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Psych Scoop, 10/11/16

October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Want to Study Abroad? Attend this Info Session Tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2:30-4:00pm, N639 Elliott Hall. RSVP Here.

A learning abroad experience will enhance your understanding of psychology through course work, internships or cross-cultural interactions encountered every day while you live and travel in a new country. Where can you go? What will you do there? How will that count toward your psychology degree? And of course, how will you pay for it? Come find out! Hear from student panelists who studied abroad in Denmark, Ecuador, Norway, and Spain, Learning Abroad Center staff, and psychology advisors! Bring a pen, paper, and any questions you may have! Please RSVP by visiting

2. Research Session: PSY 4993/5993 + UROP

Wednesday, October 19th 2:30-4:00pm, 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 Undergraduate Research Assistants, Psychology lab supervisors, and faculty members. There will be members of UROP that will provide more information about the program and how to get involved. *Please RSVP to, subject: "Psychology Research Session" to reserve your spot.

Psychology Club/Psi Chi

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested are welcome to participate in Psych Club/Psi Chi activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

3. TONIGHT-Personality and Popcorn!

Tuesday, October 11th, S160 Elliot Hall, 5:30-6:30pm

Stop by on Tuesday 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 Society 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 4th. Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member.

5. Apply to be an Officer of Psychology Club!

Psychology Club/Psi Chi is looking for an officer of recruitment for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested, please fill out this application. Applicants are NOT required to be official Psi Chi members. Please contact if you have any questions.

Career/Job-Related Events

Want to stay up-to-date on all job/career related events happening on campus? Subscribe to the CLA Career Services Newsletter!

6. Careers in Social Justice, Law, & Public Policy Career Panel

Friday, October 14th, 12-2pm, 514A Bruininks Hall. RSVP here (required)

Students will learn about careers in social justice, law, and public policy from professionals in the field! The event will feature a career panel, networking, and a free lunch. All students welcome! For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3154).

7. CLA Practice Interview Days

Friday, October 21st. Choose Your Own Time!
Sign up through "Interview on Campus" section of GoldPASS

Want to improve your interviewing skills for jobs/internships? Sign up for a 45-minute practice interview with a professional recruiter from the areas of Business/Sales/Communications; Human Services/Government/Education; or STEM/Healthcare. This is a great opportunity to receive helpful feedback on your interviewing skills. Professional recruiters from a variety of organizations volunteer to conduct the interviews. For more information, search the ‘Interview On Campus’ section on GoldPASS.

8. #UMNCareer Chat: Get Tips on Effective Interviewing from the Comfort of Your Own Computer!

Wednesday, October 12, 12-1pm. Follow the Twitter chat here.

You’ve been offered an what? Join us for a genuine conversation about the challenges and triumphs of interviewing. Topics include: how to prepare and reduce nerves, questions to prepare for and ask, funny interview fails and what we can learn from them, and how to meaningfully follow up. For more information, visit this webpage.

Graduate School

9. Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

If you want to explore careers in public policy, urban planning, social justice, or human rights but aren't quite sure what it takes to get into a top-ranked graduate school, consider applying to Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship program this summer! PPIA prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses: University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Minnesota, and Princeton University. Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing a bachelor's degree between December 2017 and August 2018. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016. For more info and to apply, visit the PPIA website.


IMPORTANT: Not all research 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.

10. RA Position: Positive Emotion Coding During a Motivation Task

The Masten Lab at the Institute of Child Development is seeking a Research Assistant to help with a positive emotion coding project. The position is available immediately and open to students in any major. We can definitely work with RAs to get research credits or Honors experience for this position. Research Activities: The project investigates how expressions of joy, pride, happiness and pleasure during a self-motivated magnetic fishing game is related to positive outcomes. Previous psychology or child development research experience is a plus. However, we are primarily seeking individuals who are interested to learn about this topic area and have a strong attention to detail. We are flexible about hours per week and anticipate there will be a total of around 35 to 50 hours of coding and work overall from start to finish.

To apply: Please send the following: a. Resume b. Unofficial Transcript (can be downloaded for free at Onestop) c. 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this position (you can include it in the body of your e-mail) In the e-mail Subject Line, please write "Application for Positive Emotion Project." Please send this material to Jyothi Ramakrishnan at Also, feel free to e-mail me any questions you might have prior to applying..

Campus Resources

11. Need Help with Midterm Studying? Meet with a Peer Research Tutor!

Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) have openings to meet with students now! The Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance and give students an overview of using the libraries for research, formulating a paper topic and search, helping students to find scholarly articles, books, and more based on an individuals needs. They are upper-level undergraduates who have gone through 10+ hours of training on using the libraries. Many students find it very helpful, including International students. We have *expanded* and offer appointments and drop-in hours at the Bio-Medical Library (*evening hours*!) along with Walter Library SMART Learning Commons and in Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) in Appleby. Check the full schedule here

12. One-On-One ESL Support for English Language Learners

Are you an international student who needs help with English? The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) is pleased to announce a new resource for international undergraduates at the U of M! Student English Language Support offers free, one-on-one English as a second language consultations on a variety of language needs, including one-on-one support for improving: pronunciation, presentation skills, interaction with classmates, TAs and instructors, grammatical accuracy in speaking or writing, listening comprehension, strategies for learning and using academic vocabulary and any other English language need! Schedule an ELS consultation or learn more about this online at:


13. Register to Vote at U Libraries (or online)

Election day is coming up! If you are eligible to vote and have not yet registered, stop by the Walter, Wilson, Biomedical, or Magrath library to complete and turn in a voter registration form. Or, go online. Learn more at

Learning Abroad

14. Spend Next Semester Teaching English in Brazil

Juniors and Seniors: Think outside the hemisphere when considering next semester! Looking for something unique and challenging? Consider a full semester field experience in Brazil. Co-teach Spring Semester 2017 in a private school at any age level (age 2 through high school.) After five days in Rio de Janeiro, spend three weeks learning Portuguese in coastal Salvador, then move to a smaller city where you will live and teach English. Visit schools and programs working with Brazilian children and youth. Explore the music, soccer, food, beaches and festivals of Brazil. Students will receive credit for CPSY 5996: Language Acquisition Methods. Three UMN students are currently on the program. This is NOT a study abroad program where you will be one of many other American students. You and your 2-4 other colleagues will likely be the only American university students in the city for the semester. Sound interesting? Check out this website or contact Frances Durkin at for more information.

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 Direct Care Job

ACR Homes, Healthcare Group currently in need of additional staffing for a direct care position titled "Direct Care Professional" (DCP). This position involves working with disabled adults in a group home setting. Some roles of a DCP include escorting residents to appointments; administering medications; providing care for activities of daily living; utilizing medical equipment; documenting health information; and taking residents on community outings such as movies, concerts, parks, etc. There is no prior experience necessary to apply. ACR Homes provides the proper training needed to work direct care with the residents, and all training is paid! ACR Homes requires a minimum of 12 hours a week (around two shifts), and shifts are available on a 24-hour basis (i.e., weekdays, weekends). Scheduling is incredibly flexible. If you do not have a source of transportation, we have a car program available for all employees. The starting DCP position pay $11.00/hr and increases with annual bonuses. Wages also increase during weekend and overnight shifts. We also offer a phenomenal internship program for all employees. This internship supplies students with a professional portfolio for future careers/education and with a letter of recommendation from the president of the company. ACR Homes was awarded the #1 company by the Star Tribune in 2016, and it is a beneficial job for both our residents and our staff! Interested students, contact Caitlin Fortin at

16. CLA Career Services is Hiring! (Full-Time Position)

The College of Liberal Arts is excited to announce an opening for a new position in CLA Careers Services for a Recruiting Associate (Student Services Professional 2). The Recruiting Associate is part of the Employer Relations team and plays a critical role in providing effective, efficient service to employers seeking to hire CLA students/recent alumni for internships and full-time career opportunities, and to CLA students/recent alumni seeking those opportunities including (1) planning, managing and coordinating CLA’s expanding employer on-campus interviewing program (2) communications and marketing support for CLA’s on-campus recruiting program and events, (3) serving as the lead administrator of GoldPASS for CLA Career Services, and (4) hiring, supervising and training employer relations (student) assistants. The position is Civil Service, will be located in the Interview Center in Bruininks Hall, and will report to the assistant director of employer relations. This is the perfect role for someone already at the U of MN or someone looking to get into the field of higher ed. Interested individuals can find the full posting on the University of Minnesota Employment website, Job ID 313120. The priority deadline for applications is October 17. Please direct any questions about the position to Emily Loudon, 612-626-4482,

17. Serve with College Possible - Priority Deadline October 23rd

College Possible is currently recruiting to fill AmeriCorps and VISTA positions for Fall 2017. By serving with College Possible, Service Corps members assist low-income high school students earn admission into college and then succeed while they work towards a degree! Over 210 new AmeriCorps and VISTA members will be selected to start in the fall in the Chicago, Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Omaha, Portland and Philadelphia! The Priority Application Deadline is October 23rd. For more information and application instructions, please visit our AmeriCorps page.