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Psych Scoop, 10/22/19

October 22, 2019

October 22nd, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Work the Undergrad Psych Advising Office!

Our office is currently looking for a Student Office Assistant. Student office assistants help with appointment scheduling, acquiring knowledge about resources around campus, planning events, and more! There are lots of opportunities for learning different areas as well and there is an opportunity for moving into a Peer Advisor role. If you are interested in applying, submit your application on the UMN Job Website and search job ID 333627 under "Students." Your application must include a resume, cover letter, contact information for two references, and expected availability for Spring 2020 (can be based on courses you are hoping to get into).

2. NSCI Mind and Brain Course has a New Course Number- NSCI 3505

The Department of Neuroscience has updated the course number Mind and Brain. It was previously listed as NSCI 3100 and it is now NSCI 3505. It is still accepted for the Outside Psych Foundation Courses for the Psychology B.S. If you have any questions, email us at

3. Research Contract Maintenance- Plan Accordingly!

In preparation for the Spring semester, there will be planned maintenance on the Research Contract system. The contract system is going to be updated to make it easier to submit contracts, track their progress, and more. Because of this, the research contract system will not be accessible from Tuesday, November 5th - Monday, November 11th. We are hoping to launch the contract on Tuesday, November 12th, in time for Spring 2020 registration. There will be some significant changes so it is important to look for the upcoming instructional guides and videos. If you have any questions, email us at

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. Psychology Club/ Psi Chi Fall 2019 Meeting

today, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 325

Hello All! Today, Tuesday, October 22nd is our next meeting. We will meet briefly in Memorial Union room 325 from 5:00 pm- 5:30 pm. After this, we will head down as a group to our fundraiser at the Stadium Village Chipotle which goes from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Bring anyone interested! Just make sure to tell the cashier that you are a part of the psychology club fundraiser. We are also selling UMN colored Pura Vida bracelets for $2 if you are interested in another fundraiser. We hope to see you there!

5. PISA Halloween Global Study Buddy Program (GSBP)

Monday, October 28, 2019, 4:20 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 232

Looking for study groups? A spooky one too? PISA’s Global Study Buddy Program (GSBP) is back on Monday, October 28, 2019, at 4:20 pm - 7:00 pm at Coffman Memorial Union Room 232 with study groups and fun Halloween activities! Free snacks, free dinner, post-study DIY Halloween activities, and most importantly, study groups for psychology classes, will be waiting for you! Just RSVP to our Halloween GSBP and let us know what Psychology courses you are taking this semester. We will do the rest and place you in a diverse, hardworking and friendly study group with pals in your classes. Feel free to come and grab a free dinner with your customized Halloween-style buttons as well! Please send us an email at if you have any questions or concerns. Hope to see you soon!

6. Apply to be a General Officer of PISA for 2019-2020 Academic Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting General Officers for the 2019-2020 academic year! Please join us and get involved in bridging gaps between international and domestic students in Psychology. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet amazing people and to gain skills to be a leader within the Psychology community at the UMN. General officers who showcase commitment and prove responsibility will be considered for 2020-2021 board members as well! Current or previous student organization experiences are not required so just apply with your passion! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Courses of Interest

7. PSY 4960: Interventions for Health and Wellness - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in learning about empirically-tested psychological interventions to increase health and happiness. Students will evaluate research on many types of intervention strategies, simultaneously learning about the strategies and learning how to conduct and evaluate intervention research. In the first third of the course, the focus will be on interventions to change health behavior, and students will test different strategies on themselves each week (as well as read the research literature on the strategies) as they attempt to maintain a new health goal. In the second two-thirds of the course, students will read about and test interventions (again, on themselves) to reduce stress and increase happiness. Students will also do a group project in which they use the psychological principles and strategies taught in class to create and implement an intervention to reduce the stress and/or increase the happiness of the campus community. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and substantial hands-on learning. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3206: Health Psychology is strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 4960 meets Wednesdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am

Elliott Hall N391

Instructor: Traci Mann

Note: this course counts as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.


8. Collaborative Healthcare Event

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 420B

At this event, pre-health students have the chance to come together, discuss and dissect a complex case health case study, and hear perspectives from the health professional panelists. This year's event will focus on case studies related to mental health. Dinner will be provided! RSVP today.

9. Applying to Law School

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 330

This workshop is open to all U of M students, especially for those who know they're going to law school and would like guidance, as well as how to prepare your application materials so that you're the best law school applicant you can be. If you are currently in the application process for Fall 2020 or thinking ahead to Fall 2021 admission, this is the place for you. Find more information on GoldPASS.

10. Pre-Law 101

Friday, October 25, 2019, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 117

Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any U of M student considering it. We'll talk about the skills you need, and how to decide if law school's a good fit for you. We'll also provide basic tips about getting into law school, and what you can do to prepare. Find more information on GoldPASS.

11. Pre-Health Transfer Student Application Prep Workshops

Monday, October 28, 2019, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Moos Tower 2-565

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is hosting two workshops for transfer students who are pre-health (someone who is planning to apply to a health degree program such as medical school, pharmacy, etc.). Workshops will include time to start building your health program action plan, talk about important steps in the application timeline, and help students prioritize the next steps. Please RSVP and indicate which workshop you are planning to attend. Both workshops will take place in 2-565 Moos Tower (PHSRC).

12. October Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, October 29 - Thursday, October 31, 2019, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union

Do you worry your food might run out before you can buy more? Do you lack reliable transportation to an affordable grocery store? If you struggle to get enough, quality food to eat - visit the Nutritious U Food Pantry on October 29th-31st from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! Find out more information.

13. Info Session: Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology MA

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Educational Sciences Building 325

Learn more about the M.A. in counseling and student personnel services (CSPP). As a student in the program, you'll counsel others throughout their lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally, socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good. RSVP today.

14. CIA Information Session

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Fraser Hall 101

Are you interested in protecting our nation’s security and countering international dangers like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber threats? Then join us for a Central Intelligence Agency Information Session. Recruiters will discuss career opportunities across the Agency, provide details on the application and security clearance processes, and answer your questions. The CIA is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study to fill open internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities for over 100 occupations. See the website for more information on open positions. All CIA positions require US citizenship and relocation to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. RSVP for this event on GoldPASS.


15. Research Assistant at VA Medical Center

A research team in mental health, under the leadership of STRONG STAR (the Department of Defense Consortium on PTSD research), is conducting a year-long intervention drug trial with veterans who have PTSD. We are looking for a student research assistant who would assist with data entry, pre-screening participants, observing patients during study visits, and assisting study staff with other study needs. Time commitment would be for a minimum of 1 semester, 10 hours per week. It would be ideal if interested student(s) can start Spring Semester (January 2020) and stay through the end of summer 2020. If you are interested, send your unofficial transcript, resume, and a brief letter of interest to Yelena Vorobyov at We hope to start the onboarding process for an RA by end of November 2019.

For eligibility on PSY 4993 credit, please contact for more information.


16. National Transfer Student Week!

October 21st-25th has been named National Transfer Student Week by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students! We want to celebrate and acknowledge all of the contributions transfer students make to our campus. So how is the University celebrating? U of M "Transfer" computer stickers are in Student Services/advising offices; stop by the office to grab one! A Transfer Student Network Hangout will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm in Goldy's Gameroom, Coffman Memorial Union. There will be free food, bowling, and billiards for students. See the Facebook event here. Free donuts and coffee at the Coffman Memorial Union front plaza and the St. Paul Student Center Terrace on Friday, October 25th from 8:00 am- 10:00 am. Additionally, share your stories on the U of M Transfer Student Facebook Page and other social media accounts using the hashtag #UMNtransfers.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. David Hoy & Associates (DH&A) – Hiring Part-Time Administrative Assistant in Golden Valley

DH&A is a mental health agency offering both in-home and office-based counseling services. We are looking to fill a part-time Administrative Assistant position at our Golden Valley office. Hours are 12:45 pm- 6:15 pm Monday-Thursday. You will work independently in a new office suite but work closely with our current Administrative Assistants greeting clients, answering phones, taking new client referrals, managing faxes and records requests and keeping the tone of the office calm and happy. This position is perfect for someone who is comfortable working in a fast pace work environment and is interested in experiencing what it is like to work in a therapy office! To apply for this position send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Recke at

18. 2 Positions - Psychology Technician Position

Position 1: Full-time psychology technician is available at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The technician will serve on a randomized clinical trial evaluating a cognitive intervention for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The technician will complete diagnostic interviews and individual symptom assessments with participants. The technician also will conduct cognitive and functional skill assessments with participants that included computerized cognitive measures, a neuropsychological battery, questionnaires, and role-play assessments. All activities will be conducted under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Position 2: Full-time psychology technician position is available at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System to serve on a randomized clinical trial to evaluate a cognitive intervention for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The technician will be trained to provide all aspects of the intervention, including administration of specific cognitive training exercises, administration of neuromodulation procedures, and facilitation of discussions about the use of cognitive strategies. The incumbent will also complete diagnostic interviews and individual symptom assessments with participants under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The position is funded for 1.5 years.

The positions are funded for 1.5 years. To learn more, please contact Tasha Nienow, Ph.D., LP at

19. Mood, Brain, and Development Unit (MBDU) - Fellowship Position

The Mood, Brain, and Development Unit (MBDU) is seeking qualified applicants for a two-year, paid Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship at the NIH, with employment starting in June 2020. Our studies are on the cutting edge of longitudinal research studying children and adolescents with major depression. As a research assistant with MBDU, you will gain experience working with patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. You will be involved in all aspects of the research process including observing diagnostic interviews with patients, administering standard psychometric measures, training subjects to participate in neuroimaging, and analyzing neuroimaging data. Duties and responsibilities include patient and healthy volunteer screening and recruitment; protocol implementation; data collection, entry, and analysis; and manuscript preparation. Fill out an application and send an updated CV/resume and unofficial transcript to Lisa Gorham at