Psych Scoop, 5/3/22

May 3rd, 2022

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1. 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!

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

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


3. Indigenous Explorations: How Native Hawaiians (and Other Indigenous People) Explored the World to Defend Their Place in It

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 2nd Flood Memorial Union

When we think of explorers, we think of European men like Christopher Columbus or Captain James Cook in the "Age of Exploration" that inaugurated the changes of the modern era. But what would it mean to recognize that all people—not just Europeans—were explorers of the world? What would we learn if we understood that Indigenous people throughout the world actively explored Europeans and others they came into contact with for the first time? Join us on May 5 when Professor David Aiona Chang traces this unique illustration in the history of Indigenous exploration, helping us to better understand the process and meaning of global exploration by looking out from the shores of a place that was allegedly the object, and not the agent, of exploration. RSVP online.

4. Psych Mic Event - A Career in Applied Behavioral Science

Friday, April 29, 2022, 2:15 pm- 2:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you ever been curious about researching how people make decisions and applying those insights to the real world? Join Psych Mic on Tuesday, May 10th at 10 am CST for a LIVE podcast recording session with Aline Holzwarth, MBA, an applied behavioral scientist specializing in digital health research and scientifically informed product design. She is currently the Head of Behavioral Science at Pattern Health and Principal Researcher at Dan Ariely's Center for Advanced Hindsight (founded by Dan Ariely). Aline has a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College, and an MBA from Duke University. You will be able to send in your own questions before and during the event!

5. 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

6. 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.

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

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

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

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

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

8. 5960-001: Socio-Cultural Psychology - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

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

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

Instructor: Dr. Drexler James

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Dr. Nicola Grissom

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

10. EPSY 3801: The Science of Human Resilience and Wellbeing: Foundational Knowledge for Career and Life Success - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

Learn more and enroll. This course gives students permission to take care of themselves first in order to effectively manage stress and optimize their well-being and performance in school, work, and life. Resilience refers to the human capacity and ability to both survive and thrive in the face of life circumstances. Students will develop a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts of stress, resilience, and wellbeing, as well as specific resilience practices scientific research has shown enable people to better manage and bounce back from stressful situations and enhance their social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in career and personal aspects of life. For more information, contact the instructor.

EPSY 3801 is Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST, Elliott Hall N119

Instructor: Instructor: Jessie Kember (

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


11. 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

12. *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.

13. *Volunteer* Summer Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

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

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

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

15. *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 (the 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.

16. *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 focuses on stress and the 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 is 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.

17. *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.

18. *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.


19. 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!

20. 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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21. Behavioral Health Counselor - Children's Residential Treatment Center

This is a great job if you are interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, learning de-escalation techniques, and being a positive role model for teens with various mental health diagnoses. Our Residential Counselors play a huge part in creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment for our kids. Learn more about the CRTC and apply online.

22. Research Assistant - CDN Lab at ICD

The Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab, located in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, is seeking an undergraduate research assistant for the summer to assist with uploading and digitizing historical research projects from our lab. The research assistant will complete on-site work. Responsibilities will include document scanning, de-identification of documents, data entry and verification, and other administrative tasks. This position is open to undergraduate students and students graduating this spring. Flexible scheduling from 9 am- 5 pm, Monday-Friday. 15-20 hours per week. Starting pay is $13.50 per hour. If interested in applying, please send a brief introductory email to Annie Colomer at

23. Research Assistant - Prof. Beth Campbell

We are looking for a motivated undergraduate to join the research team of Professor Beth Campbell and PhD Student Chris Winchester as a Research Assistant. If interested, please review the details of the job below. Research assistant’s responsibilities might include: Searching, reviewing, and analyzing existing literature; cataloging and organizing literature; analyzing interview themes / qualitative data coding; managing and processing quantitative data (e.g., surveys); supporting survey design, development, and (online) administration; running of lab experiments with research participants; analyzing interview themes / qualitative data coding; project management of team simulations; and occasional research tasks as needed. The job will be approximately 5-10 hours per week. Pay rate, length of role, and exact time commitment to be negotiated, estimating $13.50-15/hour (based on experience). If you are interested, please complete the application which notes full job responsibilities and requirements.

24. Do You Love Working with Kids and Making a Difference? - See our Behavior Therapist Opening

Recognized as a world leader, the Lovaas Institute Midwest is committed to providing the highest quality treatment available to children diagnosed with autism. We approach this one child at a time by individualizing each child’s program to best meet his or her needs. We are seeking Behavior Therapists in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Minnesota—the job is fun, flexible, and offers a rewarding experience for our employees and the opportunity to change lives. The Lovaas Institute Midwest also offers frequent opportunities for advancement within the company and professional growth including supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts, on-the-job training, and compensation and training for continuing education. Search for us on Indeed, go to our website, or email!

25. Program Evaluation Intern - Wayside Recovery Center

Looking for a summer internship in Psychology? Join the Evaluation team at Wayside Recovery Center to support breaking the cycle of addiction and trauma for women, children, and families. This role aims to provide programming that is tailored to the clients we serve by interviewing clients and collecting data to develop an understanding of the services provided and inform program improvements. Data is additionally reviewed and analyzed in order to report to stakeholders and funders. Apply here.

26. Support Staff

Looking for a fun & flexible job? Gain patient care hours by working in a family home for a sweet lady with Spina Bifida in New Brighton, MN. Women are highly encouraged to apply & there is NO experience necessary! You would assist with hygiene, bathing, daily activities, and community. She likes to go out to eat, go to Como Zoo, go for walks in the park, crafts, and so much more! Such a fun job and perfect for college students. Starting pay is $16.50. Hours 5 - 20+/week (we have hours typically from 8:30 am to 9 pm 7 days a week). Start as soon as you are able! Please feel free to reach out! There is no application deadline. Always looking for kind and caring workers. Candidates have reliable transportation, be able to lift 50 pounds, be comfortable around dogs, non-smokers, & no back problems. Contact Iida Lehto, at 906-235-3970, for questions and to get scheduled for an informal interview. We look forward to hearing from you!

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