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Psych Scoop, 12/20/16

December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Reminder: 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

Please also note that the Psych Scoop will NOT be sent out next week (Tuesday, December 27th) We wish you the best of luck as you wrap up your semester. Have a safe and relaxing break!

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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

5. Research Assistants Needed for Teen Alcohol and Drug Use Study

We are seeking a motivated, hard-working, and responsible student who can work with Ken Winters, Ph.D. (adjunct faculty) to help with an evaluation of an on-line, self-administered behavior change program for teenagers who have begun to use alcohol or other drugs. Activities will include literature review, organization of data, and other related project activities. Credit and volunteer options are available. Please contact Ken by email ( if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work and schooling experience, references, and skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.), and SPSS.

6. Undergrad Research Opportunity in I-O Psychology Lab

Professor Deniz Ones’ research team is seeking 3 undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin working in the Spring and to commit at least two semesters (i.e. continue in the Summer or Fall 2017). The UGRA will be involved with research projects on organizations' pro-environmental behaviors in the area of Industrial/organizational psychology and will have opportunities to gain experience in data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis. We encourage that UGRAs register for 3 credits of PSY4993/5993 Directed Research, but volunteering is an option too. 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 or a related field. We strongly prefer students who are proficient in a second language (e.g.: Chinese, Arabic, Turkish, German, French, etc.). We will be accepting applications until January 17th, 2017. Please send you CV (with your GPA) to Jingyuan Tian ( if interested.

7. Center for Visual Science Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester announces its 2017 Summer Research Fellowship Program in Vision Science. Undergraduates in their junior (3rd) year during the 2016-2017 academic year of baccalaureate studies interested in 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. Our fellowship will cover travel for US citizens and permanent residents (and up to $500 in travel costs for foreign students) and cover the majority of on-campus housing expenses for non-local students in addition to a stipend of $3,820 for a summer of continuous training in a faculty member's lab. Training will also include an orientation, weekly talks from CVS faculty, & a poster session and CVS picnic at summer’s end. Rochester, located near Lake Ontario in western New York, is an internationally recognized center for visual and imaging science and provides a scenic and natural setting for a variety of outdoor activities. For more information and to apply, visit the Center for Visual Science website. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2017. Notifications of acceptance or denial to the program will be sent by March 15, 2017.

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.

8. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Courses

TESL coursework prepares students to teach English in community ESL programs, during study abroad, or after you graduate with programs like JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching), the Peace Corps, or the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants program. The TESL minor consists of 4 classes which are offered every term. The minor also comes with an internationally recognized certificate, great for those who want to teach abroad. This minor is attractive to students who are studying languages, want to work abroad, work with immigrant communities, go into teaching, etc. The TESL department also has graduate level MA and M.Ed programs.

9. BTHX 5210 - Ethics of Human Subjects Research

Tues 3:30-6 pm, Leigh Turner, PhD. Address ethics and policy issues in the cutting edge world of research on human subjects. This course includes an examination of the policy history, changing models of oversight and the challenges of oversight in controversial areas of science. Open to junior, senior, grad, and, professional students. Please send questions or permission requests to A full list of BTHX courses can be found on our website.

10. ESL 3900: A New ESL Course for International Students Returning from Leave of Absence

ESL 3900: Special Topics - Academic English in the University (2 cr). Returning to the U after a Leave of Absence? Polish your English skills for Academic Success. Class features: a crash course to easy transition back to academic study; improve your English skills for academic success and career readiness, strategies to improve reading, writing, and pronunciation skills; presentation strategies; opportunities to build intercultural partnerships, and more. For registration info, contact us by email or phone: or 612-624-1503. Vist to learn more.


11. Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad 2017-18

This scholarship provides the opportunity for one senior at any campus of the University of Minnesota to enrich her or his academic experience with a full year of undergraduate study in another country. The scholarship is intended to support a full academic year of credit-bearing and usually classroom-based study abroad that immerses the student in the host university as well as in the host culture. Proposals should be for full-time study for a full academic year or equivalent. Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates at any University of Minnesota campus; have completed the equivalent of at least 4 years' worth of college coursework (approx. 120 credits, including those from AP, IB, PSEO or CIS) and be able to complete all degree requirements either before or during the study abroad experience. Preference will be given to students who will graduate within four years of enrolling as undergraduates at the University; must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview on the Twin Cities campus in March 2017. Application materials and instructions are available here: The application requires a study abroad advisor's signature. Application deadline is February 6, 2017.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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12. Gain Teaching Experience and Make a Difference as a LearningWorks Summer Teaching Fellow!

Apply to be a LearningWorks Summer Teaching Fellow! LearningWorks is a Breakthrough program located in Minneapolis. Breakthrough is a national collaborative that comprises 24 sites across the country. Its overall mission is to launch high potential, low-income middle school students on the path to college, while also inspiring talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education. At LearningWorks, we achieve this mission by using a “students-teaching-students” model. During our 9 weeks of summer programming, 35 talented high school and college students work as teachers, advisors, and mentors for 120 middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools. LearningWorks teachers are creative, diverse, intelligent, and motivated. They represent many academic and personal backgrounds, but share a commitment to students and closing the opportunity gap. Teaching fellows earn a $2,500 stipend, and we provide subsidized housing for out-of-town teachers. Early Action applications are due January 12, and Regular Decision applications are due February 23. Check out the attached flyer and FAQ sheet for more info and start your application at!

13. CSE Career Center is Hiring an Employer Relations Associate

CSE Career Services is seeking December graduates and recent alumni from CLA! This position involves managing employer on-campus recruitment (e.g recruiting visits and GoldPASS), employer relations event support and marketing, and supporting employer relations program development efforts. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four (4) years. To view the full job posting, visit the U of M Job Board. Current UMN employees, go here. Non-UMN employees, go here.