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Psych Scoop, 10/8/19

October 8, 2019

October 8th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Registration is About a Month Away!

Did you know that registration opens on November 11th? That's exactly 33 days away! We will start to get busier and busier in our office so it's best to plan ahead. Now is a perfect time to come in to discuss courses for next semester, change majors (BA->BS or BS->BA), and plan towards graduation. Don't forget, we also offer drop-ins appointments if you have a quick 5-10 minute question. Schedule an appointment or come by drop-ins soon!

2. PSY & CPSY Exploration & Alumni Connections Event

Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: Free, refreshments provided
Location: 432 Bruininks Hall

Wondering what you can do with a major in Psychology or Developmental/Child Psychology? You’re not alone! Visit the PSY/CPSY Career Exploration & Alumni Connections Event from 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm on Friday, October 18th in 432 Bruininks Hall to meet alumni and learn about your career options! This event is free and open to current CLA students. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Even if you are unable to make it for the full time, it is definitely okay to come for part of the time (you can RSVP as well)! RSVP on GoldPASS!

3. Want to Get to Know Faculty Better? Take Our Survey!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is piloting a new event series to bridge the gap between psychology students and faculty. We will be hosting one or two faculty spotlights per semester, starting in November. At each spotlight event, light snacks will be provided and students will have the chance to ask questions and network with the featured faculty member. To make this happen, we need your help! In order to determine what faculty our students want to get to know more on a personal/academic level, we would greatly appreciate it if you fill out this short survey. Your individual contribution will help us host faculty that you and your peers are the most interested in getting to know more—sounds like a win-win situation! Thank you for your contribution and we look forward to hearing from you.

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 #2

today, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 325

Hello all! Are you interested in getting some volunteer hours? We are hosting our second meeting today, Tuesday, October 8th in Memorial Union room 325 from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm! There will be light snacks and several tables with different volunteer opportunities to learn about near campus. Come with questions or to simply learn about some volunteer options! Also, just for the future, on Tuesday, October 22nd we are hosting a Chipotle fundraiser at the Stadium Village location from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm. We hope to see you all there!

5. Hi IOPC Members!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N695

Our first guest speaker event of the semester is coming up soon, and you will not want to miss it. We are featuring CLA Career Counselor John Wetzel, who earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in I-O Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He has professional experience as a part of Ameriprise Financial/IDS Financial Services and Right Management, a global HR consulting firm. He will come and speak about his experience and answer questions from club members on Wednesday, October 16th from 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm in Elliott Hall N695. Free food and drink from M Dining will be served.

6. ABPS Fall Kick-Off Meeting

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 11 Appleby Hall

Come join us for a game night and great food such as Sambusa, Curry, snacks, drinks, vegan options, and more while you get to know the Association of Black Psychology Students group and students of African descent in Psychology and related disciplines. You can reach on Instagram or email us at for more info.


7. ACR Homes Info Session

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: free, food provided
Location: 518/520 Bruininks Hall

THIS WEDNESDAY, October 9th ACR HOMES we will be hosting an ON-CAMPUS job/internship info session in Bruininks Hall 518/520 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. This is a casual event where you can learn what ACR is all about. We will be giving away a $25 gift card every hour of the event starting at 10:30 am and running hourly until 1:30 pm, there will be a prize wheel, and also FREE BREUGGERS BAGELS, MESA PIZZA AND INSOMNIA COOKIES (pizza and cookies starting at noon). You could also complete an on-campus interview any time during the event or schedule an interview at our HR office on a later date! Come talk to Kayla at the event or email her at if you can't make it and want more info.

8. Startup Job Market

Friday, October 11, 2019, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Carlson School Atrium

An informal gathering of Twin Cities startup companies looking to hire students and job seekers in the area. Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups. Open to students from any universities and free to attend. Register here. During this featured event of Twin Cities Startup Week, we expect to have 40+ companies attend this year. In previous years, we've welcomed companies like Code42, Field Nation, Foodsby, GoKart Labs, Homi, Kipsu, Irish Titan, Mighty Spark, Reve Consulting, Sezzle, and The Nerdery.

9. Tencent Global Campus Recruitment 2020 USA

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, must apply by October 11th!
Cost: Free
Location: Carlson

Tencent, a major company based in China, will be coming for an on-campus interview on October 22nd for HR positions. The OCI will take place in Carlson. The application deadline is October 11th. To apply, visit their website.

10. Health Careers Fair

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union

The HCF is for students interested in health careers and has something for you no matter where you are in the exploration process. It's for freshman who are still exploring a variety of health career options, sophomores who are starting to narrow their interests and are looking to develop their student portfolio through meaningful experiences, and upperclassmen who are preparing to apply to a health degree program and want to network with admissions representatives, or secure a new volunteer experience. Mark your calendar now for this once-a-year event. Don’t miss it! Attendance is free and no advance registration is required. Student sign-in will take place at the door.

11. LockIn Workshops

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 50 Mondale Hall

On Tuesday, October 15th from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm, the organization LockIn will visit campus to present a workshop on strategies to find global jobs (India, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia). The workshop will take place in Mondale Hall room 50. Students can choose to attend the session that best fits their goals, it is not required to attend both sessions. This is a great opportunity for international students to gather updated information about the home country job search. LockIn, as an organization, also shares access to global internship and job opportunities that students can learn through attending this session.

Schedule of events:
4:00 pm- 4:30 pm - check-in, registration
4:30 pm- 6:00 pm - Finding jobs in China session (Mandarin)
6:00 pm- 6:30 pm - transition
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm - Finding Global Jobs session (English)

12. Falling for H.O.P.E.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 144 Bruininks

Come join H.O.P.E. at our fall-themed welcome event on Wednesday, October 16th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Bruininks Hall Room 144! This is a time to get to know H.O.P.E. officers and other group members while enjoying delicious caramelized apples and apple cider. We will also have games and music. Additionally, it will be a great chance to find out how to get more involved with our organization. We HOPE to see you there!


13. *Credit or Volunteer* Vinogradov Lab

The Vinogradov Lab in the Department of Psychiatry is looking for responsible, motivated, and detail-oriented students to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on two areas: cognitive training in people with psychosis and precision psychiatry. We have several studies looking for help with data management, survey and assessment administration, and other tasks. There may be opportunities to assist with MRI and EEG data collection. In addition, students are welcome to attend Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds in the department. Opportunities for credit may be available after one semester of volunteering. We prefer students who have taken a course in Abnormal Psychology, and preference will be given to those who can commit to two or more semesters in our lab. Please send your CV/Resume, unofficial transcript, and a short introduction to Brandon Schermitzler at to be considered.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab looking for RAs

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is currently looking for three new volunteer research assistants. The REPAIR lab has two current projects: one outpatient traumatic brain injury study (TBI) and one longitudinal TBI study. The outpatient study focused on mild TBI, and the longitudinal study focuses on the full range of severity. Research assistant duties include screening participants, recruitment of new participants, scheduling research appointments, running research sessions, calling participants for follow-up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. Dr. Finn expects volunteer research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab and to commit to at least two full semesters in the lab. Research can be taken for PSY 4993 credit. REPAIR research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA of about 3.2 higher, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Finn at

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Research on Longitudinal Study of Resilience in Military Service Members RA Position

The Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) research lab, under the direction of Drs. Melissa Polusny and Drs. Christopher Erbes at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is looking for research assistants! The current longitudinal study examines processes contributing to resilience in military personnel. Research assistants who join the RINGS lab will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a large cohort study that utilizes evidence-based longitudinal tracking and survey methods. Duties include recruiting soldiers to participate and collecting baseline data at National Guard armories on Saturdays/Sundays, conducting participant outreach and follow-up calls, conducting eligibility screenings for lab visits, data entry, attending lab meetings, and assisting lab technicians with lab visits. In collaboration with Drs. Scott Sponheim, Nick Davenport, and Shmuel Lissek (co-investigators on this project), research assistants may also gain experience with the collection of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in conjunction with cognitive tests, interview-based assessments of symptoms, and questionnaires. This is a volunteer position and requires an 8-10 hour per week commitment. Students can receive research credit for the course PSY 4993. Preference will be given to students who are available in the summer and fall, and those able to make a multiple-semester commitment. The start date is June 2019. Successful candidates must have a valid SSN (required to work on-site at the VA). Those with experience working with veterans or the military may be given priority. To apply, send an email with “RINGS RA Position” in the subject line to the project coordinator, Shelly Hubbling at Include your name, email, class year, and reasons for applying in the body of email, and attach your resume/CV and copies of your unofficial transcripts. For more information about the study, please visit the ARMOR Project website.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* DVBIC Research Intern

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at the Minneapolis VA has an immediate opening for a Research Intern to assist the research team with observational and interventional studies under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Lim, M.D. (UMN faculty, Psychiatry). Current studies involve longitudinal assessment of neurotrauma, MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in Veterans with TBI and/or mental health disorders. Position requires 8-10 hours a week for 12 months. May provide the opportunity to convert to a full-time paid position based on performance and availability of funding. For details and full position description, contact Carolyn Gentz at

Learning Abroad

17. Thinking about Psych and Research in Madrid for Spring 2020? Deadline Extended!

Study psychology and gain research experience in this program based in Madrid. The application deadline for Spring 2020 has been extended to October 15th, 2019. If you have questions, you can view more information about the program here.

18. “Exploring the Good Life in Denmark”: Embedded study abroad seminar for Spring 2020

Interested in spending Spring break 2020 in Denmark studying the “good life?” Check out this faculty-led seminar for undergraduate students. The instructor is Dr. Michael Stebleton, Faculty, CEHD. Accepting priority applications for spring now. Scholarships are available. This is a 10-week course (8 weeks of class before break; 9 days in country; 2 weeks after). Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the most livable cities in the world. On worldwide surveys of wellbeing, quality of life, and happiness, the Danes are consistently ranked at the top when compared to other global cities. Why do the Scandinavians appear to be so happy? What factors lead to satisfaction and a high quality of life? Using positive psychology and happiness research as conceptual frameworks, we will spend time in Copenhagen and take several day trips outside of the city to examine factors that contribute to the well-being and high quality of life. Email Dr. Stebleton at or contact the Learning Abroad Center.

Grad School

19. Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) at the University of Minnesota Duluth Info Session

Friday, October 11, 2019, 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 230

Are you considering a graduate degree in Psychology? If so, consider attending the upcoming INFORMATION SESSION about our Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about our graduate program, meet with our faculty, speak with current graduate students in the program, and tour our facilities. To learn more about this event go to our website. Students can register online, and will then receive more information about location, directions, and parking. The MAPS program offers a terminal Master’s degree that prepares graduate students with research-based knowledge and skills that are essential for acceptance into doctoral programs and successful careers in organizational, educational, clinical, and counseling settings. We are one program with three integrated tracks: Clinical-Counseling PsychologyExperimental Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Students can visit our website for further information and apply, and may contact us with any questions at, Dr. Lara LaCaille, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS): (218) 726-7364; Jodi Saylor, Program Coordinator: (218) 726-7808.

20. Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm (eastern time)
Cost: Free
Location: online

Discover graduate schools across the nation. Register now for the FREE virtual fair to gain key insight into finding the Psychology Program that's right for you. Register today!

21. Educational Psychology Grad Program Online Info Sessions

Learn more about earning your graduate degree in educational psychology. Visit the Department of Educational Psychology chat room at the Education Graduate School Virtual Fair on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019. Free for prospective students.

11:00 to 12:00 pm: Special education Ph.D. or MA
Contact: LeAnne Johnson []

12:15 to 1:15 pm: Counseling and student personnel psychology MA
Contact: Carolyn Berger []

2:00 to 3:00 pm.: School psychology Ph.D. and MA
Contact: Elyse Farnsworth []

General questions? Contact the Department of Educational Psych at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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22. Finding an Internship

Check out the “How to Find an Internship” module at This module covers the basics, so conversations with a Psychology Advisor or a career counselor can be more productive and in-depth.

23. Students Can Gain Valuable, Paid Experience While In College at Behavioral Dimensions

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. We are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields. We at Behavioral Dimensions believe that the experiences we can offer students give them excellent opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. Students will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. Students receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. For more information or to apply for the position, please visit our website.