Psych Scoop, 9/14/21

September 14th, 2021

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. 

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Schedule your Junior/Senior Check-In!

Do you have between 75-90 credits this semester? If so, it's time for your Junior/Senior Check-In! This one-on-one appointment with a psychology advisor will check your progress towards your major to make sure you're on the right track to graduate on time, connect you with career and grad school resources to begin making your post-college dreams a reality, and allow you a chance to give us feedback about your experiences as a psychology major. To set up your appointment, use our online Appointment Request Form.

2. Fall 2021 Psychology Engagement Award - $500!

Are you participating in an unpaid internship this Fall 2021 semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement is available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2021. The application deadline is Monday, September 27th at 12:00 pm CSTFor details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

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.

3. Join the Association of Black Psychology Students

The Association of Black Psychology Students (ABPS) is currently recruiting new members and potential leaders for the organization. This Association gives students of African descent an opportunity to develop a professional network geared towards social sciences. Students are encouraged to sign up for emails to receive information about current events, educational opportunities, and webinars If you are looking to become more involved and connect with a committed group of students - please consider joining us or reaching out to learn more! For more information, email

4. Join the Psychology International Student Association

The Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is looking for new members with great opportunities for leadership as well! PISA is a student group that serves and helps international psychology students to succeed at the University. Meetings are informal and open to new members majoring or minoring in psychology. While PISA is geared toward international students, all students are welcome and encouraged to attend PISA's meetings and events. For more information email, the group at


5. Decoding the Syllabus

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Fraser Hall 102

After the first two weeks of classes, MCAE is having a workshop to make sure you are set up for success. We invite you to bring your syllabi, computer, and planner and we'll work together to plan out the rest of the semester. These workshops are intended for all first-generation students and/or students of color, or any student who may benefit from these workshops. No RSVP is required.

6. International Students: Build Career Confidence! With Guest Speaker Sammy Hejazi

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Sammy Hejazi is a former international student who graduated from a Big 10+ school, and an international business graduate school. He currently works at Wayfair in Boston. He is an international student advocate who loves to share advice for international students' career success in the U.S. workplace. Join this session with Sammy to learn ways to increase your confidence as an international student candidate ahead of the fall virtual career fairs. This session is a best fit for students interested in working at a U.S. company. RSVP for the Zoom link.

7. International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshop

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST (Zoom Link)
Monay, September 20, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST (Zoom Link)
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Prepare for September Virtual Career Fair opportunities by joining one of two available career fair preparation workshops for international students. Career Counselor and ISSS adviser presenters will join the session; we will aim to answer questions you might have before joining in the virtual Career Fair events. All international students are welcome.

8. Fall 2021 Transfer Workshop Series: New to the U

Friday, September 17, 2021, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall, Room 512B

Hear from our panel of student leaders to learn more about all the U has to offer outside of the classroom and how to maximize your time as a Gopher. RSVP for more information.

9. CLA Internship & Career Fair - Save the Date!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The CLA Internship & Career Fair connects CLA students across all 65+ majors with employers and organizations represented from many career field areas. Students can explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni. The CLA Internship & Career Fair will be held virtually through the Handshake platform with in-person support available for students. By attending the fair in a virtual setting, students are able to avoid waiting in long lines by scheduling times to meet with employers in advance. This event is open to all CLA students and recent alumni and is FREE to attend. RSVP and learn more.

Courses of Interest

10. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - Fall 2021 (1-4 Credits)

Make an internship experience count toward your Major! PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology offers course credit (1-4) based on the number of hours that you work with your internship during the Fall 2021 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Example sites from the past include People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and on GoldPass. The registration deadline is Monday, September 20th by 12:00 pm CST. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1. Students secure an internship with a site - Fall 2021.
2. Submit the "Request an Experience" form on GoldPASS and receive approval.
3. The permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you.
Looking for an internship? Check out this list of potential opportunities!

PSY 3896 is completely online and asynchronous.

Instructor: Mike Houlahan (

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors.


11. *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 2021-2022 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 at 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 are able to make a multiple-semester commitment. Veterans or those with experience working with veterans or the military may be given priority. 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.

12. *Credit* PSY 5993 Fall 2021

Dr. Marcoulides is currently recruiting undergraduate students to participate in PSY 5993, Directed Research in Psychology for the Fall 2021 semester. This directed research opportunity will introduce students to research in psychology that utilizes a variety of statistical approaches for answering important research questions, and to the field of Quantitative Psychology more broadly. We will focus on reading, discussing, and critiquing research that examines issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as health and prevention research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics and readings will vary and will largely depend on the interests of the students enrolled. Potential topics may include issues related to fairness in test development, machine learning approaches for risk assessment, and statistical methods for the development and evaluation of interventions for at-risk groups. Students interested in enrolling in this PSY 5993 should email Dr. Marcoulides at

13. *Credit or Volunteer* REPAIR Lab Research Assistant

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA is currently looking for a new volunteer research assistant. The REPAIR Lab largely focuses on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members and veterans in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Research assistant duties include screening and recruiting participants, scheduling research appointments, conducting follow-up assessments, administering interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, and disseminating results locally. Dr. Finn expects volunteer research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab. Due to the training commitment required, volunteers are expected to commit to at least one calendar year in the lab (with time off between semesters). REPAIR research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA ≥ 3.2, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Per Department of Veterans Affairs policy, all research assistants must be U.S. citizens. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Jacob Finn (

14. *Credit* Research Opportunity with Health Behavior Change Lab

The Health Behavior Change Lab, led by Dr. Alex Rothman, is seeking 1-2 student research assistants to work on a literature search about physical activity/exercise interventions. The goal of the project is to understand when and why interventions are successful (or not) at increasing physical activity. RAs will assist in screening papers, developing a coding scheme, and coding papers. This position will require a commitment of 9 hours per week (3 credits) with the opportunity to continue working on this project in the Spring semester of 2022. If interested, please send a brief introduction to Rina Horii at

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position

The Minnesota Aging & Technology Lab is currently seeking a new RA. The volunteer position supports research projects at the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center and the UMN Department of Psychiatry under Dr. Adriana Hughes. Research projects are focused on understanding cognitive and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and developing/evaluating innovative methodologies and tools for cognitive assessment and patient support. Duties include entering/verifying behavioral and neuropsychological test data, assisting with study recruitment, participant communication, administrative tasks, and attending weekly lab meetings. There may be opportunities to contribute to scientific posters or manuscripts depending on interest/commitment and opportunities for a paid position in the future depending on funding availability. RA’s should be able to commit to at least 9 hours per week starting in October or any time after. The position is located at the Minneapolis VA; hours must be completed on-site during business hours and reliable transportation to the VA is required. There is a preference for a GPA of 3.5 or higher, commitment to a full academic year, and who are sophomores and juniors. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV/Resume with any relevant psychology or research methods coursework, unofficial transcript, and contact information for 2 references to Sam Lee at for consideration.

16. *Volunteer* Volunteer for the 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. some expectations, tasks, and duties that may be expected of you may include: data entry, administrative tasks (e.g. photocopying, note-taking, scanning, organizing files), recruitment-related activities (e.g. hanging flyers, active recruitment log), test meals, phone screens, and clinical interviews. Submit an application!

17. *Credit or Volunteer* Seeking Male Undergrad Students for Research Assistant Position

The Gunnar Lab in the Institute of Child Development is looking for male student research assistants for fall 2021. Our research focuses on stress and the effects of early life experiences in children. We have a research study that conducts a stress task in which adolescents give a speech in front of two judges, one male and one female. We are looking for male students to fill in the judicial role. Students 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 are required as these research sessions will occur over Zoom. Students may volunteer or can earn between 1-2 credits for CPSY 4994. Preference will be given to those who can 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.

Graduate School

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

18. Announcing the 2021 Virtual Diversity in Psychology Program - UMN

October 28-29, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The University of Minnesota’s Diversity in Psychology Program is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Fall 2021 virtual diversity program event (October 28-29, 2021). The program is designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate training in Child Development and Educational Psychology, at the University of Minnesota. The virtual event will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our departments. If you are interested in applying for the Diversity in Psychology Program (or know someone who would be interested), please visit our websiteApplicants must provide the following information and materials by Wednesday, September 29th (5:00 pm CST).

19. Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Plus One program at Aurora University offers a streamlined path to your master’s degree through daytime classes held on the main campus. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of majors, including cybersecurity, computer science, business administration, psychology, political science, and public policy. You can choose one of two concentrations: Leadership and Administration or Psychology and the Law. Through full-time studies, you can complete your Criminal Justice degree in one year. The program begins in June and finishes the following May. You will also complete an internship aligned with your career goals. These internships often take place at federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, private security agencies, law offices, and probation departments.


20. Classroom Partners: Supporting Equity in Public Schools

Murray Middle School is looking for volunteers who are committed to equity in schools and can spend 2-3 hours/week working alongside 6th, 7th, and/or 8th graders, supporting them as they navigate school and life. Background checks and a 90-minute mandatory training session must be completed before starting work as a Classroom Partner. Classroom placements will begin during the last week of September or the first week of October. Learn more and find the sign-up form. Murray Middle School (2200 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108) is a 5-minute walk from the St Paul Campus, and a 3-minute walk from the Como & Doswell stop on the #3 bus line.

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.

21. MCTFR Research Professional 1 (Recruiter) - Department of Psychology

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research seeks to hire a “Recruiter” (8352P1: Research Professional 1) responsible for recruiting participants for four MCTFR longitudinal research protocols. These protocols include both intake and follow-up assessments. Candidate expectations are: (1) prior recruitment experience; (2) demonstrated ability to communicate well via multiple modalities; (3) track record of achieving enrollment goals; and (4) must be able to work with a diverse participant pool. Position works closely with MCTFR Principal Recruiter, the general public, and other MCTFR assessment staff so outstanding communication and organizational skills are essential. The position has a uniquely flexible work schedule distributed across evenings, weekends, and daytime. The position allows for partial telecommuting. Applications must be submitted online (internal candidates and external candidates).

22. Home Health Aide - United Chapters Living

Great opportunity for students to learn and gain experience in a rewarding field with plenty of room to grow with the company! Inclusive environment and a welcoming team. United Chapters Living operates two customized living facilities in the metro, one in Golden Valley and one in Edina. We are looking for charismatic problem solvers with a passion for helping vulnerable adults seek and reach goals in their everyday life. Our mission is to help each and every resident toward a more independent lifestyle. Contact Ryan Magloughlin at for more information.

23. Resident Assistant - Part-Time - Vail Place

Do you want to work for a mission-driven agency that works together to create connection, opportunity, and purpose? Are you looking to jump-start your career in Human Services? Start by joining as a Resident Assistant today! The Overnight Resident Assistant supports the individual recovery goals of Vail House residents in coordinating services, such as crisis prevention and intervention, medication monitoring, attending to group supports, and independent goals. Vail House is staffed 24 hours a day, and the overnight role is an awake position. Resident Assistants may be asked to help cover shifts and must be available to remain on shift until relieved by a replacement. All Resident Assistants may be required to work weekend, holiday, and overnight hours based on schedule & coverage needs. Please apply at our Career Center.

24. ARMHS Specialist - Lee Carlson Center

Grow your mental health therapist career with a team of talented providers in a supportive environment! Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being is committed to supporting its employees' professional development and making a profound difference in the lives of families. We are a 501c3 non-profit and the primary provider of outpatient mental health services in Hennepin and Anoka Counties and surrounding areas. Each year we offer hope and healing to more than 6,000+ individuals and families struggling with a variety of emotional health issues. Specialists provide Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) services to enable individuals to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, social competencies, personal and emotional adjustment, and independent living and community skills when these abilities are impaired by the symptoms of mental illness. Competitive wages and benefits (choice of two health plans, dental, life insurance, retirement plan match), supported professional development, generous time off, and reimbursement of licensure available. Must have a minimum of a BA or BS degree in psychology, social work, or human services related field and ability to maintain a valid driver's license. To learn more or to apply, visit our website or email

25. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Get some experience this school year and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even next semester)! You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities. You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students only 10 shifts/month, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus, and you don't need to have a car! NEW: $2000 hiring/placement bonus!! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that end with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

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