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Psych Scoop, 10/13/20

October 13, 2020

October 13th, 2020

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1. Psychology Undergrad Fall Semester Town Hall

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 10:00 am- 11:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This is a follow-up meeting to the Pre-Fall Town Hall hosted in September. You may read the meeting minutes from that event. 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. All Psychology Student Advisory Council members have already been invited to this event. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you may leave comments/questions in the form; feedback will be shared anonymously at the Town Hall.

2. Get to Know Your Faculty: Cognitive Connections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:30 pm- 3:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Exciting news! Our office is hosting the third event for students to connect with faculty outside of the classroom in a comfortable and informal setting. Get to know our featured faculty, Dr. Iris Vilares, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Vilares is the director of the Decision-Making Laboratory. She specializes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Her research focuses on decision making in people with psychiatric and neurological diseases. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We will email out the Zoom link closer to the event. We can't wait to see you there!


3. How Do We Use MRI to Understand How Brains Solve Problems?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

From October 12–16, join The Bell Museum daily for live conversations with researchers from the University of Minnesota who will showcase their exciting work in brain science. Watch as a researcher goes into an MRI machine to see what her brain does as she looks at different visual patterns. Talk to her colleagues about how they can use little quirks of vision to understand how conditions such as autism or schizophrenia affect the way our brains see the world. This research talk is brought to us by Dr. Cheryl Olman, associate professor, Department of Psychology. Research talks will be hosted on Facebook Live. View all event information.

4. Human Services Virtual Job Fairs

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST (Zoom Link, ID: 99792144608, password: 2Tk4ZH)
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Staff from a variety of agencies across Minnesota that provide services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions will be offering information and answering questions on current job opportunities, current internship opportunities, career paths available to students, educational & vocational experiences necessary to be hired in various fields, and the importance of gaining work experience while in school. No RSVP is required. For questions, contact Nicole Berning at or 651-402-2394.

5. Health Management Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Explore different career fields, build relationships with employers, discover position openings, and more at the virtual Health Management Job & Internship Fair! This event will be a great opportunity to make a positive impression with employers and help you stand out in future job and internship application process. Register to attend so you can get a feel for what kind of skills employers are searching for in their roles, and to ask any questions you may have! Learn more and register for this event on GoldPASS.

6. Intro to Library Research for Transfer Students

Monday, October 19, 2020, 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

New to the U and need to write a research paper? Attend this session for transfer students of all experience levels to learn how to navigate the library’s website. This session will cover how to pick a topic, narrow it down, and find articles your professor will love. RSVP today.

7. Introduction To Consulting: Advice from CLA Alumni Webinar

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you ever thought about consulting as a possible career path? Have you heard about consulting but wondered what it is and whether it would be a good fit for you? By attending this webinar, you'll hear from alumni of the College of Liberal Arts who have leveraged their liberal arts degrees to land fulfilling careers in consulting, and learn what career competencies are important in this field. Get an overview of what consulting is and hear from CLA alumni Sharada Gilbertson and Yash Joshi who will share why they love working in consulting, and steps you can take to learn more. Learn more and register for this event on GoldPASS.

8. Finding a Job with the State of Minnesota or City of Minneapolis

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

A panel of recruiters from a variety of State of Minnesota and City of Minneapolis departments will discuss how to effectively find job opportunities and how candidates can make themselves more marketable. RSVP and learn more.

9. Virtual Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, October 30, 2020, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The fair is an excellent opportunity for students to network with local Twin-Cities organizations and learn more about what a career in the nonprofit or government sector looks like. At the fair, students can explore internships, full-time jobs, and volunteer positions within these agencies and gain a better understanding of what employers in this sector are looking for in candidates. RSVP and learn more.


10. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuroimaging Research Opportunity

We invite undergraduate psychology students to apply for a research assistant position to conduct neuroimaging/MRI research at the Department of Pediatrics in Dr. Igor Nestrasil’s lab (M.D., Ph.D.). We research neurodegeneration mostly in rare genetic diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy and mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and correlate the neuroanatomical findings with neuropsychological outcomes. We are also conducting an exploratory study for children to young adult patients who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. We are looking for students with a strong aptitude for learning scientific concepts and technical computational skills for brain MRI analysis. This research opportunity may be used for PSY4993 research credit. Participation in our lab is an excellent experience for those interested in pursuing a career in research, neuroscience, and health profession. Individuals with a science GPA of 3.0 or better are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have extenuating circumstances that have caused your science GPA to be lower than a 3.0, please attach a letter of explanation. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Carol Lien at with the following information: (1) a brief explanation of the reason for your interest and your background in a 1/2-1 page cover letter and 1 page CV/Resume, including your science GPA; and (2) a list of the courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, or other related coursework.

11. *Credit or Volunteer* Behavioral Coding Lab with Military Families- 100% Remote

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a research internship with the ADAPT projects, which study the impact of interventions to support families after military deployments. We are looking for responsible undergraduates in the social sciences or with related experience for our behavioral coding team. Coders are an important part of our research team. Coders watch videos of family members interacting and rate the behaviors according to our coding manual. Coders learn about healthy family interactions from evidence-based practices. Coders must have reliable access to the internet in a private space (ability to watch videos where others can’t see or hear), and time to complete coding and participate in zoom meetings. Due to our investment in skill development for coders, we require that coders intern with us for at least two consecutive terms (fall, spring, summer). Coders need verbal skills, the ability to accept constructive feedback, and time management skills. The weekly time commitment is generally between 3-7 hours per week (not including training weeks). The internship is unpaid, however, many coders opt to obtain research credit for their coding experience with Dr. Gewirtz, PI for the ADAPT projects. Online training: November 5 (4:30-6:30 pm CST), 6 (2:30-6:30 pm CST), 7 (2:30-6:30 pm CST), 12 (4:30-6:30 pm CST), 13 (2:30-6:30 pm CST), and 14 (2:30-6:30 pm CST). Please contact Coding Manager Kadie Ausherbauer at with questions or with the application of your resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial is fine).

Graduate School

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

12. Family Social Science Graduate Program Virtual Info Session

Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Department of Family Social Science will host two virtual information sessions for prospective MA, MA/Ph.D., and Ph.D. applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to our graduate program and answer any questions you may have. The last half hour of each program will focus on the FSOS Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. specialization. Find more information and Zoom links through the website.

Learning Abroad

13. National Student Exchange - Taking Applications for Spring 2021 and Beyond!

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is still accepting students for spring 2021 and beyond. COVID-19 has restricted mobility to certain NSE campuses, but many are able to host our students either through an in-person (with housing) or virtual exchange. Here are the available campuses (and rolling deadlines) for spring 2021 (link 2). NOW is also a great time to plan an NSE exchange during the 2021/2022 academic year. NSE is affordable. Most students continue to pay U of M tuition (called HOME PAY) while on exchange and not pay tuition to their host campus. Others pay in-state tuition to their host campus (called HOST PAY). ALL U of M students on NSE qualify for their full financial and scholarship package (with limited exceptions). Students should work with their advisor(s) to determine if NSE is a good option for them. NSE credits are transfer credits; many NSE credits are already in Transferology (link 3). Students can petition for general credit transfer approval or LibEd approval through TES (or they can work directly with Admissions). Contact with more questions.


14. Become a Mentor with YMCA

Mentoring can benefit college students just as it benefits mentees. The growth and impact do not stop there, it permeates into many relationships within communities (i.e. education, families, extracurricular activities). Truly mentoring creates many ripples with many reciprocal impacts, often felt life long by mentees and mentors! Be prepared to learn and grow through this process, being a mentor is a role and you will be challenged to improve your skill and be held accountable for your interactions with your peers, the young people, and your team leader. Read about the positions. Contact Patti Neiman with any questions at and application instructions.

15. Mentors Needed for History Day

We are currently recruiting new undergraduate mentors for the 2020-21 Minnesota History Day Mentor program. The Mentor Program is a partnership between the Department of History and the Minnesota Historical Society in which UMN undergraduates work with middle school and high school students in the Twin Cities on their Minnesota History Day projects. This year's Mentor program will be completely virtual. Mentors receive a stipend and, as part of the mentorship, also enroll in History 4970 (one credit each semester) for both the fall and spring semesters. This year's course will focus on the themes of citizenship, race, ethnicity, and migration. Students do not need to be history majors or minors, nor do they need previous History Day experience. We especially invite students of color to apply. This is an excellent opportunity to do paid academic work in the local community. Applications are due October 18th, 2020. Contact Amelious Whyte Jr at if you have any questions.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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16. Outpatient Psychotherapist - VA Hospital

A funded VA intervention study is seeking a part-time (15-30 hours/week) psychotherapist to provide individual psychotherapy services to individuals who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. Interventionists will offer 12 sessions of either Adaptive Disclosure or Present Centered Therapy. Services will be offered through telehealth. Training will be provided and the incumbent will participate in weekly supervision calls with licensed psychologists and consultation meetings with study therapists. The position will last for 1 year. A Master's degree in social work or a doctoral degree in psychology is desired. Experience working with veterans with PTSD and manualized interventions is required. Email Tasha Nienow at for more information.

17. 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 Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific 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 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm or three weekdays from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $15/hr plus signing and performance bonus. Training is 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

18. Students: Earn While You Learn at English Rose Suites

English Rose Suites, a nationally known provider of dementia care, has opportunities for psychology students interested in neurology and dementia. The population 65 and older is growing faster than all other age groups! Within this group, there is probably no other patient population that presents such diversity for a psychologist than those suffering from some form of dementia. English Rose Suites will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. Our expertise, holistic approach, and high staff-to-resident ratio (1-3) helps to minimize changes in mood and behavior associated with dementia, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for our residents. You’ll be part of a team providing hands-on care, and just as important, building loving relationships. This is a challenging but extremely rewarding position. English Rose Suites is a residential care provider located in Edina offering flexible work schedules and highly competitive pay! Work as little as every other weekend or as much as full time during your breaks and summer vacation. Our wages range from $15-$18 per hour based on experience. No experience or certification is necessary. We will provide paid training. Contact Jane Geiger at