Psych Scoop, 9/12/23

September 12, 2023

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Department of Psychology Social

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliot Hall N219

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hosting the Psych Social event this Fall semester! Join us to chat with psychology peers, student groups, and advisors to learn more about research, courses, and resources we offer through the department! Grab some cookies and paint tote bags, coasters, and more while you meet some peers! Please RSVP by Monday, 9/25 using the Google Form.

2. Psych Student Advisory Council Application 2023-24

Are you a declared PSY major interested in helping the Psychology department move forward on its goals (focused on inclusion, diversity, equity, and access)? Do you want to improve your experience and other students’ experiences in the department? The Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (SAC) is the perfect way to do that! We are looking for engaged and energized psychology majors to serve as members of the SAC. The SAC meets with the department leadership at least once a semester to discuss their experiences and ideas as undergraduates. The position is for the entire academic year (2023-24) with the option of continuing membership for future terms. If you are interested in joining this group, please fill out the Google Form by Wednesday, September 20th.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. Psychology Club Fall 2023 Kick-Off Meeting

Monday, September 18, 2023, email for the exact time
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Room 114

Are you majoring in psychology, or have an interest in the subject of psychology? Join us on Monday, September 18, for the first Psychology Club meeting of the year! We will be playing psychology-themed bingo and pizza will be provided! You will also get a chance to learn more information about the club and get to know other psychology students. Please fill out the RSVP form if you are interested in attending so we can get a general count. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to email

6. 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 join us. For more information, please email Pengxiang Xia at


7. New Transfers: Make the Most of your First Six Weeks!

The First Six Weeks!
Cost: Mostly free, some may vary
Location: In-Person, Online, and Hybrid

There is a lot to explore and learn as you transition to a new campus! In order to help you get off to a strong start and take advantage of all the U has to offer, the Office for Transfer Student Experience created a calendar of events and resources just for you. Some of these events are just for transfer students, some are college or major-specific, and some are open to all U of M students. We are sure you will find something that interests you!

8. Do you need new clothes for work? - JCPenney Suit Up Event

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Varies
Location: Rosedale Mall, 1700 County Road B2 West, Roseville, Minnesota 55113 or Online

Are you in need of professional attire for upcoming career fairs, interviews, or maybe a new job or internship? If so, take advantage of this special event! The University of Minnesota has partnered with JCPenney at Rosedale for a Suit-Up Event. Students attending this event will save an EXTRA 30% off career dress apparel! This discount is on top of already marked-down items, for a total savings of up to 50%! This event is open to current UMN students, their families, as well as all UMN alumni. Bus transportation will be provided to and from Lilly Plaza on the East Bank (outside of Northrop). Buses will leave approximately every 20 minutes, starting at 2:50 p.m. The last bus will depart Lilly Plaza at 5:30 p.m. The final bus will leave JCPenney at 6:15 p.m. You may also arrange your own transportation. The event's main entrance is on the north side of JCPenney.

9. Colloquium Series: Dr. Nancy Segal

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: N219 Elliott Hall

Dr. Nancy Segal from the California State University, Fullerton, will be presenting on Timely Twin Topics: The Twin Children of the Holocaust and the Twin Citizenship Case That Captured the World. A brief overview of twin-based approaches to behavioral and physical development will be presented. This overview is followed by a discussion of the origins, methods, findings, and implications of two recent twin-related books authored by Nancy Segal.

10. International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshop

Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 12:00 am - 1:00 pm CST
Location: Virtual

The International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshop. This event will feature helpful tips and information from presenters from ISSS and Career Services. All UMN international students who are attending fall career fairs are welcome to attend. This presentation will be offered live twice on two different dates and times. Please register to indicate your attendance and receive further information. Email UMN International Career Consultant, Jane, with any questions about this session:


11. Boynton's Health's Nutritious U Food Pantry

12:00 - 5:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th full week of the month, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Location: Coffman Memorial Union Room 103A, directly behind the Goldy Gopher statue

Boynton’s Health’s Nutritious U Food Pantry is an on-campus, free food pantry available to any graduate and undergraduate student attending the University of Minnesota. The food pantry is open from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th full week of the month, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. September dates are the 12th - 13th and 26th - 27th. Students may come once per pantry week (Tuesday or Wednesday), meaning one or two times per month. Please direct questions to Natalie Gerkin, Pantry Coordinator, at

12. 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.

13. Join the GSC Advisory Council!


Interested in supporting the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life's (GSC) charge to uplift and support those who hold marginalized genders and sexualities? If so, apply to be a member of the GSC Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 10th by 11:59 pm. Council members are asked to meet monthly (modality pending) to share insights, highlight trends, and center liberatory-focused thinking and action. In the spirit of transparency, this position is not paid but the GSC plans on showing our thanks in a variety of ways to council members. Please note, that filling out this form does not guarantee a space on the council. If you have any questions, concerns, or accommodation needs email Mycall Akeem Riley (GSC Director) at

14. Synapse Webinar


Sunday, September 17, 2023, 5:00 pm CST
Location: Virtual

Synapse is a growing national organization that serves individuals with brain injury. The organization's mission is to provide a support network for these individuals and to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in brain injury. Through Synapse, undergraduates collaborate with local physicians and partners with the goal of providing social support opportunities for individuals with brain injury. Synapse currently has 20 chapters across the country from MIT to UCLA. They are expanding and accepting applications for new undergraduate chapters at other universities now through October 15, 2023. They are hosting an Informational Webinar on September 17, 2023, where they will share more information about Synapse and the application process and answer any questions. To RSVP, please visit the Google Form.

Learning Abroad

15. Learning Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm CST
Location: Outside on the West Bank Plaza

The Learning Abroad Center is holding its annual fair on Wednesday, September 20 from 10–2:30. Visit us outside on the West Bank Plaza to learn about the many international opportunities available. Registration is not required for you to attend this event, you may just show up. If you do choose to register, the Learning Abroad Center will send you a calendar invite and a reminder for this event. Registering also lets us know you're interested, even if you're unable to attend.

16. Financial Need Early Planning Scholarship

Are you planning on studying abroad during Spring Break of 2024? The Learning Abroad Center’s Financial Need Early Planning Scholarship provides study abroad awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is intended to ease the financial barrier of studying abroad for students with significant financial needs, provide assurance of funding earlier in the process, and encourage early financial planning. Recipients have up to one year to use their award and increase the representation of economically disadvantaged students in study abroad programs. The Financial Need Early Planning scholarship is not merit-based and awards are granted based on the strength of a student’s essay. The deadline to apply is September 13, 2023.

Graduate School

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

17. 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 did not have the chance to research the program. Those interested should register for the event here. Any questions should be directed to

18. 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.


19. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Spring 2024 Application Now Open!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides current University of Minnesota undergraduates $1,800 scholarships so that they can partner with a faculty member on research, which enables undergrads to explore academic and career interests, apply classroom learning to real-time research, and prepares them for a career or graduate school while working closely with a U of M faculty member. The application process is a two-step one. The student application deadline occurs first; once that has closed, faculty mentors will have a week to enter their recommendations. Due to security restrictions, mentors will not be able to access the site until the student portal has closed. The Application for Spring semester 2024 projects is now open. The deadline to apply is October 9th, 2023. If you have any questions please direct them to

20. *Volunteer* Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research (MCEDR) at the University of Minnesota conducts research on eating and weight disorders and related behaviors, across a broad range of content areas, including identifying and intervening upon risk and maintenance mechanisms of these concerns. MCEDR's volunteer research assistants gain exposure to eating disorders and clinical research through their involvement with current research projects and educational seminars. The deadline is on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit the form. Any questions can be directed to or 612-625-1542.

21. *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

22. *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

23. *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

24. *Credit or Volunteer* 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

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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25. Gender & Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life is Hiring!

Come join our team! The GSC is a flexible, affirming workplace and we are looking to add students to our staff. Interested? Take a look at the University Job System for the following job postings. Tongues United Program Coordinator (Job ID: 357416), Social Media and Web Coordinator (Job ID: 357419), and Student Leadership & Outreach Coordinator (Job ID: 357418).

26. Paid Undergraduate Research Assistant Position - Spanish Bilingual preferred

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has current openings for undergraduate Research Assistants to support the research of Drs. Andrew Busch, LP, and Sandra Japuntich, LP being conducted at Hennepin Healthcare's HCMC. This is a part-time position to work up to 10 hours/week onsite in downtown Minneapolis, MN. The Behavioral Health Equity Research group works to develop and test behavioral interventions to improve health and health behaviors such as smoking, cardiovascular disease, HIV, cancer screening, and more. We test treatments that are integrated into medical settings such as hospitals, outpatient psychiatric clinics, and dental clinics. We are embedded in Hennepin Healthcare, an urban safety net hospital. Preference is given to applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish. More details about the position, as well as how to apply are located on the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute website. Questions can be sent to Nathalia Gutierrez, Research Coordinator, at

27. In-Home Support Staff

Looking for someone who is kind and caring to work with Annie, a young 42-year-old woman with physical and mental disabilities. Typical shifts include: helping Annie with personal care, PT/OT exercises, accessing the community, and fun activities. Great experience for those looking to work in the healthcare field. No experience is necessary. Flexible day/evening weekend shifts - will work around any class schedule! Multiple openings. Starting pay is 18/hr. Located in New Brighton, MN. Requirements: No back or health problems, no smoking, a vehicle for transportation, and communication skills. If you have any questions or are interested in the position, please contact Andrea McKee at 651 - 274 - 3574 or

28. 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 is 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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