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Psych Scoop, 12/13/16

December 13, 2016

December 13, 2016

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Advising Availability for Finals & Winter Break

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will begin its finals and winter break availability on Monday, December 19th. Because advisor availability fluctuates, we will not hold drop-in hours during this time period. We are available to meet with students through appointments only. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please submit an Appointment Request Form. With the exception of official University Holidays (12/23, 12/26, and 1/2), our office remains open during our usual operating hours. We will still be checking and responding to emails frequently during our business hours, so feel free to contact us with your questions at


2. U Libraries Open 24/7, With Fun Study Breaks Including PAWS & More!

Various events happening December 5th-8th

The University Libraries will be open 24/7 for study beginning on Friday. Bio-Med and Walter will be open 24/7 from Friday, December 9 through December 22nd. Wilson Library will be open 24/7 on Thursday, December 15th through December 22nd. Magrath Library (St. Paul) has extended hours and the study area is open until 2:00am. We have a variety of fun study breaks and Stress Busting events which have already started! Chair massages, free coffee, snacks, coloring, games, earplugs, Hogwarts "selfie" station and today (Thursday, Dec. 8) in Wilson Library we are hosting PAWS from 11:30 to 1:30! We are also pleased to announce that our over 40 group study rooms are now available for students to reserve (up to 2 hours per day). Visit:

3. Get Ready for Finals with Exam Jam!

Saturday, December 10th, tutoring & review sessions offered at various locations

Stressed out about finals? Come study with us! Extended walk-in tutoring hours, review sessions, free practice exams, and a relaxed Saturday of preparation and snacks have all been planned for you. Exam Jam tutoring through the SMART Learning Commons is coordinated with final exam review sessions. For more information and a full listing of tutoring schedules and review session descriptions, go to

4. Immigration Law Teach In: Sanctuary & the Rights of Immigrants on Campus

Wednesday, December 15th, 4:00pm, Coffman Union, Mississippi Room

What are the rights of undocumented people on campus? What is a sanctuary campus? What is a sanctuary city? What does it mean that Minneapolis is a sanctuary city? What can local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) do on and off campus? Presenters will discuss what these questions mean in both law and in practice, and what may change in the coming months. Co-Sponsored by the Center for New Americans, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Initiative, the Human Rights Program and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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.

5. Seeking Research Assistants for Study of Moral Values, Identity, and Politics

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to start work during the Spring semester, earning research credit for 5993. RAs will assist primarily in collecting data for a study that explores the psychological underpinnings of individuals' moral convictions. The project combines methods from social and cognitive psychology, and is intended to have applications in the political domain. Responsibilities will include scheduling timeslots, running subjects through the experiment, and working with supervisors to navigate complications that emerge during these tasks. RAs will be expected to work approximately 9 hours per week, and must have at least 9 hours available during the work week (9 AM - 5 PM, Mon-Fri.). Contact Pierce Ekstrom( with any questions. If you'd like to apply, please fill out our questionnaire. Have information concerning your relevant coursework and professional experience ready before you begin.

6. Seeking Research Assistants for Political Psychology and Intergroup Interaction Studies

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to start work during the Spring semester, earning research credit for PSY 5993. RAs will assist primarily in the scheduling and administration of an intergroup interaction experiment involving two individual participants. RAs will have the opportunity to attend our Political Psychology lab's weekly meetings to learn about other ongoing projects. RAs must have at least 9 hours available during the work week (9 AM - 5 PM, Mon-Fri.). Strong candidates for this position will be conscientious, motivated students with strong interpersonal skills (as our experiment may require RAs to improvise from time to time). Contact Pierce Ekstrom ( and Jake Appleby ( with any questions. If you'd like to apply, please fill out our questionnaire. Have information concerning your relevant coursework and professional experience ready before you begin.

7. Undergraduate Research Opportunity at Minneapolis VA

A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is conducting treatment outcome research to examine aspects of cognition in multiple patient populations. There is an opportunity for 2-4 undergraduate students to become involved with this project as a Research Lab in Psychology experience. The students will learn about the assessment of cognition and social cognition as well as rehabilitation approaches to reduce disability. Students will work as a part of a research team lead by a psychologist and will be involved primarily with scoring measures and entering data, assisting instructors, and preparing recruitment and study materials. As part of the research experience, students will attend a weekly lab meeting in which topics related to the project are discussed. In addition, students will write an APA-style paper on a related topic. All research activities are conducted at the VA Health Care System. Students must be able to commute to the VA. Student will be asked to register for research credit and to commit an average of 9 hours each week. For more information, please send a resume to Tasha Nienow, PhD at

8. Columbia Business School - 2017 Summer Research Internship Program

Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2017 Summer Research Internship program. The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research. Several of the top interns have been selected to join CBS full-time as a full-time Research Associate and others have gone on to leading PhD programs. Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, and data analytics. The internship program is designed for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year and first year Masters students. Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis. To apply, please fill out the application form at the following website. The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2017. Apply early! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application process is highly competitive, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. For more information and to apply, visit the Columbia Business School website.

Courses of Interest

IMPORTANT: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology, and you will need to consult with your college advisor to find out how they will fit into your academic program.

9. 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.

10. OLPD 3310: Comparing Educational Systems Around the World

In this course, students will examine educational organizations, including schools and systems, in numerous sites around the world. They will learn techniques for employing comparison to enhance understanding of educational problems and devise better solutions for addressing them. Students will look at teachers’ work conditions; school cultures; training and management of teachers and other human resources; and implementing school and educational system reforms. Students in this course will explore select national case studies focusing on different kinds of institutions and schooling practices, as well as transnational issues including indigenous ways of learning, citizenship education, peace education, faith-based schooling, and practices to address social inequalities in schools.

Learning Abroad

11. Psychology & Research in Madrid: Summer 2017

The Learning Abroad Center, together with the Department of Psychology and the Fundacion Ortega-Marañon in Madrid, will once again offer Psychology & Research in Madrid, a study abroad program in Madrid, Spain this summer. On this program, students will earn 6 credits of PSY Credit in just 6 weeks! Students will take Psy 3061-Biological Psychology (taught by Professor Jonathan Gewirtz, Department of Psychology UMN-TC) and work in research labs in Madrid, earning 3 credits of Psy 5993-Directed Resesarch in Psychology. Students on the program will have the choice of living in local dormitories or with a Spanish host family. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad! Best of all, this program is extremely affordable. For more information, take a look at the Learning Abroad Center's Website. Spots are limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible.

Preference will be given to students with Spanish experience, preferable high level. If you have questions about this program, or how it would count towards the Psychology major (BA or BS), please contact Psychology Advising.


12. Learn More about the Community Engagement Scholars Program!

Upcoming Info Session: Friday, December 16th, 10:30-11:30am

Like to volunteer? Want to connect with other students who are passionate about community work? Check out the Community Engagement Scholars Program! The Scholars Program offers a way to get official University of Minnesota recognition for integrating community work into your education; a space to reflect meaningfully with other students about your work and the social issues that you care about; and resources, support and structure to help you make a significant contribution to the off-campus community. The first step to getting involved in the program is to attend an information session. To read more about the program and register for an information session, visit the CESP website.

Campus Resources

13. Personal Statement Reviews for International Students

Tutors are available from November 28th - January 16th

Career Services and ISSS’ Culture Corps is providing extra one-on-one help this winter for creating a personal statement or statement of purpose for graduate school in the form of three professional tutors (trained writing instructors who are themselves international grad students)! These specialized tutors will provide an additional resource to help you make your best possible case for graduate school admission. Call to schedule ½ hour appointments (held in the CLA Career Center, 411 Bruininks Hall, but open to undergraduates from all colleges) at 612-624-7577.


14. Due Tomorrow! Molhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship

Apply by: Wednesday, December 14th

$5,000 Internship Award for CLA Students -- 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. For more information and to apply, visit

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.

15. Hiring Paid Undergrad Research Assistants on Study of Youth Sports Brain Health

An interdisciplinary team of six University of Minnesota researchers is seeking to hire undergraduate research assistants for a Grand Challenges research project on youth sports concussions in Minnesota. This is a paid, part-time position for work in the spring 2017 term and through summer 2017 as well. During the spring term the RA should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week, and during the summer at least 15-20 hours per week. The student will work with faculty from the Medical School, Law School, Public Health, and CLA, as well as with a number of community stakeholders. Previous research experience is not required, but should be mentioned in the cover letter. Skills valued for this position include: availability for time commitment; attention to detail; ability to work independently; organization; and research acumen. We will hire at least one student with familiarity with neuroscience, but other RA positions will not require that background. Research responsibilities will include conducting literature reviews, organizing stakeholder meetings, and communicating with research partners. The ideal candidate will have strong interests in student-athletics, public health, and public policy. Applications should be addressed to Professor Francis Shen. Professor Shen directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab, whose motto is “Every story is a brain story.”

To apply: please submit a cover letter, resume, and copy of transcript online at Review of applications will be rolling, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Work will begin in January 2017. The research team is also enthusiastic about directing UROPs in this area of youth sports concussions, and invites those inquiries as well to Prof. Shen.

16. ADAPT4U is Hiring - Gain Research Experience Working with Familes

The ADAPT4U (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) Study is looking for dedicated individuals to conduct structured interviews with military families. The study seeks to develop and evaluate tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration. Applicants must be available for flexible scheduling, including late afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

For more infrormation and to apply: Current students should go to MyU --> Key Links --> Employee Center-UMTC --> Student Jobs (Listed under the "My Resources" heading) and search for job number 313765. Alumni and outside applicants, go to and search for Job code 313931

Interested in learning more about the study? Visit Any questions may be directed to the Assistant Project Manager, Shauna Tiede, at

17. Paid Research Assistant Position at Carlson

Seeking Research Assistants (paid) with the Carlson School of Management Organizational Behavior program! Responsibilities to include: 5-8 hours weekly, literature review, lab materials preparation. Must be currently enrolled UMN student, proficient in English, conscientious and reliable, and interested in research. A background in psychology is preferred. To apply, please send your CV with coursework and availability to Wei Wang (

18. UMN Psychology Department Job for Recent Psychology Grad

Lab technician/manager needed for laboratory using EEG, TMS and other imaging and stimulation methods. Position is full time, starting Spring semester or sooner. To see full description and apply, search for Staff Job Opening ID 314452 through the UMN Job Board.