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Psych Scoop, 12/8/20

December 8, 2020

December 8th, 2020

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1. IMPORTANT Scheduling Updates

As we near the end of the semester, you may have questions about courses and your major. Please note that we have 3 final drop-in days and times:
Wednesday, 12/9, 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Thursday, 12/10, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Monday, 12/14, 12:00 pm- 2:30 pm CST
It is important that if you have any pressing concerns, that you attend drop-ins. We are currently booked until Monday, December 28th. You can also email us with any concerns as well.

2. Twin Cities Campus COVID-19 Winter Break Guide

Be sure to review the Winter Break Guide that was sent out a few weeks ago. This information is helpful to know when it comes to staying safe during the break, especially in regard to gatherings and traveling.


3. Getting Real About Resumes

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This engaging workshop, brought to you by Asian Pacific American Resource Center and CLA Career Services, will focus on 5 key elements that make a stellar resume. From building strong skill statements to tips on how to incorporate projects that showcase your skills, strengths, and competencies. More importantly, the workshop will include an important conversation about how to showcase identity, parts of who we are, in the resume-building process. By the end of the workshop, we hope you leave with a better understanding of how to craft a resume with confidence. All students are welcome. Learn more about this event.

4. Navigating Your Identity: LGBTQ in the Workplace

Thursday, December 10th, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The U of M Alumni Association is hosting a panel of alumni who will discuss a variety of topics relating to navigating identity in the workplace. Register for this panel to learn more about assessing cultural beliefs, attitudes, and acceptance in the workplace, developing a supportive community, how to leverage your identity and skills, dealing with imposter syndrome, and pursuing career progression. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A at the end of the webinar. Join the Alumni Association's diversified panel of alumni for this important event! Learn more and register for this event.

5. Department of Psychology Colloquium Series: Socioeconomic Disparities in Health- Costs of Upward Mobility

Monday, December 14, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Health disparities by socioeconomic status (SES) have been extensively documented, but less is known about the physical health implications of achieving upward mobility. This talk will address the effects of upward mobility on health in youth, including the conditions under which mobility can come at a cost. The talk will also discuss several potential psychosocial explanations and the behavioral and physiological pathways by which upward mobility may come to impact physical health. RSVP today.

6. Dr. Edith Chen's Conversation with Students

Monday, December 14, 2020, 4:00 pm- 4:20 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join Dr. Edith Chen from Northwestern in a virtual discussion with psychology undergraduate and graduate students as part of the Health Disparities Colloquium Series. Add this event to your Google Calendar for information.

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.) 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

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

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


8. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistants Needed for Spring Online Experimental Study

Research assistants needed for an online dissertation study (for credit or volunteer). Positions open starting Spring 2021, with the possibility to continue into Summer/Fall 2021. My dissertation is focused on the psychophysiology of social evaluation. A component of this research concerns the role of race and gender in social interactions. As such, we are seeking, in particular, men and women RAs of color to facilitate this aspect of the study design. All work will be able to be completed virtually, provided some basic requirements, such as having a quiet, private place to work and stable internet connection. Individuals involved in data collection must have afternoon availability. One position is available for delivering study materials (car required; mileage will be reimbursed). The roles are each ~6hrs/week or 2 credits. Note: Because this experiment investigates the role of race and gender, several of the available positions require RAs of color and of specific genders (anyone who identifies as the genders listed), in order to ensure the scientific validity of findings. Please reach out to me with any questions. Positions include 3 positions (male-identified student of color: data collection and participant interaction), 2 positions (female-identified student of color, data collection and participant interaction, 1 position (white female-identified student, data collection and participant interaction), and 1-2 position(s) (no demographic requirements; scheduling, data processing, delivery, car required). Email Keira Leneman at if interested.

9. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Social Interaction Lab

We are seeking motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented students to join Dr. Jeff Simpson's Social Interaction Lab for the Spring 2021 term. We will be hiring research assistants to help us code videos of romantic couples' support and conflict discussions. All coding will be completed remotely for the Spring of 2021. RAs will participate in weekly project coding meetings and biweekly meetings that are intended to help RAs better understand current research in psychology and gain applicable professional development skills. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week throughout the semester. We will only be hiring students that are able to commit for more than one semester. For a full list of benefits our lab offers and for application tips, please visit our website. If you are interested, you may apply by following this link. All questions should be directed to Jami Eller at

10. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for 3-4 students to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab. Students will be working primarily on a research project that is evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in a community mental health care setting. Responsibilities will include administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, coding open-ended survey responses, and data entry. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field and be willing to commit 4 hours per week for the academic year (some hours will be 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST during the week and occasional weekends). To apply, please send a cover letter including GPA and resume to

Scholarships & Awards

11. Office of International and National Scholarships UMN

The Office of International and National Scholarships (ONIS) serves all enrolled undergraduates and recent graduates from all colleges at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. ONIS scholarship advising staff is available to help you assess your scholarship potential, identify scholarships pertinent to your interests and goals, understand the details of the application process, and much more. Check out the scholarship database. If you would like to have a copy of our semi-monthly newsletter emailed directly to you, please send a request to Follow ONIS on Twitter (@natscholUMTC) for the latest news and updates.


12. Personal Statement Consultations for UMN International Students

The Personal Statement is an important part of the graduate or professional school program application. UMN students have an opportunity to virtually meet with a personal statement consultant to review this aspect of their application. There are two ways to participate; making a live 30 minutes Zoom appointment in Google Calendar, or submitting your Personal Statement, and receiving a recording video of feedback you can view on your own time. This opportunity is available now through January 15th, 2021. Learn more and register for this event here.

13. Exam Jam Is Here!

Once again, the University of Minnesota academic success centers are partnering to present Exam Jam. Students can find a variety of free events, services, and resources to prepare for finals, including expanded tutoring hours in over 250 classes, research and media help from the Libraries, help with writing projects and final papers, "Get It Done" planning workshops, Pomodoro study technique workshops, and de-stress resources. You can view those events and more resources here.

14. Emerging Black Child Development Scholars Program

This program is called the Emerging Black Child Development Scholars Program and it is designed to support and encourage undergraduate and post-bac Black scholars interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in fields related to child development. This will be a half-day program that will take place on Friday, January 29th, 2021 from 12:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST and will include panels on maximizing research experiences and effective networking, one-on-one meetings with grad student mentors to get personalized feedback on personal statements, and small group meetings with senior Black Caucus faculty to ask about what makes a competitive applicant. We are soliciting applications for Black juniors, seniors, or post-bac scholars who would be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in child development who you think would be interested in being a part of this program. I have also attached a program flyer for you to forward. The link to the application for potential mentees is available here. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 30th at 5:00 pm CST.

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.

15. Case Manager - Systems Navigator

As a Case Manager at Natalis Outcomes, located in St. Paul, MN, you are part of an amazing team who share a common goal of helping others who can’t quite make it on their own. Our clients are adults with severe mental illness who need help making connections in the community. You will work with clients to find medical, dental, and psychological services, employment, and/or job training, housing, transportation, and social networks. Be a part of a multi-disciplinary team working together to ensure that the clients we work with get the chance they deserve to have a better life. Join us in making a difference in someone’s life every day. Hours are 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please send your resume to Sue Grundhoffer at

16. Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

Students, start now making a difference in the lives of people with dementia and earn while you’re learning! Pay ranges from $15-$20 per hour based on experience with a sign-on bonus up to $1,000 (conditions apply). English Rose Suites will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. This is an extremely rewarding position that will prove to be invaluable to you as you head into your career. No experience or certification necessary and we provide paid training! Email Jane Geiger at for more information. Primary Responsibilities of our CNA's and Home Health Aides: • Maintain compassionate and authentic relationships with Residents & Clients • Provide direct care to Residents & Clients with dementia and complex medical conditions, assisting them with bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting • Support Residents & Clients by providing housekeeping and laundry services, preparing and serving meals and distributing medication Characteristics of a Successful English Rose Team Member • Relationship Driven • Kind, Authentic, Helpful & Compassionate • Personal interest in helping people with dementia and complex medical needs • Thrive in a fast-paced work environment that requires time management & multi-tasking • Ability to maintain calm and clearheaded when faced with challenges • Creative problem solver • Dependable

17. Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering five fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Education Sciences Fellowship, the Clinical Research Fellowship and the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2021 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2021, and they are 2 years in duration. Find further details, contact information, and application instructors on the webpage. Applications are due January 8th, 2021.

18. Summer Camp Counselor

At Camp TEKO we are looking for counselors, lifeguards, and specialists! You must be entering 12th grade or older but you do not need to be Jewish to apply for these positions. The TEKO staff will get to work at 8:15 AM, spend the day at camp (on Lake Minnetonka), and head home at 5:30 PM. Salary is determined based on experience and position. We are looking for fun, creative, and open-minded staff who love working with kids and are able to make responsible choices regarding COVID-19 precautions. Email Abby Kirshbaum at with any questions.

19. Undergraduate Summer Internship Program - Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health hosts a competitive summer internship for rising senior undergraduates interested in the growing field of global mental health. Students will be exposed to a wide range of didactic seminars and experiential learning opportunities will be mentored by 1-3 departmental faculty focused on various global mental health initiatives and will gain extensive exposure for networking and shadowing within the healthcare research environment. The summer internship runs for 8 weeks, with students working 4 days a week with the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health. The 2021 summer internship is planned to be completely remote/virtual with no requirement to travel (BOLD) to Columbia University. If public health recommendations permit, there is potential for a brief three-day, in-person program in which interns will have a choice to participate in person or remotely based on preference and access. Applications are open and are due January 31st, 2021. Any questions can be directed to

20. Human Service Related Employment Opportunities

If you are graduating at the end of the semester, looking for a job over winter break, or otherwise looking for employment, please view the recorded webinar The Minnesota Department of Human Services did earlier this year with employers from around the state. The employers are hiring for all degree levels from various human service related programs, including but not limited to psychology, applied behavior analysis, child development, social work, special education/education, nursing, speech and language pathology, communication, occupational therapy, and human services.