Psych Scoop, 5/10/22

May 10th, 2022

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1. Psychology BS Major - Change Effective Fall 2022 Catalog

Effective for the Fall 2022 catalog, the Psychology BS Major will no longer have an additional UMN-TC residency requirement (9 credits) for the Outside Psychology Foundation Cluster coursework. All students that declared the Psychology BS Major in Spring 2022 will be placed on the new Fall 2022 requirements - this update will occur once the Fall 2022 APAS is ready. Students who declared the Psychology BS Major in Fall 2021 and earlier are invited to opt-in to the new Fall 2022 catalog requirements. Any current Psychology BS Major student may submit a request to Psychology Advising for a record update to follow the new Fall 2022 requirementsPlease submit this form no later than Friday, June 3, 2022 - indicating if you would like to be moved from your current PSY BS program to the new Fall 2022 catalog. More details and FAQs are documented online. If you still have any questions, please contact our Psychology Advising team at

2. Alumni Spotlight: Jay Senior

Psych Advising has started a monthly alumni spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Our last spotlight for the Spring semester is Jay Senior (PSY BS '20), an sales rotational agent at UnitedHealthcare. 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!

3. 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 Scholarship 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!


4. The Myth of Willpower, Why Diets Don’t Work, and Why That’s Ok - Dr. Traci Man

Friday, May 13, 2022, 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Diets do not lead to long-term weight loss, and this is not because dieters have worse willpower than anyone else. Weight regain after a diet is a predictable response to changes in metabolism, hormone response, and cognitive processing that are caused by dieting. Those changes make it very difficult, although not impossible, to continue restricting consumption. The aim of this webinar is to describe this cycle, as well as to discuss why this need not be a problem for individual health. Traci Mann is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She is interested in basic science questions about cognitive mechanisms of self-control, in applying social psychology research to promoting healthy behavior, and in busting commonly accepted myths about eating. RSVP online.

5. George Floyd Global Memorial's Rise and Remember Events

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - Saturday, May 28, 2022
Cost: Free (Gala: $125)
Location: Online

In partnership with many community members and organizations, the George Floyd Global Memorial is putting together multiple events and a day of festivities for the community to come together in Minneapolis at George Floyd Square for the Rise and Remember celebration. Rise and Remember exists to remember those who have been lost unjustly and to gather people together to rise to the occasion to pursue racial justice. The theme this year is We Will Heal Us. We are excited to welcome you to join us from May 25 -28, 2022. Register to attend, volunteer, and learn more online.

6. Underrepresented Students in STEM Symposium

Saturday, September 24, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

The Underrepresented Students STEM Symposium invites you to submit an application to participate in a symposium taking place on September 24, 2022. This symposium is free and tentatively going to be held in person at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank Campus. The symposium will allow underrepresented students to present research, current literature, or a research proposal to STEM professionals and other undergraduate students. Students will be paired with a mentor to work through the presentation process and for future questions about graduate school and applications. The symposium will also include panels on what graduate school entails, how to apply, and what grad student life looks like. Learn more and RSVP online.

Courses of Interest

7. 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.


8. Submit Undergraduate Research to MURAJ

Are you finishing up a research project this semester that you want to publish? We invite you to submit your research for publication in next year's edition of the Minnesota Undergraduate Research and Academic Journal (MURAJ). Next cycle's review round won't begin until January 2023, but you can submit your manuscript now! Submit your manuscript online. Students graduating this semester are especially encouraged to submit their research. If you are graduating this semester, please make a note on your submission. If you have any questions, please reach out to

9. *Credit* 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.

10. *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.

11. *Credit or Volunteer* Summer/Fall RA Position with Child Development Lab

The Gunnar Lab in the Institute of Child Development is looking for student research assistants for summer and fall 2022. Our research focus on stress and effects of early life experiences in children. We have a few research studies looking for help as testing specialists and experimenters. As a testing specialist, you will act as a judge or research buffer while participants give a speech and do verbal math. Testing specialists must be available for 1.5-2 hour shifts between 2:30-8:30 pm on multiple days, including weekends. Reliable internet and a good camera with recording capabilities are required as these research sessions will occur over Zoom. Responsibilities as experimenters include recruiting, scheduling, and running online research sessions. Experimenters must have flexibility in their schedule to correspond to research participants during weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Students can earn between 1-3 credits for CPYS 4994. Preference will be given to those who can start summer 2022 and commit to two or more semesters in our lab. To learn more about these positions, please send your CV/resume and a short introduction to Bao Moua at to be considered.

12. *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 to 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.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Culture and Family Life Lab with Dr. Gail Ferguson Hiring Summer and Fall 2022 RAs

The Culture and Family Life Lab is looking to hire RAs for summer and fall 2022. All students are welcome to apply regardless of prior research experience or cultural background because we are studying development in BIPOC and White American as well as international youth and we provide training at the start. As always, we welcome under-represented students and we have a special need this cycle for artistic students (e.g., photoshop/digital interests). All interested students should see the lab’s online application.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Research on Digital Phenotyping for Bipolar Disorders

We are seeking two to three highly motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented undergraduates, preferably of sophomore or junior standing, to contribute to a study examining usefulness of smartphone apps in tracking symptom and functional changes in adults with bipolar disorders in the laboratory of Dr. Snezana Urosevic at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available. We request that applicants are willing to make a one-year commitment to the lab, including a 9-hour weekly commitment (3 credits). Opportunities and responsibilities include participant retention, data entry and verification, qualitative data analysis, contributing to analysis and finding dissemination, and learning about digital phenotyping methods in psychopathology research. Research assistants will also attend laboratory meetings and have an opportunity to utilize existing datasets for capstone projects during the academic year. Past RAs have authored poster presentations and contributed to manuscript submissions. Competitive applicants will have strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. If you are interested, please email the project coordinator, Kasey Stack, at and attach your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript. Due to VA requirements, applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Learning Abroad

15. Virtual Internships - Learning Abroad Center

The Virtual International Internship is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute, and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills. You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Italy, Kenya, Senegal, Spain, or the United Kingdom, while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time. While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match to your skills, experience, and internship goals. Applications for Fall 2022 are now open.

16. May 2023 Learning Abroad Opportunity: Japanese Traditions & Psychology of Well-Being

In this seminar, immerse yourself in Japanese culture while exploring family-focused topics and examining rituals, and traditions, with an emphasis on how Japan promotes well-being or emotional struggles. These topics have important relevance to extending knowledge in the areas of psychology, human development, and cultural studies. Students receive credit for PSY 3621 - approved for Psychology Distribution Area B course OR as Psychology Elective credit for the Psychology Majors or General Psychology Minor. Applications are now open! Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program. Learn more online.

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

17. Master of Science in Finance Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 8:30 am- 9:30 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

NOTE: Summer 2022 admissions season will have ended by the time of this event for international applicants residing outside of the U.S., with a final application deadline of April 15. The final application deadline for domestic applicants and international applicants currently residing in the U.S. is May 15. Please note that the Summer 2023 application will open in the fall, in September. 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.

18. Info Session for the MHRIR Program at the Carlson School

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online or In-Person at the Carlson School of Management

Find out how you can benefit from a Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations (MHRIR) degree from one of the nation's top programs. With full-time and part-time options, you can find a program that fits your lifestyle and unlock vast possibilities for your future. Our graduates are largely recruited by Fortune 100 companies and make an average starting salary of $82,500. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2022 with an optional GRE/GMAT test requirement. Sign up for an info session or reach out to us directly at

19. MS in Business Analytics Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 9:00 am- 10:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

NOTE: Summer 2022 admissions will have closed by the time of this event. Please note that the new application for Summer 2023 program entry will open in September. Join an online webinar to hear a live information session from our MS Programs team about the Full-Time MS in Business Analytics program. The day of the event, you will receive a follow-up email with directions on how to join the webinar. Register online.

20. Master of Marketing Virtual Information Session: Admissions 101

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 10:00 am- 11:00 am 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 the Master of Marketing program staff. Stick around for a Q&A (question and answer) session following the presentation. Register online.

21. NextGen Psych Scholars Program is Recruiting

Thinking about pursuing a PhD in psychology? Become a mentee in the NextGen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP)! NPSP is a year-long virtual graduate student-led mentorship program targeted at underrepresented (e.g., BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQIA+) undergraduates and post-baccalaureates interested in applying to psychology PhD programs. The goal of NPSP is to cultivate long-term support structures between current underrepresented (e.g., BIPOC, first-gen, low-income, LGBTQIA+) graduate students and diverse undergrad or post-baccalaureate mentees to (1) celebrate the unique journeys that led graduate students to pursue a PhD and (2) empower the next generation of scholars while enhancing feelings of belonging in academia. We tackle the process of applying to graduate school, how to navigate the “hidden curriculum” (e.g., networking, advocating for yourself) of academia, and how to manage the hardships experienced by underrepresented students. Apply to be a mentee by June 3rd, 2022!

Scholarships & Awards

22. CLA Internship Scholarship

The CLA Internship Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. A complete application includes the online application as well as a Site Agreement through Handshake. Both requirements must be completed by the deadline for your application to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The application deadline is May 23rd at 9:00 am CST. Learn more and apply online.


23. 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 spring and the Board will start meeting in the fall. Board members receive a $500 stipend. Apply today!

24. Special Projects Volunteer

Apply to be a Special Projects Volunteer at The Aurora Center! The Aurora Center is an advocacy office on campus that serves victim-survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The Aurora Center also offers volunteer opportunities at the University of Minnesota for full-time students, staff, or faculty that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers. Special Projects Volunteers complete a 6-hour training in June and represent Aurora at events and programming like summer orientation, tabling events throughout the summer and academic year, and special events like Homecoming. Applications are open from now until May 18th. To apply please visit our website.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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25. Research Assistant (Lab Manager) - Virginia Tech Carilion

Two full-time research assistants (lab managers) are sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion. Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). Some projects involve biological sample collection and/or image acquisition with various animals. The research assistants will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection involves various modalities: behavioral tasks, imaging (e.g., fMRI, MEG), clinical interviews, and/or biological assays (e.g., urine, saliva). Additional duties include managing participant databases, relevant IRB protocols, and project funds. Research assistants are essential members of the labs and will be responsible for maintaining overall knowledge of all projects. The research assistants will also facilitate the day-to-day logistics of the labs. Training will be provided for all aspects of the positions. Apply online!

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