Psych Scoop, 4/26/22

April 26th, 2022

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Psychology Undergraduate Advising is Hiring A New Student Office Assistant!

The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office seeks to hire a Front Desk Office Student Assistant. The student assistant is responsible for appointment scheduling, organization of the front desk, and general intake. Many opportunities for projects like social media, graphic design, stats analysis, and more. This is a great position to learn more about the department overall and meet faculty! Starting pay is $12.50 an hour, with raises available for time and performance. If you continue with the office, there is the opportunity to move to a Peer Advising role (which starts at $15 an hour)! Read more information about the position and apply online. Priority application deadline is April 15th but applications will be reviewed through April 29th.

2. Student Experience in the Research University Survey (SERU)

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is one of the most important tools that we have to assess the undergraduate student experience. You can see a summary of some previous SERU results from our last Town Hall. The survey is confidential, and should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. This is a reminder that your input will help the University's administration, instructors, advisors, and other staff to enhance programs and curricula, improve student services and policies, strengthen learning opportunities, and ensure a vibrant and supportive learning environment for all students. In appreciation for your participation, all students who complete the survey will receive a 20% off entire purchase coupon to the University of Minnesota Bookstore that can be used in-store or online (exclusions apply). You also may elect to be entered to win one of the following prizes: 1 of 5 $500 Scholarships that will be applied to your student account for fall 2022 or 1 of 140 $25 gift cards to the University Bookstore. Take the survey today!

3. Follow Psychology on LinkedIn!

Students, faculty, and staff - connect now with the UMN Psychology Department on LinkedIn to stay updated on departmental events, opportunities, and research! Additionally, for undergraduate students and alumni, we would love to connect with you.

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

4. Association of Black Psychology Students - Join us for 22-23!

We are working to bring back the Association of Black Psychology Students organization. The mission of the Association of Black Psychology Students has been to support the academic, social, and career needs of students of African descent in psychology and related disciplines. ABPS gives students of African descent an opportunity to develop a professional network geared towards social sciences. Ready to join? Please email Ivana Ndege at to express your interest!

5. Psychology Club's Upcoming Event!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Outside Walter Library, The Mall

This will be our last Psychology Club event of the semester this Wednesday, April 27th from 3-4 pm! The event will be yard games and we will meet outside in the green area around Walter Library, also known as the Mall. We decided that it would be a great idea to end the semester on a fun note by playing different yard games outside!


6. LAST Nutritious U Food Pantry of the Semester

Tuesday, April 26, 2021 - Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 2nd Flood Memorial Union

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.

7. Job Application Lab for CLA Seniors!

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 411 Bruininks Hall

Are you graduating this semester and actively looking for employment post-graduation? Join the Job Application Lab for CLA Seniors hosted by CLA Career Services! Wherever you are in the job application process, this drop-in style space is intended for students to apply for jobs while getting on-demand support from staff. Bring your laptop and work on job applications! Come for as much as your schedule allows. Opportunities for professional headshot photos are also available! Check out more info on Handshake.

8. End of Semester Planning - Study Tips and Tricks

Friday, April 29, 2022, 2:15 pm- 2:45 pm CST, RSVP
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 7:00 pm- 7:30 pm CST, RSVP
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Ready for finals? Have final papers and projects or a mountain of homework to finish up? Do you need some new study tips and tricks to help finish the semester strong? In this online workshop, reflect on your semester so far and make a study plan for the rest of the semester whether you have papers, finals, or other types of assignments. Learn new time management techniques and how to study most effectively using proven brain-based methods. Zoom link will be sent to those registered (RSVP above).

9. How Not to Use Data Like a Racist, Sexist, Homophobe (etc.): A Seven-Step Framework for Ethics and Equity in Data

Friday, April 29, 2022, 12:15 pm- 1:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The MPC Workshop provides a rich set of opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to familiarize themselves with, and keep abreast of, the important work being done at the MPC. This event is co-sponsored by CLA’s Office of Research and Graduate Programs and is open to all interested U of M participants. The presenter is Heather Krause, Founder/CEO at We All Count Project for Equity in Data ScienceJoin the Zoom link at the event start time (no RSVP necessary).

10. SuitUp JCPenney Online Discount on Clothes for Students

Happening Now! - Sunday, May 1, 2022
Cost: Varies
Location: Online

U of M is once again partnering this spring with JCPenney on its SuitUp event (ONLINE) for our students and alumni. For those with upcoming internships or who may be starting out in their career, or for those who are interviewing, this event can provide access to deeply discounted professional attire (including scrubs) and accessories. SuitUp provides an extra 30% off discount for professional attire. It will run from April 22 - May 1 as an online event. This event is available to all University of Minnesota students, alumni, and staff. To get the coupon code for online shopping, text GOPHERS to 67292. You will receive a serial number input when you check out online.

11. Study Smarter: Try the Pomodoro (Study Day Edition)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Finals are here. Learn how to use the Pomodoro technique -- a brain-research-based study strategy. Have something ready to work on (e.g. reading, homework, problem sets, research, writing, etc.) -- use focused time and get stuff done. We will share additional study tips to help with finals. RSVP online.

12. Rob Chavez, PhD - Distributed Brain Systems Underlying Self-Representation and Interpersonal Perception - Applications of Computational Modeling to Psychological Science Colloquium Series

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 10:00 am- 11:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

It is widely accepted that the brain is a complex, parallel processing system. Yet, social neuroscientists have traditionally approached questions of how social psychological processes are represented in the brain in a way that only considers individual brain regions in isolation. In this talk, I will present findings from a program of research using a combination of multimodal neuroimaging, machine learning, and novel round-robin paradigms to begin to address how self-representation and interpersonal perception are supported in both distributed networks of brain regions as well as within multivariate patterns of activity within in specific regions of established social brain systems. Together, these studies inform psychological theories of social cognition, self-evaluation, and interpersonal judgments based on a contemporary understanding of the complex architecture of the brain and its relationship to social behavior. RSVP online.

Courses of Interest

13. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - Fall 2022 (1-4 Credits)

Make an internship experience count toward your PSY Major! PSY 3896 class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Fall 2022 semester. Online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Students must apply to and accept a position on their own, but guidance is available. Example sites include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and even more on Handshake. You have time! Read more about what students have to say about PSY 3896! Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on Handshake and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you
PSY 3896 coursework is online (asynchronous); sites requiring in-person work will need to be approved by the College Internship staff

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

14. PSY 4960 - 001: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods: R Programming - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

Conducting psychological research involves collecting data, but what happens next? Completing research projects involves more than just analyzing data! In this course, we will learn about the research pipeline and how to incorporate Open Science practices to generate reproducible and transparent analyses. Specifically, students will learn both basic and advanced R programming to carry out data cleaning, analyses, and visualization. Finally, students will learn how to share their code and data via GitHub. A large component of this course will involve hands-on programming that will culminate in an independent final project. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY3801: Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960-001 will meet in Bruininks 530A, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email us at about the course.

15. 5960-001: Socio-Cultural Psychology - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to general theories and methods in socio-cultural psychology. The course examines how social environment and culture shape psychological and physiological functioning, along with the cyclical nature of these relationships. Together, we will focus on specific topics that bridge sociocultural psychology and identity, including group and identity formation, stereotyping, prejudice, stigma, intergroup contact, and multiculturalism. We will also focus on how diverse aspects of humans’ day-to-day lives — including social relationships, cognitive processes, basic visual perception, judgments of morality, and mental illness — both differ and are constant across cultures. Last, we will place special emphasis on critiquing research methods and analyzing real-world treatments of culture based on topics covered in the course. This course has a significant and sustained emphasis on diversity, power, and justice issues. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY 3001W: Introduction to Research Methods prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 5960-001 will meet in Bruininks 530A, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm CST

Instructor: Dr. Drexler James

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email us at about the course.

16. PSY 5960-002: Brain, Reward, and Motivation - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

This course is aimed at providing an overview of the concepts of reward, motivation, learning, and decision making, and understanding the brain circuits and molecules that support these processes that are shared across species. To understand this, we will have a combination of lectures, readings, and discussions on our current scientific understanding of reward and motivation in animals and in humans, and compare this to pop culture depictions of the brain (for instance, lots of memes about dopamine) and motivated behavior (for instance, viral videos of cute and surprising antics of animals). The goal for students is to have a better understanding of how their own brains work, to provide perspective on decision making and motivation challenges, and to use this knowledge to improve popular understanding of the brain, one meme at a time. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY 3061: Introduction to Biological Psychology prior to or concurrent with this course, but it is not required.

**Course will be scheduled soon - please check Scoop next week for details

Instructor: Dr. Nicola Grissom

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email us at about the course.

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

Looking for an elective this fall? 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 four in-person classes that provide time for community and support. Read more about the course online.

Check Schedule Builder for meeting times.

Instructor: Carole Anne Broad, Lisa Clark, Megan Seltz, and Greg Sawyer

Note: this course does not count as elective credit for the Psychology majors or minors.

18. POL 3677: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

How do people develop their political opinions? What makes people vote the way that they do? Why do some people love, and other loathe, Donald Trump? Understanding how ordinary citizens engage with the political sphere is essential to understanding how politics work. This course applies a psychological approach to understanding how average people - members of the mass public - think about politics, make political decisions, and decide how (and whether) to take political actions. We will explore arguments about the role that ideology, biological and evolutionary factors, personality, identity and partisanship, racial attitudes, and political discussion play in shaping the opinion and behavior of members of the mass public. In addition, this class introduces students to the methodology of political psychology and how political psychologists approach questions and attempt to understand the political world.

POL 3677 is Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 pm- 5:15 pm CST, Blegen Hall 250

Instructor: Instructor: Ezekiel Wright

Note: this course does not count as elective credit for the Psychology majors or minors.


19. Psychology BS Seniors - Complete your Capstone Research this Summer!

This research option can fulfill the 3 credit Capstone research requirement for BS students taking PSY 3901W in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 (by special exception).

PSY 5993-002 (class# 87846): Social Cognitive Research Experience Summer 2022

June 6 - August 12, 2022, 3 credits, Online

In this online research experience, you will learn about methods used to study social cognition throughout the lifespan (early childhood through adulthood). Research projects will examine how young children and adults think about the social world and will include topics such as social exclusion and prosocial behavior. Students will learn how to conduct social cognitive research and how to incorporate open science practices into this research. Possible topics include behavioral coding, data collection, study design, and data analyses. Most work will be completed asynchronously, though students should expect to participate in a synchronous, weekly meeting (time to be decided based on availability). If interested, please contact Dr. Amanda Woodward at for additional information.

21. *Volunteer* Internship with Clinical and Research Experience

The Center for Practice Transformation 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 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 are able to 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 Jennifer Wiseman at with a brief statement of your interest and CV or resume.

22. *Volunteer* Summer Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for undergraduate student volunteers to help us with collecting surveys from individuals attending Minnesota county fairs in rural communities this summer as part of the UMN Driven to Discover (D2D) Research Program. Our study is evaluating rural youth and caregiver attitudes about mental health care, barriers, and preferences for types of services. Students would need to be available to participate in training activities and staff our research booth for a 2-4 day period of at least two fairs this summer. All expenses, including mileage, hotel, and food will be covered. To apply, please send a cover letter including GPA and resume to Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel at

23. *Credit* NICE Lab Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Starting Fall 2022

Are you interested in personality, identity, relationships, and/or race/ethnicity/culture? The NICE Lab, run by Dr. Moin Syed, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for the Fall semester via PSY 5993 (3 credits). Students will be supervised by Dr. Syed or graduate students in the lab, depending on the project. We highly encourage early engagement and no prior experience is required – only interest and commitment to learning! Please fill out this application to be considered for a position and we will be in touch soon. For questions, contact Dr. Syed at

24. *Volunteer* Cognition and Brain (CAB) In Psychopathology Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA and University of Minnesota

Dr. Scott Sponheim, director of the Cognition and Brain (CAB) In Psychopathology Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA and the University of Minnesota, is seeking research assistants to begin Late Spring or Early Summer of 2022 (start date can be flexible). Primary responsibilities will include working directly with study participants to collect EEG and magneto-encephalography (MEG) data and administer cognitive and perceptual tasks, as well as managing and analyzing study data. This position is well-suited for those interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or neuroscience. Requirements: Junior/Senior or Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5; strong motivation to learn EEG and signal processing methods; research interest in integrating clinical psychology and neuroscience; and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Past research experiences with neuroimaging, EEG, computer programming, coding in MATLAB, Python, or R, and/or scientific writing are desirable, but not required. Please submit a current resume, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and describe research experience, interests, and long-term goals. See the lab webpage for more information. This position will start as a volunteer opportunity with the potential of being hired full-time in the fall. Contact Dr. Scott Sponheim at to provide requested information, or with questions.


25. Want to join the UMN Libraries Student Advisory Board?

We are recruiting students to join for the 2022-2023 school year. Board members represent the student body and share feedback on library spaces, collections, and services. Board members also work with librarians and library staff on student outreach projects. We will recruit and interview virtually in the spring and the Board will start meeting in the fall. Board members receive a $500 stipend. Apply today!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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26. IHS Practitioner - Genus Services

Genus Services is hiring both part-time and full-time positions in Minneapolis and South St. Paul for their supportive housing role. We are looking for talented Psychology majors who are wanting to gain hands-on experience working with people with a variety of mental health diagnoses. You will be able to work with clients to support them in achieving their daily living and long-term goals, learn to manage their emotions, provide emotional support, and accompany them into the community to socialize and engage in purposeful activities. This is a great role for aspiring Psychology majors who are looking to help those with mental health diagnoses, as well as looking for experience in the mental health field. Schedules can be built entirely around your class schedule and other commitments. If you are interested, please apply here or send an email to Olivia Arco at stating your interest.

27. Salaried ABA Therapist - Chicago ABA Therapy

Chicago ABA Therapy is a 90% center-based multidisciplinary private practice. We have immediate openings for RBTs and are offering a $500 sign-on bonus as well as flexible scheduling, above-market compensation including potential for salary, access to BCBAs, and free supervision. Our organization seeks and hires exceptional candidates and our application process is selective.

28. Gravie Care Advisor

Gravie's mission is to improve the way people purchase and access healthcare through innovative, consumer-centric health benefit solutions that people can actually use. We’re looking for a Gravie Care Advisor to provide excellent service to customers through inbound calls and emails during regular business hours of 8 am-5 pm CST. The advisor will assist customers with inquiries related to product information, benefits, claims, eligibility, and billing. At Gravie, you’ll have the chance to grow your career and work with some of the brightest minds in a supportive, diverse, and collaborative environment. If you’re passionate about improving the way people purchase and access healthcare, and our culture and values inspire you, please contact Marissa Cerone at, or visit the link to learn more.

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