Psych Scoop, 4/5/22

April 5th, 2022

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1. Countdown to Registration - 1 Week (and 2 Days) Out

We are about two weeks out from registration! Registration starts on April 14th. Have you checked your registration time? Have you confirmed any holds on your record? Do you know what you're taking for the Fall semester? If you're not sure, advisors are there to help! 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. Are You Graduating Spring or Summer 2022? Save the Date to Celebrate!

Friday, April 29, 2022, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall Breezeway (outside)

Psychology majors who have applied for Spring or Summer 2022 graduation will soon be receiving an email invitation to the 2022 Psychology Undergraduate Celebration. This psychology undergraduate event recognizes award recipients and graduating seniors in front of peers, staff, faculty, and family for all of their accomplishments! The event will be held on campus Friday, April 29th, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Please mark your calendars now and keep an eye out for your email invitation, which will be sent out directly to students who are applied to graduate for Spring or Summer 2022.

3. Alumni Spotlight: Casey Giordano

Psych Advising has started a monthly alumni spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Our spotlight for April is Dr. Casey Giordano ('15). Dr. Giordano completed his PhD in I/O Psych and now works as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University where he is launching a new master's in I/O Psych. 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!

4. Getting Started with Psychology Research: Info Session Workshop

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 4:30 pm- 5:15 pm CST
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4:30 pm- 5:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

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. 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!


6. Deaf Adult Involvement: Supporting Linguistic Diversity in Early Intervention

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join the Department of Educational Psychology's special education program for the first in a series of talks on Supporting Linguistic Diversity in Education. Dr. Elaine Gale, associate professor of special education at City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College will present her research on how Deaf adult involvement is a key aspect in early intervention programs serving young deaf children and their families, and even more so when it comes to supporting linguistic diversity. (ASL interpreters and live transcriptions will be available.) Register online and get more information on the series.

7. Professional & Academic Email Writing Workshop for UMN International Students

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Student English Language Support (SELS) and Career Services are collaborating to help international students successfully navigate professional & academic email writing. In this interactive workshop, you will learn about professional email etiquette, appropriate language to use in professional/academic emails, and how to concisely write all parts of a professional or academic email. This is a hybrid workshop - with an in-person and online option. Please register to confirm your option, after registering you will receive the link.

8. Nobody Told Me That! Seeing Your Strengths and Navigating Graduate School

Friday, April 8, 2022, 10:00 am- 11:30 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

During this panel conversation, UMN faculty and staff will speak about their advisor and mentor relationships, how they came to understand University culture, and how their strengths as first-gen graduate students helped them navigate graduate school. RSVP online.


9. 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.

10. 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 needs 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


11. *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 with any questions or for more information. Deadline to apply for a summer position is April 30th, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

12. *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,

13. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for students to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab. The position will start either this summer or fall, depending on the applicants' availability. Students will primarily work on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in community mental health care settings. Responsibilities will include administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, coding open-ended survey responses, and data entry. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field and be willing to commit 4 hours per week, including some weekday evenings and weekend mornings. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (including GPA and class year) to, and include your availability for this summer and fall.

14. *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 2022-2023 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 weekly lab meeting. Students accepted to the lab can apply to receive research credit for the course PSY4993 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 able to make a multiple-semester commitment. Those with prior experience conducting human subjects research, veterans, and military-connected students as well as those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science as defined by the National Science Foundation are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, send an email with “ARMOR RA Position” in the subject line to the Project Coordinator, Shelly Hubbling at Include your cover letter, resume/CV, and copies of your unofficial transcripts.

Graduate School

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15. MS in Finance Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, April 7, 2022, 10:00 am- 11:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Information sessions are a great opportunity for you to get general information about the MS in Finance program, presented by the MS Programs staff. Following a program overview presentation is a Q & A session. This is an ideal session for people who want to pursue a Carlson School's MS in Finance program but did not have the chance to research the program. Register online.

16. The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences PRESENTS Graduate School Informational Session for Non-majors

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn more about Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities! RSVP online.

17. Master of Marketing Program: Admissions 101 Webinar

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you decided the Master of Marketing might be the right fit for you, and now you're ready to apply? Join this information session to learn more about the application requirements and overall admission process, presented by Master of Marketing program staff. Stick around for a Q&A (question and answer) session following the presentation. Register online.


18. INSPIRE U2 (Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates)

INSPIRE U2 (Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates) is a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (NSF Award #1852056) that aims to provide a learning pathway that will set under-represented female students on a track towards graduate studies and careers in statistical fields. Over the course of the summer, INSPIRE U2 Scholars (majors ranging from biology to journalism to psychology) participate virtually in a series of activities including a Statistics Bootcamp using RStudio (taught by Dr. Blankson), professional development sessions, and weekly mindfulness sessions. INSPIRE U2 Scholars also work on an independent research project using freely available Big Data sets. Participants develop their own research questions, conduct data analyses to answer those research questions, and prepare a presentation. Scholars are mentored by faculty (Senior Mentors), and also receive mentorship from an RStudio staff member. More details on the Scholars and Mentors are available. Applications due April 15th.

19. The Eiger Family Presidential Fellow

Are you interested in conducting research on the American Presidency, Congress, or the national policy-making process? Would you like to work with a professional mentor and network with political leaders in Washington, D.C.? Then you should apply for the Eiger Presidential Fellows Program offered by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. This is a one-year non-resident program through which you are matched with a mentor, write a 10-15 page research paper while completing your regular on-campus classes, and then travel to Washington, D.C., during the spring semester for a leadership conference and networking opportunities. The UMN-TC application deadline is Sunday, May 1, at 12:59 pm, and the selected student will be notified by Friday, June 10.

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