Psych Scoop, 5/2/23

May 2nd, 2023

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. End of Semester Announcements

During finals week and throughout the summer, Psychology Undergraduate Advising will be available through virtual scheduled appointments and through email. We will resume virtual and in-person drop-ins during the Fall 2023 semester. Everyone in the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office wishes you good luck with finals, and we look forward to seeing you in the Fall!

2. 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.


3. Career Conversations for BIPOC Students

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall, East Bank, Room 411

Join CLA Career Services and Mercedes, a Senior Strategic Sourcing Professional at Target, to talk about transitioning from college into a job as a person of color. We will talk about topics including working at a predominantly white organization, being a token in the workplace, and finding your voice amongst the many. We will have light snacks and career coaches will be there after the event if you have any questions about your job search and transition into the workplace. Register for the event here. If you have any questions about this event please direct them to Max Cordes Galbraith at

4. App Jam Session for Pre-Health Students

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Phillips Wangensteen Building room 3-150/152

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center hosts several events throughout the year for students to help prepare them for certain aspects of the application process for health professional schools. Click on the tabs below to view more information. App Jam sessions will give you a chance to work on your application for a health professional program in one of the central application services (AMCAS, PharmCAS, etc.) while getting guidance and support from your fellow students and Pre-Health Student Resource Center counselors! This event is designed for students who are applying to a health professional program this summer/fall 2023. Please register here if you would like to attend the session. If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out at

5. Sci Pride: Hear from LGBTQ+ Scientists and Engineers!

Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113

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. We invite LGBTQIA+ students, postdocs, faculty, and research staff across the University to share their science through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and brief presentations. Sign up via this Google form to be a volunteer presenter. Responses are requested by Friday, May 5. Content will be reviewed by event organizers for alignment with program goals as well as University and Museum policy and practice. We aim to accept as many participants as we can and encourage people to collaborate with colleagues or lab members in developing and presenting interactive experiences. Questions? Contact Kelsey Griffin at

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 HandshakeRead 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. PSY 5993-003: Practices that Support Student Wellbeing and Development - Summer 2023

This 3 credit online class and distance-learning research experience will focus on the psychology of college life with a particular emphasis on college students' mental health and well-being. Dr. Liza Meredith is interested in how faculty and instructors can design and implement college courses so that students can better understand themselves and other people. She is interested in examining how Psychology classes can support mental health, identity development, and appreciation of diversity. Students will gain skills in critical thinking, research design, and data analysis, and there will be content related to how college students change and develop over the course of college. There will be two hours of online synchronous meeting time per week (12:30-2:30 pm on Thursday, with the remaining work completed independently by the students. Interested students should contact Dr. Liza Meredith at for information on how to register.

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 (

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.

Volunteer/Engagement Opportunities

9. Are you Interested in Volunteering at a Community Organization?

Volunteering offers many of the same potential benefits as other experiential activities, like interning, for example, or participating in research projects. Volunteering is yet another way you can continue developing the Core Career Competencies that signify career readiness. It also gives you a chance to explore various organizations, career paths, and work settings in a fairly low-key way. One way you can find Volunteer opportunities is through the Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL). At the University’s Center for Community-Engaged Learning, staff members will ask you about your interests and then connect you with one or more of the 300 nonprofit community partners they work with. Additionally, you can often find volunteer positions posted on Handshake. Visit the CLA Undergraduate Studies website to view further instructions on how to navigate Handshake.

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

We are recruiting students to join for the 2023-2024 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. Students do not need to be familiar with or have prior knowledge of the UMN Libraries. We are seeking people with a range of experience using the Libraries. We are looking for students who are team players, curious, open-minded, and excited about gathering and sharing student voices. We hope for students to become ambassadors for the Libraries’ services, spaces, programs, and collections. We encourage students from underrepresented groups or diverse backgrounds to apply. The Board meets every other Wednesday 4-5 pm at Walter Library. Students must be available during this time. If you are interested in learning more information and would like to apply, visit the UMN Library website! If you have any questions, please contact Carissa Tomlinson at

Learning Abroad

11. 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.

Graduate School

12. Master of Marketing Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Information sessions are a great opportunity for you to get general information about the Master of Marketing 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 Master of Marketing program but did not have the chance to research the program. Register for the information session here. If you have questions about the program or event, contact


13. *Volunteer or Credit* 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. Research assistants can participate in the lab either on a volunteer basis or for credit in PSY 4993 in Summer 2023. The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ social responsibility reporting. RA’s will work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out tasks including conducting literature reviews and background research, collecting critical incidents of socially responsible behavior 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 29th - June 2nd (20 hours, 5 synchronous and 15 asynchronous). 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. The deadline to apply for a Summer semester position is May 3rd, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

14. *Volunteer* TNT Lab seeking Research Volunteers for I-O Psychology and Technology Projects!

TNT Lab is currently seeking volunteers to join our team and contribute to our ongoing research projects. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of tasks, including testing logic, recruiting participants, rating, and codebook development. You will work closely with seasoned researchers in the field, gain hands-on research experience, knowledge in I-O psychology, and data analysis using R as well as the opportunity to learn more about grad school. We are looking for individuals who are detail-oriented, collaborative, and eager to learn. A strong interest in I-O psychology is essential, as is the ability to work effectively in a team environment. You will have the chance to work on challenging and exciting projects that will help advance our understanding of the latest developments in technology and their applications in the workplace. For summer, most of the work can be conducted remotely. Please apply using this link. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview during the week of May 1st. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Nga Do at

15. *Volunteer or Credit* Research Assistants Interested in Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Needed

Are you interested in learning more about personality – how we differ from one another and how we might change over time? Are you interested in statistics and research methods? Dulce Westberg, a postdoctoral scholar at the NICE lab, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for the 2023-24 academic year. You will be working on research projects related to cultural differences in personality based on race/ethnicity, gender, and social class using narrative methods. More information about what to expect may be found on Dulce’s google scholar pagePlease fill out the application form. Dulce will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss expectations and to ensure that it would be a good fit.

Scholarships & Awards

16. 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.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. 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 and 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 or 866-680-4744.

18. Project Coordinator for the Minneapolis VA Trauma Nightmares Research Project

This is a full-time, paid position on a VA-funded project capturing physiological parameters associated with nightmares in trauma-exposed Veterans by using in-home sleep monitoring. Dr. Katherine Miller, a Psychologist in the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, is the PI on this project. The study involves in-home data collection of sleep psychophysiology measures and randomization of Veterans to cognitive behavioral nightmare treatment. This individual will assist with participant recruitment and retention, eligibility interviews, data collection, maintenance of regulatory materials, and data preparations. The position includes traveling with Dr. Miller to Veterans’ homes to assist with the installation of sleep recording devices during non-typical/evening hours. This study is funded through June 2024, with an opportunity for potential extension. We are seeking a responsible and detail-oriented individual, who is comfortable with novelty. This individual will hold a bachelor’s degree (including those graduating in May 2023) in Psychology or a related field. The position is open only to US citizens and includes a federal employee benefits package (e.g., health care insurance, 11 paid federal holidays) and an anticipated annual salary of $50,660. To apply please send your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to

19. 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

20. TRIO Upward Bounds Residential Youth Counselor

TRIO Upward Bounds Residential Youth Counselors (Job ID: 354472) will live in the residence halls with the Residential Coordinator and TRIO Upward Bound students. When on duty, they are responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of residential activities. The goal of the TRIO UB residential program is to help students become acclimated to living in a college campus environment, build the necessary skills to enhance self-sufficiency and build cultural capital. This is both a part-time and full-time position. This job is open to continuing U of M undergraduate students only. The schedule, as well as more information, can be found in the job posting. If you have any questions about this position, please contact

21. TRIO Upward Bound Classroom Assistant

TRIO Upward Bound is seeking a Classroom Assistant (Job ID: 354490) who is an organized and energetic person who will help in revising and/or creating curriculum in English, Math, College Exploration, Computer Literacy, Economics, Forensic Science (or other science), Government and Advocacy, French (or other foreign languages). Additionally, they will assist the instructor in the classroom Monday-Friday during a five-week supplemental academic summer program as well as other clerical-type duties. To learn more about the position, and to apply, please visit the website. If you have any questions about the position, please contact

22. TRIO Upward Bound Student Office Assistant

TRIO Upward Bound is seeking a Student Office Assistant (Job ID: 354471) who is an organized and energetic person, who will assist with the administration of TRIO Upward Bound 2023 summer program services. The summer employment dates are May through August 31, 2023. Hours may vary, individuals should be able to work 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Office Assistants provide administrative support to keep TRIO UP running efficiently, accountable, and compliant with both University and federal grant administration requirements. The program is dynamic and fast-paced, and we hope that you are too. If you are interested in learning more about the position and applying, visit the U of M Job Website. Questions about this position can be directed to

23. CAPE is hiring a new Peer Coach

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is designed to provide targeted, "high-touch" academic transition support for students who will most benefit from such assistance – highly undecided students, students desiring competitive majors, and students transitioning from one college to another. CAPE's mission is to empower undergraduate students to make informed, self-determined choices about their academic plans at the University of Minnesota. Our Peer Coaches staff the CAPE drop-in hours and assist students with getting started on the major exploration process and getting connected to other resources. Peer Coaches also serve as TAs for sections of OUE 2001: Academic Planning & Exploration, and assist with grading and facilitating in-person class meetings This position would be an excellent fit for students with a personal and/or professional interest in counseling, teaching, advising, mentoring, and coaching. Students can apply via the U of M employment website using the Job Code ID 355043. The priority application deadline is May 1st, 2023. A resume and Cover Letter are required. Questions about the position? Email Amanda Niskode-Dossett at

24. 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 flexible May/June start dates. 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 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.

25. MCTFR Undergraduate Research Assistant

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one (1) undergraduate research assistant (UGRA) registered for study at the University of Minnesota for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study as "ABCD UGRA” (2221: Student Academic Support) responsible for assisting the ABCD Researcher Assistants in completing on-site and remote protocols for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. The position will also require data entry and other miscellaneous duties. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 355193. If you have any questions about this position please contact Jana Hong at

26. 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, 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 by May 15, 2023.

27. Health Research Data Collection Assistant

The 10,000 Families Study (10KFS) is hiring students to staff health visits in Minneapolis. This is the ideal position for someone looking to explore and develop research skills and support nationally recognized efforts to improve family health in Minnesota. Check out our website for in-depth information about the study. A cohort study looking at lifestyle, genetic, and environmental influences on health and developing disease, 10KFS is led by faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with the Masonic Cancer Center. 10KFS hosts family health visits where physical measurements and biospecimens are collected from participants of all ages. Visits are held primarily on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 to 4:00 pm. Health Research Data Collection Assistants complete training; obtain blood, urine, hair, nail, and saliva samples; enter data on the CRF (study form); measure and record vital signs/biometrics; and provide other on-site support. An ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to work in a team-based, fast-paced environment. Relevant clinical/data collection experience and bilingual skills are preferred but not required. To apply for this position, search for job ID #350968 on the U of M careers website. Any questions about this position can be directed to Andrea Hicklea at

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