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Psych Scoop, 12/4/18

December 4, 2018

December 4th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Drop-In Changes!

There is a change to the schedule for next week, as follows:

During the week of Dec 10th, drop-ins will be moved from Dec 11th to Monday, Dec 10th, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. This means that the hours will not be happening on Tuesday, Dec 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. IOPC De-Stress Event

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Location: Elliott Hall N391

Are you feeling stressed? Do you need a break from studying and preparing for the end of semester finals? Take your mind off school and join IOPC for our De-Stress Event on Tuesday, November 4th from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will be able to connect with other psychology students, participate in de-stress activities and grab some free food! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Courses of Interest

3. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits - Elective)

If you are planning to complete or interested in an Internship during the Spring 2019 semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits to count toward PSY Major Elective credit). In addition to your Internship Hours (average 6-8 hours/week for 15 weeks at your site).

PSY 3896 class meets weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm- 5:15 pm

Folwell Hall 3

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landers

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!


4. December Nutritious U Food Pantry

December 11th-13th, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Room 210

Do you worry your food might run out before you can buy more? Do you lack reliable transportation to an affordable grocery store? If you struggle to get enough, quality food to eat - visit Nutritious U December 11th-13th from 12-6pm pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, and professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! We believe that healthy food in college is a necessity and not a luxury. For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

5. The Bandana Project’s End of the Semester Party

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Room 213

Come to take a break and help The Bandana Project in celebrating the end of the semester by having a party and talking about mental health. There will be snacks and tea as well as art-making stations and other stress-busters. Feel free to bring your study materials if you’d like. This event is a great way to connect with other bandana carriers but is open to all, so bring your friends. For more information, contact the group at

6. Embodied Healing Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT): What is it and How Does it Work?

Sunday, January 13, 2018, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: $5-$15
Location: Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave. Minneapolis, MN

Do you have a passion for psychology and dance? Have you ever wondered what Dance/Movement Therapists do? Do you want to broaden your clinical skills by incorporating non-verbal and embodied expression? Then we have a workshop for you! Learn about a psychotherapeutic approach that uses embodied experiences and movement to promote well-being and healing. This workshop will use discussion, experiential exercises, and practical details to introduce the field of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Join us to learn about our profession, which uses movement, dance, creativity, and body awareness to promote change, growth, and wellness. Contact Barbara Nordstrom-Loed at for pricing and signing up.

7. University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair

Friday, February 22, 2018, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Registration is now open on GoldPASS for the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair on Friday, February 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Over 350 organizations will be there, hiring for internships and full-time jobs, so this is a great opportunity to learn about what is out there for you!

Research (for credit opportunities)

8. Undergraduate Volunteer Needed for Ongoing Brain Injury and PTSD Study at Minneapolis VA

A research laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has an immediate opening for a Psychology or Neuroscience major interested in traumatic brain injury trauma, biopsychology, and/or psychological trauma research. Dr. Nicholas Davenport's current study examines OEF/OIF Veterans to determine if experiences encountered during combat influence thinking and cognition and if this trajectory can be seen in the structure and function of the brain. The ideal applicant is a junior or senior, has a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and has completed the following courses: psychopathology (i.e. abnormal psychology), biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Responsibilities will likely begin with study material organization, data entry, and participant recruitment. Duties may expand into cognitive assessments, clinical interviewing, and MRI data collection and processing. Experience in this study can be used to support program research requirements (PSY 4993 credit) as well as entry into graduate school. If interested, please send a resume/CV, a cover letter describing your educational/career interests and current availability, and a current transcript (unofficial) to Please put “Research Assistant Application” in the subject line of your email.

9. Research on Communication - Opportunity for Spring

Our research team, under the direction of Drs. Mark Snyder and Alexander Rothman, is looking for an undergraduate research assistant (RA) for the Spring semester of 2019. The experience will involve research on how individual differences influence people’s receptivity to different types of information on health-, volunteerism-, and environment-related behaviors. RAs are expected to register for research credits (e.g., PSY 5993), and commit around 9 hours per week. Tasks will include attending research group meetings, reviewing literature, creating research materials, and data entry/analyses. To apply, please email Keven Joyal-Desmarais ( Write “RA position for Communications Project” as the subject line, and indicate your name, email, and reasons for applying in the body of the email. Please also attach your resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript.

10. Research Opportunity – Department of Veterans Affairs/UMN Longitudinal Study of Resilience in Military Service Members

The Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) research lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is looking for volunteer research assistants to join a team of investigators engaged in cutting-edge clinical psychological research. Dr. Melissa Polusny and Dr. Chris Erbes, co-directors of the RINGS lab, are studying processes contributing to resilience in military personnel and veterans as well as developing and testing novel interventions for PTSD. Research assistants who join the RINGS lab will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a large cohort study of resilience that utilizes evidence-based longitudinal tracking and survey methods. Responsibilities include: assisting with participant recruitment and baseline data collection at National Guard armories (involves some Saturdays/Sundays), engaging in participant outreach and follow-up, conducting eligibility screenings, questionnaire administration, data entry and report preparation, conducting literature searches, and may include assisting lab technicians with lab visits. Under the supervision of Drs. Scott Sponheim, Nick Davenport, and Shmuel Lissek (co-investigators on this project), research assistants may also gain experience with the collection of electroencephalography (EEG) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in conjunction with cognitive tests, interview-based assessments of symptoms, and questionnaires. For more information about the study, please visit the ARMOR Project website. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week, and those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. This opportunity may also be eligible for PSY 4993 credit. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have excellent interpersonal communication skills, are interested in pursuing an advanced degree (masters or doctorate) in psychology or related fields, and have sophomore or junior level credits. Those with customer service employment experience or background working with veterans or the military may be given priority. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcripts, cover letter, and resume/CV to the project coordinator, Shelly Hubbling (

11. Undergraduate Research Opportunity - Start Spring and Continue Summer/Fall 2019

Professor Daniel Berry’s research team at the Institute of Child Development is seeking an undergraduate research assistant (UGRA) to begin this Spring and continue into the Summer/Fall. The UGRA will be involved with research projects in the area of developmental psychology. We are particularly interested in the interplay of environmental experiences, regulation, and the child's developing physiological stress system. Past UGRA's have helped with data collection and recruitment, data entry, video coding, working with physiological data, and performing literature searches. We prefer that UGRA's register for 2-3 credits of directed research via Psychology or Child Psychology Directed Research credits. UGRA's are expected to commit to an average of 9 hours of work per week, attend research meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in learning opportunities with research team members. Ideal candidates are conscientious and motivated team players who are interested in research and think that children's minds are pretty amazing. Please visit our interest form if you are interested and email Isa Stallworthy ( with questions.

12. Narrative, Identity, Culture, and Education Lab

The Narrative, Identity, Culture, and Education Lab run by Dr. Moin Syed is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2019 semester. Projects will focus on immigrants, young adults, identity, Muslim Americans, and discrimination. Tasks will include literature reviews, data collection, qualitative coding, quantitative data cleaning, and analysis. Preference will be given to applicants that can commit to 2-3 semesters (till Spring 2020). Find an application on the NICE Lab website and email the completed application to Ummul Kathawalla, To be considered, please submit your application by Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

13. Undergraduate Research Opportunity - January 2019 through December 2020

Drs. Frank Symons & Jason Wolff are seeking at least 2 undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to assist with upcoming projects. UGRAs will be involved in bio-behavioral research projects related to disability populations, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), global developmental delay with and without self-injurious behavior, cerebral palsy, and Rett syndrome. Job responsibilities include coding behavioral data and data entry, with the potential for other tasks in the future (e.g. data analysis, data collection). Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, detail-oriented can commit to at least 2 years of work with the lab, and must be available to start in-person the week of January 7th. Previous research experience is not required. Students are expected to work an average of 15 hours/week during initial training and 10 hours/week after. UGRAs can choose to be paid hourly, register for PSY4993 credits, or a combination across the 2-year period. Please contact Alyssa Merbler at by December 11th if you’re interested. In your email, please include your spring semester schedule (both classes and other known weekly commitments) and either a resume/CV or a few sentences about your previous experiences and current interests in your email. Interviews will be held before winter break. Thank you!

14. Mazzocco Early Math and Numeracy lab

Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interested in participating in research related to young children's mathematical thinking. Our projects are relevant to students who seek research experiences in developmental, educational, or cognitive psychology. Research credit opportunities are available to students who can commit to 6 to 9 hours a week for 2 or more semesters. Students interested in volunteer experiences will also be considered. Lab responsibilities may include but are not limited to coding video and behavioral data, data management (e.g., scoring and entry), attending lab meetings, participant recruitment, preparing materials for experiments and other research, and supporting data collection. For more information, please visit our website. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before winter break. If that is not possible, applications are accepted during and after winter break. To apply, please email Taylor Praus-Singh at to request the application form.

Research (volunteer opportunities)

15. Volunteer Research Assistant (2 positions available)

The Promote Independent Aging (PRIA) research study at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is currently looking for new research assistants. The volunteer position supports the execution of research projects in the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) under Dr. Adriana Seelye, which contribute to national efforts to understand cognition and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and to develop and evaluate innovative technologies for cognitive assessment and patient support. Research assistant duties include entering behavioral and neuropsychological test data into the REDCap study database, verifying accuracy of data entered, assisting the study coordinator and PI with recruiting research volunteers, determining eligibility, facilitating study enrollment, making telephone calls to research volunteers, participating in regulatory compliance (IRB, HIPAA training) and attending weekly lab meetings. There are also opportunities to learn and administer assessments to research volunteers depending on one’s interest, time commitment, and skill level. Due to the training burden, Dr. Seelye expects research assistants to commit to at least 6-9 hours per week to the lab (internship for credit) and to start next semester (January 2019). Interested parties should send a cover letter addressing qualifications, a current resume or CV that includes any relevant psychology or research methods coursework and current GPA, and a list with the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who can address the applicant's qualifications for the position. Questions should be addressed to Adriana Seelye, or Mira Leese,

16. Volunteer Research Assistant Positions

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is currently looking for new research assistants. The REPAIR lab has two current projects: one outpatient traumatic brain injury study (TBI) and one longitudinal TBI study. The outpatient study focused on mild TBI, and the longitudinal study focuses on the full range of severity. Research assistant duties include screening participants, recruitment of new participants, scheduling research appointments, running research sessions, calling participants for follow-up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. Due to the training burden, Dr. Finn expects research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab and to commit to at least two full semesters in the lab. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Finn (


17. Let's Talk!

Let’s Talk is a program that provides informal drop-in consultations at locations around campus for U of M students throughout the academic year. No appointment is necessary, so you can drop in during the scheduled times. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment, but counselors can listen to specific problems, provide support, help explore solutions and give information about other resources.

18. Exam Jam is here!

Connect with other students for free tutoring, review sessions, and destress activities in a relaxed atmosphere to prepare for final exams. Exam Jam will be Saturday, December 8th to Thursday, December 13th in Walter Library, Appleby Hall, and nearby classrooms. For more information, check out the website here.

19. NEW Career Chat Thursday

Career Counseling Drop-in Hours from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm in 411 Bruininks Hall on this Thursday, December 6th, where students can come in to meet with a career counselor, no appointment needed!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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20. Full-Time Research Assistant

Scott Sponheim, director of the Cognition and Brain (CAB) In Psychopathology Laboratory at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VAHCS, is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in early 2019 (start date flexible). Primary responsibilities will include working directly with study participants, and managing and analyzing study data collected across research protocols, with additional responsibilities possibly including recruitment, screening, scheduling, and scoring cognitive and clinical assessment. Candidates should expect to gain an understanding of EEG preprocessing methodologies using ICA and learn best practices for implementation of the event-related potential (ERP) technique in MATLAB. This position is well suited for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or neuroscience. Motivated research assistants frequently achieve authorship on conference posters and co-authorships on manuscripts highlighting their contributions. Requirements include Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5; strong motivation to learn EEG research methodology and signal processing methods; interest in integrating clinical psychology and neuroscience; and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. A 2-year commitment is strongly preferred. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Sponheim at Please include an updated resume’, and describe past research experiences, interests, and long-term goals. More information about the laboratory can be found on their website.

21. Columbia Business School - Summer Research Internship Program

Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2019 Summer Research Internship program. The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research. 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: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics. This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply. The internship program is designed for undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore or junior year and first-year Masters students. Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis. Most of the top interns have gone to leading MS and Ph.D. programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science, Management, Operations Research, and Data Science. Many have been selected to join CBS as full-time Research Associates or admitted to one of CBS' Ph.D. programs. For more information and application forms, visit our website.

22. Volunteer Human Resources Internship (one opening)

The Minnesota Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy throughout our state. Our team provides direct services and strengthens literacy programs in Minnesota and beyond by providing training, national service resources and technical assistance to other organizations. The literacy council is seeking a high-level intern to volunteer their expertise on a project related to the revisions of position descriptions agency-wide. Responsibilities related to this project include reviewing position descriptions, creating position templates, making recommendations for a new position description organizational system, and others. For information on schedule, qualifications, and benefits, please view the listing here.

23. Administrative Intern Job Opening

The Office of Medical Education Administrative Intern will assist with aspects of office management and administrative support for the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Office of Medical Education (OME). The Administrative Intern will work directly with the OME’s Office Manager and Chief of Staff to streamline administrative processes and provide efficient support across the medical education continuum. The position will be 10-15 hours per week. For more information on qualifications and responsibilities, please visit the posting here.