Psych Scoop, 1/25/22

January 25th, 2022

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1. Alumni Spotlight: Varun Murugesan

Psych Advising has started a monthly alumni spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Our spotlight for January is on Varun Murugesan ('16) who now works as an Associate Research Manager for Best Buy. Read more about his tips on finding a career path, getting the most out of your major, and moreNominate someone who you think would be great to spotlight, including yourself!

2. Schedule your Junior/Senior Check-In!

Do you have between 75-90 credits this semester? If so, it's time for your Junior/Senior Check-In! This one-on-one appointment with a psychology advisor will check your progress towards your major to make sure you're on the right track to graduate on time, connect you with career and grad school resources to begin making your post-college dreams a reality, and allow you a chance to give us feedback about your experiences as a psychology major. To set up your appointment, use our online Appointment Request Form.


3. Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, January 25, 2021 - Thursday, January 27, 2022, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Nutritious U Food Pantry is open one week of every month during the semester (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), from 12-6 pm on the 2nd floor of Memorial Union (Room 210). Any student can visit the food pantry, no proof of need is required. Students choose from available foods items when they show up.

4. Spring 2022 Transfer Workshop Series: New to the U

Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Hear from our panel of student leaders to learn more about all the U has to offer outside of the classroom and how to maximize your time as a Gopher. RSVP today!


5. Spring 2022 Psychology Engagement Award - $500!

Are you participating in an unpaid internship this Spring 2022 semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement is available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2022. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 9th at 4:00 pm CSTFor details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

6. University-Wide Scholarship Available - A. I. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Alfred I. Johnson who was a Regent of the University and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The selected students commit to completing 400 hours in an off-campus public service internship. This scholarship provides students with a demonstrated interest in public affairs a stipend for their internships. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year. Applicants must show evidence of a strong interest in public affairs, with an intention to pursue a career or avocational activities in public affairs, including any kind of community volunteer activity, organizing to affect public policy, service on government advisory committees, and service in elective offices. Students are not expected to have an internship confirmed at the time of application but they must obtain a public service internship to receive the scholarship. Financial need will be taken into consideration. This is typically a substantial scholarship! The Department of Political Science manages the A. I. Johnson Scholarship which is open to all enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota. The online A.I. Johnson scholarship application is available early spring semester for scholarships for the following school year. The application is now live (Google Form)The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 20th, 2022.


7. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Intern For a Brain Neuromodulation Project in Addiction - Psychiatry Department

"The research intern will assist research staff at the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. The Department is currently running a research study that is in the active recruitment phase. Intern responsibilities will include working with databases, verifying the accuracy of study data collected, and entering data. Additional responsibilities may include assessing participants using transcranial direct current stimulation and assisting in brain imaging sessions, depending on experience and ability. This research is under the direction of Dr. Jazmin Camchong. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours are usually between 2 pm and 6 pm). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong at

8. Apply to be a McNair Scholar

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into and success in graduate school. There is a $3,500 stipend. Eligibility includes being first-generation and income-eligible (typically Pell Grant eligible), and/or from an underrepresented group, a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and a full-time undergraduate sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Read more and apply today!

Grad School

9. Special Education MEd/Teaching Licensure and Online ASD Certificate Info Sessions

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Considering graduate school or taking graduate-level classes for fall 2022? We hope you can join us for our info session on our MEd/teaching licensure programs, including academic behavior specialist (ABS), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), and early childhood special education (ECSE), to learn more about graduate and professional programs in special education at the University of Minnesota. At the sessions, we'll also discuss our fully online Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate—which undergraduate or graduate students can add to their coursework. RSVP online.

10. UNC-Chapel Hill Diversifying Psychology Weekend

April 7th - April 9th, virtually
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The UNC Diversifying Psychology Weekend (DPW) is an opportunity for talented ethnic/racial minority undergraduates and college graduates invested in pursuing doctoral-level training in psychology and neuroscience. This year's virtual program includes three days of seminars, panel discussions, and workshops. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to develop a competitive application, meet doctoral students and faculty from our department in formal and informal settings, and receive an introduction to our graduate training opportunities and each of our graduate research programs. This year’s DPW will invite students to explore the six graduate programs in the Psychology & Neuroscience department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Clinical, Cognitive, Social, Developmental, Quantitative Psychology, and Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience (BIN). The application deadline is January 31, 2022. Letters of recommendation and transcripts will be accepted up to one week after the application deadline (until February 6, 2022). Apply online!


11. Liberal Arts Engagement Hub Advisory Committee Applications and Nominations for Student & Community Members Sought

The Liberal Arts Engagement Hub Advisory Committee plays an important role in the operation of The Hub. We are seeking applications or nominations for student members and community members to serve as a member of The Liberal Arts Engagement Hub Advisory Committee. Individuals can be encouraged to apply online or you can nominate someone to be a member of The Hub Advisory Committee. The application deadline has been extended until Friday, February 4, 2022.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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12. MCTFR Office Assistant

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire an undergraduate research assistant (UGRA) registered for study at the University of Minnesota for an office assistant position (2222 Student Admin/Support Services) responsible for mail and clerical duties, financial justification, and ordering supplies. Apply on the University job search page.

13. Psychology Subject Tutor - Lindahl Academic Center

Peer subject tutors meet in small groups (2-3) of students to review subject-specific material. Meetings are weekly and recurring, lasting the duration of the academic semester. Availability is flexible based on tutor submission. Requirements: Familiarity with chosen subject matter receiving at least a grade of "B" or equivalent in chosen areas. Tutors must remain in good academic standing with a GPA above 3.0 throughout the duration of their employment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well in groups and with a diverse population. More information and the application form can be found online.

14. UGRA Data Manager - Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants registered for study at the U of MN as “Data Manager UGRA” (2221: Student Academic Support). Data managers are responsible for the processing, organization, and storage of human subjects research data collected at the MCTFR. Apply online.

15. Mental Health Practitioner Intern

Lighthouse Child & Family Services (LCFS) is currently accepting applications for interns to serve as Mental Health Practitioner Community-Based Skills Trainers serving children and families in the Isanti County area including Isanti, Cambridge, Princeton, Braham, and Mora. The primary duties of this position are to provide mental health skills services to children and their families along with consultation and coordination with other providers such as mental health therapists, school staff, case managers, and medical personnel. This is a year-round position with the ability to decrease hours in the summer if the employee chooses. Full or part-time work opportunities are available. See posting for more details.

16. Intensive Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Current Graduating Seniors (Class of 2022) - The Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness

The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution in autism research. Fellows will have the opportunity to shadow weekly developmental disability clinic rounds, attend Child Study Center Grand Rounds, as well as other departmental Grand Rounds lectures in the School of Medicine. The fellowship is up to two years in duration, with the second year being conditional on performance in the first year. The fellowship combines elements of experiential learning with supervision, self-directed learning, and shadowing. Research training encompasses learning to lead and coordinate multiple pharmaceutical clinical trials involving children and adults with autism. Clinical training will include training on assessments used in autism evaluation and observation of clinical evaluation through the Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Fellows will be directly involved in communication with families and will have the opportunity to peer-mentor adults with autism online through weekly small group meetings. While prior autism experience is required, experience in clinical, research, and/or community-based settings is accepted. Successful candidates will have a high degree of initiative and independence with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong skills in using social media platforms are preferred. Flexibility, industry, endurance, and attention to detail are also essential qualities. Fellows starting salary will be $35,700/year. Upon completion of this fellowship, successful applicants in the past have transitioned to medical school or graduate school in psychology or education. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors who will have obtained a bachelor's degree by June 2022. Applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged; however, United States citizenship is a requirement. Please note that this fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies. For more specific questions, interested applicants should contact Cheyanne Sebolt B.A. ( or Aniela Bordofsky B.A. ( Electronic submissions are required. The application includes resume/CV, transcript, and a 2-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals. Two letters of recommendation should be emailed to Cheyanne ( and Aniela ( The recommender should include the applicant's full name in the subject line. Interested students should send their CV, personal statement, and transcript, no later than January 31, 2022.

17. Paralegal Intern - Tubman

The Paralegal Intern assists Tubman’s legal department with projects such as drafting client correspondence and court documents, screening prospective legal clients, and administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, and research. Must have Thursday morning availability to attend team consultation meeting. 12-15 hours a week required. Read more on Handshake.

18. Clinical Research Associate I - University of Nebraska

The Warren Neuroscience Lab at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is currently accepting applications for a clinical research associate. The research associate will work with the principal investigator (PI) and the research team to develop, implement, coordinate, and conduct scholarly research projects. Dr. David E. Warren's lab focuses on novel investigations of memory and cognitive functions in neurological, medical, and healthy aging populations using neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and eye-tracking methods. This is a full-time position located in Omaha, NE. Starting salary is $15.337 - $21.490/hourly. The application can be accessed on our website. Please contact Abigail Zatkalik at with any questions about the position. More information about the lab can be found online.

19. Administrative Assistant - Iridescent Care Collaborative

Exceptional opportunity to work remotely on your own schedule while learning the processes of an outpatient psychotherapy clinic, building your resume, and forming mentorship relationships with experienced clinicians. The ideal placement for undergrad with an interest in pursuing graduate work in clinical counseling, marriage and family therapy, clinical social work, counseling psychology, or a related field. For more details see the job listing in Handshake.

20. One Heartland is Hiring!

Camp wouldn’t be possible without our team of passionate, dedicated summer staff. Our summer staff have a wide variety of backgrounds, skills, and experiences and come to One Heartland from all over the country and even internationally! Could you be the next addition to our team? Working at camp, you’ll be a part of something bigger than yourself while trying new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Make lasting connections and impactful change! Each year, we hire paid staff to work the full summer at our camp in Minnesota in areas as varied as cooking, cabin counselors, mental health/social work, lifeguards, housekeeping, health care/nurses, and more! Need to complete an internship this summer? We can often work with you and your school to adapt a staff position into an internship. Learn more and apply today.

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