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Psych Scoop, 10/23/18

October 23, 2018

October 23rd, 2018

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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.

1. PISA- Get Psyched With Us!

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Location: Elliott Hall S160

Can't find a place to study? Are the libraries too crowded here? Did you try to study in your room, but the pillows and blankets are just too comfortable? Do you just need a group of passionate students just like you to help keep you motivated? Then, come to join PISA's study party! The Psychology International Student Association will be having our first Study Party, and we would love for you to come! All International and Domestic students welcomed! Tea and snacks will be served!

2. Psi Chi / Psychology Club Meeting

Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N647

For this coming meeting, in the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, Psychology Club will be a hosting a Halloween themed Jeopardy night! We encourage you all to dress up as your favorite psychologist and come ready to play psychology themed Jeopardy! There will be candy! Thank you to everyone that attended the last two events and took the time to complete the surveys sent out! We really appreciate it.

3. FIRST Psychology Journal Club

Monday, November 5, 2018, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N647

Psychology Club/Psi Chi are organizing our first Psychology Journal Club event. This event gives students the opportunity to learn and discuss the research being done by faculty in our own department. The mission of the Psychology Journal Club is to expose students to a broad spectrum of psychological research through the critical analysis and presentation of current articles from the psychological literature and to connect students and faculty with shared interests. Our first guest speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Gewirtz who will base his talk on the evolution of empathy as well as the biology of caring and compassion. More information about the articles used for this meeting will be distributed by the Psi Chi email (email to be added to our mailing list). Students attending the events are not expected to completely understand or fully read the supplementary articles but they will serve as a basis for the discussion. We hope to see you there!

4. Apply to Psi Chi, the International Honor in Psychology!

Psi Chi is the International National Honor Society in Psychology. It's a great way to improve your resume and become eligible for new opportunities within the field of psychology. We are taking applications now, and they are due at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7th. Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member.


5. 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.

6. International Student Email Workshop

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Akerman Hall 225

Email communication is important in the job and internship search, networking, and when interacting with your professors and classmates! Learn how to be an email writing expert at this helpful workshop hosted by Student English Language Support and International Careers. All UMN International Students are welcome at this session. Email Jane Sitter at with any questions regarding this event. Learn more about this event on GoldPASS.

7. MCPA Careers in Student Affairs: Undergraduate Event

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Cost: $25
Location: Yudof Hall

Undergraduate students interested in a career in higher education are invited to attend an all-day event on Saturday, October 27th, from 9am-4pm at Yudof Hall at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. The event will be a chance for students to learn more about the different careers in higher education and network with individuals in those fields. Students will also be able to attend a workshop on transitioning to graduate school. Lunch will be provided. Registration is $25. Please register for this event. Any questions about the opportunity can be directed to Kyle Flowers at

Garage, street, and lot parking will be available for anyone who drives to campus, as we are unavailable to provide parking vouchers for folks who register at this time. The address for Yudof Hall, where the event will take place, is as follows: Mark G.Yudof Hall, 220 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. We will meet in the Club Room to start us off that morning.

8. CLA Pre-Health Information Session

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 10:00 am- 11:30 am
Cost: FREE
Location: 123 Bruininks Hall

CLA is a great place to prepare for a health career! In this session, students will learn what it means to be a pre-health student in CLA, how to navigate resources and build a unique portfolio. There is limited space for this event. Be sure to pre-register for this event through GoldPASS.


9. Are you a First-Generation College Student? Share your Story!

Anyone who is a part of the U of M campus community is invited to submit their #UMNFirst Story and photo via this online form to be featured in the #FirstGenProud social media campaign.

10. Library Resources - Help with research, senior projects, and assignments

Don't forget about these great services the U of M Libraries provides.

  • Peer Research Consultants (a.k.a. Library Research tutors), provide one-on-one assistance to develop the research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper. You can make an appointment or drop into one of our five locations (Walter Library, Biomedical Library, Wilson Library, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) in Appleby 149, and International Student and Scholar Students (ISSS) in Humphrey 190).
  • The Assignment Calculator gives you steps to complete big research papers and sends reminders to keep you on track.
  • Never pay for articles or PDFs. One the library website, you can access more than 100,000 online journals, magazines, and newspapers, and more than 8 million books, ebooks, videos, music, and more (use your Ucard to check out books). You can also request articles and books we don't own. The Library Course Pages are a great place to start with a list of research tools based on your courses.
  • You can “Ask a Librarian” in-person, by phone, by email, or chat with a librarian 24/7.

11. Up & Coming Mental Health Advocacy Group!

To Write Love on Her Arms - UMN Chapter is an up & coming student mental health group focused on raising awareness, ending the stigma, and helping those at the University of Minnesota who struggle with mental illness. This group is apart of a network of TWLOHA University Chapters throughout the country that exist to embody the mission and vision of To Write Love on Her Arms, an international nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The group has formal meetings every other Tuesday night at 7 PM in Folwell 120. During the off weeks, the group gets together in a more informal setting, such as getting together for coffee or going bowling in Coffman. Visit their website here or email Hannah Brickson at for more information. See their Facebook page here.

Graduate School

12. UW- River Falls School Counseling & School Psychology Department Prospective Student Open House

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
Location: UW-River Falls Main Campus, Walker Wyman Education Building (Room 117), 410 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022

The Counseling and School Psychology Department prepares individuals to support learning and social development in academic environments. We offer two unique graduate programs that lead to careers as school counselors or school psychologists. With an experienced faculty, diverse student-body, customizable graduation plans, and convenient, evening hours, our department has trained practitioners in the latest knowledge and techniques since 1968. This event has been designed specifically for prospective graduate students in School Counseling & School Psychology. It will be a great time to meet department faculty members, interact with current students, ask questions, and tour the facilities. For more information, please email Scott Woitaszewski at


13. 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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14. Student Employment Opportunities in SMART

SMART Learning Commons is hiring tutors for Spring! Application info/instructions at Deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 12th at 8:00 am.

15. Undergraduate Research Assistant - IT

The RA will set up 2-3 video cameras before the study starts, transfer the data to a hard drive after the study ends. The RA will also set up a recording of individual participants through webcams as well as recording movements on the desktops on individual computers in the study, and transfer the data to the hard drive as well. During the study, the RA will be on call in case the participants have questions. The study will take place in the behavior labs in Carlson. The study will take place M-F, about 4-6 hours a day, from Nov to Summer next year. Looking hire 2-3 different RAs. For more information, please contact Le Zhou at

16. Position Opening with the 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.