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Psych Scoop, 10/6/20

October 6, 2020

October 6th, 2020

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1. Psychology Undergrad Fall Semester Town Hall

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 10:00 am- 11:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This is a follow-up meeting to the Pre-Fall Town Hall hosted in September. You may read the meeting minutes from that event. The goal of these town halls is to connect students directly with the Department of Psychology leadership. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google Form to RSVP. All Psychology Student Advisory Council members have already been invited to this event. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you may leave comments/questions in the form; feedback will be shared anonymously at the Town Hall.

2. Get to Know Your Faculty: Cognitive Connections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:30 pm- 3:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Exciting news! Our office is hosting the third event for students to connect with faculty outside of the classroom in a comfortable and informal setting. Get to know our featured faculty, Dr. Iris Vilares, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Vilares is the director of the Decision-Making Laboratory. She specializes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Her research focuses on decision making in people with psychiatric and neurological diseases. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We will email out the Zoom link closer to the event. We can't wait to see you there!

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.

3. PISA: Global Study Buddy Kickoff Event

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom Link

Are you struggling with the transition to online learning? Dreading your first online exam? Does R not make any sense to you? Do you want to connect with other Psych Majors? if you answered yes to any of those questions, join our Global Study Buddy Event to get help and discuss your courses with other psych majors! Join study groups full of other motivated peers striving for academic achievement, or just come to chill our board members or ask questions about anything psych related! PISA's Global Study Buddy event kicks off on October 8th at 3:00 pm. Don't worry about hopping on late! The Board Members will be answering any questions and providing information on future GSB events until 4:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

4. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Upperclassmen Panel Event

Friday, October 9, 2020, 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Hello everyone! We hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves this Fall semester. For those looking to get involved with the Psychology club, we will be hosting an Upperclassmen Panel! This event will be an opportunity for underclassmen to get to know more about how to get involved with research and clubs, advice for coursework, and any other questions or topics you may have. We will be hosting this event this Friday, October 9th, at 2:30 pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided through the Psychology club newsletter so if you have not already, please feel free to email us at and we will add you to our mailing list!


5. Human Services Virtual Job Fairs

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm CST (Zoom Link, ID: 97523306985, password: gt50l1)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST (Zoom Link, ID: 99792144608, password: 2Tk4ZH)
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Staff from a variety of agencies across Minnesota that provide services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions will be offering information and answering questions on current job opportunities, current internship opportunities, career paths available to students, educational & vocational experiences necessary to be hired in various fields, and the importance of gaining work experience while in school. No RSVP required. For questions, contact Nicole Berning at or 651-402-2394.

6. Starting your Paper: Choosing a Topic and Starting your Search

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:00 am- 10:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Do you need to find a topic for a research paper or project? Or do you have a topic but you need to start finding sources? Join UMN Libraries for a virtual topic brainstorming session and work time with a librarian. We promise you will leave with a topic and at least one source that will make your instructor leap with joy. RSVP today.

7. Effective Action Planning for a Health Profession

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST (First-Gen Series - RSVP)
Monday, October 12, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST (General Audience - RSVP)
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Come learn about the Health Program Action Plan tool that helps you get organized and coached on your road to the application to a health professional program of your choice! This workshop will also focus on how to build a well-rounded, authentic, and competitive portfolio of experiences. The First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series Edition will be tailored to an audience of pre-health students that are also first-generation college students. Learn more about our First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series.

8. Health Careers Fair

Now through October 9, 2020
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is excited to host this year’s Health Careers Fair online! Register online to get access to the two-part online event, which will kick off September 28 and continue for 2 weeks. Registration is required.

9. Increase Your Reading Efficiency

Friday, October 9, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Reading ramping up this semester? Having trouble staying focused? Let's talk about strategies to read more efficiently -- we'll cover reading strategies in the sciences and humanities. RSVP today.

10. How NOT to Plagiarize: Tools and Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty can lead to severe consequences. This workshop will help you understand what plagiarism in writing is and some of the most common mistakes that students make. Through interactive activities, you will learn strategies to avoid plagiarism and other resources to get additional support. RSVP here.

11. Health Management Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Explore different career fields, build relationships with employers, discover position openings, and more at the virtual Health Management Job & Internship Fair! This event will be a great opportunity to make a positive impression with employers and help you stand out in future job and internship application process. Register to attend so you can get a feel for what kind of skills employers are searching for in their roles, and to ask any questions you may have! Learn more and register for this event on GoldPASS.


12. *Volunteer* Remote TNTLAB Undergraduate Research Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for a team of motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project in Professor Richard Landers' TNTLAB (Testing New Technologies in Learning, Assessment, and Behavior). The mission of TNTLAB is to understand the role and potential of the Internet and related technologies to improve organizations in relation to their employees. We incorporate rigorous experimental and psychometric methods to address questions of interest, which involves a range of technologies, including big data, gamification, virtual reality, video games, handheld devices (e.g., smartphones), online social networking, and web-based training, among others. We are looking for 12-15 research assistants that meet the following requirements: 1) Students with interest in conducting psychological research, 2) Students willing to watch and rate short videos of mock employment interviews, 3) Students willing to volunteer for at least one semester, and spend 5-10 hours/week on research tasks. All research will be conducted remotely and project meetings will be virtual. Prospective URAs should submit an application through the TNTLAB website. Be sure to indicate that you are interested in working on the “interview coding project.” We are not able to offer 5993 credits for the fall 2020 semester but there may be spots available for spring 2021. Please contact Elena Auer at with any questions or for more information.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuroimaging Research Opportunity

We invite undergraduate psychology students to apply for a research assistant position to conduct neuroimaging/MRI research at the Department of Pediatrics in Dr. Igor Nestrasil’s lab (M.D., Ph.D.). We research neurodegeneration mostly in rare genetic diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy and mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and correlate the neuroanatomical findings with neuropsychological outcomes. We are also conducting an exploratory study for children to young adult patients who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. We are looking for students with a strong aptitude for learning scientific concepts and technical computational skills for brain MRI analysis. This research opportunity may be used for PSY4993 research credit. Participation in our lab is an excellent experience for those interested in pursuing a career in research, neuroscience, and health profession. Individuals with a science GPA of 3.0 or better are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have extenuating circumstances that have caused your science GPA to be lower than a 3.0, please attach a letter of explanation. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Carol Lien at with the following information: (1) a brief explanation of the reason for your interest and your background in a 1/2-1 page cover letter and 1 page CV/Resume, including your science GPA; and (2) a list of the courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, or other related coursework.

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

14. Family Social Science Graduate Program Virtual Info Session

Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Department of Family Social Science will host two virtual information sessions for prospective MA, MA/Ph.D., and Ph.D. applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to our graduate program and answer any questions you may have. The last half hour of each program will focus on the FSOS Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. specialization. Find more information and Zoom links through the website.

15. Virtual Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Find the grad program that's right for you! Connect with admissions reps and faculty from over 60 Psychology Schools and Programs from across the nation in real-time.  This virtual event is free for all prospective students to attend. The online fair offers group chat settings as well as one-on-one private chats. Learn more about each program from the comfort of your home or on the go between classes. Sign up for an account and RSVP today!

16. Educational Psychology Graduate School Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Attend our virtual information sessions to learn more about earning your graduate degree in educational psychology, including an M.A. in counselor education, an M.A. or Ph.D. in psychological foundations of education, and an M.A./specialist certificate or Ph.D. in school psychology. Learn more and RSVP.

Learning Abroad

17. National Student Exchange - Taking Applications for Spring 2021 and Beyond!

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is still accepting students for spring 2021 and beyond. COVID-19 has restricted mobility to certain NSE campuses, but many are able to host our students either through an in-person (with housing) or virtual exchange. Here are the available campuses (and rolling deadlines) for spring 2021 (link 2). NOW is also a great time to plan an NSE exchange during the 2021/2022 academic year. NSE is affordable. Most students continue to pay U of M tuition (called HOME PAY) while on exchange and not pay tuition to their host campus. Others pay in-state tuition to their host campus (called HOST PAY). ALL U of M students on NSE qualify for their full financial and scholarship package (with limited exceptions). Students should work with their advisor(s) to determine if NSE is a good option for them. NSE credits are transfer credits; many NSE credits are already in Transferology (link 3). Students can petition for general credit transfer approval or LibEd approval through TES (or they can work directly with Admissions). Contact with more questions.


18. Become a Mentor with YMCA

Mentoring can benefit college students just as it benefits mentees. The growth and impact does not stop there, it permeates into many relationships within communities (i.e. education, families, extracurricular activities). Truly mentoring creates many ripples with many reciprocal impacts, often felt life long by mentees and mentors! Be prepared to learn and grow through this process, being a mentor is a role and you will be challenged to improve your skill and be held accountable for your interactions with your peers, the young people, and your team leader. Read about the positions. Contact Patti Neiman with any questions at and application instructions.

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.

19. Research Assistant - Potential for Funding - Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Jeff Wozniak, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota, is interested in addressing the dearth of people of color (POC) in Psychology and Neuroscience research by offering a research experience in the FASD Research Lab. Research assistants participate in cutting-edge projects investigating: 1) the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain development, cognition, behavior, and social/ emotional functioning in children and adolescents and 2) neurocognitive and nutritional interventions in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure. Tools used in the lab include neuroimaging (MRI), neuropsychological tests, neuromodulation (i.e., tDCS), cognitive training, and a novel nutritional supplement paradigm. The experience will require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. This will potentially be a paid opportunity, dependent on NIH Diversity supplement grant funding, beginning Spring semester 2021. Candidates must identify as a member of groups underrepresented in graduate training in psychology, including ethnic and racial minority groups, LGBTQIA+, low-income backgrounds, persons with a disability, and first-generation college students. When applying, please include a copy of your unofficial transcript, cover letter, and resume/CV (tips for writing resumes and cover letters). If you are interested or have any questions, please contact lab member Alyssa Krueger at The application deadline is October 9th, 2020.

20. Outpatient Psychotherapist - VA Hospital

A funded VA intervention study is seeking a part-time (15-30 hours/week) psychotherapist to provide individual psychotherapy services to individuals who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. Interventionists will offer 12 sessions of either Adaptive Disclosure or Present Centered Therapy. Services will be offered through telehealth. Training will be provided and the incumbent will participate in weekly supervision calls with licensed psychologists and consultation meetings with study therapists. The position will last for 1 year. A Master's degree in social work or a doctoral degree in psychology is desired. Experience working with veterans with PTSD and manualized interventions is required. Email Tasha Nienow at for more information.

21. Cognitive Skills Trainer - LearningRx

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm or three weekdays from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $15/hr plus signing and performance bonus. Training is provided. For more information and to request an interview, email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to Nate Maus at