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Psych Scoop, 2/11/20

February 11, 2020

February 11th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Learning Abroad in Psychology

Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
LAC and Psychology Advisors available in 10 Church Street from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Presentation on Psychology Learning Abroad Programs from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Cost: Free, food provided
Location: 10 Church Street

Join us on Monday, February 24th to explore awesome learning opportunities abroad tailored to Psychology Students. These will include Psych and Research in MadridYouth Development and Psychology in FranceSummer in Scotland, and Japanese Traditions and Wellbeing. PSY 3801 and 3001W students - this event is being held in 10 Church Street for extra convenience! We will have feature staffed tables for on-site questions and offer a brief presentation of programs. Please RSVP so that we can have an accurate count for food (served around 12:45). You do not need to attend the entire event.

2. Transfer Students: You're Invited to a Pizza Party!

Thursday, February 13, 2019, 11:00 am- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 232

Hello Psychology transfer students! Whether you have started to get involved on campus or not, we would like to help aid in your transition. Psychology Undergraduate Advising invites you to attend the Psychology Transfer Welcome Party for transfer students in the Psychology major. Use this time to learn more about the opportunities available to you in the community and on campus, ask Psychology Advisors and Student Groups questions about your major or ways to get involved, get to know your peers, and enjoy some of the area’s unique pizzas! We’ll have options from the famous Mesa Pizza, Pizza Luce, and Frank and Andreas. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 12th. If you require gluten-free, vegetarian, or other dietary accommodations, please note this in your RSVP.

3. Study Rooms Closed

Just a heads up - our office will be closing the Study Room and Community Room (N118 & N120) this Thursday, 2/13 from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

4. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Valentine Grams

Starts Monday, February 10, 2019
Cost: $1-$2

We will be also holding a fundraiser where we will be selling Valentine’s Grams. This starts on February 10th. The club is selling carnations (red, pink, yellow, and white) for $1 a flower and bags of assorted chocolate for $2. There will be a package deal for one bag of assorted chocolate and one flower for $2. Additionally, you can send a message to go with the gift. Click here if you are interested in ordering a Valentine’s Gram. We will have a contact table on February 14th from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm in Coffman Memorial Union.

5. IOPC Meet & Greet!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

Welcome back to campus! It's that time of the semester again for the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club meet & greet event. We will meet this Wednesday, February 12th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Elliott Hall S150 and will be providing snacks and light refreshments. This event will be a great opportunity for you to get to know other club members, and we want to meet you too!

6. Association of Black Psychology Students: 2020 Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 209 (BSU)

Come meet the board and enjoy refreshments while learning about up and coming events this semester. We will also have various activities available to allow you to get acquainted with other Psych students. This event will be held in the BSU room from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm and we look forward to seeing you all!


7. Pre-Law 101

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks 117

Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any UMN student considering it. We'll talk about the skills you need and how to decide if law school is a good fit for you. We'll also provide basic tips about getting into law school and what you can do to prepare. See more information on GoldPASS.

8. International Military Leave Support Program: Pre-Departure Workshop

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks 518

During the workshop, you will learn about the Leave of Absence procedures both for university and immigration regulations, hear from veterans about their experiences preparing for, serving, and returning from their military services, and meet with others to expand your support network. RSVP here.

9. Douglass Day 2020 Transcribe-a-thon

Friday, February 14, 2020, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Nicholson Hall 15

The Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support program is participating in Douglass Day, a national event commemorating social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass (1818–1895). Why February 14? The Smithsonian Transcription Center explains, “[b]orn to an enslaved family in 1818, Frederick Douglass never knew his actual birthday, a fact not uncommon for those enslaved. So, after escaping slavery in 1838, he chose his own date: February 14.” On Friday, Feb. 14, come to 15 Nicholson Hall anytime between 11 am – 2 pm and join us in a nationwide Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon. This year, the event will involve an effort to transcribe documents from the papers of Anna Julia Cooper (1858–1964), author of A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South. (Learn more about Cooper.) Training in transcription will be available. See full event information on the website.

10. Spring 2020 Transfer Workshop Series: Preparing for Your Future Career

Friday, February 14, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby 103

Find out what you can do now to prepare for life after graduation! RSVP hereCheck out other workshops and all events during the First Six Weeks.

11. 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!

12. Polarization and the Information Environment

Friday, March 20, 2020, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Carlson School 1-123

The Center for the Study of Political Psychology invites students and faculty to our spring symposium titled Polarization & the Information Environment from 9 am- 5 pm on March 20th, 2020. The symposium will feature four prominent scholars in Political Science who focus on a wide range of research topics such as judicial politics, political behavior, digital media, political psychology, and empirical methodology. RSVP here.


13. *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


14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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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17. 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.

18. Full and Part-Time EEG/MEG/MRI Research Assistants Wanted

Dr. Scott Sponheim, director of the Cognition and Brain (CAB) In Psychopathology Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA and University of Minnesota, is seeking research assistants to begin Spring Term and Summer of 2020 (start date can be flexible). Primary responsibilities will include working directly with study participants to collect EEG and magneto-encephalography (MEG) data and administer cognitive and perceptual tasks, as well as managing and analyzing study data. This position is well-suited for those interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or neuroscience. Requirements: Senior or Bachelor degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5; strong motivation to learn EEG and signal processing methods; research interest in integrating clinical psychology and neuroscience; and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Past research experiences with neuroimaging, EEG, computer programming, coding in MATLAB, Python, or R, and/or scientific writing are desirable, but not required. A 2-year commitment is strongly preferred. Please submit a current resume’, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and describe research experience, interests, and long-term goals. See the lab webpage for more information. Pay dependent on qualifications. Contact Dr. Scott Sponheim at with questions.

19. Caregiver - English Rose Suites

Earn while you learn! English Rose Suites, a nationally known provider of dementia care, has opportunities for psychology students interested in neurology and dementia. The population 65 and older is growing faster than all other age groups! Within this group, there is probably no other patient population that presents such diversity for a psychologist than those suffering from some form of dementia. English Rose Suites will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. Our expertise, holistic approach, and a high staff-to-resident ratio (1-3) helps to minimize changes in mood and behavior associated with dementia, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for our residents. You’ll be part of a team providing hands-on care, and just as important, building loving relationships. This is a challenging but extremely rewarding position. English Rose Suites is a residential care provider located in Edina offering flexible work schedules and highly competitive pay! Work as little as every other weekend or as much as full time during your breaks and summer vacation. Our wages range from $14.50-$18 per hour based on experience. No experience or certification is necessary. We will provide paid training. Contact Jane Geiger at

20. Research Project Coordinator

We have an opening at the Center for Veterans Research and Education for a full-time Research Coordinator for a large, multi-site health services research study. The study’s primary aim is to determine which of two evidence-based strategies for treating post-traumatic stress disorder is more effective, acceptable and feasible for patients with comorbid substance use disorder: trauma-focused therapy or non-trauma-focused therapy. This study will be conducted at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The research coordinator will: a) Provide support to all 14 VA study sites across the country, particularly with central IRB applications, amendments, annual renewals, and adverse event reporting, b) Serve as a resource to the other site coordinators nation-wide as they come on board by providing technical guidance on implementation of study processes, helping to develop training materials and presenting training sessions to other sites, c) Field logistical questions from all participating sites, d) Perform administrative functions, e) Assist with management of stakeholder engagement activities, f) Assist with patient retention activities, and g) Assist in the preparation of manuscripts and presentation of the data. Learn more about the required qualifications, position, & find application instructions at the link.

21. Making A Difference, It’s What We Do

Alternatives for People with Autism Inc. is a non-profit, family-founded organization committed to creating life options for adults disabled by autism and other developmental disabilities. We are hiring for part-time and full-time positions for both students and college graduates. The Living Skills Instructor position provides a unique balance between direct care hours and psychology-based programming. There is ample opportunity for exploration and growth within our organization and beyond. Visit to view the job descriptions and fill out an online application. For additional information and to schedule an application appointment, please contact Chase Sobania, HR Coordinator, by email at or by phone at (763) 560-5330.

22. Administrative Assistant Float - David Hoy and Associates

David Hoy & Associates is seeking a full-time employee to support our staff and client administrative needs at our Golden Valley and Chaska offices. This is a float position and the schedule with vary between two office locations. This is the perfect opportunity for a Bachelor’s level Psychology student to learn what it is like to work in a therapist's office. In this position, you will greet clients, answer phones, manage office flow, and other miscellaneous tasks as needed. See the full job description on the website. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Recke at