Psych Scoop, 4/16/24

April 16, 2024

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. 2024-2025 Psychology Undergraduate TA Positions

Each fall and spring, the Department of Psychology selects from a pool of highly qualified undergraduate applicants for paid undergraduate teaching assistant (TA) and section leader (SL) appointments. Serving as a TA or SL is a fantastic professional development opportunity to add to a resume, and it can also provide you with an integrated department experience to highlight on an application to graduate school. Our teaching assistants and section leaders work on average 5-10 hours per week per appointment and will be paid $16.50/hr in the 2024-2025 academic year. More information on eligibility, the application process, and typical duties can be found on the 2024-2025 Undergraduate TA Application Form. If you have questions, please contact Christina Wiencke at (Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction) or Heidi Wolff at (Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist).

2. Psychology Town Hall Meeting

Friday, April 19, 2024, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliot Hall N219

The Psychology Department is hosting the Spring 2024 Town Hall for undergraduate psych students. The goal of these town halls is to connect students directly with the Department of Psychology leadership. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google Form to RSVP. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you can leave comments/questions in the form. The town hall won't be recorded, however, meeting minutes will be shared afterward.

3. Reminder: Psi Chi Honors Cords Pick Up

Are you a graduating Psi Chi member this Spring 2024/Summer 2024 semester? If yes, please arrange to pick up your Psi Chi Honor cord from Mary Simonsen. Email Mary at to arrange a time to pick it up.

4. Seniors! Don’t forget to RSVP

Friday, April 26, 2024, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room

Psychology majors who have applied for Spring and Summer 2024 graduation should have received an email invitation to the 2024 Psychology Senior Spectacular. This annual psychology undergraduate event recognizes award recipients and graduating seniors in front of peers, staff, faculty, and family for all of their accomplishments! The event will be held on campus Friday, April 26, 2024, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. RSVPs are due by Wednesday, April 24th at noon. Questions about this event may be sent directly to

5. Capstone Poster Session

Monday, April 29, 2024, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall 1st Floor Lobby

Psychology Undergraduates completing their Capstone in Psychology this Spring 2024 will be participating in the Capstone in Psychology Poster Session! Posters will change every 20 minutes. Psychology faculty, staff, and students are all encouraged to attend! This is a great opportunity for Summer or Fall 2024 Psychology Capstone students to see current project examples!

6. Getting Started With Psychology Research Workshop

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall, Room N219

Are you a student interested in joining a research lab? Are you a declared Psychology BS major and want to get ahead in finding research opportunities? This workshop is for you! Start your journey of finding research sooner rather than later! RSVP for the workshop here! If you have questions about this event, please contact

Psychology Student Group Announcements

7. Psychology Club Case Study Night

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall Room 11

Put your clinical skills to the test on Wednesday, April 17th from 5:30-6:30 PM for a night filled with case studies and fun! Food will be provided, so you don’t want to miss this event. Please fill out this RSVP form if you are interested in attending. As always, please email with any questions. We hope to see you all there!

8. ABPS Presents Psych'd for the Future

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Campbell Room 1

Psyched for the Future is a panel event that will include local black psychologists. They will come and discuss their experiences, hardships, and achievements within the psych field while giving students advice for their future careers. Please RSVP for the event if you are interested in attending!

9. Psychology Club Officer Application

Are you looking to get more involved with the psychology program? Apply to be a Psych Club officer! We are looking for a secretary, public relations officer, communications officer, and events coordinator for the 2024-25 school year. This is a great opportunity to build connections and gain leadership skills. If you are interested, please fill out this form! We hope you apply, and feel free to email if you have any questions!

Career Spotlight

10. Public Information Officer

Majoring or minoring in Psychology can pave the way for careers across various industries. This week, we are highlighting a career in Public Information. Public information officers are tasked with facilitating communication between an organization and the general public. They are also responsible for maintaining a positive public image for an organization. To do this, they may perform a wide range of public relations management tasks, such as holding press conferences and preparing speeches. In these press conferences, they may announce major developments or responses to problems. A public information officer may also evaluate how the public perceives the organization by scrolling through social media feeds, reading relevant news articles, and exploring comments on social media posts. Furthermore, public information officers may establish strategies for the members of the organization to use when communicating with the media and the public. Some useful skills for a public information officer include exceptional written and verbal communication skills, an understanding of media relations, and solid interpersonal skills. Public information officers typically need a Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, or a related field. However, acquiring a Master's degree in communications or a related field will make candidates more competitive. To learn more about this career, visit our office for in-person career resources, or set up a meeting with us to discuss your post-grad plans and goals!


11. Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, April 18, 2024
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Great Hall

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual research fair held every Spring that gives all undergraduate researchers from all University of Minnesota campuses a chance to share their research, scholarly, and creative projects with the University community. Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place in Coffman Memorial Union’s Great Hall on Thursday, April 18, 2024. This is a chance for students to present their research findings to the University Community and make new connections. Come support student presenters!

12. Future Leaders in Brain Injury Conference

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom

An organization called Synapse National, whose mission is to create social support networks for individuals with brain injury and to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of Brain Injury is hosting a free virtual conference, Future Leaders in Brain Injury, which provides opportunities for students to explore a variety of medical specialties and career paths focused on advancing the field of brain injury. Learners of all levels are welcome to attend, and we were hoping to extend an invitation! It will be a valuable opportunity for students to network, build relationships with healthcare mentors, and gain more context for their future career goals. Sign up to receive a registration link here!

13. CLA's Graduation Media Day

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Northrop Plaza

Calling all CLA 2024 Graduates, bring your cap and gown and join us on Northrop Plaza, Wednesday, April 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. to take part in our Graduation Media Day! You'll nab a free professional photo, CLA swag, and pose with Goldy -- all in the company of your fellow CLA graduates. Plus, you'll be a part of a special video that will be shown at the undergraduate Commencement and online, celebrating our CLA graduates. RSVP here.

14. Long Night Against Procrastination: Get Ready for Finals

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Wilson Library Studio

Get ready for finals and the end of the semester! Bring your homework and get stuff done with structured work time and study breaks. Join us at Wilson Library (West Bank) for the Long Night Against Procrastination on Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m. We will have fun study breaks with snacks and activities, music, crafts, and more. Don’t miss the pizza! M Food Co will be providing coffee and treats to get things started. Take an “art” break with the Weisman Art Museum and the WAM Student Collective. The University Book Club will be hosting a get ready for summer reading “bring a book, take a book” swap – so bring any books you are ready to pass on. Drop by anytime during the event. No registration is necessary. All are welcome. Bring your friends and get stuff done!


15. Take the Undergrad SERU Survey

Tell us about your experience at the U of M and help create a better campus for all students. The survey will remain open until June; you can always return to the survey where you left off to complete it at a later time. Take the 2024 SERU Survey to get discounts and a chance to win prizes. See the SERU survey results and learn about how various units/programs, colleges, and administrators are using results for change.

Scholarships & Awards

16. International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (IUROP) Scholarship

The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The deadline for Fall 2024 or the academic year 2024-2025 is May 1, 2024. Visit our website for more information and application instructions. The I-UROP program is managed by the Learning Abroad Center. Any questions about this program should be directed to Jessica Hartnett at in the Learning Abroad Center.

Graduate School

17. American Psychological Association Psychology Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom

Are you interested in pursuing graduate school? The American Psychological Association is hosting a Graduate School Fair on Wednesday, April 17th, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CST. Ask questions in a virtual group format, make easy and efficient connections, and all prospective students will have access to psychology graduate school profiles. To register and learn more about this event and schools that will be at the fair, view their website.

18. Social Work Grad School Virtual Fair

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom

Interested in a Master's in Social Work? Get answers to your questions about graduate school by attending this virtual fair featuring social work graduate schools and programs! Explore social work programs nationwide, save time, meet admissions reps, faculty, and current grad students in live online chat sessions, and connect with multiple graduate schools at once! Register here!


19. *Volunteer* Relationships, Emotion Regulation, and Eating Lab

Thanks for your interest! Dr. Jeffry Simpson from the Department of Psychology's Social Interactions Lab is looking for undergraduate RAs for the Summer 2024 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 the Qualtrics form provided. You can also email Mo at

20. *Credit or Volunteer* Apply to the Child Brain and Perception Lab!

The CBP Lab, run by Dr. Charisse Pickron, is seeking research assistants for Summer 2024 and beyond. No prior experience is necessary! Our research focuses on further understanding how experiences with our social world shape our perception, representation, and responses to people, places, and objects in our environment. The lab is interested in better understanding how infants, young children, and adults learn about the ways different people are grouped together, what these groups mean to us, and the potential consequences of forming different social groups. We use behavioral, eye tracking, and electrophysiological measures to investigate questions such as: How do individuals begin to learn of social constructs such as race and gender? What experiences shape the presence and reduction of social biases? If you are interested in joining the CBP Lab’s research team, please complete this initial interest form and someone will follow up with you for a possible interview. We encourage underrepresented students to apply. Questions about this position can be directed to Emmy Higgs Matzner at

21. *Credit* Directed Research – Identity Pathways Project

The NICE Research Group (Dr. Moin Syed) is seeking undergraduate research assistants to enroll in 3 credits of PSY 5993 for Fall 2024. This research experience involves working on a project funded by the National Science Foundation looking into the identity, academic, and career pathways of racial/ethnic minority college students who major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students will read and summarize research articles, recruit participants for the study, and help with data collection. Students who continue on the project for a second semester will have the opportunity to develop their own small research project using the data collected. Enrolled students will be required to attend a weekly in-person team meeting on Mondays from 1:30-2:30, with the remaining work completed independently. Concurrent enrollment in PSY 3901W is permitted. Interested students should complete this application as soon as possible. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Moin Syed at

22. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Opportunity at the Institute of Child Development

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students to work in Professor Glenn Roisman's Relationships Research Laboratory in the Fall of 2024 to help with the transcription of interviews about participants' childhood experiences with their primary caregivers. Prospective undergraduate research assistants must be prepared to sign up for 3 credits (approximately 9 hours of work per week, including a flexible schedule and 1-2 weekly, hour-long lab meetings). Please contact Professor Roisman by email at if you are interested and indicate your availability for an informal, 15-minute interview via Zoom. Professor Roisman asks that you email in advance of your Zoom appointment your resume and a brief writing sample (no more than a 1-page excerpt) from a college paper.

23. *Volunteer* 1 year+ 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 summer of 2024 and beyond! The current longitudinal study examines processes contributing to resilience in military personnel. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive training and gain 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 and attendance at our weekly lab meeting. Students accepted to the lab can apply to receive research credit for the course PSY4993 after committing to one semester as a volunteer. Preference will be given to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5, are able to make a multiple-semester commitment, and intend on pursuing graduate or medical school. Those with prior experience conducting human subject research, military-connected students, and those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science as defined by the National Science Foundation are strongly encouraged to apply. Please NOTE: You must be a US citizen to work onsite at the Minneapolis VA. To apply, send an email with “ARMOR RA Position” in the subject line to the Project Coordinator, Amit Sethi at Include your cover letter, resume/CV, and copies of your unofficial transcripts.

24. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Position Studying Substance Use in Veterans

Dr. Britt Stevenson in Addiction Recovery Services at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is looking for student RAs for September 2024 through August 2025. Dr. Stevenson anticipates launching a study to examine the daily life experiences that contribute to substance use in Veterans using ecological momentary assessments (EMA) to measure these factors via real-time surveys. The study also involves providing Veterans with individualized graphs of their responses and clinical feedback. Prospective candidates with clinical experience are highly encouraged to apply. RAs are integral in setting up surveys, tracking participant data, completing regulatory paperwork, coordinating directly with Veteran participants, conducting interviews with participants, analyzing data, interpreting individualized graphs, and helping Dr. Stevenson to finetune the study design based on participant feedback. Dr. Stevenson will provide mentorship and career development guidance. Students can earn 3 credits for PSY 4993 (which corresponds to 9 hours/week) per semester or volunteer. The position is both remote and on-site.VA hires only US Citizens, but those from historically underrepresented groups in science are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about this position and to be considered for an interview, please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a short email introduction to Maria Sciortino, MA at no later than April 26, 2024. Interviews will be between April 29th - May 3rd.

25. The Bio-LEAP Research Opportunity for UMTC College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Transfer Students

The Bio-LEAP (Biomedical Life Science Enrichment for Academic Progress) program is part of a larger University of Minnesota initiative called the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP). This program offers high-quality, mentored independent research experiences for undergraduate students from across the US and Puerto Rico who are contemplating future careers in biomedical research, and who are considering pursuing advanced degrees such as Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., combined degrees such as M.D./Ph.D., etc. Students admitted to LSSURP-affiliated programs are matched with UMN faculty mentors who supervise them as they pursue a full-time 10-week duration research project in their lab. In addition to gaining invaluable research experience conducting cutting-edge research projects, participants are exposed to a combination of optional and mandatory training/enrichment/social events designed to help them build confidence, network with members of the UMN research community, and gain valuable experience that will help them prepare to pursue their medium and long-term educational and professional objectives. Eligibility includes being a transfer student to CLA - fall 2023, spring 2024 or admitted fall 2024, having successfully completed Chem 1061 & Chem 1065 or transfer course equivalent, being a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, and a student from an underrepresented population in bio-medical research as defined by the National Institutes of Health. Interested students should submit an application by the priority deadline of Friday, April 26th. Candidates who submit a completed application will be contacted to arrange an on-campus or Zoom interview.

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.

26. Bell Museum Student Admin Assistant

The Bell Museum is hiring a Student Admin Assistant. The Bell Museum is looking to hire a student to directly support human resources and volunteer services programming. While this is primarily an administrative role, this position would be best for a curious communicator with a passion for building connections and relationships with diverse groups of volunteers and emerging professionals. We are looking for individuals to join our team who are inspired by our mission to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. We believe that difference is a strength and are looking for candidates that reflect and respect diversity. We encourage you to apply for the position even if you do not believe you meet every qualification. To learn more and apply, please visit the U of M Job Website. Questions about the position can be directed to Kate Sigurdson at

27. Support Staff

Looking for someone who is kind and caring to work with Annie, a young woman with physical and mental disabilities in a private home setting. Payroll and background study will be completed through LifeWorks Services Inc. Typical shifts include helping Annie with personal care, ensuring safety, accessing the community, and participating in fun activities! Start at $20/hour but can pay MORE depending on experience! Shifts are typically 9-3 and 3-9 but can vary depending on your schedule! We work with school schedules/availability. Interested in learning more? Please call Andrea at (651)-274-3574 or email at

28. Research Assistant Job Opportunity - University of California, Davis

Dr. Cameron Carter's Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) laboratory at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento invites qualified candidates to apply for positions as junior specialists for several newly funded and ongoing grants awarded to Dr. Cameron Carter. The junior specialist position is fantastic for those interested in more research exposure. Please complete the application here. Applications can only be accepted via the UC Davis Recruit website. Positions have a one-year appointment with an additional year based on performance, and we strongly consider applicants who can consider a two-year commitment. For any additional questions about the positions, please contact Molly Bainbridge at

29. Research Professional 2

The Center for Neurobehavior Development (CNBD) at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain is looking to hire a Research Professional. In this position, the Research Professional will assist with research by providing data acquisition and technology support and expertise. The successful candidate will be comfortable learning new technologies and will work with the team of technicians in the CNBD to acquire data for MIDB research projects. Apply here. Questions may be directed to

30. Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer

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 three weekdays with availability from 4 pm-8 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Starting pay of $18/hr plus a signing bonus of $500. Internship credit is available in addition to pay. Benefits include paid time off, bonuses, and 401k contributions. Training and certification in Cognitive Training is provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to

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