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Psych Scoop, 11/26/19

November 26, 2019

November 26th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. PSY 3896 Internship Workshop

Monday, December 2, 2019, 1:00 pm- 1:45 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N219

Learn how to find an internship for PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology, including an overview of the course (Online, 1-4 Credits, PSY Major Elective), resources and ideas! For more information, email

2. Scheduling Updates - No Drop-Ins 11/28 and 12/4

Our office will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th of this week. This means that there will be no drop-ins on Thursday, November 18th. Additionally, there will be no drop-in hours on Wednesday, December 4th. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

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 x Psych Advisor: GSBP Information Panel

Monday, December 2, 2019, 4:20 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 232

Do you still have no idea which psychology classes you will register for next semester? Are you still confused about the different fields of Psychology? Are you still not sure whether you should choose psychology as a major or minor? Come to our information panel and we will help you figure it out! For our GSBP this time, we will invite one of the advisors in the Department of Psychology, Korrina Griffith, to answer all of your questions and concerns about Psychology! The whole panel will be around 65 minutes long: 50 minutes for the information session and 15 minutes for the Q&A session. During the information session, we will give a brief introduction to each field of Psychology to give you a general idea about this major. We will also show you several opportunities around campus (such as research labs and community engagement) that could help you truly experience Psychology. Speaking of which, Korrina will show how important it is to check Psych Scoop regularly to get the most updated information about the Psychology Department as well. And our GSBP study time will be held right after the panel.

4:20- 5:10 Information Session: Talk with our amazing psychology advisor Korrina and enjoy food together!
5:10- 5:25 Q&A Session: Ask what you want to know, we want to hear your voice.
5:30-7:00 GSBP: Group study time!

Free food, free beverage, and you could get the info as well as prepare for your finals all at once, then why don’t you come? If you are interested, please sign up here. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us via, or directly message us through the Facebook page (search: umnpisa) or Instagram (@umnpisa).

Courses of Interest

4. PSY 4960-001: Interventions for Health and Wellness - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in learning about empirically-tested psychological interventions to increase health and happiness. Students will evaluate research on many types of intervention strategies, simultaneously learning about the strategies and learning how to conduct and evaluate intervention research. In the first third of the course, the focus will be on interventions to change health behavior, and students will test different strategies on themselves each week (as well as read the research literature on the strategies) as they attempt to maintain a new health goal. In the second two-thirds of the course, students will read about and test interventions (again, on themselves) to reduce stress and increase happiness. Students will also do a group project in which they use the psychological principles and strategies taught in class to create and implement an intervention to reduce the stress and/or increase the happiness of the campus community. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and substantial hands-on learning. PSY 3206: Health Psychology is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

PSY 4960-001 meets Wednesdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am

Elliott Hall N391

Instructor: Traci Mann

Note: this course counts as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.

5. PSY 5960-003: Sex, Gender, and Cognition - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for graduate and undergraduate students. Biological mechanisms of sex are variables that affect physiology and development throughout the body, including the brain. Many neuropsychiatric disorders seem to occur differently across genders. However, there are multiple biological mechanisms for sex, and in humans, sex mechanisms are distinct from gender identity. This course is intended to be a critical review of the psychology and neurobiology of sex and gender effects on cognition and behavior. It will focus primarily on executive functions, such as impulse control and decision making, as a candidate cognitive domain where sex and gender effects have been reported, and use these to discuss interpretations, caveats, and best practices in this research area. Over the course, we will cover the independent and dissociable biological spectrums of sex, how these are distinct from gender, and neural mechanisms these can act on. The course will conclude with discussions of how sex and gender can intersect with neuropsychiatric conditions and neurodiversity. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3011 and/or PSY 3061, and PSY 3001W strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 5960-003 meets Fridays from 9:05 am- 11:35 am

Elliott Hall N227

Instructor: Nicola Grissom

Note: this course counts as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.


6. Pre-Health 101

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall 226

This information session is great for students early in their pre-health journey. Come learn what it means to be a pre-health student in CLA, how to navigate resources, and how to start building a unique portfolio. Please contact Marlena Yang at if you run into issues registering for an information session. All CLA students welcome (first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, international, and transfer). See more information on GoldPASS.

7. Securing the Bag: Maximizing your Financial Aid

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall 27

Save the date for the upcoming FAFSA/DREAM Act/Scholarship Night! This is a Drop-in event. Registration encouraged, not required. RSVP here! For more information or questions, email Jessica Thompson at

Must Bring: FSA ID, Social Security number or Alien Registration #, your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.

8. Pre-Law 101

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Mondale Hall 3

Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any U of M student considering it. We'll talk about the skills you need, and how to decide if law school's a good fit for you. We'll also provide basic tips about getting into law school, and what you can do to prepare. Find more information on GoldPASS.


9. *Volunteer or Credit* TNTLAB Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity

We are looking for 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 about their employees. This research is conducted through the lens of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, which is the science of workplace behavior. 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 2-3 research assistants to watch and rate videos of mock employment interviews. Prospective URAs should apply through the TNTLAB website. Please contact Elena Auer at, the lab manager, with any questions or for more information.

10. *Volunteer* Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Dr. Sandra Japuntich at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute is looking for volunteers to work on a study about lung cancer screening. Lung cancer screening, with a low-dose CT scan, of high-risk current and former smokers, has been shown to reduce lung cancer death by 20% however, few people receive this test. This study is funded by the American Cancer Society and aims to find out what the rates of lung cancer screening are in two medical centers, real-world experiences during lung cancer screening for patients and providers, and whether there are disparities in lung cancer screening by race. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, Sandra Japuntich Ph.D., and supervised by Berman Center Research Coordinator Elena Friedman, the Research Assistant will help to administer surveys to patients and providers. The volunteer opportunity would start in January and ideally, work 8-10 hours per week. Potential benefits to research volunteers include gaining research experience, mentorship from a clinical psychology researcher, interacting with patients and opportunities to be included in publications and presentations. Successful candidates will have excellent time management, organization, problem-solving skills, be comfortable communicating over the phone, proficient typing ability and be detail-oriented. Interested volunteers should contact Dr. Japuntich at or 612-873-6856.

Learning Abroad

11. National Student Exchange (NSE)

Do something different next year! Exchange to another school in the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year. Take new classes. Meet new people. Have new adventures. NSE is affordable; most students pay U of M tuition, receive financial aid, and all students will earn credits towards their degree. Visit our website for more information and a list of NSE schools. Or contact us at 612-626-2044,, and/or visit us in 240 Appleby Hall. Sign up for an info session or set up a meeting with an NSE advisor to learn about the application process. The priority application for summer 2020 and the 2020/2021 school year is February 15, 2020. Don't delay!


12. Pre-Health LEAD - Leadership Opportunity

Pre-Health LEAD, which stands for Leaders Engaging and Developing, is a ten-month, cohort-based leadership development program for pre-health students from communities historically underrepresented in the health professions. Throughout the ten-month program, students will learn to identify, examine, develop, and reflect on the competencies that health profession programs are looking for in applicants. The program will run from February 2020 to November 2020, consisting of monthly in-person sessions during the spring and fall semesters (available on each UMN system campus), with an exciting summer one-week immersive learning experience to the Boundary Waters in partnership with Voyageur Outward Bound. Find more information and application instructions on the website.

13. Study at the Libraries: Finals Edition

Walter Library will be open 24/7 beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. Check the University Libraries’ website for a full list of hours and locations.

Grad School

14. UNC-Chapel Hill's Diversifying Psychology Weekend: March 26-28, 2020

The UNC Diversifying Psychology Weekend is an opportunity for talented ethnic/racial minority undergraduates and recent college graduates invested in pursuing doctoral-level training in clinical and/or developmental psychology. The program will include seminars, panel discussions, and workshops on the various components of a graduate school application (e.g., personal statement, vita) to assist students in developing a competitive application. Students will have the opportunity to meet with UNC clinical and developmental psychology doctoral students and faculty in both formal (e.g., seminars) and informal settings. Additionally, students will get an introduction to the UNC programs in clinical and developmental psychology, as well as to graduate training in psychology more broadly. Travel, housing, and meals are provided for all attendees. The application deadline is December 16, 2019Find more information and complete the application. See more information on the UNC Clinical Psychology Program, the UNC Developmental Psychology Program, and the joint training program across the 6 Psychology Programs.

Also, be sure to check out Psychology Undergrad Advising's list of Diversity in Psychology Programs!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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15. The Lazarus Project Internship and Practicum Opportunities

The Lazarus Project is currently offering paid practicum and internship placements for those interested in the psychology field. The Lazarus Project is a center-based program offering ABA services to children with ASD located in Plymouth and Mendota Heights. Employment is also available. Send your resumes to Kate Schroeder at or call 763-519-1197 with any questions.

16. David Hoy & Associates (DH&A) – Hiring Part-Time Administrative Assistant in Golden Valley

DH&A is a mental health agency offering both in-home and office-based counseling services. We are looking to fill a part-time Administrative Assistant position at our Golden Valley office. Hours are 12:45-6:15 Monday-Thursday. You will work independently in a new office suite but work closely with our current Administrative Assistants greeting clients, answering phones, taking new client referrals, managing faxes and records requests and keeping the tone of the office calm and happy. This position is perfect for someone who is comfortable working in a fast pace work environment and is interested in experiencing what it is like to work in a therapy office! To apply for this position send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Recke at

17. Peer Adviser - Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center is looking to hire 2 Peer Advisers to start on or before January 22nd. Learning Abroad Center peer advisers take a lead role in providing student support services and guidance through the learning abroad process to a diverse group of students. The ideal candidate will have the desire to work with students and perform administrative functions, have strong attention to detail, and a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to work at the LAC for 2 or more consecutive semesters is also preferred. Prior study abroad experience is required. Interested students, please submit an application via the Student Job Board (Job ID: 334302) and direct any questions to Kelley Redmond at or 612-626-2330. Priority application deadline is Monday, December 2nd.