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Psych Scoop, 10/16/18

October 16, 2018

October 16th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Drop In Update for Wednesday, October 17th

Drop In Hours with Mary will change on Wednesday, October 17th to 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Be sure to make note of this.

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.

2. IOPC Event: Guest Speaker Tony Tian

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N391

Are you considering a Masters program in Industrial Organizational Psychology? Are you wondering what types of jobs are available in the I/O field? Come hear our guest speaker Tony Tian who has a BS in Psychology from the UMN and a Masters in I/O Psychology. He will be speaking at the event about his experiences, giving tips to people interested in the field and answering questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you all there tonight!


3. Info Session on Translation & Interpreting

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Nicholson 12

On Wednesday, October 17th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in Nicholson 12, the Program in Translation and Interpreting will host a drop-in information session on careers in translation and interpreting and coursework for bilingual students at the U to earn a certificate in interpreting and a minor in translation. Any questions regarding this event can be directed to

4. MN Department of Human Services Meet And Greet With Area Providers

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Recreation and Wellness Center, 2nd Floor

Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing or interested in pursuing psychology, child psychology, social work, special education, speech therapy, occupational therapy and other human services-related programs encouraged to attend, and meet with professionals from a variety of local agencies. See GoldPASS for more information.

5. CIA Simulations - 2 Events

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 110 Tate Hall, 220 Bruininks Hall

Learn more about the Directorate of Analysis by participating in an analytic simulation. During this casual exercise, you will play the role of a CIA intelligence analyst assigned to a team to investigate a potential emerging problem. It will help you learn how you can apply your background, problem solving, and critical thinking skills to develop objective, meaningful and usable intelligence assessments on national security issues.

This event will be 5:30-7:00 pm in 110 Tate Hall.

Learn more about CIA's Directorate of Operations and what a clandestine career entails during this interactive presentation. You will explore situations from an operational standpoint and learn how to make operational decisions in a fluid, ambiguous and consequential environment in support of national security objectives.

This event will be 7:30-9:00 pm in 220 Bruininks Hall.

6. ACR Homes Info Session

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free (Free Bruegger's Bagels and Mesa Pizza!)
Location: 518/520 Bruininks Hall

Come to this open house event to hear more about job and internship opportunities that can be catered for your major! (Pre-Med, Pre-PA, Pre-OT, Pre-PT, Nursing, FSOS, Psychology, BME, Child-Psych, Nutrition, KIN, SLHS, Business, and more!) You can come with questions, or even do a walk-in interview if you are interested. Learn more about this event on GoldPASS.

7. Breaking into the Public Sector

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, 4th Floor (Campus Club)

Did you know that the public sector employs more Minnesotans than any private sector company? What about the fact that the public sector influences the lives of 5.5 million Minnesotans every single day, including you? Hosted by Hennepin County, this event will bring together the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County, and the State of Minnesota in an interactive evening of small table networking, Q&A, short-form presentations, and inspirational speakers. We will "pull back the curtain" on the public sector, giving you insight into what it means to be a public servant in 2018 and tips and tricks on how to go about landing your first public sector experience. Learn more about this event on GoldPASS.

8. 5 Tips to Landing a Meaningful Internship for Transfer Students

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: University- YMCA, 1801 University Ave. SE

In honor of Transfer Student Week, we are hosting this event in partnership with the University-YMCA. We know that 71% of incoming transfer students plan to pursue an internship. At this event, we will have 5 tips from transfer students who have successfully landed hands on internships. Join us for a night of networking and learn about how students can intern with the University-YMCA or connect with community organizations to build their own internships. Soup and snacks provided. For more information, check out their Facebook event.

9. Government and Nonprofit Fair

Friday, October 19, 2018, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Attend the Government & Nonprofit Career Fair to meet and learn about opportunities with nonprofit and government organizations. Attendees can also attend break-out presentations on topics such as "Intro to Careers in Nonprofits" and "Leading the Bureaucracy Back to its Humanity." Learn more about this event on their website.

10. Careers in Nonprofit/Social Advocacy Alumni-Student Networking Event

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:45 pm- 8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen 10

The University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Student Board and CLA Alumni Society welcome CLA students, alumni and other professionals for an evening of networking. Professionals pursuing various careers in non-profit organizations or in social advocacy are encouraged to share career advice with current students. Learn more and RSVP on the CLA website here.


11. Volunteer Research Assistant (2 positions available)

The Promote Independent Aging (PRIA) research study at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is currently looking for new research assistants. The volunteer position supports the execution of research projects in the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) under Dr. Adriana Seelye, which contribute to national efforts to understand cognition and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and to develop and evaluate innovative technologies for cognitive assessment and patient support. Research assistant duties include entering behavioral and neuropsychological test data into the REDCap study database, verifying accuracy of data entered, assisting the study coordinator and PI with recruiting research volunteers, determining eligibility, facilitating study enrollment, making telephone calls to research volunteers, participating in regulatory compliance (IRB, HIPAA trainings) and attending weekly lab meetings. There are also opportunities to learn and administer assessments to research volunteers depending on one’s interest, time commitment, and skill level. Due to the training burden, Dr. Seelye expects research assistants to commit to at least 6-9 hours per week to the lab and commit to at least 1-2 full semesters in the lab. Interested parties should send a cover letter addressing qualifications, a current resume or CV that includes any relevant psychology or research methods coursework and current GPA, and a list with the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who can address the applicant's qualifications for the position. Questions should be addressed to Adriana Seelye, or Mira Leese,

Graduate School

12. ASU Developmental Psychology Program is Accepting Applicants

We are currently recruiting students to apply for our Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology at Arizona State University. The Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology aims to understand and improve the lives of children, young adults, and of those entering the late-life years. Through the innovative combination of community-based interventions, community embedded basic science and psychopathology, the Developmental Psychology program offers unique opportunities for students to build both skills and relationships across the university and local communities. For more information, watch our video or visit our website.

13. University of California Berkeley's Psychology Post Baccalaureate Program

The University of California Berkeley's Psychology Post Baccalaureate Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2019. This three to four semester comprehensive retraining and immersion program has been designed to serve students interested in applying to graduate school for the sake of pursuing a research career in psychology. Our full-time program provides students with a mixture of comprehensive coursework, faculty mentorship, and extended research experience. For more information, please email Melissa Bayne at or visit the website.


14. The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is looking for Research Assistants

Dr. Scott Sponheim is looking for volunteer research assistants to work in the Cognition And Brain in Psychopathology lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Dr. Sponheim’s primary research interests are in understanding how genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are expressed in the brain, and in investigating the neurologic effects of traumatic brain injury and stress disorders in combat-exposed military service members. Primarily, we use electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in conjunction with cognitive tests, interview-based assessments of symptoms, and questionnaires. Responsibilities may include assisting with participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, cognitive assessment and questionnaire administration, and data entry. This opportunity is eligible for PSY 4993 credit. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week, and those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have junior or senior level credits, and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcripts, cover letter, and resume to the study coordinator, Elijah Lahud (

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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15. Student Academic Support Position in Psychology (Part-Time)

Gain paid experience in psychology research! Dr. Robert Krueger of the Department of Psychology is looking for a student worker to assist with the Minnesota Twin Registry, manage the Journal of Personality Disorders, and other administrative tasks. Work-study status is preferred. Flexible schedule. To view the full job posting, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions. Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" on the UMN Job Board then search for Job ID 326975.

16. Project Coordinator - Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) is undertaking a project (to be announced) to automate and validate methods for assessing the credibility of research claims in the social-behavioral sciences. COS will (1) create a large, enriched dataset of claims and evidence, (2) advance the efficiency and scalability of gathering that data, and (3) conduct replications and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by partners. The project is expected to run from January 2019 to December 2021. For more information, check out the posting.

17. Position Opening with Minnesota Center for Twin & Family Research (Full-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for a full-time participant Recruiter (Researcher 1). To view the full job posting, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below:

Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" on the UMN Job Board then search for Job ID 326297.

18. Full-time Clinical Interviewer position at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Dr. Scott Sponheim is looking for a full-time Clinical Interviewer to work in the Cognition And Brain in Psychopathology lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. This individual will assist in the collaborative work between Dr. Sponheim and the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) as we investigate long-term neurologic effects of traumatic brain injury and stress disorders in combat-exposed military service members. Primarily, we use electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in conjunction with extensive cognitive testing and interview-based assessment of trauma exposure and symptoms. Responsibilities will include administration of neuropsychological assessments and clinical interviews, participant recruitment and eligibility screening, and data scoring/entry as needed. Additionally, the opportunity exists to work in neuroimaging data collection (MRI or EEG), and will be determined on an individual basis. This position is only available to individuals currently holding a 4-year degree (Individuals graduating this semester may still apply). Successful candidates typically have an academic background in psychology or related sciences and a 3.5 GPA or higher. The preferred candidate has experience working with military veteran populations and administering clinical or neuropsychological assessments. If you are interested, please send a copy of your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to the study coordinator, Elijah Lahud (

19. PanLab for Precision Mental Health and Translational Neuroscience

The PanLab for Precision Mental Health and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science is currently recruiting for a Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate to perform assessment and data processing duties involved with human clinical neuroscience projects. The primary focus of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate will be to screen potential human participants, schedule testing sessions, and perform participant assessments using questionnaires, functional MRI and cognitive testing. Required Qualifications: Two-year college degree and two years related work experience or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience. Preferred Qualifications: Previous research experience in the fields of Biology, Psychology or Neuroscience; 1-2 years of related hands-on experience in acquiring and/or processing fMRI data; Proficiency with basic programming and scripts; Previous work with human participants. Working Conditions: Occasional evening and weekend hours. May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs. The position is open until filled. Apply through the Stanford website.

20. Student Unions & Activities - Program Board Hiring!

Student Unions & Activities is hiring highly motivated students to be a part of the SUA Program Board, which is responsible for planning and promoting weekend events on campus such as art exhibit openings, concerts, competitions, and themed events, as well as large-scale events, such as Homecoming and Spring Jam™. This paid leadership opportunity will begin in January 2019 and will run through May 2020. Full job descriptions and application can be found at Complete applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 4.