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Psych Scoop, 10/3/17

October 2, 2017

October 3, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Advising Study Room Closure This Thursday, 10/5

On Thursday, October 5th, the Study Room & Community Room (N118 and N120) will be closed from 10:30-12:00pm due to an event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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!

2. Psych Club is Looking for Officers!

We are currently looking for a new Officer of Recruitment and Public Relations Officer! Both positions are asked to come to officer meetings to help the current officers plan events and eventually train into a higher position. If interested, fill out the brief application form by October 4th. We will make decisions by mid October. If you have any questions please direct them to

Officer of Recruitment application
Public Relations Officer application


3. Explore Graduate Programs in Psychology at this Virtual Fair - Tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 4th, 9:00am-3:00pm CST
Online - Register here

Tune in tomorrow for this free virtual fair to gain key insight into finding the psychology grad program that is right for you. Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet psychology graduate schools in real-time. View a schedule of participating programs, and register online here. 

4. Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair - Learn about grad programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, and more

Wednesday, October 4th, 5:00-8:00pm
UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Register here

The Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair, hosted at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is free to attend, and perfect for anyone looking to pursue a socially-conscious career path, or advance their skills in the nonprofit and social impact sectors. At the Idealist Grad Fair, students will meet representatives from 50 local, national, and international universities, and learn about graduate programs in: social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and much more. Learn more and register on the Idealist Grad School website

5. Health Careers Fair

Thursday, October 5th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

The Health Careers Fair is a great way to explore a wide variety of health degree programs from the UMN (undergrad, grad, professional), and learn about ways to develop a strong portfolio of experiences like pre-health student groups and community volunteer organizations. Mark your calendars for this once-a-year event!

Download the Health Careers Fair mobile app! Just search "UMN" in the App Store or Google Play to get the app. Then, look for "Health Careers Fair 2017" in the public guides and download it. A web version of this guide can be found at

6. Job Search Strategies Webinar for International Students

Friday, October 6th, 8:00-9:00am
Online - Register here

International students and recent graduates are invited to join this webinar where former international students from the College of Liberal Arts will share their job search strategies. Three international alumni panelists (including a 2015 Psychology graduate!) will outline the paths each of them took to employment in the U.S. and in their home country. Current students and recent graduates who tune in during the webinar will have an opportunity to ask questions. Amy Barton, Career Counselor at the College of Liberal Arts and Betsy Madden, Sr. International Counselor at International Student and Scholar Services will also present. The discussion will be moderated by Audra Ferrall, Director of International Alumni at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Can't make it to the webinar? You can listen to it later by visiting the UMAA's online webinar archive:

Learning Abroad

7. Deadline Extended for Psych & Research in Madrid Spring 2018 - $5,000 scholarships available!

Psychology & Research in Madrid has extended the application deadline for Spring 2018! Through this program, students will have the option to choose from: Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, and Research Laboratory in Psychology (equivalent to PSY 4993) or Internship in Psychology (equivalent to PSY 3996) along with other Spanish culture courses to total 13-16 credits. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad. Check out recent U of M Psychology student experiences on the website. For more information, check out the Learning Abroad Center website

The spring application deadline has been extended to October 15th - if you plan to apply, contact Amy Garwood-Diaz ( ASAP.

Spring 2018 applicants with high financial need are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship. Contact Amy if interested.

8. Study Abroad in Spanish Info Fair

Thursday, October 5th, 12:00-1:00pm
140 Nolte Center

Stop by this info fair to learn about opportunities to study abraod in a Spanish-speaking location through the Learning Abroad Center. Pizza will be served, and advisers and past students will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of programs. Learn more and find a list of featured programs on the LAC Events page.            

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

9. Sophomores! Sign up for ID 2201: Career Readiness for CLA Students

One of the best ways to continue your career development is to enroll in ID 2201, a 1-credit, one-hour, in-person course exclusively for CLA sophomores. The course will help you answer questions about: finding an internship for next summer, gaining experience while in school, learning about available jobs for your major, networking, and more! Sections begin October 24 and it's not too late to sign up. Enroll today


10. Cross Cultural Leadership Retreat: International Students

Friday, October 13th, 5:00-9:00pm and Saturday, October 14th, 9:00am-5:00pm
101 University International Center (UIC), East Bank
Apply here
by noon on Tuesday, 10/10 

This retreat is for international undergraduate and exchange students who want to become more effective in international environments. This interactive, high-energy event becomes a living laboratory of what it takes to work with people from different cultures. Participants start friendships with people from all over the world and discover their own leadership potential. A cutting edge cross-cultural leadership model, Personal Leadership, will be used to develop participants' cross cultural skill-set that is needed for professional and personal lives in the 21st century. Students who complete the retreat are then invited to join the Culture Corps program and receive individualized mentoring. Space is limited, so apply online by noon on Tuesday, October 10!

11. Become a Community Engaged Scholar

Do you enjoy service-learning work? Want to connect with other students who are passionate about community work? Check out the Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP)! The Scholars Program offers a way to get official University of Minnesota recognition for integrating community work into your education; a space to reflect meaningfully with other students about your work and the social issues that you care about; and resources, support and structure to help you make a significant contribution to the off-campus community. The first step to getting involved in the program is to attend an information session. To read more about the program and register for an information session, visit the CESP website

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Not all opportunities listed below are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

12. Emotion in Memory Study Seeking Research Assistants

The Computation, Motivation, and Control (CoMoCo) laboratory is looking for conscientious, motivated, and hard working research assistants willing to assist in running subjects on an emotion and memory computerized task to take place in the Multisensory Perception Lab shared space in Elliott Hall. RAs will assist in preparing the participant for the experiment by collecting survey data, attaching heart rate and galvanic skin response sensors, setting up 64 electrode electroencephalography (EEG) caps, and collecting facial emotion data via web camera video capture (automatically coded). We are investigating the influence of induced emotional state on sequence memy with an additional goal of explaining individual differences in that domain. Please email Sewon Oh ( if interested. We will begin conducting interviews immediately. RAs will register for 3 credits of PSY 5993 and will be expected to put in ~10 hours/week of work.or

13. 2 RA Positions: Child Speech to Self During a Motivation Task and Resilience

Our lab at the Institute of Child Development is seeking 2 Research Assistant to help with a research project on children's speech to themselves while carrying out a magnetic fishing game task and how this relates to resilience. The positions are available immediately and open to students in any major. While these are unpaid positions, we can work with you to get research credit or Honors experience for this position.

RA Position 1 - Coding: The RA will be asked to watch the videos of young children engaging in a life-size magnetic fishing game on their own.  You will review completed transcriptions of the children's speech to themselves and then you will code each sentence of speech into different categories (Self-motivated speech, planning speech, etc.). This is an advanced coding system, and you will receive training on the coding process in order to achieve reliability with the anchor coder, as well as ongoing support throughout the project.  Estimated total time to complete project: 30-50 hours.

RA Position 2 - Transcription: The RA will be asked to watch the videos of young children engaging in a life-size magnetic fishing game on their own. You will review the already transcribed speech of children talking to themselves during the task for accuracy, and make corrections if there are any mistakes. This position requires significant attention to detail. Estimated total time to complete project: 30-50 hours.

To apply, please send an email to (subject line: Application for Child Speech Project) including the following: A. Resume, B. Unofficial transcript, C. 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this position (you can include this at the bottom of your email). Please feel free to email Jyothi with any questions you have prior to applying.

14. Call for Submissions: UCLA Undergrad Psychology Research Journal

Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work? The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA is now accepting submissions of original undergraduate research papers to be published for its Spring 2018 issue. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research. The deadline to submit papers is October 15th, 2017. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. For information and a full description of the submission process, please email More information regarding our submission criteria and types of articles accepted can be found on our website,

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. Fraser is Hiring - Gain experience working with children with autism

Fraser, Minnesota's largest and most experienced provider of autism services, is seeking employees for a high impact role working with children in our Autism and Mental Health divisions. To learn more about available positions (full and part-time), visit Candidates can go through an easy application process to be considered. We’re looking for Developmental Trainees and Therapy Trainees throughout the Twin Cities and are offering hiring bonuses at this time!