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Psych Scoop, 1/28/20

January 28, 2020

January 28th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. CONNECT! Schedule an appointment with a Psychology Advisor!

Making connections is a crucial part of your undergraduate experience, especially within your major. Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to invite you to schedule an appointment to simply CONNECT. Psychology Advisors hold a great deal of psychology-related experience: we have worked in a wide variety of psychology-related positions, completed both undergraduate and graduate programs in psych, traveled and studied abroad, and completed internships and maintained connections with alumni and current graduate students who are working in the field. Relationship building is important, so if there is an advisor with whom you have met in the past, or has experience in something that you are interested in, feel free to request to meet with that specific advisor. This is a great time for these types of appointments; act now before the rush!

2. Save the Date: Psychology and Learning Abroad!

On Monday, February 17th from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, Psychology Advising and the Learning Abroad Center will be presenting information about some of our popular programs for studying abroad. These will include Psych and Research in MadridYouth Development and Psychology in FranceSummer in Scotland, and Japanese Traditions and Wellbeing. If you are interested in any of these trips or just learning more about studying abroad with a focus in psychology, look for the finalized details in the next Scoop!

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.

3. PISA: Global Study Buddies (GSB) Kick-off

Tuesday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 232

Global Study Buddies (GSB) is a program held by PISA to assist you in studying Psychology classes. We divide students into power study groups based on the psychology classes you are taking and provide a comfortable study environment where collaboration and cooperation are valued. The GSB Kickoff will include you meeting your group mates, playing games, eating free food, and listening to a "How to succeed in psych classes" presentation by PISA. Feel free to sign up at

4. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Professor Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Starbucks

Come talk with Dr. Liza Meredith who has a Ph D. in counseling from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Professor Meredith has instructed the introduction to counseling psychology and psychology of college life here at the U. We are grateful for her taking an hour of her time to spend it with students NEXT TUESDAY, February 4th at the Starbucks in CMU from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.

5. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

Thursday, February 6, 2019, 11:00 am- 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

Come support the Psychology Club by visiting Blaze Pizza from 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Show the flyer in order to participate in the fundraiser. We appreciate anyone who participates so that we can plan some fantastic meetings this semester. We hope to see you there!

Courses of Interest

6. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits, Psych Majors

Make your internship experience count toward your Major! The class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2020 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. A syllabus from Fall 2019 is available for review. 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 more on GoldPassThe registration deadline is Monday, February 3rd. Steps to register for PSY 3896:

  1. Students secure 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 is online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

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


7. January Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, January 28 - Thursday, January 30, 2019, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 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 the Nutritious U Food Pantry on January 28th-30th from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! Find out more information.

8. International Student Career Fair Prep Workshops!

Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Lind 305

Monday, February 3, 2020, 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks 512A

Prepare for the upcoming career fairs happening throughout February 2020! We will discuss what to expect at the career fair, secrets for success, and an overview of CPT & OPT and how to discuss this with employers. Workshops are co-presented by UMN Career Services & ISSS. Please email Jane, UMN International Career Consultant, at with any questions. Event details are also available on GoldPASS powered by Handshake and the International Careers Facebook Page.

9. Spring 2020 Transfer Workshop Series: New to the U

Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby 103

Hear from our panel of student leaders to learn more about all the U has to offer outside of the classroom and how to maximize your time as a Gopher. This is one of many workshops offered to transfer students for the new semester. Check out other workshops and all events during the First Six Weeks.

10. Think Like a Researcher Workshop

Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Walter Library 320

Think like a Researcher is a workshop designed to help undergraduate students (primarily first or second years) become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students, especially first-year and second-year students, from across the University and different colleges together to learn. Workshop topics are benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, a panel of 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), International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, summer research and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University Libraries.

11. Power and Privilege Series: An Evening with Robin DiAngelo

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:00 pm
Cost: Free for students, $10 general public
Location: Northrop, Carlson Family Stage

Robin DiAngelo received her Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004 and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. She has numerous publications and books, including Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, co-written with Özlem Sensoy, and the NYT Bestseller White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. Free for U of M Students (Limit 1 Free Ticket per current ID). Faculty, Staff and General Public should check back for availability. Get your ticket here.

12. UMN Job & Internship Fair Registration Now Open

Friday, February 28, 2020, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

More than 300 organizations from all employment sectors will be recruiting for hundreds of jobs, internships, and other employment opportunities. The University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair is open to all enrolled University of Minnesota students, including undergraduate and graduate, as well as alumni who graduated within the past three years (2017 - 2019). Free coat check, free professional headshot photo, and free transportation are provided. Register on GoldPASS today! Curious about what jobs and internships will be available? Career Services is maintaining industry sheets with this information!


13. *Volunteer* Ramsay Lab RA Opportunity

The Ramsay Lab in the Department of Psychiatry is looking for a responsible, motivated, and detail-oriented student to volunteer in our lab. Our current research focuses on the paired use of non-invasive neuromodulation and computerized cognitive training to reduce the effects of cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia. We are looking for help with data management, task administration, EEG collection, and other various tasks. We expect these tasks to take 5-10 hours each week, usually during business hours. In addition, volunteers are welcome to attend Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds in the department. Opportunities for credit may be available after one semester of volunteering. We prefer students who have taken a course in Abnormal Psychology, and preference will be given to those who can commit to two or more semesters in our lab. Please send your CV/Resume, unofficial transcript, and a short introduction to Brandon Schermitzler at to be considered.

14. *Volunteer or Credit* Early Math and Numeracy Lab Research Assistants Needed

Credit or volunteer research opportunities are available in the Early Math and Numeracy Lab, to support one of three ongoing studies. One project concerns the relation between early math and language skills in young children (PreK to Grade 2). Another project concerns how parents promote early math learning opportunities for young children. The third project concerns conditions under which young children pay attention to numerical information. Student research assistants are involved in materials preparation, scheduling participants, videotaping research sessions, scoring measures, data entry, coding videotapes, lab readings, and general research support. There may be opportunities to be involved in data collection. We seek detail-oriented students who are enthusiastic about being a member of a research team, and we prefer to involve students who have completed a child psychology related course and who can make a commitment for at least two semesters. For more information on our lab, visit the lab website. To apply, please send an email with your resume and unofficial transcripts, and indicate the times during which you are available this Spring 2020 to Michele Mazzocco at

15. *Volunteer or Credit* Social Interaction Lab Research Assistant Opportunities

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interaction 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.

16. *Volunteer or Credit* Research Assistant Position

Dr. Scott Sponheim, Dr. Nicholas Davenport, and Dr. Seth Disner are looking for volunteer research assistants to work in the Cognition And Brain in Psychopathology lab 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 extensive 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. This opportunity is eligible for PSY 4993 credit. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, 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 resume to the study coordinator, Jack Ross at

17. *Volunteer* Undergrad Research Opportunity in I-O Psychology Lab

Professor Deniz Ones’ Environmental Sustainability (green) research team is seeking 3 undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin working in Spring 2020 and to commit at least two semesters (i.e. continue in the Summer or Fall 2020). 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. 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. We strongly prefer students who are proficient in a second language given our archival data retrieval needs (e.g.; French, Arabic, German, Turkish, etc.). We will be accepting applications until Feb 18, 2020. Please send your CV (with your GPA) to Yagizhan Yazar at if interested.


18. 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 3, 2020. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.


19. Multicultural Young Adult Advisory Board Member

The Multicultural Young Adult Advisory Board through the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI) is currently recruiting. This grassroots youth board will provide outreach, education, and resources to the multicultural communities in which each member is a part. Board members will develop and implement a culturally relevant anti-stigma campaign within their communities, will be trained to recognize early warning signs of mental health, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and will promote mental health awareness. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about promoting mental wellness and providing education and support to their cultural population. Meetings are held digitally and at the NAMI Minnesota office, each 2 hours once per month. If interested, please follow this link to the interest form.

20. Learn About Working in the Fields of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Community Prevention

ALIVE is a school-based public health approach that aims to mitigate the impacts of toxic stress on our countries’ youth. Their programming has been implemented in Connecticut, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Washington, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Region. The purpose of their programs is to help identify and support students who are experiencing high levels of stress that they have not told anyone about. Students are taught lessons about norms of child safety, and encouraged to write letters to a fictional guardian figure known as "Miss Kendra." We are currently organizing a volunteer program to aid us in responding to these letters. Volunteers will serve the program under the direct supervision of our staff in Minnesota. This volunteer program is an excellent opportunity for students to discover what it is like to work in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and community prevention. If you have an interest in volunteering in one of our classrooms, and have 1-2 hours a week, or would like to learn more please feel free to contact Rose Gangl at or 651-347-1702.

21. Violence Prevention Educator

Looking for meaningful volunteer and community service hours? Interested in raising awareness about domestic violence? Apply to become a Volunteer Violence Prevention Educator with Women’s Advocates, the first domestic violence shelter in the nation! We provide training for 6 different tracks: health-oriented, customer service, housing, criminal justice, schools, and business. Training dates are March 13th, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm & March 14th, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm. Email with any questions.

22. Student Volunteer MNABA

MNABA is currently looking for volunteers for our conference at the Crowne Plaza AIRE in Bloomington, MN on September 24th and 25th. Volunteer duties might include handing out information at the conference, setting up stations, or other similar activities. In exchange for volunteering, students will be given free admission to conference discussions. Further information regarding the conference can be found on the website. Anyone interested can email

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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23. Position Opening with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Part-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for one part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) position. To view the full job posting, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below.

Part-Time: Student Academic Support (Twin Locator UGRA). Click "Students," then search for the Job ID 334760.

24. Summer Fellowship Program - Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester

The Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester announces its 2020 Summer Research Fellowship Program in Vision Science. Students interested in vision science, 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. Both US and foreign applications will be accepted. The program will provide a stipend of $4,136 for a summer of continuous training in a faculty member's lab. In addition, 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. Training will also include an orientation, weekly talks from CVS faculty, and a poster session and CVS picnic at summer's end. Apply today (deadline is February 10th).

Note: The program is restricted to undergraduate students or recent graduates who have not been accepted to graduate school programs. Successful applicants are typically juniors or seniors who have research experience.

25. Human Services job opening for students and graduates who want to gain experience!

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. We are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields. We at Behavioral Dimensions believe that the experiences we can offer students give them excellent opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. Students will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. Students receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. For more information or to apply for the position, please visit our website.

26. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Get some experience this school year and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester or even this summer)! 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, and you don't even need to have a car! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that end with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

27. Cognitive Trainer Positions Open (Employee and Paid Internships)

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 4-8 pm or three weekdays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays 9 am-noon. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $14/hr plus signing and performance bonus'. Training is 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

28. UMN Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic - Clinical Training Internship Opportunites

We currently offer an array of evidence-based group therapies for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Current programming addresses social skills, anxiety, and the transition to adulthood. We will also be offering telehealth behavioral consultation, parent training, and preschool programming in the near future. Students will have an opportunity to receive training in these interventions, experience facilitating the programs in our clinic, and weekly supervision with a licensed psychologist. Students may dedicate between 3-10 hours/week receiving intervention training and supervision, depending on their interest and availability. If students are interested in more extensive training, including assessment and clinical research, these opportunities are also available and I am happy to discuss further with interested students. Students can contact Rebekah Hudock at if they are interested.