Psych Scoop, 9/7/21

September 7th, 2021

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Welcome Back Students!

Psych Advising wants to welcome back our students! We hope the start of the semester goes well. We are available virtually for drop-ins and appointments if you have any questions. You can always email us at as well!

2. Which Faculty Would You Like to Get To Know?

We recently piloted called Get to Know Your Faculty to help students connect with a faculty outside a classroom setting in an informal environment. In the past, we’ve featured Dr. Rich Douglass (Counseling), Dr. William Iacono (Clinical), Dr. Iris Vilares (Cognitive), and Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan (Clinical) using the feedback we collected. Now, we want to hear from YOU about which faculty you would be interested in connecting with. Please fill out this feedback form to help us decide which faculty to feature in the upcoming semesters.

3. Psych Student Advisory Council Application 2021-22

Are you a psych major interested in helping the psych department at the U make progress? 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 passionate psych students to serve as members of the SAC. The SAC meets with the department leadership at least once a semester to voice their concerns as undergraduates. (All meetings for fall will be held virtually.) The position is for the entire academic year (2021-22) with the option of renewing membership for the next academic year. If you are interested in the position, please fill out the Google Form by Sunday, September 12th.

4. 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.

5. 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 or during the Summer contact the group advisor Mike Houlahan at


6. Bullet Journaling for Motivation

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Start the new semester out right! Learn how to use a bullet journal to increase your motivation, stay organized, set daily goals, and reflect on challenges and accomplishments. Have a notebook/journal and some writing utensils ready, as we'll be starting our journals during the workshop! This workshop will be ONLINE via Zoom. You will receive a link to the Zoom on the day of the workshop.

7. Managing Your New In-Person and Online Classes

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Whether you are studying at home or on campus learn some strategies for creating your best possible study environment, and maximizing your time. We'll introduce you to some time management apps, discuss ways to communicate your needs to family and roommates and share some tips for handling email, Canvas, and schedules. This workshop will be held online via Zoom. A link will be sent to your email prior to the start of the workshop. RSVP for the link.

8. Start Strong: Early Semester Planning

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 5:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn new strategies, tools, and hacks that can help you for the fall semester We will talk about semester planning, Canvas course tips, and go on virtual visits to the UMN Libraries and (peer tutoring centers). Get ideas for keeping up the motivation and staying on track in your courses. Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

9. Standing in Protest against Racism, Colorism, and Centuries-old Racial Divides in America

Friday, September 10, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Racism in the U.S. has created serious divisions and disconnect among different minority groups and even among the majority groups consisting of Whites. This presentation discusses collective engagement to foster new community identities capable of resisting the politics of divide and conquer that can actively, authentically, and democratically confront racial inequality and offer healing across racial communities. This webinar is FREE and registration is required.

10. 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 student's 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.

11. 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

12. 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.

13. New Course Added for Fall 2021 - PSY 5064: Brain and Emotion (3 Credits)

Dr. Jonathan Gewirtz will now be offering PSY 5064: Brain & Emotion in Fall 2021! This popular course introduces students to the field of affective neuroscience. How does the brain promote emotional & motivated behavior in animals and humans? Explore the biological theories of emotion in historical & current theoretical contexts. Learn about the fundamental brain motivational systems, including fear, pleasure, attachment, stress, and regulation of motivated behavior.

PSY 5064 is in-person, Thursdays 4:00 pm– 6:30 pm

Instructor: Jonathan Gewirtz (

Note: this course counts as a Distribution A or elective credit for Psychology Majors. This course counts as elective credit for Psychology minors.

Graduate School

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

14. Virtual Public Health Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 8:00 am- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Meet Representatives from public health schools & programs! Save valuable time by meeting admissions representatives in live chat sessions online. Have your questions answered without ever leaving the comfort of your computer. Register once to meet with multiple academic institutions. RSVP today!

Scholarships & Awards

15. CLA Internship Scholarship

The CLA Internship Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. The scholarships are offered by CLA three times per year and awarded during the term that the internship is completed. The Fall deadline is Monday, September 13thApply today!


16. International Buddy Program

Are you worried about the transition to the University of Minnesota whether you are in the US or abroad? Do you want to get in contact with other international students? We fully understand how you feel right now and let us help you! The International Buddy Program is a mentorship program that pairs up new international students with the current UMN students, either domestic or international, to ease the transition to the university! We provide an open and safe space for mentors and buddies to learn each other's culture and build life-long friendships. IBP is open to you whether you will be at the University of Minnesota or studying outside of the US. Visit our website to register if you are interested in being part of the IBP family!


17. 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.

18. Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer - LearningRx

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, or Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our Certified Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific research-supported techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high-energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4 pm-8 pm or three weekdays from 4- 8 pm and Saturdays 9 am- 12 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Starting pay of $15/hr plus signing bonus of $500 and performance bonus' up to $2.50 per hour / per client. Internship credit is available in addition to pay. Training and certification are provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to Nate Maus at

19. Residential Counselor - Avanti

Share your talent and experiences to enrich the lives of youth who are struggling with their mental health. Join a team of passionate people, develop your skills, and begin your career working for the common good. Avanti helps youth ages 12-17 and whose sex is assigned as female build hope and a path forward. As part of Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin, Avanti provides therapeutic residential treatment. With the support of staff, residents learn to leverage their strengths to develop self-love, mindfulness, and healthy habits that promote well-being for life. We don’t just save lives; we help build them. Get paid while gaining experience in the mental health field with a $500 sign-on bonus, wages starting at $16.50/hr, and performance raises every 6 months. Requirements: must be 21 years of age, must have a driver’s license, and must have a high school diploma or GED. Apply today or reach out to Brienna Cool at if you have any questions about applying.

20. Clinical Assistant at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Institute

The Clinical Assistant role at ADCI is an entry-level healthcare job opportunity for students pursuing either medical school or physician assistant programs. Candidates have the opportunity to gain direct patient care experience (room patients, gather medical histories, assist in procedures, and direct post-procedure care), gain healthcare experience (work directly with MD and PAs, assist nursing staff in processing procedure results, perform clerical duties including documenting visit findings, inputting prescriptions, and transcribing visit notes), build relationships with other pre-health students, and earn letters of recommendation from MD and PAs for graduate programs. We are ideally looking for college seniors who could start part-time 2-3 days/week and transition to full-time upon graduation, or recent graduates who could start part-time or full-time 3-5 days/week. We are looking for a commitment of 2-3 years until candidates start MD or PA programs. Send resumes to Candidates may call 952-915-6000 to learn more about the position as well.

21. Residential Counselor - Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC)

CRTC is a mental health treatment center for youth ages 11-17. If you are interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, learning de-escalation techniques, and being a positive role model for teens with various mental health diagnoses, I highly encourage you to apply to this job. Our Residential Counselors play a huge part in creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment for our kids. Apply online!

22. 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).

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