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Psych Scoop, 10/1/19

October 1, 2019

October 1st, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. CONNECT! Schedule an appointment with a Psychology Advisor!

Making connections is a crucial part of your undergraduate experience, especially within your major. Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to invite you to schedule an appointment to simply CONNECT. Psychology Advisors hold a great deal of psychology-related experience: we have worked in a wide variety of psychology-related positions, completed both undergraduate and graduate programs in psych, traveled and studied abroad, and completed internships and maintained connections with alumni and current graduate students who are working in the field. Relationship building is important, so if there is an advisor with whom you have met in the past, or has experience in something that you are interested in, feel free to request to meet with that specific advisor. October is a great month for these types of appointments; act now before the rush!

2. PSY & CPSY Exploration & Alumni Connections Event

Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: Free, refreshments provided
Location: 432 Bruininks Hall

Wondering what you can do with a major in Psychology or Developmental/Child Psychology? You’re not alone! Visit the PSY/CPSY Career Exploration & Alumni Connections Event from 4:00 - 5:30 pm on Friday, October 18th in 432 Bruininks Hall to meet alumni and learn about your career options! This event is free and open to current CLA students. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP on GoldPASS!

3. Study Rooms Closed

Just a heads up- our office will be closing the Study Room and Community Room (Rooms N118 & N120) this Friday, October 4th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please plan accordingly!

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.

4. Global Study Buddy Program (GSBP) Kick-off Meeting

Monday, October 7, 2019, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

Struggled with midterms and finals? Can't study alone? Want to meet some friends in class? The Global Study Buddy Program (GSBP) is the perfect event for you! Come to our Global Study Buddy Program (GSBP) Kick-off event on Monday, October 7th at 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM for an afternoon of free snacks, free pizza, friends, fun and most importantly, a study group! Sign up for our Global Study Buddy Program and let us know what psychology courses you're in. We'll do the rest and place you in a diverse, hardworking and friendly study group with pals who are in your classes! Come to our kick-off event to meet the people who will help you on your road to academic success! The location will be determined based on the number of students who signed up for the event and will be announced via email and sign-up form of GSBP.


5. The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma

Monday, October 7, 2019, 3:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: $10, including a copy of the book
Location: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey

Join Center for Spirituality and Healing for a lecture and discussion on The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma by James S. Gordon, M.D., in which the world-recognized authority on post-traumatic stress and acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer presents the first comprehensive, evidence-based program for reversing the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma. Buy tickets and read more about Dr. Gordon.

6. Pre-Departure Workshop - International Military Leave Support Program

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free, dinner provided
Location: 518 Bruininks

You haven't completed the mandatory military service yet? Come learn how to decide when to serve, how to prepare, and hear from international veterans about their experience. RSVP here.


7. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Applications for Spring 2020

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program has added another opportunity for students to submit an application to be funded for research in Spring 2020. Applications will be due October 14, 2019, and here's the link for the program with further information. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides all University of Minnesota undergraduates, regardless of college, major or discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research, scholarly or creative project. UROP gives students a chance to explore academic and career interests, apply classroom learning to real-time research and prepare for a career or graduate school while working closely with a U of M faculty member. Students may work on a project of their own creation or take part in a faculty member’s existing project.

8. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab looking for RAs

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is currently looking for three new volunteer research assistants. The REPAIR lab has two current projects: one outpatient traumatic brain injury study (TBI) and one longitudinal TBI study. The outpatient study focused on mild TBI, and the longitudinal study focuses on the full range of severity. Research assistant duties include screening participants, recruitment of new participants, scheduling research appointments, running research sessions, calling participants for follow-up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. Dr. Finn expects volunteer research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab and to commit to at least two full semesters in the lab. Research can be taken for PSY 4993 credit. REPAIR research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA of about 3.2 higher, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Finn at

9. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Student Opportunity in Research on Bipolar Disorders and Aging

We are seeking highly motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented undergraduates of sophomore or junior standing to contribute to neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral data collection in a pilot study assessing affective and cognitive processes in older adults (age > 60) with bipolar disorders and older adults without psychopathology in the laboratory of Dr. Snezana Urosevic and in collaboration with Dr. Adriana Seelye’s laboratory. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available. Potential research assistants will administer questionnaires, brief cognitive screens, and e-prime tasks, aid in collection of MRI scans at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, have opportunity to learn preprocessing of MRI data, attend laboratory meetings, and have an opportunity to develop independent research questions based on their interests and/or contribute to manuscripts and poster presentations. Competitive applicants will have strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. Please contact Dr. Snezana Urosevic by email ( and if you are interested and attach a resume that includes information about your work and academic experience, references, software skills, and knowledge, as well as an unofficial transcript.


10. Learn About Working in the Fields of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Community Prevention

ALIVE is a school-based public health approach that aims to mitigate the impacts of toxic stress on our countries’ youth. Their programming has been implemented in Connecticut, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Washington, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Region. The purpose of their programs is to help identify and support students who are experiencing high levels of stress that they have not told anyone about. Students are taught lessons about norms of child safety, and encouraged to write letters to a fictional guardian figure known as "Miss Kendra." We are currently organizing a volunteer program to aid us in responding to these letters. Volunteers will serve the program under the direct supervision of our staff in Minnesota. This volunteer program is an excellent opportunity for students to discover what it is like to work in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and community prevention. If you have an interest in volunteering in one of our classrooms, and have 1-2 hours a week, or would like to learn more please feel free to contact Rose Gangl at or by calling 651-347-1702.

Learning Abroad

11. Thinking about Psych and Research in Madrid for Spring 2020? Deadline Extended!

Study psychology and gain research experience in this program based in Madrid. The application deadline for Spring 2020 has been extended to October 15th, 2019. If you have questions, you can view more information about the program here.

12. You CAN Afford to Study Abroad: Info Sessions About Scholarships & Financial Aid

Friday, October 4, 2019, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 230

At this popular info session, you'll get an overview and tools that will help you choose an affordable program and apply for scholarships & financial aid—all important parts of making your dream of studying abroad a reality. Contact Thuy Doan at with questions.


13. AANAPISI Scholarship

The Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program is a collaboration with AANAPISIs and the communities they serve to provide scholarships, expand institutional capacity and mobilize local resources to help foster economic development. The AANAPISI Scholarship is available annually to students attending APIA Scholars AANAPISI partner campuses listed below. The AANAPISI Scholarship online application opens on September 4, 2019, and closed on November 6, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST. Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $5,000 awards. Read more about application requirements and instructions.


14. PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. This fully-funded opportunity equips fellows with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good. Learn more and apply. Applications for Summer 2020 are November 1st, 2019.

Grad School

15. Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) at the University of Minnesota Duluth Info Session

Friday, October 11, 2019, 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 230

Are you considering a graduate degree in Psychology? If so, consider attending the upcoming INFORMATION SESSION about our Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about our graduate program, meet with our faculty, speak with current graduate students in the program, and tour our facilities. To learn more about this event go to our website. Students can register online, and will then receive more information about location, directions, and parking. The MAPS program offers a terminal Master’s degree that prepares graduate students with research-based knowledge and skills that are essential for acceptance into doctoral programs and successful careers in organizational, educational, clinical, and counseling settings. We are one program with three integrated tracks: Clinical-Counseling PsychologyExperimental Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Students can visit our website for further information and to apply, and may contact us with any questions at, Dr. Lara LaCaille, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS): (218) 726-7364; Jodi Saylor, Program Coordinator: (218) 726-7808.

16. University of Western States - MS and EdD Programs

The University of Western States, located in Portland, OR, offers 100% online MS and EdD programs in Sport & Performance Psychology, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The full integration of sport psychology content makes these programs unique – they both boast sport psych throughout the curriculum, rather than only in elective coursework. SPP prepares students to sit for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant exam, administered by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. CMHC provides a well-rounded approach to counseling, including content on addiction, career, performance, and marriage and family counseling, for students interested in becoming licensed counselors. Learn more about these programs in our viewbook.

17. Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm (eastern time)
Cost: Free
Location: online

Discover graduate schools across the nation. Register now for the FREE virtual fair to gain key insight into finding the Psychology Program that's right for you. Register today!

18. Educational Psychology Grad Program Online Info Sessions

Learn more about earning your graduate degree in educational psychology. Visit the Department of Educational Psychology chat room at the Education Graduate School Virtual Fair on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019. Free for prospective students.

11:00 to 12:00 pm: Special education Ph.D. or MA
Contact: LeAnne Johnston []

12:15 to 1:15 pm: Counseling and student personnel psychology MA
Contact: Carolyn Berger []

2:00 to 3:00 pm.: School psychology Ph.D. and MA
Contact: Elyse Farnsworth []

General questions? Contact the Department of Educational Psych at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. Can you keep a straight face?

The Social Buffering Project (Drs. Thomas & Gunnar, ICD) examines the development of biological stress systems. We are looking for someone to assist with data collection in the context of an MRI study involving social evaluative stress with youth. The position requirements include UMN student standing, a professional business-like demeanor, strong spoken English with no discernible accent, availability between 3-7 pm including weekends up to 3 times per week. For a complete position description or to submit your application, please contact Bonny Donzella at

20. Paid Research Assistant Position in Carlson School of Management

Professor Betty Zhou in the Carlson School of Management is looking for undergraduate psychology students at the University of Minnesota to assist her in her research projects. In this position, you will work directly with participants in study sessions, manage the collected data and other miscellaneous tasks. You will be working on these tasks in teams with other research assistants. Please plan to commit at least 10 hours a week for this paid position. Preferably, applicants would have already taken PSY3001W: Introduction to Research Methods and do not plan to graduate until Spring 2021 or later. To apply for this position, please email your resume to Donghwa Seo at Also- please reach out to Donghwa for any questions you may have, as well.