Psych Scoop, 3/29/22
March 29th, 2022
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Psychology Advising Announcements
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1. Countdown to Registration - 2 Weeks Out
We are about two weeks out from registration! Registration starts on April 14th. At this point, you have received your registration time. You can check your registration time on your MyU account. Appointments are currently available to meet with a Psych Advisor. We recommend scheduling sooner than later if you would like to meet with Psych Advising because our office can become very busy once registration starts!
2. Psychology Undergraduate Town Hall - Minutes Now Available
The Psychology Student Advisory Council (SAC) met for the Spring 2022 semester this past Thursday, March 24th. Students met with Department leadership to discuss concerns regarding the lack of connection students feel between them and faculty that may be due to large class sizes. Updates on the diversity and inclusion initiatives were also shared. We invite those students who were unable to attend to review the meeting minutes. And, as always, the Department leadership welcomes feedback at any time - anonymous submissions are accepted. Student input is highly valued - which is why we encourage you to apply to be a SAC member. Keep an eye out for the application towards the end of the semester.
3. Internships in Psychology Information Session
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm CST
This session provides an overview of internship opportunities for Psychology students. How to search for internship opportunities, an overview of our PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology class, and find out how to make an internship part of your Psychology Major or undergraduate experience. Sign-up to attend a session!
4. Getting Started with Psychology Research: Info Session Workshop
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 4:30 pm- 5:15 pm CST
Interested in getting started with Psychology Research? Are you in need of finding a research position for Capstone (3901W) enrollment? Sign up for an information session that will focus on sharing resources to get started with research that relates to the Psychology Major. You will learn how Psy 4/5993 research works in the department. You will discover how research can fit into your Psychology Major and/or overall enhance your undergraduate experience. You will leave this session with 2-3 ideas to explore for a research position. RSVP online.
5. Nutritious U Food Pantry
Tuesday, March 29, 2021 - Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
The Nutritious U Food Pantry is open the 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.
6. Health Professional School Expo
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
The Health Professional School Expo will take place in a virtual format on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022! The Health Professional School Expo will showcase health professional degree programs together from around the country. Their admissions representatives will be available to meet with pre-health students from the University of Minnesota. This event features health professional schools and colleges around the U.S, representing a variety of health degree programs, such as medicine, pharmacy, physician's assistant, public health, optometry, etc. This event will be hosted in Handshake. Student registration is open now. A list of participating schools is available on the Handshake event page. More schools continue to register, so check back regularly for an updated list. RSVP online.
7. Non-Immigrant Visas & Green Card Options for UMN International Students
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Join us for a live presentation on Zoom to discuss non-immigrant visas and green card options for international students. During this session, several recent developments will be discussed that make it easier for students to potentially self-sponsor for their green card, particularly for future entrepreneurs, STEM, and other high-tech areas. The presentation will be done by Sarah Peterson, a local immigration attorney with over 15 years of advanced employment-based immigration experience. RSVP online.
8. Intro to Designing Conference Posters
Friday, April 1, 2022, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
This workshop is meant to help the beginning researcher or presenter put together their conference poster and prepare it for a digital or in-person conference. Software used to create the posters will be PowerPoint and Google Slides. Zoom link will be sent out one hour before the workshop. RSVP online.
9. Department of Psychology Scholarships - Due April 4th!
The Department of Psychology is seeking applications from full-time Psychology Major Undergraduate students for the 2022-2023 Academic Year! These scholarships are intended to support the top students in the Department (a strong GPA and high involvement in Psychology-related coursework and extracurriculars). Financial need is also a consideration. The scholarships include an approximate $1,000 award/scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. Up to 10 UMN Psychology Students will be selected! Only current College of Liberal Arts degree-seeking University of Minnesota – Twin Cities students are eligible to apply for the scholarships offered by the Department of Psychology. Selection criteria include: a.) Strength of student's academic record (Psychology) and promise. b.) Depth of involvement in the Psychology discipline and clarity of academic purpose. c.) Strength of student's personal statement d.) Past involvement in relevant extracurricular, volunteer, research, and work activities. Please read all requirements and criteria outlined on the application carefully. The deadline is Monday, April 4th at 12:00 pm CST. The Psychology Scholarship process is a separate application from the CLA General Scholarship process.
10. CLA General Scholarships
CLA general scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $16,000 per year, for one to three years starting with the 2022-23 academic year. The Psychology Mortensen Scholarships (Academic and Study Abroad) are included in this application process! Be sure to get started on your applications and apply by Monday, April 4, 2022, at 9:00 am CST. Learning Abroad Scholarship applications are due Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at 9:00 am CST. Apply online.
11. Undergraduate Human Rights Awards
Given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet-era Jewish refusenik repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope. The award recognizes a University of Minnesota student who embodies a deep commitment to human rights and includes a monetary award of $1,000. Read more and find application instructions online. Applications are due April 8th.
12. The Nonprofit Scholarship
Do you have a dream of working in the nonprofit world? Are you passionate about raising funds for a worthy cause? If so, the Nonprofit Scholarship may help you reach that goal. The Nonprofit Scholarship (up to $2,000.00 award) recognizes and supports students who have a passion for nonprofit work that makes the world a better place. Applications for the scholarship are encouraged from students in all UMTC undergraduate colleges. Detailed information about qualifications and the application process is available at the scholarship application site. Click ‘Let’s Begin’ and find the link for the Nonprofit Scholarship. The deadline for the completed application is 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
13. University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd
The University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd is now accepting applications from all eligible students, including those with financial need and those who have been victims of police violence. Candidates are eligible to be considered for this scholarship if they are currently registered full-time in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The scholarship application is available at the UMTC Undergraduate Scholarship Search site. Click ‘Let’s Begin’ and find the link for the University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd. It will include detailed information about the scholarship program and the application process. The award amount is expected to be approximately $4,000 for two UMTC students split evenly between the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. To the maximum extent possible, preference will be given to students who will enhance the diversity of the student body as described by the University. In evaluating student body diversity, after the eligible pool of candidates is selected, an additional consideration will be given to Black or African American students if they are underrepresented in the University. For the current term, spring 2022, Black or African American students are underrepresented at the University. The deadline for complete applications is 11:59 pm CST on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Direct questions to OUE Special Scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium & MAS Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8:45 am- 4:15 pm CST
Preparing undergraduates to enter STEM fields by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter. The symposium includes a keynote lecture, student presentations, breakout sessions, and the MAS Annual Meeting. All undergraduate students in MN and nearby states engaged in original research are welcome to attend. Each attendee must register individually. Interested in presenting? Proposals are due March 27th. If you're interested in attending, RSVP by March 27th for early bird. Final registrations are due April 9th. Psychology majors may also apply for the Mortensen Travel Fund to cover the costs of this conference.
15. The 2022 Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Macalester College
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
MUPC is the oldest undergraduate psychology conference in the United States. The conference provides a forum for the presentation of original research, applications, and conceptual papers by undergraduates in psychology from around the state and surrounding areas. Planning to attend MUPC? Anyone who plans to attend (Students, Staff, or Faculty) must register using this form. This year, registration is open from March 04, 2022, to April 11, 2022. Should MUPC 2022 need to switch from in-person to online, Macalester College will announce that your registration using this form has now changed to an online event (still to be held on April 30, 2022). If this occurs, know also that the notification will be made well in advance, and no later than April 8, 2022.
16. *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 2021-2022 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 in-person weekly lab meeting. Students accepted to the lab can apply to receive research credit for the course PSY 4993 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. Veterans or those with experience working with veterans or the military may be given priority. To apply, send an email with “ARMOR RA Position” in the subject line to the Project Coordinator, Shelly Hubbling at email@example.com. Include your cover letter, resume/CV, and copies of your unofficial transcripts.
17. *Credit or Volunteer* I/O Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity [VIRTUAL]
We are looking for several motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project on corporate social responsibility in Professor Deniz Ones’ Corporate Social Responsibility Research Lab, headed by Phoebe Hessen, either on a volunteer basis or for credit in Summer 2022 (applicants who plan to take the lab for credit will be preferred). The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ socially responsible initiatives. RA’s will work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out responsibilities including conducting literature reviews and background research, collecting critical incidents of socially responsible initiatives from organizations’ sustainability reporting, reading and making judgments about these incidents (i.e., coding), and data analysis. The program will begin with intensive onboarding the week of May 16th-20th (~20 hours, 6 synchronous, and 14 asynchronous) and end on August 19th. After initial onboarding, the workload for subsequent weeks will be ~9hrs/week. Weekly meetings will be held throughout the summer to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties (held virtually through Zoom for the entirety of the summer). Prospective applicants should fill out a brief application. Please contact Phoebe Hessen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information. The deadline to apply for a summer position is April 30th, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
18. *Credit or Volunteer* Psychophysiology Alcohol Recovery and Stress Lab
The laboratory of Dr. Justin Anker is looking for 1-2 undergraduate volunteers in an ongoing stress and psychophysiology study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to identify markers of recovery for alcohol use disorder and other stress-related mental health conditions. Primary duties initially include the maintenance of experimental protocols (e.g. data entry, literature searches, assisting/prepping participants for psychophysiology data collection) with the opportunity for growth into greater responsibilities. This position requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. If you are interested, please send a brief introduction, your unofficial transcript, and a copy of your resume to the study contact, Meaghyn Kramer, email@example.com.
19. Resources for Radical Rest
The Women's Center compiled a list of radical rest resources designed to help people explore the best way to rest their minds. Visit z.umn.edu/rest to discover your favorite.
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.
20. Service to Science Scholars Summer Research Institute - Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System
The Mental Health Service Line at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System through support from the Department of VA Office of Research and Development (ORD) hosts a Veteran and Military-Connected Student Summer Research Program in Mental Health Research. VA and ORD recognize that Veterans are underrepresented among scientists pursuing VA mission-critical behavioral science research. Prior research experience is not required, just an interest and curiosity about the scientific process. Additional opportunities to continue with research involvement for class credit during the school year may be available. This program is open to undergraduate (junior or senior standing) students in psychology and related health science fields who have strong academic records (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale). Preference will be given to applicants who have completed Research Methods or a related course prior to application. Students who are interested in pursuing research careers and have an interest in Veteran mental health research are especially encouraged to apply. Program participants must be a US Veteran, member of the military armed services, or child of a US Veteran, and a US citizen. Applications will also be considered from students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science as defined by the National Science Foundation. Application materials include a personal statement (500-word (maximum) statement describing your academic and career goals, how the SSS-RP would support those goals, and specific research areas in Veteran mental health that you are interested in, as well as potential faculty mentors.), CV or resume, 3 references, and unofficial transcripts. Email application materials to Derall King at Derall.King@va.gov by March 30th, 2022. A $6,000 stipend will be provided for the 10-week program (June 6th – August 12, 2022).
21. Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer - LearningRx
We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, or Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our Certified Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific research-supported techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high-energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4 pm- 8 pm or three weekdays from 4 pm- 8 pm and Saturdays 9 am- 12 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Starting pay of $16/hr plus signing bonus of $500 and performance bonuses. Internship credit is available in addition to pay. Training and certification are provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to Nate Maus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
22. Clinical Study Coordinator - University of Minnesota
Dr. Adriana Hughes' team is looking for a Clinical Study Coordinator (Research Professional 1) to work as part of a team investigating how in-home technologies can be used to keep older adults healthy and living independently as they age (AGING-WELL research study). This position will work independently and within the team to coordinate and carry out all clinical aspects of the study protocol, including recruitment, chart review, screening, consenting, enrollment, retention, and withdrawal tracking; completing data integrity checks and maintaining spreadsheet updates and clean and organized record keeping; study visit scheduling, tracking, and projecting; managing, submitting, and tracking participant payments; mailing study materials to participants; administering and scoring clinic-based study visits with older adult participants including standardized neuropsychological tests, mood questionnaires, and structured clinical interviews; data entry and verification in a RedCap database; and supervision of junior research assistants on tasks such as data entry and verification, participant calls and screening, and clerical tasks. More information can be found online.
23. MCTFR ABCD Undergrad
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants (UGRAs) registered for study at the University of Minnesota for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study as "ABCD UGRA” (2221: Student Academic Support) responsible for assisting the ABCD Researcher Assistants in completing on-site and remote protocols for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. The position will also require data entry and other miscellaneous duties. Apply online. Contact Jana Hong at email@example.com with questions.
24. Research Specialist 1 - University of Chicago
Works alongside another coordinator to help manage the day-to-day processes of the lab. Under limited direction, but can work as a team. Collects, records and analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts. Oversees management of several studies. Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies. Works directly with research subjects on a daily or weekly basis. Able to attend conferences to present individual research. Read more and apply online.
25. Full-Time Psychometrist - Minnesota Epilepsy Group
The Minnesota Epilepsy Group will soon have a position available for a psychometrist with an estimated start date in spring or early summer, 2022. This position involves administering neuropsychological tests to adult and/or pediatric patients in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings. Training in test administration is provided. The psychometrist is also involved in some aspects of record keeping and clinical research, such as entering patient data and performing basic statistical analyses. Some previous experience in data analyses is desirable. Graduating seniors or former students who are interested in applying should have a minimum of a BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field, enjoy working in a team environment, be highly organized, and have great interpersonal skills. Some travel between clinic/hospital sites may be necessary, requiring the use of a personal vehicle. The Minnesota Epilepsy Group provides comprehensive care including differential diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, and education services for children, teens, and adults with epilepsy. We are a national, state-of-the-art referral center committed to enhancing each patient’s quality of life and maximizing seizure control. Learn more about Minnesota Epilepsy Group and apply online at our website.
26. Fraser Human Rights Undergraduate Fellowships
"The Human Rights Program announces two open fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities seeking field experience in leading human rights organizations. Named after Donald and Arvonne Fraser - groundbreaking leaders in the defense of international human rights and women’s rights - the fellowships offer undergraduate students the opportunity to work in top human rights organizations, providing a complement to the student's academic study. The Fraser Fellowships invest in the next generation of human rights leaders. Read more and find application instructions online. The application deadline is April 8th.