Psych Scoop, 12/20/22

December 20th, 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 email. We will resume drop-ins when the Spring semester resumes. On the note of Spring semester, be on the lookout for an invite to see our new space when the semester starts! Additionally, we will take two weeks off of Psych Scoop posting - the next edition will come out on January 10th.

2. Psychology Engagement Award - Spring Application Now Open

Are you volunteering in your community this Spring? 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.

3. Communication Support Student Worker - Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology seeks to hire a Communication Support Student Worker. The student is responsible for developing stories for websites, composing social media posts, and designing event materials. This is a great position to learn more about the research and outreach activities done in the department! Starting pay is $16 an hour, with raises available for time and performance. Read more information about the position and apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 353308. The priority application deadline is January 6th, 2023 but applications will be reviewed through January 9th, 2023.

4. Graduate Program Specialist - Department of Psychology

The Graduate Program Specialist serves as staff support for three graduate areas in the Department of Psychology: Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB), Industrial/Organizational (I/O), and Social. This position collaborates with the faculty directors of each area in support of the doctoral program with responsibility for the daily operations of these graduate areas. Additionally, they will provide high-quality service to prospective and current students, alumni, and faculty from a variety of different backgrounds in each. Hybrid work option available. The salary range is $39-52K, depending on qualifications and experience. Priority application deadline of January 8, 2023. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 353236.

Courses of Interest

5. 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.

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

In this course, students will 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 **Elliott Hall N647 (new room), 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.


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 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. 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.

9. 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.

10. Paid Summer Research Experience at Minneapolis VA

Service to Science Scholars Research Program at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is accepting applications from undergraduate (junior or senior standing) and graduate students in psychology and related fields for a paid summer 2023 research experience. During our 10-week 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 related to Veterans, 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 undergraduate and 3 graduate/medical student level trainees. Given the overall goals of this research experience is to diversify the VA's future scientist workforce, preference will be given to applicants who are US Veterans, current US service members, or a dependent of a current US service member or Veteran. Application deadline is January 30, 2023For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the website.

11. *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 to 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 can 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.

12. *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 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

13. *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 can 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.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Spring RA Positions with Child Development Lab

The Gunnar Lab in the Institute of Child Development is looking for student research assistants for spring 2023. Our research focuses on stress and the effects of early life experiences in children. We have several research studies looking for help as testing specialists and experimenters. As a testing specialist, you will act as a judge or research buffer while participants give a speech and do verbal math. Testing specialists must be available for 2-2.5 hour shifts between 2:00-8:30 pm on multiple days, including weekends. Reliable internet and a good camera with recording capabilities are required as these research sessions will occur over Zoom. Responsibilities as experimenters include recruiting, scheduling, coding behavioral observations, and running online and in-person research sessions. Experimenters must have flexibility in their schedule to correspond to research participants during weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Students can earn between 1-4 credits for CPYS 4994. Preference will be given to those who can commit to two or more semesters and have summer availability. To learn more about these positions, please send your CV/resume and a short introduction to Bao Moua at to be considered.

15. *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 at by January 13th, 2023. Students will then be sent the application and considered for the position. Students may earn 3 credits for PSY 5993.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* CPSY 4994 Research Lab Openings

Many labs in the Institute of Child Development are looking for research assistants! CPSY 4994 can count as elective credit or as research credit toward the Research Capstone requirements. The labs actively recruiting can be found online.

Learning Abroad

17. 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.

18. Study Psychology in Cologne, Germany Summer 2023!

Undergraduate students have an opportunity to experience a splash of Cologne, Germany through CLA. UMN-TC Communications, Journalism, and Psychology will offer four different courses in a new learning abroad program this summer. The courses are offered in two sessions that each last 3 weeks (6/19-7/7 & 7/10-7/28), taught in English by a CLA faculty member, and may count towards your major and minor requirements. No previous knowledge of the German language is needed and there are CLA scholarships available. We are highlighting PSY 3604: Intro to Psychopathology (formerly "Intro to Abnormal Psych") as a great opportunity to take the class in a smaller setting for a 3-week (2nd Session) July 10th-28th, 2023! (3 credits; PSY 3604 credit) Applications are due April 1, 2023.


19. CLA Internship Scholarships

CLA has several Internship Scholarship opportunities opening in December. Use your time over winter break to complete the applications! Do you have an unpaid internship lined up for the spring semester? Apply for the CLA Internship Scholarship ($2000). The deadline is January 23. Planning on doing a summer internship? Apply for the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship ($5000) or the Get Ready Internship Scholarship ($1000-$2000). The deadline is February 6Learn more about these opportunities online.

Engagement Opportunities

20. Autism & Neurodevelopment Clinic Trainees – Evidence-Based Therapies

The Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for students who would like to gain experience in evidence-based therapies as volunteer trainees in our clinic. Our clinic provides group therapies to address social skills, anxiety management, and the transition to adulthood. On a less frequent basis, we also offer art therapy and parent coaching for parents of children with ADHD. Trainees would gain experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 8-25) with autism spectrum disorder and/or related neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, depression) and their caregivers. Responsibilities of this position may include the preparation of treatment materials, co-facilitation of therapy groups, writing of clinical progress notes, and other tasks as assigned. Credit opportunities may be available. We ask that students commit to 6-10 hours/week in our clinic. Preference will be given to students who can commit to at least a year of training. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at to be considered. If interested, please apply ASAP to be considered for spring semester opportunities.

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.

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. 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 the face-to-face collection of research data. Special preference will be given to candidates with experience in psychometric or cognitive testing. External applicantsInternal applicants.

23. Postgraduate Associate - Yale University

Our Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience Fellowship position will support the implementation of research protocols focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Research Fellows have opportunities to be involved in aspects of each study ranging from implementation of novel behavioral, eye-tracking, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging (fNIRS) experiments, to participating directly in subject characterization by conducting structured parent interviews and assessing participants, to data processing and analysis. Fellows will receive training in the administration of novel behavioral paradigms, eye-tracking, and psychophysiological sensing technologies. The position is one year in duration with a salary of $38,000.00. Postgraduate positions are open to those who will have received a bachelor's and/or master’s degree before beginning the position, but not doctoral degrees. Reappointment to a second year may be possible and will be determined 4-6 months before the end date. The anticipated start date is July 2023. This is not a remote opportunity. This position is located at the Child Study Center on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT. The program is led by Dr. Kasia Chawarska and co-directed by Drs. Suzanne Macari, Kelly Powell, and Angelina Vernetti. For more information on the application process, visit the lab website.

24. The Bell Museum is hiring Museum Interpretive Guides

Are you a UMN student interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)? Do you like interacting with people? Do you enjoy connecting people to nature and the environment? Have you had experience working with youth or families? The Bell Museum is looking for Museum Interpretive Guides to deliver Bell Museum experiences to Pre K–12 school groups and public audiences. This position facilitates visitor learning in areas of the museum including the exhibit galleries, Touch and See Lab, and special programming. Other duties include assisting at museum events on and off-site and facility rentals on an as-needed basis. This position benefits from experience and general knowledge in the natural sciences and natural history, as well as presentation and customer service skills. We are looking for student employees who can work Wednesday mornings (9 am-12 pm) during the Spring 2023 semester and are looking to work around 3-8 hours per week. More hours available in Summer 2023 and beyond if desired. For more information or to apply, visit the UMN Job site and reference ID number 353170.

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