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Psych Scoop, 12/3/19

December 3, 2019

December 3rd, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Scheduling Updates - No Drop-Ins 12/4

There will be no drop-in hours on Wednesday, December 4th. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. Additionally, the last day of drop-ins will be on Wednesday, December 11th.

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

2. Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club (IOPC): Destress with Us!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

Are projects and finals stressing you out? Our Destress event will be this Wednesday, December 4th from 5:30 - 7:00. Light refreshments will be provided as well as fun activities like coloring books and making slime to take your mind off of finals.

3. De-Stress with ABPS

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 209 (BSU)

Come and de-stress with us on Thursday, December 5th in the BSU room! We will be having relaxing activities such as lotion making, yoga, aromatherapy, and more. We will also have a discussion surrounding the importance of self-care. Food will be provided by Breaking Bread.

Courses of Interest

4. PSY 4960-001: Interventions for Health and Wellness - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in learning about empirically-tested psychological interventions to increase health and happiness. Students will evaluate research on many types of intervention strategies, simultaneously learning about the strategies and learning how to conduct and evaluate intervention research. In the first third of the course, the focus will be on interventions to change health behavior, and students will test different strategies on themselves each week (as well as read the research literature on the strategies) as they attempt to maintain a new health goal. In the second two-thirds of the course, students will read about and test interventions (again, on themselves) to reduce stress and increase happiness. Students will also do a group project in which they use the psychological principles and strategies taught in class to create and implement an intervention to reduce the stress and/or increase the happiness of the campus community. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and substantial hands-on learning. PSY 3206: Health Psychology is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

PSY 4960-001 meets Wednesdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am

Elliott Hall N391

Instructor: Traci Mann

Note: this course counts as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.

5. PSY 5960-003: Sex, Gender, and Cognition - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for graduate and undergraduate students. Biological mechanisms of sex are variables that affect physiology and development throughout the body, including the brain. Many neuropsychiatric disorders seem to occur differently across genders. However, there are multiple biological mechanisms for sex, and in humans, sex mechanisms are distinct from gender identity. This course is intended to be a critical review of the psychology and neurobiology of sex and gender effects on cognition and behavior. It will focus primarily on executive functions, such as impulse control and decision making, as a candidate cognitive domain where sex and gender effects have been reported, and use these to discuss interpretations, caveats, and best practices in this research area. Over the course, we will cover the independent and dissociable biological spectrums of sex, how these are distinct from gender, and neural mechanisms these can act on. The course will conclude with discussions of how sex and gender can intersect with neuropsychiatric conditions and neurodiversity. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3011 and/or PSY 3061, and PSY 3001W strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 5960-003 meets Fridays from 9:05 am- 11:35 am

Elliott Hall N227

Instructor: Nicola Grissom

Note: this course counts as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.


6. Pre-Health 101

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall 226

This information session is great for students early in their pre-health journey. Come learn what it means to be a pre-health student in CLA, how to navigate resources, and how to start building a unique portfolio. Please contact Marlena Yang at if you run into issues registering for an information session. All CLA students welcome (first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, international, and transfer). See more information on GoldPASS.

7. Securing the Bag: Maximizing your Financial Aid

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall 27

Save the date for the upcoming FAFSA/DREAM Act/Scholarship Night! This is a Drop-in event. Registration encouraged, not required. RSVP here! For more information or questions, email Jessica Thompson at

Must Bring: FSA ID, Social Security number or Alien Registration #, your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.

8. Pre-Law 101

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Mondale Hall 3

Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any U of M student considering it. We'll talk about the skills you need, and how to decide if law school's a good fit for you. We'll also provide basic tips about getting into law school, and what you can do to prepare. Find more information on GoldPASS.

9. Employer Drop-Ins: Education

Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 411

Drop into CLA Career Services to chat with employers including: Teach for America* about how to best prepare for this career field, discover internship and job opportunities, receive feedback on your resume and/or Linkedin profile (or advice on how to get started), and ask whatever other career questions are on your mind. There is nothing you need to do to prepare, just show up and come with your curiosity! Find more information on GoldPASS.


10. *Volunteer or Credit* TNTLAB Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity

We are looking for motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project in Professor Richard Landers' TNTLAB (Testing New Technologies in Learning, Assessment, and Behavior). The mission of TNTLAB is to understand the role and potential of the Internet and related technologies to improve organizations in relation to their employees. This research is conducted through the lens of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, which is the science of workplace behavior. We incorporate rigorous experimental and psychometric methods to address questions of interest, which involves a range of technologies, including big data, gamification, virtual reality, video games, handheld devices (e.g., smartphones), online social networking, and web-based training, among others. We are looking for 2-3 research assistants to watch and rate videos of mock employment interviews. Prospective URAs should submit an application through the TNTLAB website. Please contact Elena Auer at, the lab manager, with any questions or for more information.

11. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Opportunity at the Institute of Child Development

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students to work in Professor Glenn Roisman's Relationships Research Laboratory in the Spring of 2019 to help with data entry and transcription of interviews about participants' childhood experiences with their primary caregivers. Prospective undergraduate research assistants must be prepared to sign up for 3 credits (approximately 10 hours of work per week, including a flexible schedule and 1-2 weekly, hour-long lab meetings). Please contact Professor Roisman by email at if you are interested and indicate your availability for an informal, 15-minute interview in Professor Roisman's office at the Institute of Child Development (104A ICD). Professor Roisman asks that you bring along to your appointment with him your resume and a brief writing sample (no more than 1-page excerpt) from a college paper.

12. *Volunteer or Credit* Social Interactions Lab

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab is seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students for a wide variety of projects this Spring term. We will be hiring research assistants (RAs) for projects about romantic relationships, parenting, health, and friendship. These projects will involve a variety of tasks including data collection, coding, data management, and participant recruitment. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the spring. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs are also expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology. Other expectations may vary by project and can be seen on our lab website. To apply please visit this link. If you have additional questions, please contact Jami Eller at or visit our lab website.


13. $5,000 Internship Award for CLA Students

This scholarship opportunity will combine the hands-on experience of a summer internship with an internship reflection course, enhanced career coaching, and opportunities for networking. Students do not need to have an internship secured in order to apply and the funds can support a paid or unpaid position. Scholarships will be awarded in early June 2020. The application deadline is December 11th, 2019. Follow the directions on the website for applying.

14. Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship supports a full year of study abroad for students who will have completed at least 120 credits of academic work by the end of the spring semester 2020 and will have finished all graduation requirements by the end of the proposed study abroad experience. Qualified students who are in their third year of undergraduate education are especially encouraged to apply. The University expects to award two scholarships of up to $15,000 for the 2020-21 academic year. For additional information see the website. The application deadline is February 7th, 2020.


15. Pre-Health LEAD - Leadership Opportunity

Pre-Health LEAD, which stands for Leaders Engaging and Developing, is a ten-month, cohort-based leadership development program for pre-health students from communities historically underrepresented in the health professions. Throughout the ten-month program, students will learn to identify, examine, develop, and reflect on the competencies that health profession programs are looking for in applicants. The program will run from February 2020 to November 2020, consisting of monthly in-person sessions during the spring and fall semesters (available on each UMN system campus), with an exciting summer one-week immersive learning experience to the Boundary Waters in partnership with Voyageur Outward Bound. Find more information and application instructions on the website.

16. Study at the Libraries: Finals Edition

Walter Library will be open 24/7 beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. Check the University Libraries’ website for a full list of hours and locations.

Grad School

17. UNC-Chapel Hill's Diversifying Psychology Weekend: March 26-28, 2020

The UNC Diversifying Psychology Weekend is an opportunity for talented ethnic/racial minority undergraduates and recent college graduates invested in pursuing doctoral-level training in clinical and/or developmental psychology. The program will include seminars, panel discussions, and workshops on the various components of a graduate school application (e.g., personal statement, vita) with the aim of assisting students in developing a competitive application. Students will have the opportunity to meet with UNC clinical and developmental psychology doctoral students and faculty in both formal (e.g., seminars) and informal settings. Additionally, students will get an introduction to the UNC programs in clinical and developmental psychology, as well as to graduate training in psychology more broadly. Travel, housing, and meals are provided for all attendees. The application deadline is December 16, 2019Find more information and complete the application. See more information on the UNC Clinical Psychology Program, the UNC Developmental Psychology Program, and the joint training program across the 6 Psychology Programs.

Also, be sure to check out Psychology Undergrad Advising's list of Diversity in Psychology Programs!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. The Lazarus Project Internship and Practicum Opportunities

The Lazarus Project is currently offering paid practicum and internship placements for those interested in the psychology field. The Lazarus Project is a center-based program offering ABA services to children with ASD located in Plymouth and Mendota Heights. Employment is also available. Send your resumes to Kate Schroeder at or call 763-519-1197 with any questions.

19. Youth Advocate FT Position- OutFront Minnesota

Educational Equity means finding what every student needs to be successful - academically, socio-emotionally, and everything-in-between- and getting it for them. The process is complex, dynamic, and on-going: owning flaws and biases, engaging in courageous conversations to challenge prejudice and discrimination, creating environments where students feel safe to share what they need, and breaking down any systems that are creating barriers. To see more information about the position (and internship positions!), see the website.