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Psych Scoop, 1/24/17

January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

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Psychology Advising

1. Welcome to Our Newest Advisor, Mary Simonsen!

We are excited to welcome the newest advisor to the Psychology Advising team, Mary Simonsen! Here's a message from Mary:

Hello Psychology Students! I'm excited to meet with you in my new role as a Psychology Department Advisor. I joined the team as of January 23rd and am looking forward to getting into operational status very soon. Some of you may know me already as my most recent role was as a CLA College Advisor where I predominantly worked with psychology majors. I've worked in higher education in various roles since 2007 and before that had stints as a fundraiser/event coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was also an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach for the DI UW-Green Bay Phoenix Women's Basketball team. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications with minors in Business and Coaching from UW-Green Bay and my MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lakeland College. When I'm not advising college students you can find me "advising" my two young kids, rooting for the Packers, or hanging in a basketball gym. I'm truly grateful to be one of those lucky people who can honestly say that I love my job! I look forward to partnering with you and helping you make the most of your college experience.

2. Spring 2017 PsyCareer Drop-in Hours

Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm, N108 Elliott Hall

Would you like help finding an internship, writing a resume, or discussing your career options? CLA Career Counselor, Laura Heilman, will be available for quick, 10-15 minute drop-in appointments to help answer your questions. Stop by the Psychology Advising office on Thursdays afternoons for valuable career advice!

3. Deadline for Spring 2017 PSY 4993/5993 Research Contracts is Monday

Students participating in a PSY 4993/5993 experience during Spring 2017 MUST complete and turn in the Undergraduate Research Contract before the drop-add deadline at the end of the day on Monday, January 30th. Students participating in CPSY 4994 experiences that would like to receive credit towards their Psychology Major, must also have a Psychology Undergraduate Research Contract approved before the end of the day Monday. Contracts after this date will require college approval in order to receive credit for your work in the lab for Spring 2017.

Research contracts are available online (preferred method). Paper contracts can also be picked up from the Psychology Advising Office, N108 Elliott Hall. For more information on the Undergraduate Research Contract and earning credit for assisting in a research lab, please visit our website.


4. U of M Job & Internship Fair

Friday, February 24th, 10:00am-4:00pm, Minneapolis Convention Center

The University of Minnesota offers the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! The fair is open to all U of M undergraduates and recent alumni. The cost is $10 if pre-registered online by February 17, or $25 at the door. (Need-based fee waivers available upon request.) Disability accommodations available upon request. The U of M is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Participants will have access to: 300+ organizations recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships; FREE transportation provided to and from campus; FREE professional headshot photos; and FREE box lunch for all pre-registered participants. To pre-register, go to

5. Job & Internship Fair Prep Events

General Prep workshops: Friday, February 17th, 12:00-1:00pm, 56 Rapson Hall and Tuesday, February 21sts, 3:00-4:00pm, 54 Rapson Hall (pick a date)

Do you want to attend the UMN Job & Internship Fair on Feb. 24th but you’re not sure what to do when you’re there? Attend this workshop for answers and advice from CLA Career Services staff and employers. We’ll tell you about the employers attending and how to conduct research on those organizations and their available jobs and internships. A few employers attending the fair will be at the workshop to answer your questions. Tips include how to dress, what to bring with you to the fair, and how to quickly make a good impression. Sign up on the "Career Fairs/Events" page of GoldPASS.

International Student Prep workshops: Thursday, January 26th, 2:30-3:30pm, 255 Blegan and Friday, February 17th, 9:30-10:30am, 412 Bruininks (pick a date)

Through this workshop, international students students will learn what to expect at the Job and Internship Fair, how to target and research companies, how to talk about your visa status and the elements of how to introduce yourself to a company. Sign up on the "Career Fairs/Events page of GoldPASS.

6. Major/Minor Expo

Wednesday, February 8th, 1:00-4:00pm, Coffman Great Hall

Interested in adding a minor or second major? Advisors and faculty from many of the U’s 140+ majors and minors are ready to answer your questions. Stop by to learn about coursework, career paths, ways to get involved, and more! For more information, visit

7. U of M Virtual Career Advice Event

Wednesday, February 8th, 12:00-1:30pm, Virtual. Register here

Take advantage of this unique opportunity by connecting online with alumni and recruiters to learn strategies for navigating your career search. It is speed networking, only online, allowing you to connect no matter where you are in the world! You can sign in from your home, office, smartphone or tablet. During the event, current students will visit different discussion booths to connect with alumni and recruiters who are sharing advice on a variety of career topics. You’ll move through the event in a series of brief chats of up to 9 minutes. Students will end the session with a handful of new connections, while alumni and recruiters will have helped students by sharing their career advice. This event is hosted by the Office of Student Affairs - Career Services Administration and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Questions? Contact

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.

8. Research Opportunity Studying Adverse Child Experiences (ACEs) and Motivation to Learn

Researchers at the Institute on Community Integration are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interesting in participating in trauma research. Our project may be of particular interest for those pursuing research experiences in college students who had stressful childhood experience. Students who can commit to 6 to 10 hours a week this semester is preferred. Lab duties include data entry, data analysis, and conducting a the literature review. Opportunities to be involved in professional presentations may be offered pending on the commitment of the student. If you'd like more information, please contact Xueqin Qian at

9. RA Position: Positive Emotion Coding During a Motivation Task

The Masten Lab at the Institute of Child Development is seeking a Research Assistant to help with a positive emotion coding project. The position is available immediately and open to students in any major. While this is an unpaid position, we can definitely work with you to get research credit or Honors experience for this position. Research Activities: The project investigates how expressions of joy, pride, happiness and pleasure during a self-motivated magnetic fishing game is related to positive outcomes. This position may be of particular interest to individuals interested in going to graduate school and seeking to gain research experience. Previous research experience is a plus. However, we are primarily seeking individuals who are interested to learn about this topic area and have a strong attention to detail. We are flexible about hours per week (usually RAs choose to work anywhere from 3 to 10 hours per week) and anticipate there will be a total of around 35 to 50 hours of coding and work overall from start to finish.

To apply: Please send the following: a. Resume; b. Unofficial Transcript (can be downloaded for free at Onestop); c. 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this position (you can include it in the body of your e-mail) In the e-mail Subject Line, please write "Application for Positive Emotion Project." Send this material to Jyothi Ramakrishnan at Feel free to e-mail Jyothi any questions you might have prior to applying.

10. UROP is Accepting Research Proposals

Application deadline is February 27th, 2017.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,500 for undergraduate students either to carry out a project of the student's own design in close collaboration with a faculty sponsor or work with a faculty member on her/his scholarly or creative project. Thousands of students and faculty across the University have already discovered the benefits of these hands-on research opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites. Participating students have developed detailed knowledge of research methods while their faculty sponsors have gained the assistance of enthusiastic and capable students. Learn more about undergraduate and the UROP program by visiting Online application materials can be found at If you have questions about UROP, please contact Wendy Nicholson-Kotas at

11. Yale Cognition & Development 2017 Summer Internship

This annual summer internship provides the opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate students to gain an intensive, hands-on research experience in close partnership with our full-time lab members. Opportunities are available both to study developmental psychology and adult cognition. Complete information about our research and internship program, as well as required application materials and an FAQ, can be downloaded from our website, This year's internship will run from Monday, June 4 to Friday, July 28, 2017. All applications and materials should be received no later than Friday, March 3, 2017. Questions not covered online about our program may be directed to Aaron Chuey at; please include a subject heading with the phrase "CDL Summer Internship".


12. $500! Apply for the Spring 2017 Psychology Engagement Award

Application deadline is February 3rd, 2017

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 two awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2017. Application deadline is February 3rd, 2017. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Materials must be submitted electronically to Mike Houlahan at


13. University Honors Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 Admission

Application deadline is February 3rd, 2017

The University Honors Program (UHP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission. The application deadline is February 1, 2017. If you are a highly-motivated student and intend to participate in research, scholarship, or artistic activity under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you may wish to apply. Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session session to learn more about the University Honors Program and the application process. Please confirm dates and times on our website and RSVP for an info session of your choice. To learn more, visit or call 612-624-5522.

Learning Abroad

14. May Global Seminars: Study Abroad this Summer!

Six May session Global Seminars are still accepting applications. The priority deadline is February 1. Click the links below for more information about each program.

Borneo: Tropical Wildlife Conservation & Climate Change

China: Martial Arts & Medicine: Traditions in China

France: Vive Les Arts! Paris-Inspired Music, Art, & Literature

Japan: Japanese Design & Aesthetics

New Zealand: Understanding New Zealand: Culture, Society, & Environment

South Africa: Leadership in South Africa: From Townships to Urban Centers

15. Learning Abroad Center Scholarships

Are participating in a study abroad program this summer or next fall? Deadlines are approaching for the following scholarships:

Financial Need Scholarship: Wednesday, February 1 (May/summer and fall/academic year programs)

Study Abroad Scholarship: Wednesday, February 22 (May/summer programs) and Wednesday, April 12 (fall/academic year programs)

Diversity Scholarship: Wednesday, February 22 (May/summer programs) and Wednesday, April 12 (fall/academic year 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. Student Job: Check & Connect Program

Undergraduate Student / 10-15 hours/week. This student position will provide support for Check & Connect (an intervention used with K-12 students who are disengaged with school and at risk of dropping out). This project conducts nationwide trainings on how to best utilize the intervention, including a training manual and related items. This position will primarily fill (pack/ship) all training manual requests. Other duties related to trainings may include: Enter event descriptions RegOnline (software), Maintain databases for related trainings and conferences, Assist with special events, and more. Applications must be submitted online at, select: Students, and enter Job ID# 314990 in the search box to pull up job posting and begin your application.

17. Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research Hiring Full and Part Time Research Positions

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for Researcher 1 (bachelor's level) positions as well as Undergraduate Research Assistant positions. 2 Researcher 1: Recruiter positions, 2 Researcher 1: Interviewer positions, and 7 Undergraduate Research Assistant: Twin Locator positions are open. For more information and to apply, go to the UMN Job Board and enter the appropriate Job ID:

Job ID 314828 - Researcher 1: Recruiter. Non-UMN employees, go here. Current UMN employees, go here.

Job ID 314797 - Undergraduate Research Assistant: Twin Locator. Non-UMN employees, go here. Current UMN employees, go here.

18. Seeking Student Writing Consultants for 2017-18 Academic Year

The Center for Writing invites students to apply to be writing consultants during the 2017–18 academic year. Writing consultants consult one-to-one with undergraduate and graduate writers from across the university to support them in developing confidence and effective writing habits. The Center looks for candidates who collaborate well with others and who are curious learners and attentive listeners. Applications from students in all majors and all language backgrounds are welcome. Candidates from underrepresented and/or marginalized communities and/or identities are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on Sunday, February 12. Offers will be made in early March, and the job will begin in Fall 2017. For more information about the position and how to apply for it, please click here.

19. ACR Homes, Healthcare Group is Hiring

ACR Homes is currently in need of additional staffing for a direct care position titled "Direct Care Professional," which involves working with individuals that have physical/or developmental disabilities. Some roles of a PC include escorting residents to appointments, administering medications, providing care for daily activities, preparing meals, documenting legal health information, taking residents on community outings such as movies, concerts, parks, etc. There are no specific qualifications for this job. However, the position does require training before being permitted to work at any home, which covers first-aid, CPR, medication administration, how to handle behaviors, and other classes depending on your assigned home. Training can take up to two weeks, but the good news is that all training is paid! ACR Homes requires a minimum of 12 hours a week (around two shifts), and we prefer staff to commit for at least 6 months. If you do not have a source of transportation, we have a car program available for all employees. The Direct Care Professional position pays $11.00/hr during weekdays, $12.75 if working an awake night. During weekends, you would make $12.81 for day and evening shifts, and $15.00 for awake nights. We also have an internship program for any employee planning to pursue nursing, pharmacy, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-based careers. We can even create a new internship based on your interests, as long as you are an employee.

If you are interested, contact Caitlin Fortin at or (952) 261-7038

20. Student Leadership Opportunity on Student Unions & Activities Program Board

SUA is hiring highly motivated students to be a part of the Program Board, which is responsible for planning weekend events on campus such as art exhibit openings, concerts, competitions, and themed events. This leadership opportunity will begin in March and will run through May 2018. Students are paid $1000 each semester (summer and fall 2017 and spring 2018). The full position description and application can be found at Applications are due on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

21. Urban Scholars Summer Leadership Development/Internship Program

The City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the State of Minnesota are currently seeking future leaders for employment in a summer leadership development program for college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work assignments alongside organizational leaders at one of our various host sites. One day a week, Scholars come together as a cohort to learn and practice skills in leadership, professional development, small groups, and public speaking. This highly competitive summer internship starts on Monday, May 22, 2017 and ends on Friday, August 11, 2017. Applications will be accepted until Saturday, February 18, 2017. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate college students regardless of academic major. Recent graduates (December 2016 & May of 2017) are eligible for participation and there is no residency requirement. Public sector experience is highly desired, but not required. For more information and a link to the online application, visit: If you have specific questions or need additional information, please contact: or (612) 673-2516.