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Psych Scoop, 10/2/18

October 2, 2018

October 2nd, 2018

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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 type of appointments; act now before the rush!

Psychology Student Group Announements

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!

2. Psi Chi / Psychology Club Meeting

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who came out (in the rain) for our first meeting! We enjoyed getting to know all of you and are excited for what this yeat has in store. That being said, we would like to invite you all to our next meeting, Monday, October 10th from 6-7 pm in Elliot Hall room N647.* For this meeting, we have invited a member from the Center for Community Engagement who will lead a session detailing volunteer opportunities. Thereafter, officers will lead a Kahoot Study Tournament in the foundations courses as we know exam season is in full swing! Meeting Agenda: Discuss survery results from the kick-off meeting, Center for Community Engagement, Kahoot Study Tournament, Plans for the next meeting

*Please make note of this room change! Take the elevators located directly behind psych advising and room N119!


3. BA = Badass: How to Work in Tech with a Liberal Arts Degree

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 114 Bruininks Hal

Minnesota has become a hotbed of tech companies and they want you to be part of the movement! Kipsu, a Minneapolis-based text and digital messaging product company, warmly invites you to BA = Badass: How to work in tech with a liberal arts degree. Hear from two Kipsuvians (what we call employees of Kipsu) who are CLA alumni, Eva Dixon, Marketing Manager, and Victoria Schanen, Vice President of Talent, to hear how they came to work at startups, what working at them is like, and what startups look for. Come hungry - plenty of pizza will be on offer! You can find more information for this event on GoldPASS.

4. Is a PhD in Business Right For Me?

Monday, October 8, 2018, 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Carlson School of Management

Meet representatives from some of the world's leading business schools and learn how getting a PhD in business can shape your career. This free event at the Carlson School includes a panel presentation and recruiting fair. Find more information and RSVP on the website.

5. Health Careers Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union

The HCF is for freshman who are still exploring a variety of health career options, sophomores who are starting to narrow their interests and are looking to develop their student portfolio through meaningful experiences, and upperclassmen who are preparing to apply to a health degree program and want to network with admissions representatives, or secure a new volunteer experience. Learn more about this event on their website.

6. CLA Time Past, Time Present, Time Future: 150th Anniversary Faculty Celebration

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018
Cost: Free
Location: Varies

For 150 years, the College of Liberal Arts has played a central and enduring role in shaping lives, for the good of Minnesota and the world. We’re celebrating our sesquicentennial during the 2018-2019 academic year with a series of events and activities for the entire CLA community, past and present. As part of the 150th celebrations, CLA faculty have arranged a 4-day series of events featuring faculty from across the college. The events are open to anyone from the University and the public. Learn more and find the full schedule on the event page.

We would like to highlight two session featuring Psychology Faculty:

Session 3: Wednesday Ocotber 10th, 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm. Neuroscience and the Human Condition. Featuring: Colin DeYoung and Angus McDonald

Session 5: Thursday Ocotber 11th, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm. Big Data and the Future of Social Research. Featuring: Nathaniel Hellwig


7. Supplement your education with GoodTherapy's Free Student Membership!

GoodTherapy is one of the top online therapist directories and mental health resources available today, and they're proud to support psychology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy students like you through their free Student Membership Program. With GoodTherapy's Student Membership, you'll get full access to their Continuing Education Archive - featuring over 500 hours of on-demand content, including presentations from Gabor Matè, John Gottman, Sue Johnson, Rick Hanson, Dan Siegel, and many more. Learn about mental health, psychology, psychotherapy, and becoming a therapist from their vast library of articles and content - and you can even search their therapist directory for mental health professionals near you who offer clinical supervision. Visit our website and set up your free Student Membership up today! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at 888-563-2112 ext. 2 or email us at

8. Free GRE Test Prep Materials available on Lynda

There are free GRE Test Prep Materials through Lynda is a service that provides courses in a wide range of topics, for free through a partnership with the University of Minnesota. This resource is available to students! Check out their GRE Test Prep or any one of their other courses.

9. Join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group!

International Student and Scholar Services' Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are an opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During a group's weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on various topics including friendship/relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, and much more. ISSS has facilitated these groups for more than 30 years. Schedules are located on the website. The application closes TOMORROW, October 3. Applications will be reviewed and accepted as they are submitted, so sign up now.

10. The Bandana Project

Have you been seeing lime-green bandanas on backpacks across campus and wondered what they mean? A lime-green bandana tied to a backpack signifies that that person is a member of The Bandana Project. The Bandana Project is a peer driven suicide prevention initiative that has been started by Active Minds - UMN this past year. We are hoping to accomplish this prevention by passing out lime green bandanas to members of the University community that will typically be worn on their backpack. We will also be providing bandana carriers with 4 resource cards that outline a few different mental health resources that are available on campus. The lime green bandana will signify that you are a safe person to approach should someone be experiencing a mental health crisis and that you have resources available to distribute. In addition to this primary goal, a lime green bandana will become a silent show of solidarity with anyone who has experienced difficulty maintaining their mental health. We are hoping that this project will help create a more supportive University community when it comes to mental health issues. If you want to become a bandana carrier, send an email to


11. Oct 31 thru Nov 6: Count Votes for the 2018 Election

Hennepin County seeks UMN students to help process thousands of absentee ballots for the 2018 mid-term elections. This amazing opportunity includes an educational module on the role of absentee balloting in the US and Minnesota.

Student volunteers qualify for a $50 VISA gift card.

Register at our website.

12. 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

13. Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Online!

Begin or refine your grad school search at the Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair on October 10th. For more information, please email Career Eco Virtual Events at You can register for the event here.


14. UROP Applications for Spring 2019

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,500 for undergraduate students to do research with a faculty mentor. Undergraduate research is an excellent way to learn about research methods and to develop core competencies that will prepare students for future jobs or graduate programs.To find out more about undergraduate research and the UROP program, visit the UROP site. Application materials for UROP grants are available on our page. The deadline for Spring 2019 is October 9th, 2018.

15. Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center

The Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is seeking volunteer research assistants for several ongoing studies related to healthy brain aging and Gulf War Illness. Initial responsibilities will include preparing study materials, recruitment and scheduling, and data entry. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with data acquisition and other study-related tasks depending on experience and ability. Candidates must be willing to commit to 8-10 hours per week. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit for more than 1 semester. Candidates may have the opportunity to receive PSY 4993 credit. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV/resume to Melinda Brueschke (

16. Volunteer Research Opportunity for Fall Semester

The Elison Lab for Brain and Behavioral Development is looking for undergraduate research assistants for the remainder of the fall semester, with the possibility of continuing into the spring. The Elab focuses on behavioral and social development through the first five years of life, with many of our studies focusing on early infancy. As a research assistant in the Elab, one may expect to spend a majority of their time on data entry, coding behavioral videos, and sibsitting during visits. Elab research assistants are made up of both volunteers as well as for-credit students, and the time they spend in the lab each week is flexible and can be determined by them and their supervisor. To apply, please contact Rachel Roisum ( with the subject line "Research Assistant Position." Please include your name, major, graduation year, and reason for applying. Please also attach your resume to your email.

17. Research Intern for PTSD/Moral Injury Studies – Psychology/Mental Health Department at Minneapolis VAHCS

The research intern will assist research staff in Dr. J. Irene Harris’ Clinical Studies Lab. Dr. Harris has 4 different studies that are currently enrolling (2) or will soon start enrollment (2). Intern responsibilities will include preparing study materials, verifying accuracy of study data, and conducting patient record review. Additional responsibilities may include working with databases and assessing participants depending on intern’s experience and ability. This research is being conducted at the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System. The patient population includes veterans that are coping with PTSD, Trauma-Related Nightmares, Psychospiritual Development, and Moral Injury.

Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours and days are flexible, but will be M-F during normal business hours). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jeanette Harris at or call the Study Coordinator, Mary Evans-Lindquist at 612-467-4946.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. Gain Valuable Mental Health Experience!

Andrew Residence is one of our state's leading providers of residential mental health care. We offer comprehensive long-term care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for adults experiencing mental illness and have helped thousands of residents over the last forty years. We are currently hiring Full Time and Part Time Mental Health Worker position for the evening shift (3-11:30pm) that includes every other weekend and 3 holidays per year. For more information and to submit your application, visit The Indeed Website and search “Andrew Residence.” Salary is $16.48 - $18.73 an hour and we pay for all training. Full time positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences. Part time positions require an Associate Degree in the Behavioral Sciences, or at least 2 full years of college with at least 12 semester credits in the Behavioral Sciences. * Because of the significant amount of training we provide, we do not hire for short term availability.

19. Temporary, Part-Time E-Basic Programmer Needed

I am seeking an individual with experience programming in E-Basic to assist with modifying several experimental tasks that have been programmed in E-Prime 2. Hours are flexible. For additional information about the project, please contact Tasha Nienow at

20. 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.