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Psych Scoop, 11/8/16

November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Advising Appointments

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is currently short-staffed and receiving more appointment requests than usual. While we are working hard to accommodate as many time-sensitive registration related requests as possible, please note that wait times for appointments may be 2 weeks or more.

We are happy to review course planning questions with you over email. Use APAS to view your progress in your Major, and compare this with our BA Psychology Requirements Sheet or BS Psychology Requirements Sheet. If you have questions about or notice a discrepancy regarding your Psychology Major requirements and what is listed on your APAS under Psychology, please feel free to email us at  We are happy to review this with you over email to provide clarification, and to make any updates as required.

2. Check out our PSY Syllabi Database

Unsure of which PSY courses to choose for next semester? Syllabi for many PSY courses are available online! Check out this database, organized by semester, to learn about weekly topics, class expectations, and more.

Psychology Club/Psi Chi

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested are welcome to participate in Psych Club/Psi Chi activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

3. Pizza, Pop and Grad School Talk

Thursday, November 17th, N119 Elliott Hall, 5:30-7:00pm

The Psych Club is organizing a grad panel with Ph.D. grad students from a variety of psychological studies and interests. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and hear a little more about grad school. We have students from every single specialty offered here at the U (Clinical, Counseling, BP, IO, Cognitive and Brain science, Quantitative/Psychometric Methods, etc) so this is an incredible opportunity. Please note the day change! This meeting is on a Thursday because grad students have classes during our regular meeting time. Also, note that there will be FREE Mesa pizza!

4. New Psi Chi Applicant Membership Fees

Fees for new Psi Chi members are due Friday, December 2nd. Make a check out to Psi Chi for $65, and be sure to include your first and last name, student ID number and x500. Checks can be turned in to the dropbox outside Psychology Advising (N108 Elliott Hall)


5. CLA Alumni and Student Speed Networking

Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30pm, Coffman Union, Campus Club

Our CLA Student Board and Alumni Society are holding a speed networking event. Students! Networking is a valuable skill to use to learn about careers, companies and even job openings. Come to this event and see how it's done. There will be an hour of speed networking followed by an open networking reception with light appetizers and refreshments. The event is free but please register before attending.

6. DirecTrack to Teaching Info Session

Friday, November 18th, 1:00-3:00pm, 155 Peik

DirecTrack to Teaching is an undergraduate path to the teaching licensure. It gives undergrad students an early exposure to the culture of teaching and schools along with a competitive advantage when applying to graduate school for the license and M.Ed. With DirecTrack you can enter the profession with confidence and competence. Our information session is for students interested in joining DirecTrack to Teaching next year. For more information, visit or contact

7. MCPA Careers in Student Affairs

Saturday, November 19th, 9:30-3:30, Augsburg College. Register by Friday, November 11th

The Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) is hosting the MCPA Careers in Student Affairs: Undergraduate Student Event to provide insight and advice to undergraduate students who are interested in Student Affairs/Higher Ed. careers!

Research Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Not all research opportunities listed below 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.

8. Research Opportunity in Department of Psychiatry

The Vinogradov Lab in the Department of Psychiatry is looking for motivated and detail-oriented students to volunteer in our lab for a study of computerized social cognition training for individuals with schizophrenia. This is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining experience in clinical and neurocognitive assessment. In addition, students are welcome to attend Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds in the department. We would 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, as well as those who can attend training in January. To apply, please send a resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter to Shasteana Rancher at To learn more about the lab, go to

9. University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative for Underrepresented Students

The University of Maryland's Summer Research Initiative (SRI), designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields, is accepting applications for summer 2017. This program provides rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral and economic sciences at the University of Maryland, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training. The application for the 2017 SRI will be available from November 1, 2016 to February 10, 2017. Applications will be reviewed February – March, 2017 and selection announcements will be made beginning April, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit this webpage.

Courses of Interest

10. New PSY Course for Spring - PSY 4021: Creativity Sciences

Creativity and innovation play a pivotal role in our individual and collective lives. How do our minds, brains, and environments together enable the generation of useful novel ideas? This course investigates this question, using empirical findings and methods from the cognitive and brain sciences and other disciplines. Both close readings of original empirical research articles and active hands-on/minds-on within-class experiments and collaborative activities are core parts of the course. Two integrative themes throughout the course are the need for dynamically adaptive (contextually sensitive) variation in both levels of cognitive control and goal guidance (deliberate to spontaneous to automatic) and our level of representational specificity (concrete and specific to mid-level to abstract). Prerequisite: Psy 1001 or equivalent. Professor Wilma Koustaal, 30 seats available. This course has been approved for Distribution Area A: Cognitive & Brain Sciences

11. Junior or Senior Wondering What's Next? ID 3201: Career Planning

Enroll in this 2 credit course for spring semester! ID 3201 Career Planning teaches advanced job-search strategies like marketplace research, resume writing, networking, interviewing and more. You earn credit for completing things you should be doing anyway! The course is aimed at juniors and seniors. It is not usable toward your 36 credits in Psychology, but may be applied toward general upper-division outside the major credits. See CLA Career Service course descriptions for more information.

12. CPsy 2310 Special Topics: Child Life Theory and Practice

The Institute of Child Development is excited to, once again, offer CPsy 2310 Special Topics - Child Life Theory and Practice. This 3 credit elective course will be taught Sarah Wiebler, a Certified Child Life Specialist, and will provide an introduction to the growing trend in healthcare of practicing Family-Centered Care with a strong focus on the Child Life profession. This course will meet the required topics of study as identified by the Child Life Council. This is a great opportunity for any student interested in a health profession to learn about patient and family-centered care. The course will be offered Spring 2017, Thursdays from 4-5:30pm in Peik Hall 225.

Graduate Studies

13. University of Nebraska - School Psychology Program Offers New Traineeship in Concussion Management

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln School Psychology Program has received a training grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will provide complete funding, tuition and a living stipend, for students interested in obtaining specialized training in mild traumatic brain injury/concussion assessment and management in addition to their degree in School Psychology. For more information about the Ed.S. and Ph.D. program, visit


14. $5,000 Internship Award for CLA Students! Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship

CLA Career Services introduces the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity will combine the hands-on experience of a summer internship with an internship reflection course, enhanced career coaching and alumni mentoring opportunities. Application deadline is Wednesday, December 14th. For more information, and to apply, visit


15. HECUA Info Session: Study Social Change in an Off-campus Setting

Wednesday, November 16th, 12:00-1:00pm, 319 Coffman Union

HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, is a non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN, partnered with the Center for Community Engaged Learning. HECUA's off-campus study programs address some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work. Attend this info session next week to learn more about HECUA's programs, such as Art for Social Change and Making Media, Making Change. Visit here for more information about HECUA and its programs.

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.

16. FT School Based Services Educator at Cornerstone

Cornerstone Advocacy Services is seeking experienced School Based Services Educator and Advocate to work with the School Based Services Program in the Northwest OR Southwest Hennepin County Schools. The SBS Educator conducts violence prevention through classroom presentations to students, staff, and to the community within a specific geographic region. The program also focuses on advocacy for adolescents referred for dating violence, bullying, human trafficking, harassment, family violence issues, anger awareness and related issues. Qualifying candidates should have Bachelor’s Degree and a background in education, public speaking, counseling, violence prevention, and/or gender studies. Experience working with diverse populations. Must have access to a reliable car and possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license and insurance. Please E-Mail your cover letter & resume to

17. FT Research Assistant Position at VA Medical Center

We are currently looking for a full-time research assistant, beginning in January 2017, to aid in EEG and MRI data collection in our research study here at the Minneapolis VA. Research assistants will assist with studies examining the trajectory of military deployment-related illnesses such as Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD in the structure and function of the brain. Required qualifications include completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, the health sciences, neuroscience, or a related field by the position start date. The ideal applicant has a GPA of 3.5 or higher and has experience collecting, processing, or analyzing EEG or MRI data. Applicants must be able to commit for 2 years to this ongoing project. Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, able to work independently and as a member of a team, extremely detail oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Responsibilities will include data collection, data processing, and other needs of the study. If interested, please send a resume/CV, educational/career interests, and a current transcript (unofficial is fine) to Please put “Research Assistant Application” in the subject line of your email.

18. AmeriCorps Positions with Project for Pride in Living

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) is hiring an Employment Navigator. The AmeriCorps service member will work with a team of staff and service members to help adult trainees with low incomes build skills, access opportunities, and connect with careers. It’s a great opportunity for recent (or soon-to-be) graduates with an interest in public service or in gaining professional development experience with a community organization. A full job description and application instructions can be found here.