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Psych Scoop, 10/30/18

October 30, 2018

October 30th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Careers & Pizza: Forensics

Friday, November 16th, 2018, 11:00 am- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: N219 Elliott Hall

Are you interested in a career related to research and or forensics? Join Psychology Advising on Friday, November 16th from 11:00 am- 1:30 pm in N219 Elliott Hall for Careers & Pizza. Come & listen to Lindsay Horejsi who interned at the Center for Homicide Research & a current student who interned at Hennepin County as a Juvenile Probation Aide. Enjoy a free lunch of Pizza while you connect with these individuals and learn about their experiences.

Please bring a pen, paper, and your questions! Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Tuesday, November 13th.

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. 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!

3. 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.

Courses of Interest

4. GCC 5022- The Human Experience of Sensory Loss: Seeking Equitable and Effective Solutions

This course focuses on the visual, auditory and other sensory pathways that convey information about the world to mind and brain. Millions of people worldwide experience deficits in a sensory function that affect their quality of life. We will focus on the characteristics of healthy sensory functioning as well as how sensory disorders can affect personal identity, impede information processing, and alter brain structure and function. The course will combine lectures, discussions, and student-led presentations of research papers. The course will include hands-on demonstrations of assistive technology and panel discussions with people with visual and hearing disabilities. During the semester each student (or pairs of students) will develop a mini research proposal to address a real-world issue related to sensory impairment.

GCC 5022 meets weekly, Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:10

Elliott Hall N423

Instructors: Gordon Legge, Andrew Oxenham, Peggy Nelson, & Meredith Adams

Note: this course does not count as an elective in the Psychology majors or minors


5. October Nutritious U Food Pantry

Now until November 1st, 2018, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm each day
Cost: FREE
Location: Coffman 210

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 Nutritious U October 30th-November 1st from 12-6pm pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, and professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! For more information, check out their Facebook event.

6. Make Time to PAWS

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Great Hall

Join your favorite dogs, bunnies, and therapy chicken for Make Time to PAWS. The Great Hall in Coffman will transform into a park filled with your favorite furry friends from PAWS, puzzles, coloring and healthy snacks. For more information, accommodations, and a list of activities check out their website here.

7. "Screenagers" Movie Showing

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: UMN Mayo Memorial Auditorium

The School of Public Health is hosting a screening of “Screenagers," an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics. A panel discussion with UMN experts and Q & A from the audience will follow the film. This event takes place on Thursday, November 1 from 2:00-4:00 in the UMN Mayo Memorial Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Please register for the event here.

8. ICD Fall Research Fair

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 145 Nicholson Hall

Students of all majors, please join us at this event on Wednesday, November 7 (open house from 4:30 - 6:30) to learn more about developmental psychology research and connect with Institute of Child Development faculty, staff, and students! Food provided. Please RSVP for the event here.

Please note: CPSY 4994 can count towards credit for the Psychology major. Great event if you are looking for a research position for your capstone or for credit!

9. Psychology Internship Workshops

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott S121

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott S121

Internship Workshops will be held on Wednesday 11/7 from 3 – 4:30 and Thursday 11/8 from 2:30 – 4 pm in S121 Elliott to provide information about how to find an internship and how to apply for an internship. There will be a 1-hour information session with demonstrations, and then 30 minutes of free work time so that you can begin the internship search or application process and receive personal, immediate assistance as needed. These workshops will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about internships and get started with the search and application process! For more information, contact Amy Landers at


10. 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.

11. 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.


12. Improving Father Hennepin Park Meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: First Congregational Church of Minnesota, 500 Eighth Ave SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Learn and Share your ideas about caring for Father Hennepin - Upper Bluffs: Our Central Mississippi Regional Park. In 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will invest over $1 million in the upper bluffs of Father Hennepin Bluffs - our regional park on the Mississippi River. This park is our neighborhood's gateway for people visiting the Stone Arch Bridge, and holds national significance, lying within the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage District and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Join park planners and neighbors to learn about the park's master plan and interpretive plans. Offer ideas for making this park an even better place and realizing the long-term goals for this park. Learn about ways you can shape the planning, and care for the park with the stewardship team. Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, the Park Stewardship partner with the MPRB, is co-hosting this meeting with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Refreshments will be provided by the MPRB. For more information, check out their Facebook event.

Graduate School

13. 2018 Fall Preview Day - Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Location: Humphrey School of Public Affairs - The Forum

Our Fall Preview day provides an excellent chance to learn about the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, meet our distinguished Faculty, & network with current students as well as Alumni. A light breakfast will be offered to accompany a welcome from our Admissions & Dean's Offices before we jump into Faculty introductions & presentations. We will break to enjoy lunch with an interactive panel of Students & Alumni from across our Masters Programs. The afternoon will focus on the admissions & financial aid processes. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive guidance regarding key application components & get answers to any outstanding inquiries. Bring your Personal & Diversity Statements for personalized coaching on building a great essay. Register for the event here.

Participants will be awarded an Application Fee Waiver (a $75 value) for joining us!


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

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

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. Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" on the UMN Job Board then search for Job ID 326975.

16. BA/BS Position- Research Assistant at Virginia Tech

A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King- Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals, there are many opportunities to be involved with data analysis. This is an excellent position for candidates interested in graduate school in cognitive or clinical psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment. For more information, visit the Virginia Tech job board, click "Seach Jobs," and enter "SW0180735" into the posting number.

17. MA/MS Position- Clinical Research Coordinator/Associate at Virginia Tech

The Clinical Research Coordinator/Associate will be expected to provide subject matter expertise in the areas of psychiatric diagnostic assessment, crisis management, empirically supported psychotherapy and team supervision. Primary responsibilities will include psychiatric assessment and structured diagnostic interviews, tracking rater reliability, treatment fidelity and adherence, and many others. The Clinical Research Coordinator/Associate will oversee a junior clinical team including training and supervising junior staff in all aspects of the clinical research process (e.g., assessment administration, basic clinical research design, participant recruitment, assessment and retention, and clinical data reduction and analysis). The Clinical Coordinator/Associate is an essential member of the research team and will be expected to regularly interact with research collaborators, hospital and community clinicians, and research administrators on behalf of the principal investigators. Opportunities to participate in manuscript and/or grant preparation are available for interested candidates. For more information, visit the Virginia Tech job board, click "Seach Jobs," and enter "SR0180179" into the posting number.

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 citizens of the United States, and 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. Employer Relations Assistant- CLA Career Services

CLA Career Services at the University of Minnesota announces an opening for an Employer Relations Assistant. Employer Relations Assistants support the work of CLA Employer Relations, which is part of CLA Career Services. Employer Relations Assistants help build positive connections with a variety of employers from a broad range of industries who are interested in meeting and hiring CLA students for internships, full-time career, and other employment opportunities. For more information and to apply, visit GoldPASS and search job ID "2100348"