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Psych Scoop, 1/19/21

January 19, 2021

January 19th, 2021

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. 

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Which Faculty Would You Like to Get To Know?

We recently piloted called Get to Know Your Faculty to help students connect with a faculty outside a classroom setting in an informal environment. In the past, we’ve featured Dr. Rich Douglass (Counseling), Dr. William Iacono (Clinical), and Dr. Iris Vilares (Cognitive) using the feedback we collected in Fall 2019. Now, we want to hear from YOU about which faculty you would be interested in connecting with. Please fill out this feedback form by January 18th to help us decide which faculty to feature in the upcoming semesters.

2. Drop-Ins 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.

3. 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 are 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 15th. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.


4. Hennepin Co. Virtual Health Care Hiring Event

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

January is Health Care Month in Minnesota! Everyone is welcome to attend this virtual hiring event which features jobs in the health care profession. This online event is free to all community members, workforce professionals, employment services staff, counselors, and anyone interested in learning more about these job openings. Each employer will talk about their organization, job openings, and other important information. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to speak with someone from each employer to get any questions answered. Learn more and register for this event.

5. DirecTrack to Teaching Program Info Session

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? DirecTrack to Teaching is an exploratory program for undergraduate students that gives you hands-on experiences in schools and an introduction to school teaching that lets you decide if teaching is the right career for you. RSVP today.

6. Start Strong: Early Semester Planning

Friday, January 22nd, 2021, 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Fall semester was tough -- learn about new strategies, tools, and hacks that can help you for spring. We will talk about semester planning, Canvas course tips, and go on virtual visits to the UMN Libraries and (peer tutoring centers). Get ideas for keeping up the motivation and staying on track in your courses. Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

7. Register Today! UMN Women's Health Research Conference: Stigma, Racism and Women's Health

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Women's Health Research Conference is a half-day event that features plenary presentations, panel discussions, and a poster session on women’s health research. It draws interdisciplinary women’s health researchers, health care providers, students, and community public health professionals for a day of learning, networking, and research dissemination. Participants come from all over the Twin Cities metro, rural Minnesota, and neighboring states. Register by January 24th.

8. Save the Date: University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair 2021

Friday, February 26th, 2021, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries by connecting with 300+ employers and the UMN Job & Internship Fair. This event is open to all students and is a great opportunity to expand your network and seek opportunities for 2021. The fair will take place virtually and is hosted on GoldPASS powered by Handshake. By using the link above, you can also access tutorials and how-to videos in order to successfully prepare for the fair. Learn more and register for this event.

Courses of Interest

9. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits

Make your internship experience count toward your PSY Major! The class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2021 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. 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 even more on GoldPass. You have time! Late registration is allowed through the end of the 2nd week of Spring semester. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures 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 coursework is online (asynchronous); sites requiring in-person work will need to be approved by the College Internship staff. Looking for an internshipCheck out this list of potential opportunities!

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.


10. *Credit or Volunteer* Clinical Research Opportunities related to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Rebekah Hudock is looking for motivated and dedicated students who would like to gain clinical research experience related to autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental conditions. We have several ongoing studies related to developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism and their families. Students will participate in tasks including participant recruitment, conducting interviews and questionnaires with families, data collection, data entry, delivery of interventions to families, and other duties as assigned. Preference will be given to students who can commit at least two semesters. If interested, please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a short introduction to Dr. Hudock at to be considered.

11. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergrad Research Opportunity in Ones’ Green Lab

Professor Deniz Ones’ Organizational Environmental Sustainability “Green” research lab, headed by Yagizhan Yazar & Yilei Wang, is seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin working in Spring 2021 and to ideally commit at least two semesters (i.e. continue in Summer 2021). The program can be taken in exchange for credit for Spring semester and/or by volunteering. UGRAs are expected to commit to approximately 10 hours of work per week, attend research team meetings and work independently on assigned tasks. Ideal candidates are conscientious and motivated psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience. This research experience may be especially important for those considering applying to graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Environmental Sciences, or a related field. If interested, please fill out this form.

12. *Credit or Volunteer* Social Interaction Lab - Research Opportunity

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab is seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students. We will be hiring research assistants (RAs) for a project involving coding parenting behaviors. All work for the Spring 2021 semester will be conducted remotely and you must have access to a secure and safe internet connection. You will be able to gain valuable skills in hands-on research and understanding human behavior. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 6-9 hours of work per week over the semester. We will only be accepting students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs unable to commit to multiple semesters should consider other opportunities in different psychology research labs. RAs are also expected to attend weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology. To apply, visit this application.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is looking for Research Assistants

Dr. Nicholas Davenport is looking for volunteer research assistants to work at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Volunteers will have the chance to assist with multiple projects investigating the long-term neurologic effects and treatment outcomes related to traumatic brain injury and stress disorders in combat-exposed military service members. The research combines clinical techniques, such as cognitive testing and interview-based assessment of trauma exposure/symptoms, with biological techniques, including genetic analysis, electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Responsibilities may include assisting with participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, cognitive assessment, questionnaire administration, collection/management of genetic samples, and data entry. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have junior or senior level credits and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcripts, cover letter, and CV/resume to the study coordinator, Cassie Nelson at

Learning Abroad

14. National Student Exchange (NSE) Applications Open for 2021/2022!

NOW accepting applications for the National Student Exchange (NSE) during the 21/22 school year! Study at another school in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year! The most popular exchange locations for U of M students include Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, New York, and Puerto Rico. See the 170+ available schools. NSE is affordable! Pay U of M tuition (or IN-STATE TUITION TO YOUR HOST CAMPUS) and most U of M financial aid and scholarships will follow you. Earn credits towards your degree! Fulfill elective credit, Lib Eds, and/or major credit while on exchange. Be sure to talk to your U of M advisor to make NSE fit into your undergraduate degree. Learn more about the application processSign up for an NSE Info Session. The priority application deadline for the 2021/2022 school year is February 15, 2021. You may begin your NSE application anytime. Start planning your study away adventure now!

Graduate School

15. Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration Info Session

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you considered a career in healthcare analytics and research? With technology advancement and expansive adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR), large quantities of digital data exist and continue to grow in health care systems. Health data analysts are responsible for a full range of data management: collecting, managing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data to enhance healthcare systems and population health. The Master of Science Program (MS) in Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration offers students a rigorous curriculum to use analytic focus and research methodology to drive evidence-based health care decisions and improve population health. We admit students with a variety of undergraduate programs and work experiences, including those from sociology, psychology, economics, political science and policy, decision science, health sciences, and other analytic majors. This information session will help you learn about how our MS in HSRP&A program can launch or enhance your career in the in-demand field of healthcare data analytics. RSVP here.

16. Special Education MEd/Licensure, ASD Certificate, and Gap Year Classes Info Session

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us for one of our upcoming info sessions on our MEd/teaching licensure programs to learn more about earning your graduate degree in special education at the University of Minnesota. We'll also discuss our Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate—which U of M undergraduates and MEd and licensure students can add to their coursework--and anyone else can add as a credential at the graduate level. Not certain you want to commit to graduate school next fall? We're also offering a series of graduate-level gap year courses for non-degree seeking students and will share information on those during the sessions as well. Contact Laura Paczkowski at for more information.

Scholarships & Awards

17. CLA Internship Scholarship

The CLA Internship Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. The deadline for Spring 2021 is January 24thReview the requirements and apply today if you have an unpaid internship!


18. Think like a Researcher Mini-Course - Register Today!

Think like a Researcher is a mini-course designed to help undergraduate students (primarily first or second years) become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate. It is designed to bring students, especially first-year and second-year students, from different colleges together to learn. Workshop topics are benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, videos with advice from student researchers, examples of student projects, and more. Learn about the wide variety of ways to get started with research including volunteer, taking a course, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS), summer research, and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University LibrariesRegister to be part of Think Like a Research by Sunday, January 31st.

19. Virtual Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) - Purdue University

SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers by helping to prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Applications must be completed by February 11th, including the transcript upload. Recommendation letters will be accepted until March 1st. Learn more and start your application.

20. Pre-Health Events Calendar

The Pre-Health Events Google Calendar is a curated collection of pre-health events happening on-campus, in the community, and beyond. All members of the University of Minnesota-Twin-Cities (UMN-TC) community can view and add the pre-health calendar. This is an excellent resource for pre-health students to access health-related events that support career exploration, networking, student engagement, and community building.

21. Need Professional Clothing? Check Out JCPenny Suit Up

Suit-Up is a partnership between higher education institutions and local JCPenney stores to provide access to a shopping event where professional attire is available for students at an additional 30% off of current pricing. Students will need to text GOPHERS to 67292 to receive their 30% discount access code. The event is open from now through May 2, 2021. So, as you prepare for career fairs, interviews, and secure internships or full-time employment at all points throughout spring semester. This year, the event is open to all students, alumni, staff, and faculty affiliated with the University of Minnesota, so please share broadly. Products include clothing, accessories, and more (link). NOTE: You will notice clothing is broken down into binary "women's" and "men's" clothing. Any student is able to purchase any item that fits their gender identity and expression.

22. TRIO McNair Scholars Program

Are you thinking about life after undergraduate and curious about graduate school? Well, we have an amazing opportunity for you that can support you in mapping out your next steps! The McNair program will pay you to conduct research, teach you the ins and outs of the graduate school application process, and offer you course credits, all in 10 weeks this summer, but truly that is not all! We are accepting applicants for our 2021 summer cohort and the priority deadline is February 2, 2021. If you are interested in applying, we can support you in completing your application by the deadline by signing up for an info session or emailing

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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23. Residential Counselor - Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC)

Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) is a mental health treatment center located in Minnetonka. If any of you are interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, learning de-escalation techniques, and being a positive role model for teens with various mental health diagnoses, apply to be a residential counselor. Our Residential Counselors play a huge part in creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment for our kids. Contact Maija Assef at for more information.

24. Academic Consultant- Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Academic Consultants assist students in attaining confidence in and mastery of critical subjects in math, science, and other disciplines. Consultants work with students as they develop general and subject-specific skills by meeting students one-with-one or in small groups and working through aspects of course content appropriate to the students’ level of study. This may include giving broad overviews of technical concepts, guiding students through practice problems or examples, and validating students’ successes. Where relevant, it may also involve discussing the landscape of privileging structures in the context of a particular academic discipline, university department, or classroom. Consultants have “office hours” during which students can receive support. Consultants may also facilitate study sessions with small groups of students or conduct classroom visits in coordination with University of Minnesota instructors. Working hours are negotiated between the consultant and the Coordinator of Academic Support and are structured to fit around the consultant’s class and life schedule. Consultants typically work between three and ten hours per week, depending on availability and need. The starting pay is $12.00/hr. The anticipated start date is the beginning of January 2021. Review qualifications, courses needed, and application instructions.

25. Hiring Opportunity for Research Fellowships - Yale Child Study Center

Two fellowships are available from the Yale Autism Center of Excellence and Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program: Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience and Yale Fellowship in Developmental Neuroscience of Autism. These fellowships are post-baccalaureate opportunities for students. Completed applications including cover page, CV, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements are due no later than February 7th.

26. GWSS Peer Advisor

This position is for a GWSS Peer Advisor. This position is treated as a professional role with a focus on career development for the employee. Individuals in this role are expected to take on increased responsibilities relating to direct student services, peer advising, community building, and undergraduate communications for a dynamic and diverse undergraduate student body. The Peer Advisor will work closely with the Advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in GWSS for 10 hours per week between 8 am-4:30 pm and be available for occasional evening events. The position pays $15.00 an hour. This position is remote through Spring 2021 but will be on-site when the University resumes normal operations. To apply for this position, visit the UMN Jobs Page, click ‘Student’, and search for the job ID 338882.