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Psych Scoop, 1/14/20

January 14, 2020

January 14th, 2020 - Welcome Back!

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Drop-In Hours Update

For the first two weeks of the semester, we will be holding drop-ins on a consistent basis. Our goal is to try to have them for most of the day (8:30 am- 4:00 pm). There may be some changes day-to-day so be sure to check our website if you are interested in coming for drop-ins. Please keep in mind that drop-in appointments are specifically for quick questions, 5-10 minutes in length.

Courses of Interest

2. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits, Psych Majors

Make your internship experience count toward your Major! The class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2020 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. A syllabus from Fall 2019 is available for review. Example sites from the past include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and more on GoldPass. The registration deadline is Monday, February 3rd. Steps to register for PSY 3896:

  1. Students secure an internship with a site
  2. Submit a "Request an Experience" form on GoldPASS and receive approval
  3. Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you

PSY 3896 is online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

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

3. 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.

4. CSPH 5601: Music, Health and Healing - 3 Credits

"The Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is excited to be offering CSPH 5601 Music, Health and Healing (link) for Spring semester 2020. This course is an in-depth exploration of the use of music in medicine--including music therapy, music medicine, and music psychotherapy practices, techniques and interventions. We are happy to announce that Jenzi Silverman, MA, Ph.D., will be teaching the class this term. Jenzi passionately believes in the power of music to heal. “I am fascinated with how the brain works and how the way we think and feel affects our bodies -- and my great passion in life is music, so teaching about music, the brain, and wellness is how I bring it all together!” Contact for more information.

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


5. *Credit* Spring 2020 Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Social Psychology

We are seeking undergraduate students to work in Professor Marti Hope Gonzales’s research lab to help with a research project on how people explain wrongdoing and react when others confront them about their bad behavior. RAs will primarily assist in reviewing the literature, creating study materials, coding, and analyzing data. In addition, RAs will attend weekly meetings, which are typically 1-1.5 hours. During Spring Semester 2020, meetings will be held sometime between 1 and 5 on Wednesdays and sometime between 1-5 on Thursdays, depending on RAs’ availability. The specific day and time for meetings will be determined once students commit to registering for PSY 5993. Preference will be given to students (a) who have previous research experience, (b) who can attend weekly meetings, and (c) commit to two or more semesters in the lab. If interested, send your current transcript and your CV to Hyunsuk Lee at by January 7th at noon. Students will then be sent the application and considered for the position. Students may earn 3 credits for PSY 5993.

6. *Credit* Research Assistant (PSY 5993) – Narrative, Identity, Culture, and Education (NICE) Lab

The NICE Lab, directed by Dr. Moin Syed, is seeking 1-2 research assistants during Spring 2020 for a research project on sexual behavior, body image, and perceptions of media in college women. Students will be part of a team responsible for coding open-ended responses from participants (i.e., reading through responses and looking for specific themes based on predetermined criteria) and will be expected to attend weekly meetings and work independently. Students will register for 3 credits of PSY 5993. Interested students should send a brief summary of their interest and relevant experience to Abbie Clapp at

7. *Volunteer* Ramsay Lab RA Opportunity

The Ramsay Lab in the Department of Psychiatry is looking for a responsible, motivated, and detail-oriented student to volunteer in our lab. Our current research focuses on the paired use of non-invasive neuromodulation and computerized cognitive training to reduce the effects of cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia. We are looking for help with data management, task administration, EEG collection, and other various tasks. We expect these tasks to take 5-10 hours each week, usually during business hours. In addition, volunteers 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.


8. Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this spring semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement is available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship or research component, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2020. The application deadline is February 3, 2020. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.


9. Multicultural Young Adult Advisory Board Member

The Multicultural Young Adult Advisory Board through the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI) is currently recruiting. This grassroots youth board will provide outreach, education, and resources to the multicultural communities in which each member is a part. Board members will develop and implement a culturally relevant anti-stigma campaign within their communities, will be trained to recognize early warning signs of mental health, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and will promote mental health awareness. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about promoting mental wellness and providing education and support to their cultural population. Meetings are held digitally and at the NAMI Minnesota office, each 2 hours once per month. If interested, please follow this link to the interest form.

10. Personal Statement Reviews for International Students

Are you preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process! Meet with a Personal Statement Consultant to have yours reviewed in a consultation appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes, and available on a drop-in basis in Bruininks Hall and Lind Hall. You can visit a Personal Statement Consultant more than once. Personal Statement Consultations are available November 18 through January 17th. Our consultants are international students just like you, and they are seasoned graduate students. They can answer your questions about graduate/professional school. They will work with you to locate meaningful life experiences and turn them to a compelling story about yourself in clear, concise words that flow. Don't forget to bring your Personal Statement draft to your appointment! Email Jane at if you have any questions about Personal Statement Consultations. View the schedule here.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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11. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Full- and Part-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for one full-time position, as well as another part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) position. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below.

Full-Time: MCTFR Research Professional 1: CoTwins Study Coordinator. Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" then search for the Job ID 334588.

Part-Time: Student Academic Support (Twin Locator UGRA). Click "Students," then search for the Job ID 334760.

12. Summer Fellowship Program - Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester

The Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester announces its 2020 Summer Research Fellowship Program in Vision Science. Students interested in vision science, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and biomedical science are invited to join the Center for Visual Science for a summer of supervised laboratory training. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievements and an interest in pursuing graduate studies in science. Both US and foreign applications will be accepted. You can see instructions on how to apply on the website.

13. Special Events and Development Intern - MN Literacy Council

The Minnesota Literacy Council’s mission is to share the power of learning through education, community building, and advocacy. Our programs include free classes for new immigrants, refugees and lifelong Minnesotans who are learning English, reading, math or computer skills or studying for the GED. Learn more at The Special Events & Development Intern will assist with planning and organizing Beyond Words Bash, a spring fundraising gala for the Minnesota Literacy Council. Intern must be present at the Beyond Words Bash on Thursday, April 16, 2020 – including set up and rehearsals, night-of event logistics, and clean-up/tear-down. See responsibilities, qualifications, and application instructions here.