Psych Scoop, 12/13/22

December 13th, 2022

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. End of Semester Announcements

As we near the end of the semester, it's good to know what is available for you during finals and the break! The last opportunity for Drop-Ins will be tomorrow, December 14th. During finals week and throughout the break, we will be available through virtual scheduled appointments and through email. We will resume drop-ins when the Spring semester resumes. On the note of the Spring semester, be on the lookout for an invite to see our new space when the semester starts! Finally, good luck with finals!

2. Psychology Engagement Award - Spring Application Now Open

Are you volunteering in your community this Fall? Or, participating in an unpaid internship here or abroad this semester? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in unpaid learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2023. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8th (12:00 pm CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

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! 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. PSY 4960 - 002: Introduction to Open Science - 3 Credits - Spring 2023

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 before taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960 - 002 will meet in Bruininks Hall 131B, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

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

5. PSY 4960 - 003: Race and the Developing Child - 3 credits - Spring 2023

this course, students review racial, ethnic, and cultural (hereafter: REC) diversity in child and youth development and how this diversity influences their lives. Students will learn about the long history and recent resurgence of research into the role of REC contexts for children and adolescents. This research often challenges popular notions while revealing broader themes regarding the role of REC in development. Consequently, the main goal of this course is for students to learn about these research findings and draw implications for child and youth development, particularly for those populations who are stigmatized due to racial, ethnic, and cultural status. A second main goal of the course is for students to learn about the developmental progression in how children and youth make sense of the REC aspects of their lives and social worlds. Students can apply this knowledge to design developmentally-sensitive programming and dialogues with children and youth. A third goal of the course is for students to develop an understanding of broad themes and principles that are consistent across REC contexts but may be expressed differently in specific REC contexts. These broad themes include ethnic/racial stigmatization, cultural socialization, and REC identity development which are expressed differently in each ethnic, racial and cultural context. The fourth goal of the course is for students to gain skills in understanding how themes associated with a particular REC group are expressed uniquely by individuals. No enforced prerequisites, PSY 3001W or equivalent recommended.

PSY 4960 - 003 will meet in Burton Hall 125, Tuesdays from 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm CST

Instructor: Dr. Juan Del Toro

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

6. EPSY 5157: Social and Developmental Psychology of Education - Spring 2023

Graduate students as well as upper-level undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll. Social and developmental psychology provide underpinnings for a range of methods for conducting research in real-world settings. They also lay conceptual foundations for understanding a range of social and developmental processes. The course will cover a full range of topics within social and developmental psychology, plus selected topics in personality psychology, and examine their implications for understanding and structuring educational and other professional settings. Discussions will include a strong focus on educator and practitioner applications of the research. Learn more and enroll.

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


7. 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.

8. Boynton Health's Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, - Thursday, December 15, 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.


9. Interested in Getting Started with Faculty-Sponsored Research? Check out Think Like A Researcher Mini-Course!

Undergraduate research can mean many things from working in a lab to surveys or interviews to working with data to historical research and more. Research can be done for course credit, as a volunteer or job, or through a campus program. It can be done during the semester or over the summer. Think Like a Researcher is designed to help undergraduates become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of research opportunities. This includes applying for an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). “Think Like a Researcher” can help you figure out how to find a faculty mentor to work with, explore past student projects, get a feel for what undergraduate research is like, and how to balance it with other commitments. It can be completed on your own time (about 2-3 hours). Register today online.

10. Stanford Population Health Summer Research Program - Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEaD)

The goal of this 7-week summer program is to provide training and experience in population health research for college students who are from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the health sciences. For 2023, our program will be an in-person experience at the Stanford University campus. The programming (i.e., training and professional development sessions) and research activities will be scheduled during business hours in Pacific Time, coordinated and arranged with your faculty mentor. We aim to provide a competitive stipend to allow interns to participate in this program as a full-time experience (training plus research) - $7,000. Learn more and apply online! Applications are due Friday, January 13th.

11. *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 in 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

12. *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 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

13. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Position with a Longitudinal Study of Resilience in Military Service Members

The Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) Project, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Polusny at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, is looking for research assistants for the 2022-2023 school year and beyond! The current longitudinal study examines processes contributing to resilience in military personnel. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a large cohort study that utilizes evidence-based longitudinal tracking and survey methods. This is a volunteer position and requires a minimum of 10-12 hours per week commitment onsite at the Minneapolis VA and attendance at our weekly lab meeting. Students accepted to the lab can apply to receive research credit for the course PSY4993 after committing 2-3 months as a volunteer. Preference will be given to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5, are available year-round, and are able to make a multiple-semester commitment. Those with prior experience conducting human subjects research, veterans and military-connected students as well as those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science as defined by the National Science Foundation are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, send an email with “ARMOR RA Position” in the subject line to the Project Coordinator, Shelly Hubbling at Include your cover letter, resume/CV, and copies of your unofficial transcripts.

14. *Credit* Cognition, Aging, and Technology Lab Research Assistant Position

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. There is an opportunity for the position to continue into the summer. 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 a volunteer or for PSY 4993/5993 credit, though there is an opportunity for this position to become a paid position in the future. We are especially looking for applicants who could commit to working in the lab for at least two semesters. Because our lab is affiliated with the VA, RAs are required to have US citizenship. If you are interested, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please email Catherine Ju at

15. *Volunteer* Internship with Clinical and Research Experience

The Center for Practice Transformation (CPT) in the School of Social Work is seeking highly motivated volunteer student interns to assist with community-based research. CPT is currently conducting outcomes research with a large substance use disorder treatment provider based in Minnesota. Student responsibilities would include participant outreach, phone-based data collection, and data entry. Qualifications include excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, basic computer skills including the use of Microsoft Excel, interest in clinical care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and the ability to work remotely. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to 12 months of involvement and have availability between 9-5 Monday through Friday for 2-10 hours per week. To apply, please contact Tanya Freedland at with a brief statement of your interest and a CV or resume.

Learning Abroad

16. 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.


17. 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.

Engagement Opportunities

18. Become an ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion Group Facilitator!

Would you like to co-facilitate a weekly small group discussion with students from around the world? Are you interested in bringing globally-minded students together in a relaxed and fun environment? International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is looking for members of the University community, including faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students with an interest in small group facilitation to volunteer to co-facilitate Spring 2023 Cross-Cultural Discussion Group sessions. Facilitators benefit greatly from the program by having an opportunity to use or build their facilitation skills, engage with students from various cultural backgrounds, learn directly from others about their experiences and perspectives on a wide variety of topics, and be part of an ongoing small community. We will hold a mix of in-person and virtual groups so you can choose an experience that best fits your preferences. You can submit applications online by December 20th at 5:00 pm CST. Learn more through our website.

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.

19. 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

20. 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.

21. Mental Health Practitioner - Central Care Services

Central Care Services Inc. (located at 3355 Hiawatha Ave. Minneapolis, MN) is hiring Mental Health Practitioner! This is a great opportunity for those with majors/minors in Psychology Developmental Psychology or related fields to get first-hand experience working under a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Previous experience and training are preferred, but not required, as you will be trained after hire. Mental Health Practitioners work one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum and related disorders, using ABA therapy to help clients reach their individual goals. Goals include skills such as social communication social interaction, motor skills, Self-care skills, etc. Starting pay is $18-25/hour, and preference is given to those who can work about 25-40 hours per week. Hours of operation are from 9:00 am-9 pm on weekdays, and 11 am-6 pm on weekends. Please reach out to with a copy of your resume if interested

22. Passionate about Service Learning? Work in the Center for Community-Engaged Learning!

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning in Appleby Hall is currently looking to hire 4 students to fill various roles in our office before the start of Spring 2023. 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. Work study is required of applicants. Learn more about the positions by visiting the UMN Job Search Site and searching for their job IDs. CESP Events Coordinator / Peer Advisor (Job ID 352949), Equity Coordinator / Peer Advisor (Job ID 352951), Office Coordinator / Peer Advisor (Job ID 352950), and Marketing Assistant / Peer Advisor (Job ID 352972). We will hire on a rolling basis and are looking for best-fit candidates, but we will give priority to all applications submitted on or before Friday, December 9th.

23. Research Professional 1 - University of Minnesota

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health is seeking applications for a full-time (40 hours per week) Research Professional 1 to work on the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Study. ACHIEVE is a multi-site study of individuals who were 70-84 years old when they were recruited in 2018-2019. Participants are being followed until the end of 2025, and possibly beyond, to better understand risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. Data collection is in-person, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Epidemiology Clinical Research Center (ECRC) located at 1100 S. Washington Ave in Minneapolis. Starting salary is $20.00-$24.04 per hour ($41,600-$50,000 annually) depending on relevant experience and education. Training on all data collection activities will be provided. Preference will be given to those with experience in face-to-face collection of research data. Special preference will be given to candidates with experience in psychometric or cognitive testing. External applicantsInternal applicants.

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