Psych Scoop, 5/16/23
May 16th, 2023
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Psychology Advising Announcements
Current majors are expected to know the announcements in the advising announcement section.
1. Summer Psych Scoop Schedule
As a reminder, starting next week the Summer Schedule for the Psych Scoop is bi-weekly. Announcements will be sent out every two weeks.
2. Summer Session Courses Still Available
We have a handful of summer courses still available for enrollment at this time. Courses that still have summer availability include PSY 1001: Intro to Psych, PSY 3031: Intro to Sensation and Perception, PSY 3206: Health Psych, PSY 3604: Abnormal Psychology, and PSY 4521: Psych of Stress and Trauma. As a reminder, all summer courses are online and these courses start on June 5th.
3. Psychology Engagement Award - Summer Applications Now Open
Are you volunteering in your community this summer? Or, participating in an unpaid internship here or abroad this summer semester? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in unpaid learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship, etc.). Up to two awards of $500 will be offered for Summer 2023. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 14th. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.
4. Apply for PSY 5993 Enrichment Program
As part of the Building Pathways committee’s aim to increase engagement in research-related psychology careers among underrepresented students, we have created an enrichment program for students enrolled in PSY 5993, to support and enhance students’ research experiences. The program consists of weekly meetings with a cohort of 10-20 students to provide support for PSY 5993 research experiences, build research-related skills, learn about research-related career opportunities, and present their work. Participation in this program will also include up to $250 in tuition support. We would like to invite undergraduates who identify with groups underrepresented in psychology research careers to consider participating in this program by completing a brief application. The form is due at 12:00 pm CST on Friday, August 25th, with acceptances communicated on a rolling basis throughout the summer, and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
5. Sci Pride: Hear from LGBTQ+ Scientists and Engineers!
Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
In honor of Pride Month in June, the Bell Museum -- in partnership with the College of Food Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), the College of Biological Sciences (CBS), the Medical School, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the UMN Office of Equity and Diversity -- will again be celebrating the scientific contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community at the University of Minnesota. We will celebrate Pride and showcase the work of LGBTQIA+ scientists and engineers at this in-person Spotlight Science Sci Pride event on Saturday, June 3rd. Questions? Contact Kelsey Griffin at email@example.com.
Courses of Interest
6. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits - Fall 2023
Make an internship experience count toward your PSY Major! PSY 3896 class credits (1-4 variable credits) are based partly on the number of hours you work at your internship during the Fall 2023 semester. Online course assignments are a complement to your learning at your internship site. Students apply to and secure a position on their own, but guidance is available. Example sites include ACR Homes, 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. 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 is completely online
Instructor: Michael Houlahan
Note: This course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.
7. CI 5116: Action Research in Educational Settings - Fall 2023
Action research is a form of investigation that helps collaborative groups solve problems and improve professional practices in their own classrooms, schools, workplaces, or community settings. Through this class, you’ll learn to lead this type of collaborative research effectively and ethically. You’ll practice qualitative research methods such as survey design, interviewing, participant observation, qualitative coding, and thematic analysis. Because action research is always seeking social improvement, democratic participation, and greater mutual understanding in the research site, you’ll pay particular attention to issues of research ethics, collaboration, and researcher positionality. The course instructor offers substantial feedback to support your growth as a research-oriented writer. Final project options include individual, partner, or small-group final projects; conducting authentic, early-stage research; writing a short research proposal; or developing a portfolio of research artifacts. Instructor permission is required for undergraduates. You must be in your final year before graduation to enroll in the course. Questions about this course can be directed to Ashley Kalscheur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CI 5116 is asynchronous and online.
Instructor: Susan Staats
8. PSY 5960: Race and Life Course Perspective - Fall 2023
In this course, students will review racial, ethnic, and cultural (hereafter: REC) diversity in child and youth development and how this diversity influences their lives. Students will learn about the long history and recent resurgence of research into the role of REC contexts for children and adolescents. This research often challenges popular notions while revealing broader themes regarding the role of REC in development. Consequently, the main goal of this course is for students to learn about these research findings and draw implications for child and youth development, particularly for those populations who are stigmatized due to racial, ethnic, and cultural status. A second main goal of the course is for students to learn about the developmental progression in how children and youth make sense of the REC aspects of their lives and social worlds. Students can apply this knowledge to design developmentally-sensitive programming and dialogues with children and youth. A third goal of the course is for students to develop an understanding of broad themes and principles that are consistent across REC contexts but may be expressed differently in specific REC contexts. These broad themes include ethnic/racial stigmatization, cultural socialization, and REC identity development which are expressed differently in each ethnic, racial, and cultural context. The fourth goal of the course is for students to gain skills in understanding how themes associated with a particular REC group are expressed uniquely by individuals. No enforced prerequisites, PSY 3001W or equivalent recommended.
PSY 5960 - 001 will meet in Elliott Hall N555, Tuesdays from 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Instructor: Dr. Juan Del Toro (email@example.com)
Notes: This course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only. This course was previously offered as PSY 4960 in Spring 2023 as "Race and the Developing Child." Students may not complete both offerings.
9. CSPH 3211: Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community - 2 credits - Fall 2023
Living on Purpose is a course designed to help students explore questions of meaning and purpose in college and in their lives. In this class, students will examine the context and meaning of their own lives, explore other peoples’ ways of living on purpose, and consider the big questions that shape their present and future. Through four in-person class retreats, readings, videos, reflections, experiential exercises, and assignments, the course will offer students time to examine and perhaps define their own purpose and what it means to live more purposefully at this time in their lives. Ultimately, the course aims to help build a framework to support living on purpose now and into the future.
CSPH 3211 will meet in Mayo Building Room B393, Fridays from 12:30 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Instructor (s): Carole Anne Broad, Lisa Clark, Megan Seltz, & Greg Sawyer
Notes: This course does not count for Psychology requirements.
10. MIDB Autism & Neurodevelopment Clinic Trainees – Evidence-Based Therapies
The Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for students who would like to gain experience in evidence-based therapies as volunteer trainees in our clinic. Our clinic provides group therapies to address social skills, anxiety management, and the transition to adulthood. On a less frequent basis, we also offer art therapy and parent coaching for parents of children with ADHD. Trainees would gain experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 8-25) with autism spectrum disorder and/or related neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., communication disorders, anxiety, ADHD, depression) and their caregivers. Responsibilities of this position may include the preparation of treatment materials, co-facilitation of therapy groups, writing of clinical progress notes, and other tasks as assigned. Opportunities for credit may be available. We ask that students commit to 6-10 hours/week in our clinic. Preference will be given to students who can commit to at least a year of training. This is a great opportunity for students considering careers in clinical psychology, school psychology, or any type of counseling. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered. If interested, please apply ASAP to be considered for summer and fall opportunities.
11. Apply to be a Special Projects Volunteer (SPV)
Looking to get involved with our office? Would you be interested in representing The Aurora Center by staffing various events across campus? Special Projects Volunteers (SPVs) serve as our lead volunteers for staffing tables at events across campus. SPVs also coordinate our involvement in new student orientation, Welcome Week, Homecoming, and Paint the Bridge activities throughout the summer and fall. Many incoming students and their families learn about Aurora's services at these events this summer, so we depend on our SPVs to serve as ambassadors of Aurora. This role requires 6 hours of training that takes place in June. SPV applications are now open until May 22nd at 8:00 am. If you're interested please apply here! Questions about the opportunity can be directed to Ashley Harrington at email@example.com.
12. Are you planning on studying abroad in a future term? Learn about the studying abroad process through the Learning Abroad Center!
Are you interested in studying abroad? Begin the Study Abroad Process by taking a look at the 'Learning Abroad Process' page on the LAC website. The process described on the website is the basic check off list that you'll complete in order to learn abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible. If you're interested in psychology-related programs, check out the psychology major guide to studying abroad as a psychology major and a list of suggested programs. For more information, visit the Learning Abroad Center website.
13. MS in Physiology Information Sessions
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
The Master’s in Physiology at Georgetown University is a one-year, non-thesis, pre-health master’s degree program designed as an opportunity for pre-health college graduates to strengthen their competitiveness and readiness for medical school, dental school, allied health programs, or Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences. Students are challenged with a rigorous curriculum and receive expert advising and support from our medical center faculty. Come learn more about our program and what we have to offer you! RSVP for the May 25th session here. RSVP for the June 12th session here. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. MS in Pharmacology Information Sessions
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Georgetown University’s MS in Pharmacology program is a one-year, non-thesis degree program that offers a foundation of rigorous coursework as well as the option to do research or tailor the curriculum with a selection of elective courses from across our biomedical departments. Our typical cohort of 15-20 students benefits from a small class size in our main pharmacology courses and receives personalized attention from our faculty, whether in the classroom or in the laboratory. Join our information session to learn more about what we have to offer you! RSVP for the May 24th session here. RSVP for the June 12th session here. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
15. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Summer Deadline - June 26
UROP provides funding for students to complete 120 hours of research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students can work with any faculty at the University of Minnesota and do not have to work with someone in their major or even their college. Depending on the academic discipline and faculty mentor, students can join an already established research project or create their own research project. Students set their own timeline for completing their projects, although most complete their UROP in a semester or over the summer. Students work closely with faculty mentors throughout their undergraduate research experience. Students gain valuable connections and skills and faculty are provided with talented undergraduates for research assistance. The application for Summer 2023 funds is Monday, June 26th, 2022. Learn more and apply online.
16. *Volunteer or Credit* Summer Data Collection Experience - Autism Mentorship Program (AMP)
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for students to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. This role will focus on the Autism Mentorship Program (AMP), which evaluates the outcomes of a community-based mentoring program for autistic adolescents and adults. Responsibilities of this position may include: administering surveys and interviews to parents, autistic adolescents, and autistic young adults. Data collectors are also welcome to participate in the preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. This is a great opportunity to gain some hands-on data collection experience and also work with autistic teens and young adults! Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week in June and July of 2023. Students may have the opportunity to continue working on this project during the 2023-2024 academic year if interested!
17. *Credit* Research Assistant Interested in Romantic Relationships Needed
The Social Interaction Lab, led by Dr. Jeff Simpson, is seeking an undergraduate research assistant for the upcoming Fall 2023 semester. We are looking for help with a variety of research tasks (e.g., literature reviews, qualitative coding) related to relationship processes. This position will require a commitment of 9 hours per week (3 credits). Preference will be given to students who can commit to at least two semesters. If interested, please send a CV/resume and a brief introduction to Abby Person at firstname.lastname@example.org.
18. *Volunteer or Credit* Clinical Data Manager - Autism Clinical Research Lab
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for a clinical data manager to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities of this position may include: scoring clinical assessments, data entry, and management of the clinical database. Data managers are also welcome to participate in the preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to this position over the course of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at email@example.com to be considered.
19. *Volunteer or Credit* Clinical Research Coordinator - Autism Clinical Research Lab
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for a clinical research coordinator to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities of this position may include administration and scoring of surveys and other assessments, data entry and management, preparation of treatment and research materials, and other tasks as assigned. Coordinators are also welcome to participate in the preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to this position over the course of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
Scholarships & Awards
20. CLA Internship Scholarship
The CLA Internship Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. The scholarships are offered by CLA three times per year and awarded during the term that the internship is completed. To apply for a CLA Internship Scholarship, you must meet the following conditions: Be an already-enrolled, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Have not previously received this scholarship or the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship, Be already engaged in an internship, participating in a university program that places you into an internship, or you have already been accepted into an internship position. 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. Applications are due Monday, May 22, 2023, at 9:00 am CST. Visit the Scholarship Website to view more requirements, learn more information about the scholarship, and apply.
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21. Summer Internships with Neurodivergent Youth
Cabin counselors are invaluable staff members who live, play, laugh, and learn with their campers. Cabin counselors assist, support and motivate campers whether at activities or listening to their concerns about an issue or idea. Throughout the day cabin counselors participate in their cabin’s activities and do everything in their power to make each of their campers’ summer the most memorable yet. Because they spend their whole day with their cabin group, they really get to know their campers and are in the best position to make a difference in their lives. There is a $2,100 - $2,500 stipend, housing and meals are provided by the camp. Camp Akeela runs from June 14th - August 13th. Camp Beyond Akeela runs from June 17th - August 2nd. To learn more about both positions and to apply, visit their website. If you have any questions please direct them to email@example.com or 866-680-4744.
22. Undergraduate Research Assistant - Summer 2023
Interested in working as a paid undergraduate research assistant over the summer? Join our research team! Are you interested in gaining research experience and earning money this summer? We are currently seeking undergraduate RAs to join our research team and assist us with conducting our study online. We are specifically looking for RAs who have already completed the CITI Program training or are willing to complete it soon. Our study will begin in May and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. RAs will be working as a two-person team and paid $15 per hour. We expect the RAs to work around 15 hours per week (3 hours per day), though this may vary depending on the study schedule. If you are interested in joining the team and would like to schedule a brief interview with our research team, please contact Jeeny Seo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23. Research Assistant at Minneapolis VA Health Care System
We have an opening at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System for a full-time Research Assistant to assist with interventional and observational research studies. The studies are being conducted by Kelvin Lim, MD, and colleagues at the Technology and Research Applications in Neuromodulation (TRAIN) Lab located on the campus of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Research involves the use of technology including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This position will require working directly with clinical patients in a research capacity. Clinical populations include Veterans with traumatic brain injury, depression, PTSD, obesity, substance use, and/or impulsivity. Responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of research study execution including recruitment, screening, assessment, and data entry. The anticipated starting salary is $50,660. For a full position description and information on applying, please contact Alicia Fenske at email@example.com.
24. Mental Health Practitioner
Central Care Services Inc. (located at 3355 Hiawatha Ave. Minneapolis, MN) is hiring a Mental Health Practitioner! This is a great opportunity for those with majors/minors in Psychology Developmental Psychology or related fields to get first-hand experience working under a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Previous experience and training are preferred, but not required, as you will be trained after hire. Mental Health Practitioners work one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum and related disorders, using ABA therapy to help clients reach their individual goals. Goals include skills such as social communication social interaction, motor skills, Self-care skills, etc. Starting pay is $20-25/hour, and preference is given to those who can work about 25-40 hours per week. Hours of operation are from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm weekdays, and 11:00 am - 6:00 pm weekends. Please reach out to Info@centralcareservice.com with a copy of your resume if interested. Questions about this position can be directed to Nimo Mohamud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25. Research Professional - Department of Educational Psychology
A bio-behavioral research group in the Department of Educational Psychology is looking for a full-time research professional to assist in ongoing research projects in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. Our work includes the assessment of pain and sensory function, parent-child interactions, self-injurious behavior, and other health outcomes in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (e.g. cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome, autism spectrum disorder). The scope of this position includes analyses of these factors using complex behavior scoring systems, assisting in the supervision of co-workers and/or student workers to ensure progress and data quality, and collaboration with the direct supervisor and larger research group on topics and issues related to projects and broader content areas. Ideal candidates have excellent attention to detail, are enthusiastic, and can commit a minimum of 2 years to the position. This position allows for hybrid remote work as training progresses. We have a flexible May/June start date. You must have at least a bachelor’s degree or 4 equivalent years of experience. For any questions, please reach out to Dr. Alyssa Merbler at Merbl004@umn.edu. To apply, visit our careers site. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one, then select the Apply button to begin your application.
26. Front Desk Student Worker - Summer 2023
School of Nursing Office of Student and Career Advancement Services is hiring a Front Desk Student Worker! Starting pay is $15/hr. You must be available to start during the summer term with the potential to be renewed each term. Due to the nature of the role you cannot be a School of Nursing student. Work up to 12 hours a week Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. You must have experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite. Work-study is preferred but not required. If you are interested in applying, go to the U of M Job Website and search for Job ID #355351. Questions about this position can be directed to Brittany Howard at email@example.com.
27. Research Assistant - Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
The Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR) Minneapolis VA Health Care System has an opening for a half or full-time Research Assistant for a funded suicide prevention study that will lay a foundation for understanding the effective treatments and supports needed for Veterans who experience a suicide loss, including women and Native and Indigenous Veterans. Using explanatory sequential mixed methods, this study will identify the mental health outcomes associated with knowing someone who has died by suicide and risk and protective factors. The research assistant will join an interdisciplinary team and work under Dr. Nina Sayer, a clinical psychologist and health services researcher with expertise in trauma-related mental health disorders and healthcare. Responsibilities involve preparing survey mailings, monitoring recruitment, scheduling and administering phone interviews, scanning completed surveys, and literature reviews, and assisting with dissemination activities. The yearly salary for half-time is $25,330 and for full time is $50,660. Position renewable, pending performance review, for up to three years. To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and a CV/resume to Robert Orazem, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2023.
28. HBCD Site Coordinator
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one HBCD Site Coordinator (7352P2: Researcher Professional 2 Supervisor*) responsible for executing all tasks associated with the HBCD (Healthy Brain and Child Development) Study protocol. The HBCD Study recruits people during pregnancy & following their infants through the first five years of their lives. In addition to performing the protocol tasks, the HBCD Site Coordinator will review data to assure quality, provide the study Principal Investigators with regular reports, & transfer data to the HBCD Data Informatics Center. Day-to-day supervision, scheduling, & monitoring of several HBCD Research Assistants and Undergraduate Research Assistants is required. The HBCD Site Coordinator will work closely with HBCD parent/infant/child participants to assess infant/child development and complex psychological traits. *This position is classified as a Research Professional 2 Supervisor (7352P2), which requires that the selected candidate have BA/BS, plus at least 2 years of experience.* Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 355349.
29. Research Assistant
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire a Research Assistant (83521: Research Professional 1) responsible for interviewing and recruiting study participants. Assessments include interviews, neuropsychological testing, personality, and related assessments. Research Assistants will review data to assure quality. They will work closely with the MCTFR research participants and MCTFR co-investigators so a bachelor's degree, onsite work at Elliott Hall, and remote work, including evenings and weekends are required, and research experience, knowledge, and skills, plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 355510.
30. Research Assistant Position - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking candidates for a Research Assistant position. Responsibilities include: 1) 50% manage and coordinate data collection from human research studies, including overseeing the progress of online participants and assisting them as necessary. 2) 25% maintain accurate and complete study records. 3) 15% assist with government and institutional regulatory efforts, including preparation, submission, and upkeep of IRB protocols. 4) 10% preparing summaries of research study progress, based on laboratory records. Research assistants are expected to become increasingly independent practitioners of the basic building blocks of the research process. We recognize that research assistants often wish to pursue research-related careers and educational opportunities. We have particular strength in helping research assistants prepare for such opportunities, including by developing effective graduate school application packets. Competitive candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or neuroscience before the appointment begins. Exceptional candidates with backgrounds in statistics, data science, or computer science may also be considered. The start date is early June. If interested, please send a CV or resume and a brief (abstract-length) summary of relevant professional experience to Dr. Michael Bronstein at email@example.com. Please direct pre-submission inquiries to the same address.