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Psych Scoop, 1/27/21

January 27, 2021

January 27th, 2021

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. 

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Which Faculty Would You Like to Get To Know?

We recently piloted called Get to Know Your Faculty to help students connect with a faculty outside a classroom setting in an informal environment. In the past, we’ve featured Dr. Rich Douglass (Counseling), Dr. William Iacono (Clinical), and Dr. Iris Vilares (Cognitive) using the feedback we collected in Fall 2019. Now, we want to hear from YOU about which faculty you would be interested in connecting with. Please fill out this feedback form by January 31st to help us decide which faculty to feature in the upcoming semesters.

2. Psychology Engagement Award

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 three awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2020. The application deadline is February 15th. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.


3. Celebrating Black History Month 2021

various dates in February
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Throughout the month of February, MCSE is proud to be working in collaboration with other university affiliates such as SUA, BSU, and the African American & African Studies Department to celebrate Blackness in the past, present, and future. Events include Trivia Night, learning about Neglected Black History, panels, and more. Learn more and get the Zoom links.

4. Diversity Job & Internship Fair

Friday, January 29th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Attending the #1 college diversity fair in Minnesota allows YOU to connect with employers who are seeking to recruit a diverse workforce! Students from all majors and class levels are encouraged to attend. The Diversity Job and Internship Fair attracted 100+ employers last year from various industries including business, science, technical, healthcare, government, education, and human services! Gain exposure to a broad spectrum of career paths, learn about internship, full and part-time positions, and network with employers looking to hire students and graduates. Register and learn more on GoldPASS. Looking for more help for how to prepare? Visit a drop-in or schedule an appointment with someone for CLA Career Services.

5. Ask a Recruiter: Resume Tips

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Experienced recruiters talk about what makes an effective resume, including formatting, what information to include, and the relevancy of a cover letter. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the recruiters in real-time. Learn more and register.

6. University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair 2021

Friday, February 26th, 2021, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries by connecting with 300+ employers and the UMN Job & Internship Fair. This event is open to all students and is a great opportunity to expand your network and seek opportunities for 2021. The fair will take place virtually and is hosted on GoldPASS powered by Handshake. By using the link above, you can also access tutorials and how-to videos in order to successfully prepare for the fair. Learn more and register for this event.

Courses of Interest

7. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits

Make your internship experience count toward your PSY Major! The class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2021 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Example sites from the past include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and even more on GoldPass. You have time! Late registration is allowed through the end of the 2nd week of Spring semester. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) The student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on GoldPASS and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you
PSY 3896 coursework is online (asynchronous); sites requiring in-person work will need to be approved by the College Internship staff. Looking for an internshipCheck out this list of potential opportunities!

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.


8. *Credit or Volunteer* Clinical Research Opportunities related to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Rebekah Hudock is looking for motivated and dedicated students who would like to gain clinical research experience related to autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental conditions. We have several ongoing studies related to developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism and their families. Students will participate in tasks including participant recruitment, conducting interviews and questionnaires with families, data collection, data entry, delivery of interventions to families, and other duties as assigned. Preference will be given to students who can commit at least two semesters. If interested, please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a short introduction to Dr. Hudock at to be considered.

9. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergrad Research Opportunity in Ones’ Green Lab

Professor Deniz Ones’ Organizational Environmental Sustainability “Green” research lab, headed by Yagizhan Yazar & Yilei Wang, is seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin working in Spring 2021 and to ideally commit at least two semesters (i.e. continue in Summer 2021). The program can be taken in exchange for credit for the Spring semester and/or by volunteering. 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, Environmental Sciences, or a related field. If interested, please fill out this form.

10. *Credit or Volunteer* Social Interaction Lab - Research Opportunity

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab is seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students. We will be hiring research assistants (RAs) for a project involving coding parenting behaviors. All work for the Spring 2021 semester will be conducted remotely and you must have access to a secure and safe internet connection. You will be able to gain valuable skills in hands-on research and understanding human behavior. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 6-9 hours of work per week over the semester. We will only be accepting students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs unable to commit to multiple semesters should consider other opportunities in different psychology research labs. RAs are also expected to attend weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology. To apply, visit this application.

11. *Credit or Volunteer* The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is looking for Research Assistants

Dr. Nicholas Davenport is looking for volunteer research assistants to work at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Volunteers will have the chance to assist with multiple projects investigating the long-term neurologic effects and treatment outcomes related to traumatic brain injury and stress disorders in combat-exposed military service members. The research combines clinical techniques, such as cognitive testing and interview-based assessment of trauma exposure/symptoms, with biological techniques, including genetic analysis, electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Responsibilities may include assisting with participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, cognitive assessment, questionnaire administration, collection/management of genetic samples, and data entry. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have junior or senior level credits and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcripts, cover letter, and CV/resume to the study coordinator, Cassie Nelson at

12. *Volunteer* Internship with Clinical and Research Experience

The Center for Practice Transformation in the School of Social Work is seeking highly motivated volunteer student interns to assist with community-based research. CPT is currently conducting outcomes research with a large substance use disorder treatment provider based in Minnesota. Student responsibilities would include participant outreach, phone-based data collection, and data entry. Qualifications include excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Excel, interest in clinical care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and the ability to work remotely. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to 12 months of involvement and have availability after 12:00 pm for 2-10 hours per week. To apply, please contact Tanya Freedland at with a brief statement of your interest and CV or resume.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Opportunities in Research on Bipolar Disorders

We are seeking two highly motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented undergraduates of sophomore or junior standing to contribute to newly funded projects in Dr. Snezana Urosevic’s lab that examines neurobehavioral abnormalities in adults with bipolar disorders (BD) at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available, while paid positions are possible only for select, experienced RAs. Opportunities across open positions include project coordination, data collection, and data management while contributing to a study examining smartphone apps’ ability to track symptom and functional changes in adults with BD and/or to a study examining new interventions for individuals at high risk for suicide during the post-discharge from an inpatient unit. Options to learn to preprocess and analyze EEG and/or MRI data also exist. Potential RAs will attend laboratory meetings and have an opportunity to develop independent research questions based on their interests and available data. Past RAs have authored poster presentations and contributed to manuscript submissions. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Snezana Urosevic by email at and attach an unofficial transcript and a resume that includes information about your work and research experience, references, software skills, and knowledge.

Learning Abroad

14. National Student Exchange (NSE) Applications Open for 2021/2022!

NOW accepting applications for the National Student Exchange (NSE) during the 21/22 school year! Study at another school in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year! The most popular exchange locations for U of M students include Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, New York, and Puerto Rico. See the 170+ available schools. NSE is affordable! Pay U of M tuition (or IN-STATE TUITION TO YOUR HOST CAMPUS) and most U of M financial aid and scholarships will follow you. Earn credits towards your degree! Fulfill elective credit, Lib Eds, and/or major credit while on exchange. Be sure to talk to your U of M advisor to make NSE fit into your undergraduate degree. Learn more about the application processSign up for an NSE Info Session. The priority application deadline for the 2021/2022 school year is February 15, 2021You may begin your NSE application anytime. Start planning your study away adventure now!

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

15. Special Education MEd/Licensure, ASD Certificate, and Gap Year Classes Info Session

Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us for one of our upcoming info sessions on our MEd/teaching licensure programs to learn more about earning your graduate degree in special education at the University of Minnesota. We'll also discuss our Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate—which U of M undergraduates and MEd and licensure students can add to their coursework--and anyone else can add as a credential at the graduate level. Not certain you want to commit to graduate school next fall? We're also offering a series of graduate-level gap year courses for non-degree seeking students and will share information on those during the sessions as well. Contact Laura Paczkowski at for more information.


16. Think like a Researcher Mini-Course - Register Today!

Think like a Researcher is a mini-course designed to help undergraduate students (primarily first or second years) become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate. It is designed to bring students, especially first-year and second-year students, from different colleges together to learn. Workshop topics are benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, videos with advice from student researchers, examples of student projects, and more. Learn about the wide variety of ways to get started with research including volunteer, taking a course, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS), summer research, and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University LibrariesRegister to be part of Think Like a Research by Sunday, January 31st.

17. Virtual Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) - Purdue University

SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers by helping to prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Applications must be completed by February 11th, including the transcript upload. Recommendation letters will be accepted until March 1st. Learn more and start your application.

18. Pre-Health Events Calendar

The Pre-Health Events Google Calendar is a curated collection of pre-health events happening on-campus, in the community, and beyond. All members of the University of Minnesota-Twin-Cities (UMN-TC) community can view and add the pre-health calendar. This is an excellent resource for pre-health students to access health-related events that support career exploration, networking, student engagement, and community building.

19. Need Professional Clothing? Check Out JCPenny Suit Up

Suit-Up is a partnership between higher education institutions and local JCPenney stores to provide access to a shopping event where professional attire is available for students at an additional 30% off of current pricing. Students will need to text GOPHERS to 67292 to receive their 30% discount access code. The event is open from now through May 2, 2021. So, as you prepare for career fairs, interviews, and secure internships or full-time employment at all points throughout the spring semester. This year, the event is open to all students, alumni, staff, and faculty affiliated with the University of Minnesota, so please share broadly. Products include clothing, accessories, and moreNOTE: You will notice clothing is broken down into binary "women's" and "men's" clothing. Any student is able to purchase any item that fits their gender identity and expression.

20. TRIO McNair Scholars Program

Are you thinking about life after undergraduate and curious about graduate school? Well, we have an amazing opportunity for you that can support you in mapping out your next steps! The McNair program will pay you to conduct research, teach you the ins and outs of the graduate school application process, and offer you course credits, all in 10 weeks this summer, but truly that is not all! We are accepting applicants for our 2021 summer cohort and the priority deadline is February 2, 2021. If you are interested in applying, we can support you in completing your application by the deadline by signing up for an info session or emailing

21. Free Online Psychology Mentorship Program

The Action Potential Advising Program (APAP) works to virtually connect undergraduate and high school psychology/neuroscience students (“advisees”) with older professionals (“advisors”) to provide free educational guidance and mentorship. The APAP’s mission is to bridge gaps in early neuroscience and psychology education through creating an international, centralized mentorship space that supports both STEM and humanities students. Advisors mentor students in topics including but not limited to: exploring different careers in the field, understanding the journey to graduate school, pursuing research opportunities, and how to make the most out of exploring psychology during your undergrad years. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students are paired with mentors through a cohort system every three months. For more information, please visit our website and fill out the application.

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.

22. Residential Counselor - Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC)

Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) is a mental health treatment center located in Minnetonka. If any of you are interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, learning de-escalation techniques, and being a positive role model for teens with various mental health diagnoses, apply to be a residential counselor. Our Residential Counselors play a huge part in creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment for our kids. Contact Maija Assef at for more information.

23. Hiring Opportunity for Research Fellowships - Yale Child Study Center

Two fellowships are available from the Yale Autism Center of Excellence and Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program: Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience and Yale Fellowship in Developmental Neuroscience of Autism. These fellowships are post-baccalaureate opportunities for students. Completed applications including cover page, CV, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements are due no later than February 7th.

24. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING 30 min FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. Gain some experience and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even winter break). You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car. We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist. Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

25. Cognitive Skills Trainer

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm or three weekdays from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $15/hr plus signing and performance bonus'. Training and certification are provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to Nate Maus at