submissions for publication in UC Berkeley's 2023 psychology journal. We would like to invite undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota involved in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and related sciences to submit their work for review. The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology at Berkeley aims to represent a diverse community of undergraduate scholars, and as such, we encourage submissions from different research laboratories and fields related to the psychological sciences. Apply online through Google Forms. If you have any questions regarding the review process, please email UJPB ( and CC the Editor-in-Chief (

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position for Spring 2023

Thanks for your interest! Dr. Jeffry Simpson from the Department of Psychology's Social Interactions Lab is looking for undergraduate RAs for the upcoming Spring 2023 semester. We are looking at parent-child interactions and coding them for behavior related to the parent-child relationship or the relationship between the parents. If you’re interested in applying to be a RA in this project, please fill out the Qualtrics form provided. You can also email Mo at

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Dr. Deniz Ones' Personality Lab

Dr. Deniz Ones’ Personality Research Lab is recruiting two motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate research assistants to work on a project examining the meta-analytic relationship between personality traits and sleep-wake variables. The responsibilities of the research assistants include conducting systematic literature searches, retrieving journal articles, and dissertations from databases, coding information from the articles and attending weekly lab meetings for progress updates and discussion. The position can be taken for PSY 5993 credits or through volunteers. Preference will be given to students who have taken courses in the field of personality or workplace psychology. If you are interested, please contact Ziyu Ren at with the subject "Meta Volunteer", an unofficial transcript, and a resume/CV attached.

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Assistant

D.A.N.C.E (Development, Affective Neuroscience, Culture & Environment) Lab led by Dr. Ka I Ip at the Institute of Child Development is recruiting Research Assistants, starting in Spring 2023. The position is given with registration of CPSY 4994 with a commitment to at least 2 semesters. D.A.N.C.E lab's current work focuses on typical and atypical emotion regulation development, cultural factors that shape regulation, and how early life stress, social determinants of health and structural racism (e.g., discrimination, neighborhood disparities) may “get under the skin” to confer intergenerational risk and resilience for developmental psychopathology and health disparities, especially among children and adolescents from marginalized backgrounds. Students will gain hands-on experience (but not limited to) (1) literature review, (2) survey design using Qualtrics and RedCap (3) interview assessment, (4) mobile EEG & fNIRS experiment set up, (2) subject recruitment and flyer design, (3) data coding and collection, and (4) other administrative tasks (e.g., IRB) as needed. If interested, please send your Unofficial Transcript, CV/Resume, and cover letter to Yangchenchen Liu at For the cover letter, you may include (1) a self-introduction/background, (2) your interest (3) any research experience in psychology, sociology, and other related fields (4) experience that could be an asset to the lab environment (5) things that you hope to learn and (6) time commitment.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023

Dr. Adriana Hughes’ Cognition, Aging, and Technology Lab is recruiting one motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate research assistant to start in the Spring 2023 semester. Research projects in our lab include a project developing a new tablet-based memory and thinking program for older adults as well as a longitudinal study monitoring cognition and instrumental activities of daily living trajectories using in-home technology in older adults with cognitive impairment. The RA’s responsibilities may include recruiting participants, data entry and verification, conducting literature reviews, and attending weekly lab meetings. The RA would need to be able to work onsite at the Minneapolis VA. The position can be volunteer or for PSY 4993/5993 credit. We are especially looking for applicants who could commit to working in the lab for at least two semesters. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above is preferred. If you are interested, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please email Catherine Ju at

Graduate School

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

17. Connect with Carlson Week (November 7-11, 2022)

November 7-11, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Come get an inside look at The Carlson School's MBA and specialty Master's programs! Our 2022 Connect with Carlson event is a week-long event that will take place from November 7-11, 2022. It will include in-person class visits to explore the Carlson academic experience and connect with current students, as well as virtual sessions hosted by the Carlson Business Career Center, the Student Affairs team, staff, and faculty from each academic program. Master of HRIR Class Visit RegistrationMaster of Marketing Class Visit RegistrationMBA Class Visit Registration.

18. Virtual Office Hours For Psychology Ph.D. Applicants - Duke University

Starts Friday, November 4, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

To enhance recruitment of BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ students in psychology Ph.D. programs, Duke University's Department of Psychology & Neuroscience is holding our 3rd Annual Virtual Office Hours Program. All are welcome, but BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ applicants are especially encouraged to sign up. Between November 4th and 18th, you will receive individualized feedback (via one-on-one Zoom meetings) on your application materials (personal, research, and/or diversity statements + CV) from faculty, post-docs, clinical interns, and graduate students at Duke. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the graduate school application process. You DO NOT have to be applying to one of Duke's Ph.D. programs. This is a resource for ANYONE applying to ANY psychology Ph.D. program. If you intend to apply to one of Duke's Ph.D. programs, we require that you submit materials that you plan to submit to another university for review to maintain equity in our admissions process. Learn more and seek feedback through our online form.


19. Check Out Family Social Science Minor Options

A minor in Family Social Science will deepen your understanding of parents, children, and couples in today’s complex family systems. Focused on the fundamental building block of society – the family – an FSoS minor will complement your liberal arts degree and give you a competitive edge either on your resume or your graduate school application. Learn more about a minor in Family Social Science.

Engagement Opportunities

20. Volunteer at The Aurora Center!

The Aurora Center offers volunteer opportunities at The University of Minnesota that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers. We are now accepting applications for our Direct Service Advocate and Violence Prevention Educator volunteer positions. Read more about the application online. Applications are due by Monday, November 21, 2022.

21. Friend in STEM Mentorship Program

Empowering Women in Science (EWIS)'s mentorship program ‘A Friend in STEM’ is accepting students to be paired with a mentor for the Fall semester! Friend in STEM aims to connect undergraduate students with scientists on UMN campuses in order to increase accessibility to information about careers in STEM/research and demystify science in general. The goal of this program is to serve students of all genders and especially underrepresented students. You can learn more about the program at friendinstem.umn.eduIf you are interested in being paired with a mentor, please fill out the form by November 4th. In our history, we've paired over 300 undergraduate students with scientists in STEM! Please let us know if you have any questions about this program our email is We look forward to meeting you!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

22. Research Assistant - Minneapolis VA

An intervention study at the Minneapolis VA has openings for two full-time research assistants, starting in Winter/Spring 2023. The focus of the study is on a social-cognitive skills training intervention for individuals with serious mental illness. The project is funded for 2 years. The individuals hired for these positions will participate in intervention development sessions with the research team. They will also: consent participants, complete diagnostic and psychosocial interviews, conduct social-cognitive and functional skills assessments, schedule appointments, and assist with other recruitment activities. One position will have a stronger emphasis on assessment. The person in this position will be responsible for the management and processing of data collected through skills assessments and exit interviews. Duties will include scoring and entering data, transcribing interviews, and assisting with qualitative data analysis. The other position will have a stronger intervention emphasis. This person in this position will assist with the preparation, administration, and recording of intervention sessions offered to veterans. All activities will be conducted on-site and under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The salary will start at about $48,000. Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen. A Bachelor’s degree in psychology and research experience or a Master’s degree is preferred. To apply, send a vita and transcripts to Tasha Nienow, Ph.D., LP at

23. HBCD Research Assistant (8352P1: Research Professional 1) - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one HBCD Research Assistant responsible for executing all tasks associated with the HBCD (Healthy Brain and Child Development) Study protocol. Tasks: recruitment and retention, scheduling study assessments, conducting parent interview/questionnaire assessments designed to assess eligibility criteria, substance use, psychopathology, medical health, and psychosocial functioning; parent interview/questionnaire, neurocognitive, and observational assessments designed to assess infant/child development, temperament, and psychopathology; parent interview/questionnaire and parent/infant/child biospecimens designed to assess medical health and environmental exposures; and collecting infant/child MRI and EEG data. Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Development, Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or a related field. Flexible work schedule; and the ability to work onsite. Preferred qualifications include HBCD or MCTFR research experience, experience working with infants and/or young children in a research context, prior research experience, excellent attention to detail, and organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills. For more information regarding additional tasks and desired qualifications or to apply online please refer to the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 35216.

24. UGRA Admin Support - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants registered for study at the U of MN as “Data Manager UGRA” (2221: Student Academic Support). Data managers are responsible for the processing, organization, and storage of human subjects' research data collected at the MCTFR. Responsibilities:50% Process Paper and Electronic Data; Organize participant data (Checklisting, Pull-Aparts, Batching); Markup of data forms before entry (Coding); Data Entry and Verification; Error identification and correction; Filing/organization of entered data; Inventory and Storage of Archival Data; 30% Monitor Participant Survey Completion Progress; Check; verify participant survey completion status; Sending emails or making calls to remind participants to complete surveys; Verify participant payments upon completion; 20% Miscellaneous Duties. Essential Qualifications: Undergraduate enrollment in U of MN degree-granting program; GPA= 3.0; Efficient, honest, self-directed, problem-solving work ethic; Demonstrable keyboard proficiency; Knowledge of computer structure/organization; Data entry & analysis experience; Initial training & probationary period occurs during normal University business hours, hours flexible afterward; Ability to work 15-20 hours during Semester; 35-40 hours during Summer. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 352142

25. Student Admin/Support - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire an undergraduate research assistant registered for study at the U of MN as “Office Assistant and Data Manager UGRA” (2222:Student Admin/Support Services). This position supports administrative, clerical, and data management needs at the MCTFR. Responsibilities:50% Administration; 25% Financial Justification; 12.5% Mail; Clerical Duties: Processing mail with the highest level of accuracy and completing other clerical duties as assigned by full-time staff members. Acquire and maintain accurate information; 12.5% Ordering Supplies: Monitoring stock and compiling/placing orders for office supplies, lab supplies, and research participant lunches. Required Qualifications: Ability to commit to employment through at least the end of summer 2023. Ability to work 20 hours during fall/spring semesters & 40 hours during summer/winter breaks (with some flexibility). Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits and classified as a part-time student at the University of Minnesota with a GPA= 3.0. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 352143

26. Research Assistant - Minneapolis VA

This position is 1.0 FTE for a multi-site clinical trial through the VA Cooperative Studies R&D, with Dr. Shiroma serving as the Local Site Investigator. This is an open-label, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial of up to 6 months of treatment of adjunctive intranasal (IN) esketamine (ESK) vs. adjunctive aripiprazole (ARI) in Veterans with unipolar Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting the day-to-day tasks required for recruitment and follow-up data collection. They will be responsible for contacting, pre-screening, screening for eligibility, consenting, and randomizing participants as well as ensuring baseline and follow-up assessments are complete, and entering collected study data into a secure data collection system. A qualified candidate will have at least two years of RA experience, preferably in the mental health field, to be eligible for the GS PayScale of GS9. The anticipated start date is early 2023 and will last approximately 6 years. Please send any questions and/or your CV or Resume directly to &

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