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Psych Scoop, 11/13/18

November 13, 2018

November 13th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Careers & Pizza: Forensics- This week!

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 by 5:00 pm.

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. IOPC Event: Grad Panel

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N391

Want to know what it takes to be a grad student? Having difficulty choosing grad schools and programs? Maybe you aren't sure if you'll even survive grad school? IOPC is hosting a Grad Panel featuring graduate students from the UMN's I/O Psychology program! This will be a great opportunity to learn about their experiences and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you all there!

3. Psyched Sweets! with PISA

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Location: Coffman Memorial Union (Table 4 in front of the Great Hall/Marketplace)

Craving some mouthwatering sweets during this cold chilly weather? Haven't had any delicious baked sweets in what feels like forever? Do you just need some tasty sweets to snack on during class? Well then stop on by PISA's table for some delectable sweets! The Psychology International Student Association will be having our first bake sale on Nov. 20th, and we would love for you to stop by! We'll be having Salted Caramel Brownies, Regular Brownies, Rice Krispy Treats, Cereal Bars; and for our Special Sweet, we'll be having a Korean candy called Dalgona (달고나)! Stop on by for some Psyched Sweets!

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 pm- 5:10 pm

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. PSY 3960: Psychology and Law

The purpose of Psychology and Law is to introduce students to a range of legal topics as seen through the lens of psychological science. We survey a range of sub-fields of psychology, including clinical, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, with an emphasis on theories, empirical methods, and findings. The goal is for students to develop a broad understanding of the interplay between these two disciplines with an eye toward (1) being able to evaluate existing structures, rules, and norms of laws and justice, and (2) a better understanding of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of law and psychological science.

PSY 3960 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am

Elliott Hall N647

Instructors: Wen Bu and Lauren Clatch

Note: this course does count as an elective in the Psychology majors or minors


6. Disability Justice in Campus-Wide Organizing & Activism

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 145 Nicholson Hall

An event featuring various panels from the Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities. For access needs and accommodations, please email This event will be fragrance-free. Please refrain from the use of scented products while attending our event! This event will be ASL-interpreted. Please let us know if you will be using these interpreting services so that we can be sure and meet all your access needs.

7. Considering Moving to Canada? Learn Work and Immigration Options from ISSS

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Willey 125

International Student and Scholar Services has invited representatives from the Immigration section of the Consulate General of Canada to come to the Twin Cities campus. They will present to the UMN community about various topics, including the process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program and opportunities to work in Canada. International students, scholars, and staff, and U.S. American citizens, in any discipline, are welcome. Bring your UMN ID card (U-card). For further information, contact

8. CLA Student Board Event - Mental Health Awareness

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Theater

The CLA Student Board is hosting an event centered around mental health awareness on Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 in the Coffman Theater. "My vision for the event is to create honest and authentic conversations around mental health, specifically in a professional environment where stigma and discrimination are ever present. I want to build solidarity, and give hope and inspiration to UMN students with mental illnesses who are pursuing professional careers." - Paige Christenson, an officer with the College of Liberal Arts Student Board. They are also looking for any CLA alumni who have a diagnosed mental illness who is interested in making a speech at the event. If you are interested or know somebody who might be interested, email

9. College Possible Info Session

Friday, November 16, 2018, 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm 
Cost: FREE, with pizza provided
Location: Bruininks 518/520

Join the recruiter at College Possible for some pizza and conversation. Learn more about how we are working to increase the number of low-income graduates across the country through our intensive programming of coaching and support. Drop in for as long as you would like! This session is open to any class years and majors. For more information, check out GoldPASS.

10. HMSA Heritage Day 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: North Star Ballroom of St. Paul Student Center

Hmong Minnesota Student Association presents Heritage Day 2018 – "B̶R̶O̶K̶E̶N̶; Hlub Yus Tus Kheej" ("B̶R̶O̶K̶E̶N̶; Love Yourself"), a live theatrical show. In this year’s play, our main theme is mental health with sub-themes of gender roles, domestic violence, and suicide. The event is FREE and open to all. There will be singing and dancing performances as well as a fashion show incorporated into the play, so invite your families and friends to come and enjoy the show! Dinner will be provided on both days during intermission. For questions/concerns, please contact or check out the Facebook event here
*Warning: The play contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Please use your best discretion while attending and feel free to take a step out if needed.

11. The Wellbeing Experience

Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 students, $30 general public
Location: Northrop Auditorium

On Nov. 16, the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing will be hosting The Wellbeing Experience at Northrop. This is a great opportunity for students to spend an evening learning about self-care and global/community wellbeing. The Wellbeing Experience festival is free, and a ticket isn't required to attend any of the activities there. The program, featuring rapper/author Dessa and international wellbeing expert Mary Jo Kreitzer, has a low student ticket cost of only $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out their site here.

12. Pursuing the Highest Degree (Ph.D.) Workshop, North Star STEM Alliance

Monday, November 12, 2018, 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm, please arrive by 4:45 pm
Cost: Free, refreshments provided
Location: 220 Bruininks

Join this workshop exploring the value of earning a Ph.D., and how to prepare effectively for graduate school. Meet current STEM graduate students and learn about their career paths. RSVP here by Wednesday, November 14th. For more information, contact


13. Undergraduate Volunteer Needed for Ongoing Brain Injury and PTSD Study at Minneapolis VA

A research laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has an immediate opening for a Psychology or Neuroscience major interested in traumatic brain injury trauma, biopsychology, and/or psychological trauma research. Dr. Nicholas Davenport's current study examines OEF/OIF Veterans to determine if experiences encountered during combat influence thinking and cognition and if this trajectory can be seen in the structure and function of the brain. The ideal applicant is a junior or senior, has a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and has completed the following courses: psychopathology (i.e. abnormal psychology), biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Responsibilities will likely begin with study material organization, data entry, and participant recruitment. Duties may expand into cognitive assessments, clinical interviewing, and MRI data collection and processing. Experience in this study can be used to support program research requirements (PSY 4993 credit) as well as entry into graduate school. If interested, please send a resume/CV, a cover letter describing your educational/career interests and current availability, and a current transcript (unofficial) to Please put “Research Assistant Application” in the subject line of your email.

14. Research on Communication - Opportunity for Spring

Our research team, under the direction of Drs. Mark Snyder and Alexander Rothman, is looking for an undergraduate research assistant (RA) for the Spring semester of 2019. The experience will involve research on how individual differences influence people’s receptivity to different types of information on health-, volunteerism-, and environment-related behaviors. RAs are expected to register for research credits (e.g., PSY 5993), and commit around 9 hours per week. Tasks will include attending research group meetings, reviewing literature, creating research materials, and data entry/analyses. To apply, please email Keven Joyal-Desmarais ( Write “RA position for Communications Project” as the subject line, and indicate your name, email, and reasons for applying in the body of the email. Please also attach your resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript.

15. Volunteer Research Assistant Position Available at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center

The Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) Research Laboratory located at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is currently accepting applications to fill several Volunteer Research Assistant (unpaid) positions. We are seeking to work with undergraduate students and those recently graduated who are dedicated to gaining applied research experience to advance their career development in the field of clinical psychology or related fields. Those committed to pursuing doctoral training in psychology are especially encouraged to apply. The position is part-time (10-12 hours per week) and unpaid. Although not a requirement, candidates who are willing and available to volunteer time to the lab during evening hours (4:30pm-8: 30 pm) and on weekend days are preferred. It is expected that Research Assistants commit to the position for 10 hours per week for a period of one year. Please send a cover letter and resume to Shelly Hubbling at
Please note that PSY 4993 credit has not been determined for this study.


16. The Bandana Project

Have you been seeing lime-green bandanas on backpacks across campus and wondered what they mean? A lime-green bandana tied to a backpack signifies that that person is a member of The Bandana Project. The Bandana Project is a peer driven suicide prevention program that has been started by Active Minds - UMN this past year. We are hoping to accomplish this prevention by passing out lime green bandanas to members of the University community that will typically be worn on their backpack. We will also be providing bandana carriers with 4 resource cards that outline a few different mental health resources that are available on campus. The lime green bandana will signify that you are a safe person to approach should someone be experiencing a mental health crisis and that you have resources available to distribute. In addition to this primary goal, a lime green bandana will become a silent show of solidarity with anyone who has experienced difficulty maintaining their mental health. We are hoping that this project will help create a more supportive University community when it comes to mental health issues. If you want to become a bandana carrier, send an email to

17. Active Minds Student Group

Active Minds at the University of Minnesota is a student-run group that is passionate about mental health! We have meetings every Thursday from 6pm-7pm in Coffman 213. All students are welcome! Our mission is to educate others about mental health, and simply to get people talking about it. We believe that as mental health becomes a better understood and more open topic of conversation, the stigma will be reduced. We discuss a different mental health topic each week! This could be in the form of discussions, TED talks and other videos, guest speakers, presentations, and occasional games and coloring during destress meetings. Please check out and follow our Facebook page for updates on weekly meeting topics and links to interesting articles, pictures, and resources! You can find our Facebook page here. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. University of Minnesota Press - Student Marketing Assistant

The University of Minnesota Press is a nonprofit, self-sustaining unit of the University of Minnesota. The Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences and publishes about 110 titles per year. The Student Marketing Assistant position offers valuable exposure to book marketing and the publishing industry. Students will work on a wide range of marketing projects and administrative tasks, including publicity and research. The Student Marketing Assistant position is intended for a candidate with a genuine, serious interest in literature, publishing, marketing, and/or public relations. Interested applicants must be able to commit to 15 – 20 hours per week onsite during the school year and up to 37 hours per week during the summer. Work hours must be scheduled during Press operating hours, 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
To apply: Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota job portal (327258)- due Dec. 1st. You must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. More information about the Press:

19. Research Assistant Position

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Emotion and Development Branch, Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience (SMDN) and Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT), in Bethesda, Maryland, seek qualified individuals to fill IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) positions, with employment starting late May/early June 2019. SMDN conducts research on the brain mechanisms of mental illness in youth.  Our particular research interest involves the investigation of the brain mechanisms associated with chronic irritability in children and adolescents. NNT uses brain-based knowledge to develop new treatments, such as a new application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). For more information and application process, visit the posting here (for applying, look for the "Application Procedure" heading).