Psych Scoop, 9/26/23

September 26, 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. Get to Know Your Faculty - Dr. Drexler James!

Friday, November 3, 2023, 11:00 am CST - 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Exciting news! Get to know our featured faculty for Fall 2023, Dr. Drexler James, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Drexler James specializes in social psychology. Dr. Drexler James is currently doing research on Health Disparities and Equity, Social Determinants of Health, and Psychological Essentialism. Dr. Dexler James has taught classes on cultural and socio-cultural psychology. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We can't wait to see you there!

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. Psychology Club Event: Advising With Mary Simonsen

Monday, October 2, 2023, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Akerman Hall 319

Join us on Monday, October 2nd from 5:30-6:30 PM for our second psychology club meeting! We will be joined by advisor Mary Simonsen who will be providing information about majoring in psychology and possibilities within the program. If you are curious about majoring in psychology or would like to get some more information, this is the event for you! We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to email you have any questions, feel free to email


5 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!

6. Be. Belong. Become: The Carlson School Diversity Experience

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Carlson School of Management 321 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

The Carlson School of Management Center for Inclusive Excellence is hosting the annual Live Into It conference on Thursday, October 12, 2023. This year's theme is the Business of Community, where various leaders in the DEI field will discuss research being conducted, and the DEI ecosystem in the Twin Cities. This is an opportunity to collaborate and network with industry sectors, researchers, and community members. To view the agenda and register for the event, please visit the website. Questions may be directed to Serena Carr at

7. 2023 Health Careers Fair

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Great Hall

The Health Careers Fair is a great opportunity for students interested in health careers to explore UMN health degree programs, valuable experiential opportunities, and pre-health clubs on campus to start building their network. There are 4 main categories of exhibitors that you will find at the Health Careers Fair; UMN health degree programs, UMN pre-health student organizations, UMN departments that provide valuable experiences or support, and Twin Cities organizations that offer volunteering, internship, or employment opportunities for pre-health students. Pre-register for the event on Handshake.

8. 2023 Life Sciences Graduate School Fair

Friday, October 6, 2023, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: MAC Gym, University Recreation and Wellness Center

Looking to explore educational pathways related to the life sciences at the U and beyond? Attend the 2023 Life Sciences Graduate School Fair hosted by the College of Biological Sciences! This career fair aims to connect undergraduate students with program representatives from a plethora of master's and Ph.D. programs related to the life sciences. This includes, but is not limited to programs in the biological sciences, stem cell biology, animal science, epidemiology, biostatistics, medical devices, natural resources, pharmaceutical science, patent law, and other related opportunities. if you have any questions about this event, please contact Pre-register for the event on Handshake.

9. 2023 Law School Fair

Monday, October 2, 2023, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Great Hall

Connect in person with admissions professionals from 70+ law schools across the nation, including all schools in Minnesota and surrounding states, as well as the University of Chicago, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Berkeley Law, UT Austin, and many more. Students can attend the Pre-Law Society meeting this Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30 pm in Rapson Hall Room 43 to learn more from Erin Reichelt, Associate Director for Pre-Law Services, and Fariza Hassan, 2L from Minnesota Law, about how to prepare for this event, and how to build a Pre-Law resume. Register for the event here.

10. PAWS at Wilson Library

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: First Floor Wilson Library

PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) will be in Wilson Library this semester. Take a study break and drop in at any time to meet Boynton’s registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, cats, chickens, and other therapy animals. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community. Bring a Friend!


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. Pláticas: Latinx Connection Space

Pláticas: Latinx Connection Space is a virtual weekly group for Latina/e/o/x undergraduate and graduate students to come together and discuss specific needs, themes, challenges, joys, and identities in our community. Some of the themes we may discuss include colorism, language, belongingness, indigeneity, mestizaje, gender roles, religion and spirituality, immigration, and ongoing events that impact our people and communities. We acknowledge that within the Latinx community, there are many different identities, experiences, and preferences in how we describe ourselves. We invite this variety in lived experiences and trust that each of our identities and stories will add to our group and discussions. Sometimes we can wonder if we belong and if these spaces are for us. We want to honor how vulnerable it can be to consider joining a community space and hope to affirm your belonging and enoughness. Come as you are and we hope you will join us and explore these reactions, wonderings, and questions together. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Nina at

14. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Minor and Certificate

Interested in language? Teaching and learning abroad? Check out the TESL minor and certificate program. Prepare to teach English in community ESL programs, during study abroad, or after you graduate. The TESL minor and certificate is perfect for programs like JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching), the Peace Corps, or the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants program. Questions about how to apply or requirements can be directed to Stephanie Fore at

Graduate School

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

15. Join Graduate Admissions for a Virtual Information Session!

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 9:30 am - 10:30 am CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Curious about graduate school? Wondering if it’s right for you? The Graduate Admissions Office hosts virtual information sessions for prospective applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to a graduate program and answer any questions you may have. Please note: These information sessions are intended for individuals in the early stages of applying to graduate school or simply considering graduate study. If you have already applied, or been admitted to a graduate program, please reach out to someone in the department directly. To sign up for a session, please select a date and time and fill out the registration form!

16. Graduate Program in Neuroscience Virtual Open House

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Are you interested in applying to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota? Want to hear what is going on in our research labs? The Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota is a large interdisciplinary PhD program, made up of over 125 faculty members. Our goal is to provide training in neuroscience research across a broad range of techniques and disciplines, ranging from the molecular and genetic level to computational. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, our program is a highly collaborative and collegial environment in which to train. Join us for our GPN Open House! Please register using the Google Form. If you have any questions about this event contact our Graduate Program Coordinator Rebecca Hervonen at


17. 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

18. TRIO McNair Scholars - Applications Due November 9th

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is more than a research program. Scholars have the opportunity to develop their research and leadership skills while simultaneously preparing for graduate school and building a community with their peers. We are now accepting applicants for the 2024 McNair Scholars cohort! If you are eligible and are interested in learning more about the program, please fill out this form to express your interest and we will reach out. If you or students have any questions, please email

19. *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. Most of the work can be conducted remotely. Please apply using this link. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in September. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Nga Do at

20. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunities - Learning Informatics Lab

Interested in getting research experience? Join projects in the Learning Informatics Lab; and do research on Machine Learning, AI, Data Science, and Learning Engineering. Benefits include receiving class credit and gaining research or volunteer experience. Please contact Marianna Pagkratidou at if you’re interested.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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21. 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 and Outreach Coordinator (Job ID: 357418).

22. 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

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