Psych Scoop, 1/4/22

January 4th, 2022

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1. Happy New Year!

We at PsyAdvis wish you a Happy New Year! As we gear up for the Spring semester, be sure to plan ahead - there are two weeks left before the start of the semester. If you have any questions about courses, planning, or post-grad, we are happy to help!


2. Personal Statement Consultations for International Undergraduates

happening now! through January 14, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process, so we have arranged opportunities for undergraduates to get advice from experienced graduate students! Interested students can meet with a Personal Statement Consultant to have your statement reviewed in a consultation appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes, and they are available virtually. You can also request video recorded feedback and comments to review on your own time. The consultants are either current graduate students or staff who work in UMN Career Services. Personal Statement Consultations are available from December 13-January 14. You can visit a Personal Statement Consultant more than once. Reserve a time slot today!

Courses of Interest

3. EPSY 1281: Psychological Science Applied - Spring 2022 (4 Credits)

The course introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas. We spend a lot of time building relationships and developing learning strategies that will help you thrive in this class and all of your other classes. Each topic applies concepts from psychology to real-world problems. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education, health sciences, and psychology. The course is designed to meet the Liberal Arts/Social Sciences core requirement. Learn more and registration instructions are online.

EPSY 1281 meets Mondays-Thursdays, various times

Instructor: Martin VanBoekel (

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

4. EPSY 3802: Contemporary Issues in School Psychology - Spring 2022 (3 credits)

Interested in working with children and adolescents in school settings? EPSY 3802 will help you develop a basic understanding of current social issues, scholarship, and professional opportunities in school psychology and related fields. This course is designed to give an overview of how psychological processes impact students, teachers, educational staff, families, and school communities through the use of data and research to inform school practices that promote safe, just, and healthy school environments, support students’ mental health, and meet the needs of unique learners. Topics covered include, but are not limited to bullying, LGBTQ+ victimization, mental health, school climate, social justice, structural oppression, trauma, and associated evidence-based school psychological practices. More info and register.

EPSY 3802 will meet in Peik Hall 155, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST

Instructor: Sarah Wollersheim Shervey

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

5. EPSY 5123: Programming Workflows for Psychological Research - Spring 2022 (3 credits)

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. It is designed to be accessible to students without any prior programming experience. More info and register.

EPSY 5123 will meet in Peik Hall 155, Wednesdays from 2:30 pm- 5:10 pm CST

Instructor: Jeffrey Bye

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

6. HSEM 3511H: Science Court: Strengthening Democracy through Rational Discourse - Spring 2022 (3 credits)

An exciting course will be offered this Spring: "Science Court: Strengthening Democracy through Rational Discourse" (HSEM 3511H). This course aims to combat the polarization and gridlock that is gripping our society. Students taking the course study a controversial topic to determine the facts based on sound scientific research (from the social sciences and physical sciences), and then argue it within a mock-trial format in front of a jury of citizens recruited from the public. All aspects of the trial, from preparations to verdict, will be widely reported through a compelling podcast (developed by the students) and documented on social media and on a website to educate the public and to create a record of this unique one-of-a-kind class. This year Science Court is being offered in partnership with the Student Senate and will select a topic of interest to the UMN student community. If you are an Honors student, you can sign up for HSEM 3511H in the usual way. If you are *not* an Honors student and would like to take this course, fill in this form.

HSEM 3511H will meet in Mechanical Engineering 102, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 pm- 5:15 pm CST

Instructors: C.J. Sinner and Ellad Tadmord

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

7. CSPH 3211: Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community - Spring 2022 (2 credits)

Looking for an elective this spring? Consider CSPH 3211 Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community (2 cr). Define what "living purposefully" means to you. Weekly topics include personal values, strengths, contemplative practices, inner-ways of knowing, self-compassion, sources of happiness, and mindfulness. This is a blended course with three in-person classes that provide time for community and support. For more information, check out our website.

CSPH 3211 will meet in the Mayo Building 3 times, otherwise virtual

Instructors: Carole Anne Broad and Lisa Clark

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

Grad School

8. UCI’s Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychological Science

UCI’s Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychological Science is a certificate program that combines psychology coursework with research and/or internship experience. It is designed for people who have a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline), are interested in a psychology-related graduate program, career development, or career change, and could benefit from additional coursework, research, and/or real-life work experience in psychology. Those interested in a Doctoral-level or Master’s degree program in a range of areas of psychology (including clinical/counseling psychology, social/personality psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, psychology & the law, and school psychology) or health (e.g., public health, medical school) can strengthen their graduate school applications by completing our program, which offers an individualized course of study based on each person’s qualifications and goals. Apply and learn more. Applications are due on February 15, 2022, for Fall 2022 admission.


9. Thinking Ahead to Spring - Save Money on Textbooks with the Help of the Libraries!

The Libraries may have your spring textbooks and readings. In partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores, the University Libraries provides you with a list of free U of M required books. Check the list below to see if the library already has books and materials for your course online. All books are free for U of MN - Twin Cities students to read online and to checkout. Check out the list today!

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.

10. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Get some experience this school year and apply today. Everyone gets a Hiring/Placement bonus, $500-2000! Start now or anytime in the next 6 months! (we are even NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER START DATES!) You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing ratio!). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students (only min. 12hrs/week, and we work around your schedule), pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training (no experience needed), tuition assistance program $, and we have locations near campus, and you don't even need to have a car! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that end with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

11. Student Researcher – Anishinaabe Artisan Market - Job ID 345006

The student researcher will work with the Anishinaabe Artisan Market project team and participate in artist member conversations to understand project research needs, priorities and deliverables. With guidance from the project team, the student will research Indigenous arts websites, online markets, website maintenance, and upkeep best practices, and related online presence models to present “what’s out there” to the artists and project team. Through reviewing existing models, holding further discussion, and with direction from the artists and the project team, the student will outline a website design for review and input. Finally, the student will build a website and online marketplace. Questions? Contact Molly Zins at To apply, go to the UMN Job Search Site and search for the Job ID 345006 or keywords in the title.

12. Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions Available - Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

This undergraduate position will provide assistance to an ongoing clinical research project. The clinical research project is collecting data from marijuana users and control participants to better understand the role of marijuana use in stress and cognition. Specific duties include data entry, preparing study materials, conducting telephone interviews, and collecting data from participants at research visits. Experience with REDCap is preferred but not required. Students need to be able to work independently and meet deadlines, have some afternoon and/or early evening availability, and have good time management and organizational skills. This position will be interacting with a diverse community of research participants. Having the ability to build rapport and communicate clearly and effectively will be important. Some customer service or interview experience is preferred but not required. Hours are flexible but able to work up to 20 hours/week. The starting pay for this position is $18 an hour. Please contact Kat Harrison at 612-624-5377 or if you are interested.

13. UMN Research Professional 1

The purpose of this position is to collect research study data among participants of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. ARIC is a multi-site study of individuals, now aged 80-100 years, who have been followed for over 30 years to better understand risk factors for cardiovascular disease, dementia, and other chronic conditions. Data collection includes an ~45 min neurocognitive assessment according to study protocol. Starting salary range: $40,000-$50,000, UMN benefits. Internal candidates can apply here and external candidates can apply here.

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