Psych Scoop, 11/28/23

November 28, 2023

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Apply to PSY 5993 Enrichment Program for Spring Semester, 2024!

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Psychology research? Do you identify with a group of people underrepresented in the field? Apply to the Research Enrichment Program, designed to support and enhance the experiences of students enrolled in our directed research course, Psy 5993, while building research-related skills and learning about research-related career and grad school opportunities. Participation in this program involves weekly meetings with a cohort of about 10 like-minded students, and reliable attendees will receive up to $250 in tuition support. We invite undergraduates who identify with any group underrepresented in psychology research careers to apply. The form is due at 11:59 pm CST on Friday, December 15th, and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

2. Psychology Undergraduate Advising is Hiring A New Student Office Assistant!

The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office seeks to hire a Front Desk Office Student Assistant. The student assistant is responsible for appointment scheduling, organization of the front desk, and general intake. Many opportunities for projects like social media, graphic design, stats analysis, and more. This is a great position to learn more about the department overall and meet faculty! Starting pay is $15 an hour, with raises available for time and performance. If you continue with the office, there is the opportunity to move to a Peer Advising role! Read more information about the position and apply online. Click the "Students" button, then search for Job ID #358732. The priority application deadline is December 1st, 2023. For questions about this position, please reach out to

3. Getting Started with Psychology Research: Info Session

Thursday, December 7, 12:30 pm- 1:45 pm / N219 Elliott Hall
Cost: Free
Location: Varies

Interested in getting started with Psychology Research? Are you in need of finding a research position for Capstone (3901W) enrollment? Sign up for an information session that will focus on sharing resources 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. Sign up to attend a session!

Courses of Interest

4. PSY 4960 - 001: Introduction to Open Science - 3 Credits - Spring 2024

Open Science has become a term more frequently used in psychological research. Though the term has no single definition, it refers to processes that allow for more transparent and more accessible research. How do we incorporate open science into our research? In this class, students will gain an understanding of what open science is, why it is important to consider open science principles in our research, and how to use open science tools. Specifically, the course will begin by discussing the history of psychological research and the replication crisis and will move into identifying open science principles and associated tools. Students will gain hands-on experience with preregistrations, reproducing analyses in R, and replicating findings from psychological studies. This course will require both group work and independent work to gain a deeper understanding of open science principles. Though not required, a basic understanding of R programming will be helpful for this course. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY3801: Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960 - 001 will meet in Elliott Hall N423, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward
Note: This course counts as elective credit for Psychology majors only.

5. PSY 5501: Self, Society and Health - What's Work Got To Do With It? - 3 Credits - Spring 2024

This class is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed Introduction to Research Methods (PSY3001) or who have received instructor approval. This course is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to theory, practice, and research in the fields of Vocational and Occupational Health Psychology. Core topics include the role of work in relation to occupational health, equity, social and personal identities, career choice, career transitions, career interventions, leadership, occupational stressors, and burnout. The format of the course will be a combination of applied assignments, classroom participation (quizzes, group discussions, and presentations), and a paper. Course material will be provided in assigned readings and lectures, related resources, office hours, and classroom activities. Grades will be based on attendance and participation, class assignments, and a paper.

PSY 5501 will meet in Elliott Hall N647, Fridays from 1:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Instructor: Dr. Lovey Peissig
Note: This course counts as a 5xxx-level, Distribution Area C requirement or psychology elective credit for Psychology majors only.

6. CPSY 3701: Racial Biases in Early Childhood - 3 Credits - Spring 2024

When and how do we learn about biases in early development? What do research and the media say about biases in early childhood? Can babies be racist? How are biases studied in children? What are strategies for reducing biases in childhood? These and many other questions will guide students through learning about social biases that develop in childhood, with particular emphasis on racial biases. This course is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and theories of perceptual, cognitive, and social systems that facilitate prejudiced thinking in early childhood. The primary goal of this course is for students to gain new knowledge in this area of child development, increase reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, and incorporate course material into daily life. Charisse Pickron, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Institute of Child Development. Dr. Pickron is interested in the intersection of perceptual and socio-cognitive development. She investigates changes in infants' perception and representations of people and face groups within their environment. Questions? Contact Please note that if you previously took CPSY 4310 in Spring 2021 or Spring 2022, you cannot earn credit for CPSY 3701.

The location for CPSY 3701 is to be determined, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m CST
Instructor: Charisse Pickron, PhD
Please note this course does not count toward the psychology major or minor.

7. CSPH 5201: Spirituality and Resilience - 2 Credits - Spring 2024

CSPH 5201 Spirituality and Resilience is offered live online (not recorded) for two credits from January 17 - March 2, 2024. The course is designed for graduate and undergraduate students, or practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines. Post-pandemic, with rapidly increasing global, personal, and professional challenges, this small seminar focuses on maintaining peace of mind and engaging in meaningful discussions exploring natural resilience and inner well-being. For previous students, this has been a powerful antidote to disruptions and stresses in their academic programs, and professional and personal lives. This learning, grounded in relevant research, literature, and life experience, can last a lifetime. For details see the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing Website. Feel free to contact instructor Kathy Marshall at marsh008@umn for more information. Her work has focused on natural resilience and inner wellbeing in school communities and helping professions.

Please note this course does not count toward the psychology major or minor.


8. Celebrating the Launch of the Data Science Initiative

Tuesday, December 5, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: President's Room in the Coffman Union

We invite all members of the university community to join us in celebrating the launch of the Data Science Initiative. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with our researchers, learn more about the DSI's services, and explore how data science can be a catalyst for groundbreaking discoveries. 


9. Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships provide significant funding for students whose academic and professional goals will be furthered by the study of a modern, less commonly taught language. Undergraduates can receive up to $15,000 for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the academic year or up to $8,500 for the summer. These fellowships are open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. More information and application instructions are available here. In addition, information sessions for FLAS fellowships will be held via Zoom.

10. Free and Discounted Groceries

Be sure to check out Boynton Health’s Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food to students who struggle to get enough to eat. Next pantry is November 28-29 on the 1st floor of Coffman Memorial Union. Discover more food resources here.

11. Family & Kinship as QTBIPOC

Thursday, November 30, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall, Room 40

A discussion on navigating family and kinship as Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC). This will be a supportive and affirming space for QTBIPOC students to share, glean from, and support one another through the holiday season and beyond. Questions may be directed to

12. Personal Statement Consultations for Undergraduate International Students

Are you an undergraduate international student (F-1 or J-1 visa) preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? Visit the Personal Statement Consultations Program to receive feedback on your statement from trained international graduate student Personal Statement Consultants! We have three options for you to receive feedback (depending on weekly availability): In-person 30-minute consultation, Zoom 30-minute consultation, and/or Asynchronous video feedback and comments for you to review on your own time. Our ability to have graduate Personal Statement Consultants is thanks to funding from the UMN Graduate School and Career Services. We also thank UMN Culture Corps for their support. The Personal Statement Consultations program is open through January 12. Visit this link to learn more and sign up. For questions or more information, please reach out to Jane Sitter at

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13. Leadership in Student Affairs MA Program Info Session

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Are you passionate about social justice in higher education? Come and speak to current students and faculty about the LSA program at St. Thomas! RSVP for the December 5th Info Session here! If you have any questions, please email

14. Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations Virtual Information Session

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 12:00 pm until 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. To RSVP for the information session, visit here. Questions about the program or info session can be directed to

15. Master of Marketing Virtual Information Session

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Information sessions are a great opportunity for you to get general information about the Master of Marketing program, presented by the MS Programs staff. Following a program overview presentation is a Q & A session. This is an ideal session for people who want to pursue a Carlson School's Master of Marketing program but have not had the chance to research the program. To RSVP for the information session, visit here. Questions about the program or info session can be directed to

16. Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Art Therapy and Counseling, (ATC) MS program

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

EVMS’ Art Therapy and Counseling, MS Program is based on growth-oriented and reflective classroom, studio, community, and clinical experiences. For 50 years, the department’s nationally and internationally renowned faculty have prepared world-class art therapists who are culturally responsive, invested in their communities, and working at the highest professional and ethical standards. EVMS Art Therapy and Counseling is deeply rooted in the Hampton Roads community and gives students a unique opportunity to learn, train, and grow alongside local partners and area organizations. EVMS offers webinars to help prospective students learn more about EVMS, the Art Therapy and Counseling, MS program, and the Norfolk, Virginia, area. To register for the webinar, visit here!


17. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Summer/Fall 2024 Deadline - February 26

UROP provides funding for students to complete 120 hours of research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students can work with any faculty at the University of Minnesota and do not have to work with someone in their major or even their college. Depending on the academic discipline and faculty mentor, students can join an already established research project or create their own research project. Students set their own timeline for completing their projects, although most complete their UROP in a semester or over the summer. Students work closely with faculty mentors throughout their undergraduate research experience. Students gain valuable connections and skills and faculty are provided with talented undergraduates for research assistance. The application for Summer/Fall 2024 funds is Monday, February 26th, 2024. Learn more and apply online.

18. *Credit* Clinical Supervision Competencies Research

My name is Ian MacFarlane and I am a counseling psychologist who works in the genetic counseling program here at UMN. I study professional development among healthcare workers, with an emphasis on the impact of clinical supervision. I'm part of a group who are re-writing the supervision competencies for the field of genetic counseling, and part of our work involves reviewing the competencies in related fields like mental health. I'm looking for 1-2 students to do literature reviews. One student would focus on supervision competencies for psychologists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, and related fields. The other student would focus on medicine and allied health (e.g., nursing, physical/occupational therapists, MDs). If you are interested, please email your resume/CV, an unofficial transcript, and a brief explanation of why you are interested in the topic to Familiarity with genetic counseling is a plus but not required. Opportunities may extend into summer or next year based on performance and interest.

19. *Credit* PSY 5993 Opportunity in Social/Health Psychology

The Rothman lab in the Social Psychology area is looking for a responsible, motivated, and data-adept student to join a graduate student research project for Spring 2024 (with the possibility of continuing in the future). The 5993 students will aid in a project focused on motivational message matching and COVID-19 vaccination intention as well as another project on scale building. The student will have several tasks, including data cleaning and analysis through R and organizing a literature review from pre-selected studies. We prefer students who have taken research methods and have moderate to significant experience with coding in R for this opportunity. Students who have taken Health Psychology (PSY 3206) and/or Social Psychology (PSY 3201) are a plus. Please send your CV/Resume (no more than 2 pages), unofficial transcript, and a short introduction (3-5 sentences about yourself, your qualifications, and your interest) to Maya Rogers, to apply.

20. *Credit or Volunteer* Dr. Deniz Ones' Personality Lab Position #1

We are a group of researchers in Dr. Deniz Ones' Lab interested in daily stressors. We are recruiting two motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate research assistants to work on it together. 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 volunteering. If you are interested, please contact Ziyu Ren at with the subject "Stressor Volunteer", an unofficial transcript, and a resume/CV attached.

21. *Credit or Volunteer* Dr. Deniz Ones' Personality Lab Position #2

Dr. Deniz Ones’ Personality Research Lab is recruiting three motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate research assistants to work on a project examining the structural equivalence between groups of the Big Five personality traits. The responsibilities of the research assistants include conducting systematic literature searches, retrieving journal articles, and dissertations from databases, and attending weekly lab meetings for progress updates and discussion. The position can be taken for PSY 5993 credits or through volunteering. 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 "Personality Volunteer", an unofficial transcript, and a resume/CV attached.

22. Call For Undergraduate Research Papers - Deadline Extended!

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 2024. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all over the world. Last year, they received submissions from both local and international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research. Submitted papers must be original work completed by undergraduates (Includes senior honors theses, independent research, reviews, theoretical papers, and other scholarly writing)and have never before been published. The deadline to submit papers has been extended to December 15, 2023, at 11:59 P.M. PST. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. More information regarding our submission criteria and the types of articles accepted can be found on our website. To view our prior publications, please visit our website! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at for further information. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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23. Curatorial Research Associate

The Bell Museum is hiring a Curatorial Research Associate. We seek a full-time (in-person) research associate to assist in a newly funded project to create a network across Minnesota that will help collect and prepare scientific research specimens from salvaged wildlife. This term position is funded until June 30, 2026, by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The aim is to take carcasses of Minnesota birds and mammals to collect and analyze data for research into ecology, evolution, and environmental health. Each carcass will eventually also become part of the archival record at the Bell Museum for future research. This position will be responsible for managing the transfer of specimens and communication between partner institutions and the Bell Museum; dissecting and preparing various kinds of research-quality museum specimens from salvaged material; collating and entering data associated with these specimens; analyzing data from specimens using summary statistics; and participating in outreach events to educate the public on our work. For more information and how to apply, please visit the U of M Job Website (Job ID #358598).

24. Summer Camp Counselor for Neurodivergent Children

Working at a summer camp is very fun and is it also very professionally fulfilling, regardless of your future career endeavors. Camp counselors develop key skills all employers are seeking from their staff candidates: resilience, collaboration, critical thinking, effective communication, and more. At Akeela, this experience is enhanced for those seeking roles in working with neurodivergent youth after graduation. Akeela has two different camps, Camp Akeela, and Beyond Akeela, that are intentionally designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Our staff application is available online, or you can connect with us to learn more about Akeela and our opportunities through the link provided. Questions about the position can be directed to Pratishta Natarajan at

25. Job Opportunities for Freshman and Sophomore Students!

Backpack Communications is a student-led marketing & advertising agency innovating the future of communication. We are the next generation of storytellers, creatives, and strategists and specialize in several areas of communication including brand development, strategy, design, content creation, and more. This is a perfect PAID opportunity for all majors and anyone interested in the advertising industry! We are hiring positions on all three teams for the upcoming school year. Our open positions for Spring 2024 are Account Managers, Strategists, Graphic Designers, Copywriters, Project Managers, and Producer / Social Media specialists. The link to the application can be found here. Our priority deadline is Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59 p.m. After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you have questions about the application or the status of your application, please email, and visit our website to read more about us!

26. Student Research Assistant (Work Study)

The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) seeks students to support biomedical research at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Neurology. Our labs, named a Morris K. Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Research, specialize in research and treatment of movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease (PD). Our novel, device-based approach, brings together experts from the fields of neuroscience, engineering, radiology, and neurosurgery in an interdisciplinary team dedicated to bringing next-generation therapies from bench to bedside. Volunteers with the NMRC will have first-hand experience working in clinical or pre-clinical research at an NIH-funded laboratory. More information about our center can be found on our website. The Research Assistant will work in our pre-clinical research studies to pre-process raw data from video and research rigs obtained through gait and reach tasks. In consultation with senior researchers, video data points will be validated and temporally corroborated and passed off for research analysis to the broader project team. Germane software includes MATLAB and Cortex Motion Analysis. A successful applicant will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research center providing critical support to several NIH R01s. Remote work is a possibility once the position is established. Proficient with a programming language, MATLAB, Python, C++, etc., is preferred for this position. Must have work-study funds available. To apply for this position, please visit here.

27. Paid Summer Research Experience at Minneapolis VA for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

We are excited to share that we are now taking student applications to join the next cohort of the Service to Science Scholars Research Program at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for the summer of 2024. This year we have 9 paid, full-time summer research positions for undergraduate/graduate students in psychology and related fields. During our 10-week Research Program, students will gain real-world experience conducting cutting-edge Veteran-focused research at a major VA medical facility. Our nationally and internationally recognized award-winning VA faculty are studying a range of questions relevant to Veteran populations, from PTSD, suicide risk and prevention, traumatic brain injury, cognitive aging, severe mental illness, addiction, sensor technologies, and mHealth assessments, to risk and resilience. The 9 positions include 6 undergraduates (junior or senior standing) and 3 graduate/medical student level trainees. Given the overall goal of this research experience to diversify the VA’s future scientist workforce, we strongly encourage applicants who are U.S. Veterans, current U.S. service members, or a dependent of a current U.S. service member or U.S. Veteran, but all are welcome to apply. The application deadline is December 31, 2023. Please contact Helen Frieman, project coordinator, at with any questions. Linked is the webpage with additional information about the program structure and details for how to apply. Please send any questions to Helen Frieman at or 612-946-5859.

28. Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, or Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our Certified Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific research-supported techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick-thinking, high-energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4 pm-8 pm or three weekdays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays from 9 am-noon. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Starting pay of $18/hr plus a signing bonus of $500. Internship credit is available in addition to pay. Training and certification is provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to

29. AmeriCorps Paid Internship Position

AmeriCorps could be your next step after graduation! It’s a great option if you’re looking for an opportunity to boost your resume and take action in Minnesota communities. There are 1-year and 6-month long paid AmeriCorps positions currently available in many fields like environment, public health, education, affordable housing, and more. Go to our website for more information! You can also find us on Handshake.

30. Job Opportunities for Pre-med or Psychology Students

Aris Clinic is a pediatric mental health clinic in Woodbury, MN, looking for pre-medicine or psychology students looking to gain clinical experience. This is a paid opportunity that does not require licensure or certificates. Duties would include; scribing psychiatric appointments, leading psychoeducation group therapy sessions, managing behaviors in a milieu setting, taking vital signs, and communicating with patients and families via telephone. Full-time employment is available and preferred. This is an excellent opportunity for students graduating early or looking to take a gap year before returning for a graduate degree. Please email if interested!

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