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Psych Scoop, 10/9/18

October 9, 2018

October 9th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Junior/Senior Check-In

Do you have between 75-90 credits this semester? If so, it's time for your Junior/Senior Check In! This one-on-one appointment with a psychology advisor will:

  • Check your progress towards your major to make sure you're on the right track to graduate on time
  • Connect you with career and grad school resources to begin making your post-college dreams a reality
  • Allow you a chance to give us feedback about your experiences as a psychology major

To set up your appointment use our online Appointment Request Form.

Psychology Student Group Announements

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. Psi Chi / Psychology Club Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N647 
Agenda: Undergrate Research Opportunities Program Panel: Peer-Run

We’re excited to bring you back-to-back meetings in October! If you are interested in learning more about undergraduate psychology research opportunities, we encourage you to come to our upcoming meeting to hear about how your peers got involved and exactly what it is they do! Come curious and with questions for the panel. There will be popcorn and trail mix! Meeting agenda: Introductions and snacks, question-and-answer with undergradute research panel, discuss plans for future events.

3. IOPC Event: Guest Speaker Tony Tian

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N391

Are you considering a Masters program in Industrial Organizational Psychology? Are you wondering what types of jobs are available in the I/O field? Come hear our guest speaker Tony Tian who has a BS in Psychology from the UMN and a Masters in I/O Psychology. He will be speaking at the event about his experiences, giving tips to people interested in the field and answering questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you all there!


4. CLA Time Past, Time Present, Time Future: 150th Anniversary Faculty Celebration

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018
Cost: Free
Location: Varies

For 150 years, the College of Liberal Arts has played a central and enduring role in shaping lives, for the good of Minnesota and the world. We’re celebrating our sesquicentennial during the 2018-2019 academic year with a series of events and activities for the entire CLA community, past and present. As part of the 150th celebrations, CLA faculty have arranged a 4-day series of events featuring faculty from across the college. The events are open to anyone from the University and the public. Learn more and find the full schedule on the event page.

We would like to highlight two session featuring Psychology Faculty:

Session 3: Wednesday October 10th, 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm. Neuroscience and the Human Condition. Featuring: Colin DeYoung and Angus McDonald

Session 5: Thursday October 11th, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm. Big Data and the Future of Social Research. Featuring: Nathaniel Hellwig

5. Health Careers Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union

The HCF is 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. Learn more about this event on their website.

6. Twin Cities Startup Week Job Market

Friday, October 12, 2018, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Carlson School of Management

Connect with startup, early-stage, and small companies seeking talent to grow their businesses. Informal gathering of Twin Cities startup companies looking to hire students and job seekers in the Twin Cities. Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups. Learn more about this event on GoldPASS.

7. CIA Information & Security Clearance Sessions

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 125 Willey Hall

Interested in protecting our nation's security and countering terrorism, proliferation, cyber threats, illicit finance, narcotics, and foreign corruption? Then join us for an information session from 1:00 - 2:30 PM! Come learn more about the Central Intelligence Agency, our internship and full-time job opportunities, and the application process. CIA is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study to fill open internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities for over 100 occupations. Learn more about the info session on GoldPASS.

Every position at the Central Intelligence Agency requires a security clearance. Stay after the info session from 3:00 - 4:00 PM to learn more about security clearance. This session will be helpful whether you are interested in a position at the CIA or another job that requires a security clearance. CIA officers will walk you through the process and discuss the things that most often prevent people from obtaining a security clearance. Come with your questions! Learn more about the security clearance session on GoldPASS.


8. Oct 31 thru Nov 6: Count Votes for the 2018 Election

Hennepin County seeks UMN students to help process thousands of absentee ballots for the 2018 mid-term elections. This amazing opportunity includes an educational module on the role of absentee balloting in the US and Minnesota.

Student volunteers qualify for a $50 VISA gift card.

Register at our website.

9. Volunteer Research Assistant (2 positions available)

The Promote Independent Aging (PRIA) research study at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is currently looking for new research assistants. The volunteer position supports the execution of research projects in the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) under Dr. Adriana Seelye, which contribute to national efforts to understand cognition and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease, and to develop and evaluate innovative technologies for cognitive assessment and patient support. Research assistant duties include entering behavioral and neuropsychological test data into the REDCap study database, verifying accuracy of data entered, assisting the study coordinator and PI with recruiting research volunteers, determining eligibility, facilitating study enrollment, making telephone calls to research volunteers, participating in regulatory compliance (IRB, HIPAA trainings) and attending weekly lab meetings. There are also opportunities to learn and administer assessments to research volunteers depending on one’s interest, time commitment and skill level. Due to the training burden, Dr. Seelye expects research assistants to commit to at least 6-9 hours per week to the lab and commit to at least 1-2 full semesters in the lab. Interested parties should send a cover letter addressing qualifications, a current resume or CV that includes any relevant psychology or research methods coursework and current GPA, and a list with the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who can address the applicant's qualifications for the position. Questions should be addressed to Adriana Seelye, or Mira Leese,

Graduate School

10. Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Online!

Begin or refine your grad school search at the Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair on October 10th. For more information, please email Career Eco Virtual Events at You can register for the event here.

Virtual info session: School psychology PhD and MA. Join school psychology program coordinator, Associate Professor Amanda Sullivan, for a virtual info session on getting your MA or PhD in school psychology at the University of Minnesota. This session is on October 10th, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please RSVP through this link.

Virtual info session: MA in special education with an emphasis in ABA. Join special education program coordinator, Professor Jennifer McComas, for a virtual info session on the new MA in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA). This session is on October 10th, 2018 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please RSVP through this link.

11. Free GRE Test Prep Materials available on Lynda

There are free GRE Test Prep Materials through Lynda is a service that provides courses in a wide range of topics, for free through a partnership with the University of Minnesota. This resource is available to students! Check out their GRE Test Prep or any one of their other courses.

12. University of California Berkeley's Psychology Post Baccalaureate Program

The University of California Berkeley's Psychology Post Baccalaureate Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2019. This three to four semester comprehensive retraining and immersion program has been designed to serve students interested in applying to graduate school for the sake of pursuing a research career in psychology. Our full-time program provides students with a mixture of comprehensive coursework, faculty mentorship and extended research experience. For more information, please email Melissa Bayne at or visit the website.


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 (

14. Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center

The Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is seeking volunteer research assistants for several ongoing studies related to healthy brain aging and Gulf War Illness. Initial responsibilities will include preparing study materials, recruitment and scheduling, and data entry. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with data acquisition and other study-related tasks depending on experience and ability. Candidates must be willing to commit to 8-10 hours per week. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit for more than 1 semester. Candidates may have the opportunity to receive PSY 4993 credit. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV/resume to Melinda Brueschke (

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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15. Gain Valuable Mental Health Experience!

Andrew Residence is one of our state's leading providers of residential mental health care. We offer comprehensive long-term care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for adults experiencing mental illness and have helped thousands of residents over the last forty years. We are currently hiring Full Time and Part Time Mental Health Worker position for the evening shift (3-11:30pm) that includes every other weekend and 3 holidays per year. For more information and to submit your application, visit The Indeed Website and search “Andrew Residence.” Salary is $16.48 - $18.73 an hour and we pay for all training. Full time positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences. Part time positions require an Associate Degree in the Behavioral Sciences, or at least 2 full years of college with at least 12 semester credits in the Behavioral Sciences. * Because of the significant amount of training we provide, we do not hire for short term availability.

16. Temporary, Part-Time E-Basic Programmer Needed

I am seeking an individual with experience programming in E-Basic to assist with modifying several experimental tasks that have been programmed in E-Prime 2. Hours are flexible. For additional information about the project, please contact Tasha Nienow at

17. Position Opening with 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.

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 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 (