Psych Scoop, 1/30/24

January 30, 2024

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. 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.

2. Spring 2024 Psych Social

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall, N219

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hosting the Psych Social event this Spring semester! Join us to chat with psychology peers, student groups, and advisors to learn more about research, courses, and resources we offer through the department! Grab some cookies and paint tote bags, coasters, and more while you meet some peers! Please RSVP by Monday, 2/12 using this Google Form!

Student Group Announcements

3. PISA Leadership and Member Interest!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting Officers and Members! Please join us and get involved in bridging gaps between international and domestic students in Psychology. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet amazing people (e.g. other fellow psychology students, faculty members, university leaders, etc.), build leadership within the Psychology community, and improve your understanding of psychology! We welcome both domestic and international students to apply. Officers who showcase competency and prove responsibility will be considered for board members as well! Current or previous student organization experiences are not required so just apply with your passion! If you have any questions or concerns, please email Psych Advising at or email Curry Chang at Looking forward to seeing you soon! The priority deadline is February 19th.

4. Celebrate Valentine's Day with Psychology Club!

Monday, February 12, 2024, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks 512A

Psych Club is asking you to be our valentine by joining us Monday, February 12th from 5:30-7:30 PM for our first event for the spring semester! We will be making Valentine's Day cards, decorating cookies, and hanging out with fellow psychology lovers. All supplies will be provided along with hot chocolate, so you don’t want to miss this event. We hope to see you all there! If you are interested in attending, please fill out this RSVP form, and if you have any questions, feel free to email


5. Nutritious U Food Pantry - Rescheduled Dates

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union, Room 103A

The Nutritious U Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th full week of the month during the semester. It's open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 - 5 pm and is located on the 1st floor of Memorial Union (Room 103A), across from the movie theater. Any student can visit the food pantry, no proof of need is required. Students choose from available food items when they show up.

6. Pre-Health Opportunities Fair

Thursday, February 15, 2024, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: RecWell Center MAC Gym, 4th Floor, University of Minnesota, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Attend the 2024 Pre-Health Opportunities Fair to connect with local and on-campus organizations that provide experiences to prepare you for health professional school. This includes volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, study abroad programs, gap year programs, research positions, and more! This event is open to ALL University of Minnesota pre-health students alumni (up to two years post-graduation). RSVP and learn more here! If you have additional questions about the fair or to request accommodations, please contact the CBS Career Team at

7. Getting Started With Psychology Research Workshop

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: N668 Elliott Hall

Are you a student planning to take PSY 3901W this upcoming Summer 2024 term and still need to find a research lab? This workshop is for you! Start your journey of finding research sooner rather than later! RSVP for the workshop here! If you have questions about this event, please contact

8. University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair

Monday, February 26, 2024, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Huntington Bank Stadium & McNamara Alumni Center

Attend the largest college job & internship fair in Minnesota! More than 200 organizations from all employment sectors will be recruiting for hundreds of jobs, internships, and other employment opportunities. The University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair is open to all enrolled University of Minnesota students, including undergraduate and graduate, as well as alumni who graduated within the past three years (2021 - 2023). Visit event details on Handshake! Questions about this event can be directed to

Volunteer/Engagement Opportunities

9. Connect with Minnesota Youth Conducting Behavioral Health Research

The Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair is an annual event where hundreds of middle and high school students from across Minnesota present the results of their original research to STEM professionals, gaining valuable feedback. We are currently recruiting judges for the in-person 2024 State Science and Engineering Fair at the St Paul River Centre on Friday, March 22. Click here to register as a grand award judge if you have a background in social science or STEM field. Even undergraduate students can help as middle school judges! Each year, judges must create a new login. Judges arrive by 10 a.m. and finish their tasks by 3:30 p.m. at the earliest. Questions? Email

10. Join Culture Corps Career STAR this spring

Culture Corps Career STAR is a 7-session career skill development workshop series for undergraduate international students. This program is designed to help develop the necessary skills needed to obtain internships, jobs after graduation, and plan for graduate school. Expand your network and development through this program where you can connect and learn with international student peers, professionals in the community, and international alumni who have graduated. The Career STAR Program will meet 7 times within February and March, for 45 minute workshops. To achieve completion of the program we expect you will attend at least 5 out of 7 sessions. Learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is February 1, and applications will be reviewed as received. Email Jane, UMN International Career Consultant, with any questions about the program at


11. The Mentor Collective Program

The Mentor Collective Program enriches the student experience through personalized connections with mentors. This one-on-one peer pairing ensures that students have a dedicated supporter invested in their success, someone poised to listen, inspire, assist in overcoming challenges, and identify opportunities. Students benefit from insights into academic expectations, guidance on tackling obstacles, and valuable career advice. Simultaneously, mentors expand their networks and enhance their professional and leadership skills. Students will be matched with a peer mentor based on common interests, background, academics, and/or professional aspirations. Pretty great, right? To get started, students and mentors register and complete an online survey to paint a holistic picture of their interests and experiences. Request a mentor here! Questions? Great, we want that! Do not hesitate to reach out to Abby Hagel, or contact Mentor Collective directly at

12. Mental Health First Aid Certification Training

THRIVE Lifeline is a grassroots non-carceral crisis line run by and for marginalized individuals, and we are offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certifications. MHFA is a nationally-accredited evidence-based training that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance-use challenge. It’s a great way for students to learn more about mental health in a different context as well as gain a nationally recognized certification to add to their resume. THRIVE has discounted the full rate of MHFA tickets to $95, down from the recommended $170, to support those in our communities who need a globally recognized certification. $95 is the cost for THRIVE to cover our expenses for this workshop. If you agree to pay the recommended price of $170, then you are supporting the scholarship for another trainee who could not afford to pay our aid rate of $75*. For every sponsor cost ticket that is purchased, THRIVE will cover the additional expense of the aid cost ticket. We believe that Together We THRIVE: we support each other with wealth, through acts of service, and through community connections, according to whatever we have to give. Please note if you need a scholarship to attend, email us at We will reach out to our waiting list when scholarships become available. Learn more and sign up here.

13. MCAE Spring Events Calendar

If you would like to stay up on events for the Spring 2024 semester. Take a look at the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) Spring 2024 Events Calendar!

14. Live and low-cost GRE and LSAT Prep this Spring

Set of low-cost, high-quality, GRE and LSAT prep courses offered LIVE online this spring. The live online course, taught by an instructor you can interact with, is comprehensive and covers both the content and strategy of the test. These sessions cost $285 ($235 for those who qualify for aid) and payment plans are available. The course is taught by a high-scoring, expert instructor. Apply ASAP for the GRE (or LSAT) course, as there will likely be more applications than there are spaces available. Feel free to email or call with any questions to or (877) 805-2521.

15. APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Experience in Research (SUPER) Fellowships

The American Psychological Association will offer up to 25 fellowships to support college students with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion to conduct summer research in a psychological science laboratory. The purpose of this fellowship program is to promote access and equity among psychology undergraduates considering research as a career by expanding opportunities to laboratory training and mentorship to those who have not had the opportunity to access research experiences. Projects must be student-driven and supervised by a faculty member with sufficient resources to support the proposed work. APA will pay a stipend of $4,000 directly to the student and $1,000 directly to the student’s summer faculty host. Stipends are intended to defray personal expenses (e.g., housing, travel) and APA will not provide funds for study expenses, indirect costs, or overhead. This stipend may be stacked with summer research funding from other sources. To learn more about this opportunity and apply, please visit their website. Frequently asked questions can be found here.


16. 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. A.I. Johnson Scholarship awardees should expect to complete either a) 15 hours per week of off-campus public service internships during both the fall and spring semester of the award year; or b) 400 total hours of public service internships between the summer to spring semester of the award year. A single registration of POL 3080 is required. We recommend students complete POL 3080 during the first term of the award year, as completing the course concurrently with the start of an internship will help students to better analyze and understand future internship work. 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 18th, 2024.

17. Psychology Engagement Award - Form Closes Tomorrow!

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 2024. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31st (12:00 pm CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.


18. Summer/Fall UROP Program Deadline

The deadline for applying for a summer 2024 or fall 2024 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award is February 26, 2024. There will be an additional deadline for fall projects in the summer. If you need help with the application process or finding a mentor, make an appointment with Bridget, Vicky, or one of our undergraduate staff — we’re always happy to help. Register now for UROP!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. Student Writing Support is Hiring!

The Center for Writing's Student Writing Support (SWS) program invites undergraduate students to apply to be writing consultants during the 2024–25 academic year. Writing consultants consult one-to-one with undergraduate and graduate writers from across the university to support them in developing confidence and effective writing strategies. You don’t need to identify as a strong writer to apply! The Center looks for candidates who are curious learners and attentive listeners. Strong collaboration skills and attention to detail are also important. We’re interested in hiring people who are willing to have conversations with student writers and to develop ways to give feedback to writers on their work in progress. One of the benefits of working as a writing consultant is that SWS provides robust professional development for staff. Besides the course that all new consultants take, we offer regular opportunities for learning and growing as consultants and as writers, all in community with one another. We welcome applications from students from all majors and all language backgrounds—especially students who are going to be sophomores or juniors during the 2024–25 school year. Applications are due on Friday, Feb. 9, at 11:59 pm. The job will begin in Fall 2024. For more information about the position and how to apply for it, please click here.

20. Mental Health Outpatient Therapist and Clinical Trainee Positions

Al-Baraka Mental Health, located in South Minneapolis, is looking to hire a therapist or clinical trainee to provide outpatient therapy! Clientele will vary, including many from the East African community. The position comes with a fully furnished office space, clients provided, and Office support. Outpatient Therapist / Clinical Trainees will be expected to: 1. Be able to assess clients for mental health disorders 2. Develop treatment plans 3. Provide therapy that is both trauma informed and culturally appropriate. 4. Complete paperwork in a timely manner 5. Follow all ethical and legal guidelines for the profession. Minimum Qualifications to receive the job are: Clinical Trainee on a licensure path, Mental Health Degree Graduate on licensure path, or Licensed Mental Health Professional (LICSW, LMFT, LP, LPCC). Full-time, part-time, and telehealth options are all available, and scheduling is up to the practictioner’s discretion. Please send your resume and/or Cover letter to Mustafa Ahmed at or call Al-Baraka Mental Health at 612-474-0853 for further information.

21. College Access and Sucess Coach

As a College Possible AmeriCorps coach, you’ll help talented, driven students from under-represented backgrounds achieve their goal of a college degree. Employers seek out AmeriCorps service members because they bring hands-on skills in team leadership, facilitation, equity and inclusion, intercultural communication, data management, and transferable industry expertise. Gain a head start for your career while making a profound difference. Thanks to the support they receive from their AmeriCorps coaches, College Possible students are three times more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than their peers from similar backgrounds. For all this excellent service to the community, you will receive a biweekly monthly stipend of $1,121.73 and the opportunity to earn money for future academic development. Apply now! To learn more and apply, visit their website. Please contact Pahoua Vang at for questions.

22. Research Coordinator Positions at Drexel University WELL Center

Applicants are being sought for several full-time research coordinator positions in the Drexel University Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center). The start date for the positions is Summer 2024. The positions are under the direction of Drs. Evan Forman, Meghan Butryn, Adrienne Juarascio, and Erica LaFata. The research coordination roles include overall coordination of all study elements; implementing an advertisement/recruitment plan; refining and implementing the assessment protocol; scheduling and conducting participant screening and clinical assessments; managing data and databases; maintaining contact and approvals with NIH and IRB; collecting data with wearable sensors. To apply, please complete the official application as well as the supplemental information form. Applications are reviewed as they arrive, with the intent to begin interviews in February 2024, so please apply as soon as possible. The position represents an excellent opportunity to gain experience in obesity/eating disorders clinical research and to be trained in both research and clinical tasks. This position provides excellent preparation for individuals who wish to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or a related area.

23. Mental Health Practitioner Positions

Central Care Services Inc. is hiring a 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. This position provides in-home services, which means you will be entering your Client’s home. 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 $20-22/hour, and preference is given to those who can work about 40 hours per week. Hours of operation are from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm weekdays, and 11:00 am - 6:00 pm weekends. Please reach out to with a copy of your resume if interested. Questions about this position can be directed to Nimo Mohamud at

24. Direct Care Professional

Seeking Direct Care Professionals for a sweet, young woman with Spina Bifida with physical and mental disabilities. Job starts at $20/hour with eligibility for bonuses and pay increases. No experience necessary! On-the-job training. We work around your schedule - very flexible! Day shifts (M-F), PM shifts (M-F), and weekend shifts are all available. The job is in a private home. Typical shifts include: helping Annie with personal care, ensuring safety, accessing the community and fun activities. Great & rewarding experience! Requirements: no back or health problems, no smoking, a vehicle for transportation, great communication skills. For more information about this position view the flyer. Questions about the position can be directed to Iida Jacobsen at or 906-235-3970.

25. 2-Year Research Assistant Position in Pediatric Sleep at Brown Medical School

We are currently hiring for a 2-year postbaccalaureate Research Assistant position for our Sleep and Circadian Methods Research Core at Bradley Hospital / Brown University's Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. The Core RA is responsible for leveraging numerous methodologies to assist the investigators and projects funded by our NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). Current and recent scientific themes include the measurement of sleep and circadian rhythms in pediatric anxiety, adolescents who experience psychosis, teens involved in the justice system, autism, epigenetics, and more. These projects may involve in-person assessments, laboratory and field monitoring, wearable technologies to track sleep, biometrics, and brain activity, saliva sampling, and cognitive testing. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Fluent/native Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to apply, given the demographic characteristics of our urban population and our focus on health disparities across diverse samples including Latinx youth and their families. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Cristal Medeiros at

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