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Psych Scoop, 10/10/17

October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Advising Availability Change - Friday, 10/13

On Thursday, October 13th, the Psychology Advising Office will close at 12:00pm due to a staff event. Please email if you have any questions.

Psychology Advising Featured Events

2. Research Session: PSY 4993/5993 + UROP

Wednesday, October 18th, 3:00-4:30pm
N219 Elliott Hall

Interested in doing research? Come and join us for this informational session and learn about the many ways to get involved! Learn about Psychology research experience from a panel of students, faculty, and advising staff. Panelists include: Dr. Nicola Grissom, Assistant Professor in the Cognitive & Brain Sciences area, Hannah Berg, graduate student in the ANGST lab (Clinical Psychology), and Wendy Nicholson-Kotas from the UROP program. Come prepared with questions! Please RSVP by visiting

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!

3. Psych Club Meeting: Personality & Popcorn

Wednesday, October 11th, 5:30-6:30pm
N227 Elliott Hall

Stop by on Wednesday to explore different ways to categorize personality! It will be a combination of discussing the well accepted formats and poking fun at those that aren't (Buzzfeed). There will be popcorn!

4. Apply to Psi Chi, the International Honor in Psychology!

Psi Chi is the International National Honor Society in Psychology. It's a great way to improve your resume and become eligible for new opportunities within the field of psychology. We are taking applications now, and they are due at 8:00pm on Friday, November 3rd. Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member.

5. PISA: CPT & OPT Talk

Monday, October 16th, 5:30-6:30pm
S150 Elliott Hall

Were you totally at a loss when recruiters asked you about your working authorization in the U.S.? Do you know the difference between CPT and OPT? Are you confused when you are asked questions such as "Are you legally allowed to work in the U.S."? This CPT & OPT workshop will be presented by the officers from the ISSS, and they will walk you through the process. Meanwhile, some of the officers from PISA will share their experience in how they landed an internship/job in the field related to Psychology. There will be free pizza provided. See you soon!


6. Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, October 20th, 10:00am-3:00pm
Coffman Great Hall

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. Registration is not required, but you must bring your U Card. Students are also invited to attend workshop presentations. Presentations will be held in the Mississippi Room (third floor). For more informatino, visit

7. Public Service Weekend - Explore Careers in Public Policy!

November 10th-12th, 2017
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Apply online

Apply to attend this free student conference that will introduce you to the rewarding career of public service and the vital role that it plays in promoting activism and resilience in our communities. Students will participate in workshops, panel and group discussions, social events, and listen to keynote speakers to learn about how to turn their passion for social justice into a career in public policy. Participants must be undergraduate freshman, sophomores or juniors. Preference will also be given to underrepresented students. All majors welcome. Visit the PPIA website for more information and to apply.

8. On-Campus Interviews - How does it work? Is it for me?

Each year, CLA welcomes employers to campus for "On-Campus Interviews" or "OCIs". These opportunities are great for CLA students, but not every student knows how they work. In short, OCIs are a chance for employers to come to campus to conduct job interviews with students right here in our Interview Center in 524 Bruininks Hall. Students who want to be considered for an on-campus interview should first, look on the "Interview On Campus" section of GoldPASS to see which organizations are participating in OCIs. Next, follow the instructions to apply for an interview. This process is often similar to applying for a job, however all the interviews are slated to happen on a given date right here on campus. Employers are looking for all kinds of experiences and areas of study - in most cases you do not need to be a business major to pursue these opportunities.

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Not all opportunities listed below are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

9. Volunteer Research Assistant Positions Studying Traumatic Brain Injury

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) research program at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is looking for new research assistants. The TBIMS project is a longitudinal study of active-duty service members and veterans who come to the Minneapolis VA for inpatient rehabilitation following traumatic brain injuries that range from mild to severe. Research assistant duties include calling participants for follow- up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, assisting in the recruitment and maintenance of participants in the study, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. There also are opportunities to present at national conferences or to contribute to peer-reviewed manuscripts if this is desired. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Jacob Finn, staff psychologist and site project manager (

10. TRIO McNair Scholars Program - Summer Research Opportunity for Qualified Students

The U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is now accepting applications for summer 2017. The application deadline is January 23, 2017. The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school. During the the 10-week summer research program, students will: develop a great relationship and conduct research with a professor that is essential to applying for graduate school; receive a $3,500 stipend; receive guidance through the graduate school process, and present their research at a poster session on campus.

Qualifications: must be a first generation college student and low income, or from an underrepresented group; have 2.75 GPA or above, be a full-time sophomore or junior and a US citizen or permanent resident.

Please visit the McNair website for more information, and to sign up for an Information Session.


11. Volunteer with the Aurora Center - Training Provided

The Aurora Center invites students, faculty and staff to consider the next certification training we offer in February of 2018. Direct Service Advocates and Violence Prevention Education volunteers must have 40 hours of State of MN mandated training that certifies them as sexual assault counselors. You can apply any time with the knowledge that there is an application deadline of Friday, November 17, 2018 and early application is strongly suggested since training space is limited. Because of the importance of the work and because of the cost of training, we ask for a year commitment so seniors cannot apply. For more information and to apply to volunteer, visit the Aurora Center's website. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email Jerie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator at any time.

Campus Resources

12. Need Help & Not Sure Where to Start? Visit Helping U!

The Helping U desk in Bruininks Hall will connect you to academic support, study spaces, health services, career help, and much more. Stop by and speak with fellow students who can help you find resources on campus. The desk is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is next to One Stop Student Services.

13. PSY Tutoring Available at SMART Learning Commons

SMART Learning Commons offers free tutoring for many PSY classes, including psych stats (PSY 3801) and methods (PSY 3001W). Visit TutorTrac to find a full list of classes that offer tutoring, and to confirm tutor availability (TutorTrac tutorial video available here.)

In addition to tutoring, SMART offers weekly group study PAL sessions, media support, and research support. Visit to learn more about how SMART can support you this semester!

14. Need to Recharge? Stress Busters Every Tuesday!

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm
Mayo Meditation Space (3rd Floor Mayo Building)

Refresh and recharge yourself with free, informal hour of meditation and light movement. Experienced instructors will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated. No prior experience, special clothes, or registration necessary – just drop in.

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.

15. Flexible Community Engagement Position for Students Locally

A local organization called Above and Beyond Academic Counseling is looking for undergrad students interested in community engagement, marketing and/or cross cultural community work to fill some part-time positions. Students from any background may apply. Qualities preferred include: highly motivated, independent, enjoys engaging with/forming connections with individuals/families across diverse communities, interested in the field of education. Position Description: Part of a community engagement team consisting of both parents in the community and others that connects with the local community about the organization's grassroots educational efforts and services provided. Position Time-Committment: Flexible; students would be able to create their own schedules. If interested, students should contact Katy at

16. Full-Time Mental Health Opportunity

Avenica is the leader in providing college graduates with great career opportunities. We are currently seeking a Mental Health Advocate with a National independent behavioral health care company, located in Eden Prairie, MN. This company specializes in management for all behavioral health problems and mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. The Mental Health Advocate will provide resources to employees of the organizations who are covered under the behavioral health program. This position has provided an excellent opportunity for a person with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology/Sociology to get their foot in the door and use their degree in a supportive and team oriented environment. Interested candidates can email their resume to