Psych Scoop, 11/29/22

November 29th, 2022

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1. Get the "Scoop" on Psych Research

Monday, December 12, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: S204 Elliott Hall

At this gathering, we will serve Ice Cream and provide you with the opportunity to connect with fellow psychology students participating in research labs. You will connect with fellow Psychology Students & Eat Ice Cream! You will hear & converse with current students in psych research labs. You will be able to ask q's such as (how they secure their position, what they do for research, and what the research process is like from a student perspective). Please RSVP online by or on Friday, December 9th so we can adjust materials to the attendance size.

2. Job Talks for Professor Position in Counseling Psychology

The Department of Psychology has 4 upcoming events where you can hear from candidates for a Counseling Professor position. This is a great chance to engage with the department. A job talk allows a potential faculty member to talk with department members, share research interests and activities, and discuss what they will bring to the Psychology Department. After the events, you are invited to share your feedback on the candidate! If you are interested in helping your department and enriching your academics, you can sign up for any of these hybrid events online.
-Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D. - Latinx/e Mental Health Equity: The Role of Culture and Context (Thursday, December 1, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST)
-Alex Ajayi, Ph.D. - Addressing Unmet Needs: Innovative Interventions in Health (Monday, December 5, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST)
-Blair Burnette, Ph.D. - Enhancing prevention & treatment of eating-related disturbances: A health equity approach (Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST)
-Melissa M. Ertl, Ph.D. - Understanding and Addressing Health Disparities Among Latinx Young Adults: A Translational Science Research Agenda (Thursday, December 8, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST)

Courses of Interest

3. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits - Spring 2023

Make an internship experience count toward your PSY Major! PSY 3896 class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2023 semester. Online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Students must apply to and accept a position on their own, but guidance is available. Example sites include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and even more on HandshakeRead more about what students have to say about PSY 3896! Our office is also hosting Internship Info Sessions throughout the month of November which you can RSVP for now. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on Handshake and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

4. EPSY 5123 - Programming Workflows for Psychological Research - 3 credits - Spring 2023

This course is designed to be accessible to students without any prior programming experience. How can researchers use open-source programming to create a reproducible and flexible workflow? This course teaches programming and computer-based skills that are increasingly important methods in psychological research, like fundamental programming concepts, data wrangling in R, online experiments and surveys with JavaScript, version control with git, using the Open Science Framework, and writing reproducible reports with R Markdown. It emphasizes open science practices and readily implementable skills for a more streamlined and automated research workflow. The course is taught with an active, hands-on approach to programming, including class discussions and group work. Learn more and enroll.

Note: this course does not count for credit for the Psychology majors or minors.


5. Personal Statement Consultations for International Students

starts Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Various

Are you an undergraduate international student (F-1 or J-1 visa) preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process! 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 asynchronous video feedback and comments for you to review on your own time. Our international graduate student consultants are uniquely able to share their experiences with you and to be a part of your support system on your graduate school application journey. The Personal Statement Consultations program is open from November 15th through January 13th. Learn more and sign up online.

6. Boynton Health's Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, - Thursday, December 1, 2022, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 103A Memorial Union

Boynton Health's Food Pantry is open the last week of every month during the semester (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm on the 1st floor of Memorial Union (Room 103A), across the lounge from the theater. Any student can visit the food pantry, no proof of need is required. Students choose from available food items when they show up. Learn more about the pantry on Boynton's website.

7. End of semester Planning - study tips and tricks

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 7:30 pm- 8:00 pm CST, RSVP
Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:15 pm- 12:45 pm CST, RSVP
Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 12:30 pm- 1:00 pm CST, RSVP
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Ready for finals? Have final papers and projects or a mountain of homework to finish up? Do you need some new study tips and tricks to help finish the semester strong? In this online workshop, reflect on your semester so far and make a study plan for the rest of the semester whether you have papers, finals, or other types of assignments. Learn new time management techniques and how to study most effectively using proven brain-based methods. A Zoom link will be sent to those registered.


8. Apply for PSY 5993 Enrichment Program

As part of the Building Pathways committee’s aim to increase engagement in research-related psychology careers among underrepresented students, we have created an enrichment program for students enrolled in PSY 5993, to support and enhance students’ research experiences. The program will consist of weekly meetings with a cohort of 10-20 students to provide support for PSY 5993 research experiences, build research-related skills, learn about research-related career opportunities, and present their work. Participation in this program will also include up to $500 in tuition support. We would like to invite undergraduates who identify with groups underrepresented in psychology research careers to consider participating in this program by completing a brief application. The form is due at 12:00 pm CST on Friday, December 9th, and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

9. *Credit* Social Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Professor Marti Hope Gonzales is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in gaining experience in social-psychological research in the Spring 2023 semester. As part of our research on homophobic epithets and the motives underlying their use, we are asking participants to briefly describe a time when they overheard the use of a slur used either derogatorily by straight men or appropriatively by gay men. This is where you come in! We need detail-oriented, thoughtful individuals to help us code these short responses so that we can learn how participants reacted to those real-world situations, what motives they ascribed to the people who used the slur, and what psychological factors influence participants' inferences and reactions. Ultimately, we hope to learn whether these factors will convert passive bystanders to active allies. If you are interested in joining our research team and registering for our section of PSY 5993, please contact Ian O'Dowd at In your reply, please let us know (1) whether you have had research experience in psychology (especially any experience coding qualitative data); (2) what psychology courses you have completed (preference will be given to students who have completed statistics, research methods, and social psychology, but this is not a requirement to register for this course); and (3) what you hope to learn by participating in research.

10. *Credit* Undergraduate Directed Research Opportunity (CPSY 4994) at the Institute of Child Development

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students to work in Professor Glenn Roisman's Relationships Research Laboratory in the Spring of 2023 to help with the transcription of interviews about participants' childhood experiences with their primary caregivers. Prospective undergraduate research assistants must be prepared to sign up for 3 credits (approximately 10 hours of work per week, including a flexible schedule and 1-2 weekly, hour-long lab meetings). Please contact Professor Roisman by email ( if you are interested and indicate your availability for an informal, 15-minute Zoom interview to take place after the Thanksgiving holiday. Professor Roisman asks that you send to him prior to your appointment your resume and a brief writing sample (no more than 1-page excerpt) from a college paper.

11. *Credit* Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Social Psychology

We are seeking undergraduate students to work in Professor Mark Snyder’s research lab to work closely with Professor Snyder and senior graduate student Hyun-suk Lee on a research project on a meta-analytic review of prosocial behaviors. RAs will primarily assist in reviewing the literature, and coding data. In addition, RAs will attend a weekly meeting, which will take about 1 hour. The specific day and time for meetings will be determined once students commit to registering for PSY 5993. Preference will be given to students (a) who have previous research experience, (b) who can attend weekly meetings (Zoom, in person depending on the present circumstance), and (c) commit to two or more semesters in the lab. If interested, send your CV to Hyun-suk Lee ( by Saturday, December 17th. Students will then be sent the application and considered for the position. Students may earn 3 credits for PSY 5993.

12. *Credit* Marcoulides Data Analytics Lab Recruiting for Spring 2023 PSY 5993

Dr. Marcoulides is currently recruiting undergraduate students to participate in PSY 5993, Directed Research in Psychology for the Spring 2023 semester. The Data Analytics and Visualization Lab focuses its research activities on the development and application of quantitative processes and algorithms for deriving patterns, relations, connections, anomalies, models, and other insights from examined data. A key role to achieving the goals of the ab is the effective utilization and integration of techniques stemming from data mining and machine learning, psychometrics, and statistical sciences. This directed research opportunity will introduce students to research in psychology that utilizes a variety of statistical approaches for answering important research questions, and to the field of Quantitative Psychology more broadly. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience with data cleaning, data analysis, literature review, and scientific writing for publication in scholarly journals. Students interested in enrolling in this PSY 5993 should email Dr. Marcoulides at

13. *Credit* Research Lab in Psychology

A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is funded to conduct a feasibility study of a novel skills training intervention designed to improve employment outcomes for veterans with serious mental illness. There is an opportunity for 2 undergraduate students to become involved with this project as a Research Lab in Psychology experience during the Spring semester. The students will learn about cognitive and social-social cognitive functioning in individuals with serious mental illness and evidence-based approaches to intervention to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Students will work as a part of a research team led by a psychologist and will be involved with study recruitment activities, preparation of study materials, scoring measures, and entering data. As part of the research experience, students will attend a weekly lab meeting in which topics related to the project are discussed. In addition, students will write an APA-style paper on a related topic. All research activities are conducted at the VA Health Care System. Students must be able to commute to the VA. Students will be asked to register for research credit and to commit an average of 9 hours each week. Students must become volunteers at the hospital in order to participate in this experience. Volunteers are required to be U.S. Citizens. For more information, please send a resume to Tasha Nienow, Ph.D. at

Learning Abroad

14. National Student Exchange (NSE) - Apply for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Now is the time to plan your NSE exchange for summer 2023, fall 2023, or spring 2024! Through NSE, you can study at another school in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year! There are over 180 NSE campuses available for exchange. NSE is affordable and accessible, and credits transfer back easily into your degree. February 15th, 2023 is the priority application deadline for the 2023/2024 school year. Begin your NSE application anytime.

Graduate School

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

15. Master of Marketing Program Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

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 did not have the chance to research the program. Register through our website.


16. Teach English as a Second Language Minor and Certificate

Why minor in TESL? The TESL field is expanding as the population of English language learners grows. Demand for qualified candidates who can teach English as a second language, both at home and abroad, is extremely high. Explore a career in teaching ESL and get hands-on experience in a community education setting to find out if teaching and learning languages are your career path. The minor and certificate will appear on your transcript and you will receive a paper copy of the certificate. International students in a full-time, undergraduate, academic program at the U of M may apply. Learn more and apply by December 15th for Spring admission.

17. GSC Queer Peer Mentorship Program Application Now Open

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life is now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 Queer Peer Mentorship Program. This program aims to create connections, build community, and share resources among LGBTQIA+ students at the University of Minnesota. In this program you will connect with supportive campus community members, participate in fun social gatherings, and encourage academic and personal support: Empower others. Empower yourself! Learn more and apply by December 14th.

Engagement Opportunities

18. Clinic Receptionist - Walk-In Counseling Center

Walk-In Counseling Center has a great need for in-person afternoon clinic receptionists for the first term 2023 schedule starting in January. We are hoping to reopen for in-person services at the Minneapolis location (2421 Chicago Avenue South) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon from 12:45 pm to 5 pm and will need two clinic receptionists for each of these teams. If you are interested in volunteering as an in-person afternoon clinic receptionist, please go to Walk-In's website and complete a clinic receptionist application and send it to Pang Chang by email at ASAP.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. OTE Student Hiring: 2023 Welcome Week & Orientation Interns!

Orientation & Transition Experiences has three exciting internship opportunities available during the upcoming 2023 programming cycle! The positions are Orientation Intern (2) and Welcome Week Intern. The hiring for these roles will take place in December with start dates in January and each role will start at $15.50 hourly. The Orientation Intern (2) is responsible for planning, developing, implementing content, and supporting the overall orientation programs for students, parents, and families. With a focus on program logistics, the Orientation Intern will be involved in planning for Spring Transfer programming (January), and summer programming (Orientation & Welcome week transfer track) for new students and parent and family programs. The Welcome Week Intern is responsible for helping to support the planning and implementation of the Welcome Week program. The Welcome Week Intern helps to manage operational components for the Welcome Week program including logistics for event planning, student leader and staff training components, and execution of events. For more information about these roles, please visit the OTE Leadership WebpageApplications will be accepted through at least November 30 through our Qualtrics Application Form.

20. Research Coordinator - Minneapolis VA

We have an opening at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System for a full-time Research Coordinator (RC), GS7 - GS9 pay grade depending on experience (around $48,000), under the direction of Casey Gilmore, Ph.D. The RC will be responsible for coordinating the “Effects of Neuromodulation and Cognitive Training for Suicide in Veterans (ENACTS)” study and assisting with the performance of various research projects (depending on current study needs) in a clinical setting. Data collection may involve the use of technology including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This position will require working directly with clinical patients in a research capacity. Clinical populations include high-risk suicide inpatients, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, substance use, and impulsivity. For the complete job description and more information please contact Dr. Casey Gilmore at

21. 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 resume or CV and transcripts to Tasha Nienow, Ph.D., LP at

22. Research Professional 1 - PARKS Study

The PARKS study is hiring fluent Spanish speakers for recruitment and data collection. This study uses fee waivers and family outreach to promote youth use of park and recreation programs that support physical activity. It is a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Park systems, and parks serving lower-income diverse youth and families. We need one or more friendly people to help us recruit and collect data from Spanish-speaking/English-speaking parents and children. Recruitment involves attending community activities to share information about the study. Data collection includes obtaining consent (explaining the study process) and doing surveys in English and Spanish. Late afternoon hours will be common. 10-14 hours per week (flexible). The pay range is $20-$24/hr. Interested? Please contact Reed Mitchell by email at or read more online.

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