Psych Scoop, 9/5/23
September 5, 2023
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
Current majors are expected to know the announcements in the advising announcement section.
1. Welcome Back Students!
Happy first week of class! We hope that this fall 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as well!
2. Alumni Spotlight: Gail Fraser
Psych Advising has started a monthly Alumni Spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Our September spotlight, Gail Fraser (Spring '22 - PSY BS) works as an Analyst, at Talent Services at Ovative Group. Read more about her tips on finding a career path, getting the most out of your major, and more. Nominate someone who you think would be great to spotlight, including yourself!
3. 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.
4. 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 email@example.com.
5. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
7. Pre-Health Open House
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST
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 pm 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 pm. Learn more about us by visiting our website.
8. Atland Ventures Info Session
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
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
9. 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 Handshake. 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 is completely online
Instructor: Michael Houlahan
Note: This course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.
10. International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshop
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 12:00 am - 1:00 pm CST
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. 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.
12. 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 email@example.com.
13. Synapse Webinar
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 5:00 pm CST
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.
14. Learning Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm CST
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.
15. 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.
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16. Master of Marketing Program Virtual Information Session
Thursday, September 14, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. North Carolina State University - Graduate Program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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 (email@example.com). The webinar will review the program, faculty, and application process. Additional information can be found on our website.
18. *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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
19. *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 email@example.com.
20. *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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
21. *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 email@example.com.
22. *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 Tasha.Nienow@va.gov.
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23. 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 & Web Coordinator (Job ID: 357419), and Student Leadership and Outreach Coordinator (Job ID: 357418).
24. 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.
25. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
26. 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 email@example.com or 651.587.5575 (call/text).
27. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment System Job ID: 357349.