Psych Scoop, 8/29/23

August 29, 2023

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Psychology Drop-in Schedule for Fall 2023 Semester and Welcome Back!

We only have one week before class begins! We hope the beginning of the semester goes smoothly. We are available virtually for drop-ins and appointments if you have any questions throughout the next few weeks. You can always email us at as well!

2. Psychology Engagement Award - Fall Application Now Open!

Are you volunteering in your community this Fall? Or, participating in an unpaid internship here or abroad this 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 three awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2023. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 20th (12:00 p.m. CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. If you have any questions feel free to email

3. Share Your Research Experience!

Psych Advising would like your help! If you have participated in research for credit or as a volunteer at the U, please consider sharing your experience with this short Google Form. In our new office space, we are putting together informational bulletin boards that provide resources and advice to students who stop by. One of these boards includes information on getting involved in research as an undergraduate student! Our office strives to provide all the information we have about what research is and how to get involved, but we are missing the essential student perspective. With your help, we can better serve students who may be in a similar boat as when you first started looking into how to become involved. We will likely be featuring 2 to 4 students on a monthly basis, and we will of course notify you if your experience is being shared. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

4. Chinese Psychology Student Association Recruiting Club Leaders and Members!

The Chinese Psychology Student Association (CPSA) is currently recruiting new members and potential leaders for the organization. Candidates from all years are welcome, Members will be in charge of content creation (article composition/video editing), event planning, and public relations management on social media. CPSA is an academic student association composed of Chinese students with a major in psychology at UMN. Our intention is to set a foundation to unite and provide a platform to communicate, share, and establish comprehensive information in the psychological field between alumni and students, including topics on academic discussions, research/graduate programs, career perspectives, etc. We are looking forward to having people who would love to learn and share psychology knowledge to join us. For more information, please email Pengxiang Xia at


5. Pre-Health Open House

Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: PHSRC Office: 2-565 Moos Tower (right across the hall from Caribou Coffee)

Undergraduate students are invited to swing by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center office at 2-565 Moos Tower on Wednesday, September 13th anytime between 1:00-2:30 p.m. for our Pre-Health Open House! Students will have the opportunity to chat with our career counselors, learn about health careers, read stories from students admitted to health professional programs, and enjoy some refreshments. We also encourage students to stick around for our PHSRC Global Program Information Session which takes place directly afterward from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Learn more about us by visiting our website.

6. Atland Ventures Info Session

Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: The Toaster

Atland Ventures is a student-run venture capital fund operating out of the University of Minnesota. It is the first for-profit, student-owned VC firm in the United States. We invest in early-stage startups solving Gen-Z Problems. Our members get access to the local startup ecosystem, as well as 4 class credits over the course of their time at Atland. Join our Fall 2023 cohort! We are hosting an info session at the Toaster on the 13th of September from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those interested! For more information, visit our website.

Courses of Interest

7. 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.

Volunteer/Engagement Opportunities

8. 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.

Learning Abroad

9. NSE Info Sessions

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm CST
Location: 269 Appleby Hall

If you want to learn more about NSE, join us for an Info Session. We will review the basics of NSE (tuition, financial aid, course options, housing, and research tips) and answer your questions. Learn more about NSE and get advice on where to go for your NSE adventure. If this date does not work for you, please email to schedule a one-on-one info session via Zoom.

Graduate School

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

10. Master of Marketing Program Virtual Information Session

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
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 have not had the chance to research the program. Those interested should register for the event here. Any questions should be directed to

11. North Carolina State University - Graduate Program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

We are seeking qualified applicants for our doctoral program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at North Carolina State University, and we would appreciate your assistance in bringing our program to the attention of potential students. The program as well as the Department of Psychology has an active and growing group of faculty with expertise in development across the lifespan and particular strengths in the intersections among emotion, social cognition, and everyday cognitive functioning. Students in the program obtain a strong grounding in theory, research, and methodology in Lifespan Development, and are supported through graduate research and teaching assistantships. Please email Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey for a copy of the recording if you are unable to attend ( The webinar will review the program, faculty, and application process. Additional information can be found on our website.


12. *Credit* Predicting Doctors' Performance in Residency

We are conducting a study to determine what characteristics of new doctors predict their performance during residency. Students would help identify, collect, and code research related to the study and attend weekly lab meetings where we would discuss readings related to the project. Please submit a transcript, resume, and paragraph describing your career goals and interest in the project to Nathan Kuncel at

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity with the CDN Lab

The Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab at the Institute of Child Development is seeking 2-4 research assistants (RAs) for the fall semester. Our current studies focus on the development of executive function skills and memory skills in 4- and 5-year-old children born moderate-to-late preterm. RAs will primarily assist with recruiting and scheduling participants, conducting cognitive and behavioral assessments with children, administering questionnaires/surveys to families, and post-visit data entry. RAs may earn 2-3 credits for CPSY 4994. Preference will be given to students who are willing to commit to two consecutive semesters. To apply, please complete the online application on our lab website. If you have questions about the RA position, please contact Annie Colomer at

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Coparenting Coding

Dr. Jeffry Simpson from the Department of Psychology's Social Interactions Lab is looking for undergraduate RAs for the upcoming Fall 2023 semester. We are looking at parent-child interactions and coding them for behavior related to the parent-child relationship or the relationship between the parents. If you’re interested in applying to be an RA in this project, please fill out this Qualtrics form. You can also email Mo at

15. *Volunteer or Credit* Relationships, Emotion Regulation, and Eating

Dr. Jeffry Simpson from the Department of Psychology's Social Interactions Lab is looking for undergraduate RAs for the upcoming Fall 2023 semester. We are looking at couples and how they influence each other’s emotions and eating. If you’re interested in applying to be an RA in this project, please fill out this Qualtrics form. You can also email Mo at

16. *Credit* Social Cognition in Serious Mental Illness

A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is funded to conduct a feasibility study of a novel skills training intervention designed to improve employment outcomes for veterans with serious mental illness. There is an opportunity for 2 undergraduate students to become involved with this project as a Research Lab in Psychology experience during the Fall semester. The students will learn about cognitive and social-social cognitive functioning in individuals with serious mental illness and evidence-based approaches to intervention to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Students will work as a part of a research team led by a psychologist and will be involved with the development of the social-cognitive skills training curriculum, preparation of study materials, scoring measures, and entering data. As part of the research experience, students will attend a weekly lab meeting in which topics related to the project are discussed. In addition, students will write an APA-style paper on a related topic. All research activities are conducted at the VA Health Care System. Students must be able to commute to the VA. Students will be asked to register for research credit and to commit an average of 9 hours each week. Students must become volunteers at the hospital in order to participate in this experience. Volunteers are required to be U.S. Citizens. To apply, please send a resume and unofficial transcript to


17. Help get started with faculty-sponsored research

The UMN Libraries and Office of Undergraduate Research are offering "Think Like a Researcher" to help undergraduates get started with faculty-sponsored research. It is a self-paced mini-course with videos and short activities (2-3 hours to complete on your own timeline). Register today.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

18. Center for Community Engaged-Learning (CCEL) is currently hiring for 6 positions

The CCEL coordinates campus-wide resources for curricular and co-curricular community-engagement and domestic off-campus study programs. We have a project-oriented and team-oriented approach to accomplishing our work. Our student staff Peer Advisors hold a critical role in the CCEL. They support student engagement through one-on-one advising, general office support, front desk management, tabling at fairs, creating content for the CCEL website, leading information sessions about specific CCEL programs, and preparing for / facilitating workshops. Students selected for this position will gain valuable program implementation experience, interpersonal communication skills, coordination experience, and contacts across an array of community organizations. The positions we are hiring for include CESP Assistant/Peer Advisor, CESP Events Facilitator/Peer Advisor, Community Outreach Coordinator/PA, Office Coordinator/PA, Communications Assistant/PA, Racial Equity Coordinator/PA. All positions have a dual role and details about each position can be found here. The benefits of each position include 10-15 self-scheduled hours dependent on the position, $15 per hour pay, and a flexible and supportive team environment. The priority application deadline is September 8th but we will be hiring on a rolling basis. Feel free to email us at with any additional questions on positions. We look forward to adding new members to our team!

19. Supportive Housing Assistant

The Housing Assistant provides safety and security to tenants who are experiencing significant mental health symptoms, who are demonstrating significant functional impairments, and who may have co-occurring chemical dependency and/or personality disorder. The primary duties of the Housing Assistant include promoting the safety and security of the premises, building of community through socialization, and provision of support to tenants during a crisis. This is a part-time position with evening and rotating weekend hours. Questions about this position and how to apply can be directed to

20. Mental Health Practitioner

Central Care Service Inc. (located on 3355 Hiawatha Ave. Minneapolis, MN) is hiring Mental Health Practitioner! This is a great opportunity for those with majors/minors in Developmental Psychology or related fields to get first-hand experience working under a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. No previous experience or training is required, as you will be trained after hire. Mental Health Practitioners work one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum, using the ABA modality, to help clients reach their individual goals. Goals include skills such as social communication, motor skills, etc. Starting pay is $ 20-22/hour, and preference is given to those who can work about 40 hours per week. Hours of operation are from 9:00 am-9 pm on weekdays, and 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on weekends. Please reach out to with a copy of your resume if interested!

21. Housing Support Specialist

Looking for a unique and rewarding job? We are hiring housing support specialists- a great opportunity to build experience in the mental health field! Oak Grove is a small company located in Minneapolis. We serve a population of mentally ill residents in a long-term care setting. Our clients are adults with Serious and Persistent mental illness (SPMI) such as depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. Some of them also have medical conditions. Housing Support Specialists are direct care providers who provide shift coverage and individualized services to residents. Duties Include Medication Administration, Assistance with Independent Living Skills (ILS), Assistance with Activities of Daily Living, Socialization- both one-on-one and groups, Activities- in-house and in the community, and Documentation of services and interactions. We offer paid training for the above-noted. We do not do hands-on bathing, toileting, or lifting. We are looking for part-time staff to work weekends days/evenings and weekday evenings. If you have a passion for mental health and want to gain lasting experience that transfers to any field, apply today! Starting pay may increase based on relevant experience and we prompt from within.

22. Psychology Subject Tutor

The Lindahl Academic Center at the University of Minnesota is hiring both Graduate and Undergraduate students for paid Peer Tutoring Positions beginning Fall Semesters 2023. Sessions are used to review and reinforce course-specific materials across a wide variety of psychology-focused subjects ranging from introductory courses to advanced material. For additional information and to apply online please follow the link below. For any questions you may have regarding the position please contact Adam Demchak (Senior Tutor Coordinator) at

23. CORE Outreach Student Assistant

The University's Community Outreach, Retention, and Engagement (CORE) program has 10 openings for students to work one Saturday per month for the 2023-2024 academic year. We need 10 (preferably) STEM students from underrepresented populations to provide representation on our CORE Crew. The CORE Crew is our group of undergraduate and graduate students at UMN who provide hands-on support at events, serve as near-peer mentors to our students, and share their experiences in college and STEM. Please find the CORE Outreach Student Assistant on the University of Minnesota Employment System Job ID: 354650. For more information, please contact Delina Brown-Jackson, Program Manager, at or 651.587.5575 (call/text).

24. Mentor Adolescents about Physical Activity and Mental Health

We are looking for college-age adults interested in serving as mentors to middle school students in local school districts (~6 miles from the UMN campus). The afterschool program is a part of a research study, led by Katie Arlinghaus at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. This project focuses on integrating social-emotional learning into a physical activity afterschool program for middle school students. This opportunity will include training on communicating health messages to youth, youth development, trauma-informed social-emotional skill development, youth mental health and physical activity, and community-based research. Upon successful completion of training, college students will be responsible for being mentors to middle school students and engaging in afterschool activities with students at least once a week. The tentative start date is September 18th (the exact date subject to change, but will be early in the Fall 2023 semester). To compensate you for your time, you will receive a $1000 stipend (provided in two installments of $500 each over the course of the semester). Interested students should submit their resume/CV and a brief cover letter that includes a description of 1.) why you are interested in this opportunity and 2.) why you feel you would be a good fit for the position. Questions should be directed to Mary Onchiri at To apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment System Job ID: 357349.

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