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Psych Scoop, 1/17/17

January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

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Psychology Advising

1. Welcome Back!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to welcome you back to campus for the start of Spring 2016! As you get back in to gear, keep our office’s resources in mind. Advisors in our office are available for appointments year-round to assist with psychology course-selection and major progress, career and graduate school preparation and selection, and general engagement to make the most out of your time here. Schedule an appointment to check in with us. We look forward to seeing you and wish you the best of luck in the coming semester!

2. Spring 2017 Drop-in Hours

Psychology Advising has designated Drop-in Hours during the academic year. Due to high student demand the first 2 weeks of the term, we will have an advisor available all day (8:00am-4:00pm) on the first day of class, Tuesday, 1/17, and 12:30-4:00pm from Wednesday, 1/18 through Monday, 1/30. Drop-in hours are a great time to get research contracts signed, and to ask 5-10 minute questions; longer issues will be referred to schedule a full appointment. Our Spring 2017 Drop-in Hours will take effect on Tuesday, January 31st. Please see our website for more information on our Office Hours & Availability. Check the Psych Scoop each week for possible change in availability.


3. How Will You Make the World Better?

Thursday, January 19th, 12:00-1:30pm, Coffman Union, Mississippi Room. Stop by anytime. RSVP encouraged.

Drop by anytime between 12:00-1:30 pm for the resource fair and connect with different organizations to learn about ways to get involved, take action, and find community. Short spoken word performance with Fatima Camara and Guante at 12:30 pm. Check out the event schedule and participating campus organizations/departments at

4. Save the Date! U of M Job & Internship Fair

Friday, February 17th, 10:00am-4:00pm, Minneapolis Convention Center

The University of Minnesota offers the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! The fair is open to all U of M undergraduates and recent alumni. The cost is $10 if pre-registered online by February 17, or $25 at the door. (Need-based fee waivers available upon request.) Disability accommodations available upon request. The U of M is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Participants will have access to: 300+ organizations recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships; FREE transportation provided to and from campus; FREE professional headshot photos; and FREE box lunch for all pre-registered participants. To pre-register, go to

5. Target Alumni Resume Critique Event

Thursday, February 16th. 15-minute appointments available from 9:00am-4:00pm, 524 Bruininks

Want to make your resume stand out? Need a fresh eye to review your resume? Join members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Network who work at Target for a short resume review. You must have a resume uploaded and approved in GoldPASS in order to meet one-on-one with a employee of Target who is a U of M alum. Sponsored by The University of Minnesota Alumni Network at Target, The CLA Alumni Society, and CLA Career Services. Visit this webpage for more information and to sign up.

6. Mental Health Day at the Capitol: Get Involved with the Legislative Process!

Thursday, March 16th, MN State Capitol

The Minnesota Psychological Association will participate in Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 16th, 2017. Participation of students has played a key role in this event in years past, and this important advocacy activity provides important training for future roles in psychology. One of our presenters this year is an advanced doctoral student completing a mentorship in advocacy who will speak about the importance of students being engaged in advocacy efforts. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Trisha Stark at

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all these opportunities are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

7. Spring 2017 Research Opportunity

The Evolutionary Psychology Lab run by Dr. Jeff Simpson and Ethan Young is looking for research assistants to work this spring on studies regarding evolutionary psychology. We are currently working on projects related to evolutionary perspectives on cognitive development and research on how body composition influences decision-making. Duties might include the following: Running participants; Running computerized cognitive tasks; Measuring body composition; Attending weekly or bi-weekly meetings. If you are interested in a position apply online via this: Evolutionary Psychology Lab Application. Please note that simply applying will not guarantee a spot in the lab. We will follow-up with qualified applicants directly. Please email Ethan Young ( with any questions about these positions or the application process.

8. Apply to be a TRIO McNair Scholar!

Application deadline is Monday, January 23rd

The U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is now accepting applications for summer 2017. The application deadline is January 23, 2017. The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school. During the the 10-week summer research program, students will: develop a great relationship and conduct research with a professor that is essential to applying for graduate school; receive a $3,500 stipend; receive guidance through the graduate school process, and present their research at a poster session on campus. Qualifications: must be a first generation college student and low income, or from an underrepresented group; have 2.75 GPA or above, be a full-time sophomore or junior and a US citizen or permanent resident.

Please visit the McNair website for more information and application instructions.

9. Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP)

Application deadline is Wednesday, March 1st.

If you are exploring graduate school options, a paid summer research experience will be a great opportunity for you to consider. Please be aware of the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP) available for Summer 2017 at the University of Minnesota. The MSROP deadline of March 1, 2017 is fast approaching. This summer's program will run from June 5th - August 11th, 2017. For more information about the program, eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit the MSROP website.

Learning Abroad

10. Study Abroad this Summer in Nicaragua or India with Acara

Interested in learning about innovative solutions to environmental and societal challenges? In India or Nicaragua? For May Term 2017, join Acara in either Bangalore, India or San Isidro, Nicaragua! These two 3-week interdisciplinary courses are open to graduate and upper level undergraduates, from all colleges, and fill the Global Perspectives and Technology/Society liberal education requirements and tech electives for CEGE students. No language requirement. Deadline is February 1! E-mail at with questions! 

The trip to Bangalore, India (May 15 - June 5 - just in time for any summer job!) Read the blog from last year's trip here: India 2016. The trip will focus on the urban side of sustainable development, and we have incredible partners ready to host us. Apply Now:

Central America more your style? The Nicaragua trip runs May 16 - June 5. We are excited to partner with EOS International who coordinates our visit, as well as the home stays in San Isidro - a beautiful town in rural Nicaragua. Apply Now:

Have a world changing idea that needs support? The Acara Challenge is a competition for students with ideas for financially sustainable social ventures that address social and environmental challenges. Students receive intensive training and mentoring to learn how to best pitch their ideas at the competition, then compete for a $500 competition prize and up to $5,000 in fellowship funding. Applications are accepted from students from all majors and in all stages of project development, and are due January 31.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

11. Women's Advocates, Inc. is Hiring

Women’s Advocates is a safe place where women and their children of all backgrounds and cultures can escape domestic violence and begin to heal. In addition to providing shelter to those who are homeless as a result of domestic violence, Women’s Advocates provides personalized support, advocacy, education, and resources to hundreds of women and children every year. Women’s Advocates offers shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, personal needs items, counseling, support, advocacy, referral, crisis phone and other basic services to women and their children daily. We currently have several part-time and evening and weekend positions open that would be perfect for students, as well as a part-time Children's Mental Health professional position. All position openings and application instructions can be found here.

12. Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research Hiring Full and Part Time Research Positions

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for Researcher 1 (bachelor's level) positions as well as Undergraduate Research Assistant positions. 2 Researcher 1: Recruiter positions, 2 Researcher 1: Interviewer positions, and 7 Undergraduate Research Assistant: Twin Locator positions are open. For more information and to apply, go to the UMN Job Board and enter the appropriate Job ID:

Job ID 314828 - Researcher 1: Recruiter

Job ID 314832 - Researcher 1: Interviewer

Job ID 314797 - Undergraduate Research Assistant: Twin Locator

13. Full-Time Project Manager Position at UMN

The University of Minnesota currently has an opening for a full-time Project Manager/Call Center Supervisor. The position involves management of higher education and health-related projects using multiple modes of data collection and supervision of the call center. The job requisition number is 315035. Interested individuals can apply through the UofM Job Board and search for the requisition number in the "keywords" box. Any questions should be directed to Mark Miazga at 612-624-0675 or