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Psych Scoop, 2/16/21

February 16, 2021

February 16th, 2021

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1. Drop-Ins Canceled on February 18th

Drop-ins are canceled for Thursday, February 18th. If you are planning on attending drop-ins, please plan to do so on Wednesday, February 17th, or next week. If you have any questions, you can also email us at psyadvis@umn.ed.

2. Psychology Undergraduate Spring Semester Town Hall

Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Psychology Department is hosting the Spring 21 Town Hall for undergraduate psych students. The goal of these town halls is to connect students directly with the Department of Psychology leadership. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google Form to RSVP. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you can leave comments/questions in the form; feedback will be shared anonymously at the Town Hall. The town hall won't be recorded, however, meeting minutes will be shared out afterward. Meeting minutes for the Fall 20 Town Hall can be found here.

3. Get to Know Your Faculty: Connections in Clinical!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Exciting news! By popular demand, Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan has been selected as our next faculty for our event ‘Get to Know Your Faculty’. Connect with our featured faculty, Dr. Klimes-Dougan, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Klimes-Dougan runs the Research in Adolescent Depression (RAD) Laboratory. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of mood disorders in adolescents. She is particularly interested in analyzing the risk factors associated with early-stage depression and suicidal risk. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 7th. We can't wait to see you there!


4. 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.

5. The Center for Community-Engaged Learning Presents Community Partner Conversations

Tuesday, February 16th, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us for a Zoom discussion about public policy and advocacy with Michael Dahl from HOME Line! This event is the first in the Ways to Social Change Series from the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at the University of Minnesota. It is the keystone event for this month's theme, Educate. During this discussion-based event, we will explore the meaning of advocacy, how to get involved with public policy, and what this can look like in and around the Twin Cities. We will also hear from Michael Dahl, the Public Policy Director at HOME Line. Michael has dedicated his career to social justice and currently works to increase tenant protections on a local and state level. Register and learn more.

6. In the House and the Senate: Legislative Alumni Career Panel

Wednesday, February 17th, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Come together for an Alumni Association Career Month conversation with two alumni legislators making a difference at the Minnesota State Legislature and learn how they furthered their own careers in politics. Learn more and register.

7. Anti-Racism Work: Dismantling your Practice

Thursday, February 18th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Nicole Cardoza will outline the importance of anti-racism work to well-being. Analyze how white supremacy and systemic oppression influence perceptions of wellness and learn ways to create a practice that serves all. Learn more and register. Please contact Molly Buss at if you require accommodations or if you have any questions or comments.

8. Financial Education Workshop: Taxes 101 w/ Prepare & Prosper

Thursday, February 18th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This FREE workshop is a tax primer for those newer to, unsure about, and/or unhappy with paying hundreds to file their annual tax returns. You will learn what a return is, why you have to file, the benefits of filing, education about tax credits, how you can get your taxes prepared for free, what you need to bring to a tax appointment, etc. You can add this information to your Google Calendar or click on the Zoom link during the event time.

9. Rock That Interview: Using Specialized Business Research Tools to Prepare

Friday, February 19th, 2021, 1:30 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Did you know the U Libraries has specialized research tools that can help you get insider information on the companies or jobs you are interested in? This workshop will give you tips to find information on companies, employers, industries, and salary ranges. You can use all of this to prepare for your interviews and job search. We will send the zoom link to those who are registered.

10. Mini-Medical School: Advancing Health Equity During a Pandemic

Monday, February 22nd, 2021, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Examining the social determinants of health—the environments in which people live, work, and age—is crucial to understanding the disparities COVID-19 has laid bare. People are losing their jobs and health insurance, and delaying needed health care. During session 2 of the University of Minnesota’s Mini-Medical School: COVID-19: The Way Forward, a group of University experts will focus on how we must address these realities in the months and years ahead of us. By attending the session, you’ll learn about the intersection of COVID-19, economic downturn, racial disparities, and what you can do, and we can do collectively. Register and learn more.

11. Navigating Your Identity: Black Identity in the Workplace

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The workplace can be demanding for most without the additional stress of managing how you will be perceived by others based on your identity, navigating opportunities or advancement, finding community, and support. Many have questions about how to navigate aspects of their identity in the workplace. For this Black History Month, we will focus on what it is like to be Black in the workplace. The Black Alumni Network will moderate a panel of alumni to discuss: the impact of George Floyd's murder on one's identity and experience at work; being your authentic self; leveraging your identity, values, and skills in the workplace; and developing a supportive community. Learn more and register for this event.

12. 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.


13. U of M Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP)

The Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program provides the opportunity for talented undergraduate students to seriously prepare for study and acceptance to graduate school through the development of strong relationships with faculty, access to a series of preparation seminars, and intensive research experience. This program includes a $4,000 stipend and runs from May 31st to August 6th, online. Learn more and apply!

Graduate School

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

14. Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration info Session

Wednesday, February 18th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you considered a career in healthcare analytics and research? With technology advancement and expansive adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR), large quantities of digital data exist and continue to grow in health care systems. Health data analysts are responsible for a full range of data management: collecting, managing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data to enhance healthcare systems and population health. The Master of Science Program (MS) in Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration offers students a rigorous curriculum to use analytic focus and research methodology to drive evidence-based health care decisions and improve population health. We admit students with a variety of undergraduate programs and work experiences, including those from sociology, psychology, economics, political science and policy, decision science, health sciences, and other analytic majors. This information session will help you learn about how our MS in HSRP&A program can launch or enhance your career in the in-demand field of healthcare data analytics. RSVP here.

Scholarships & Awards

15. 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 has been extended to February 22nd. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

16. Psychology Mortensen and Other Scholarships for Current CLA Students

The Department of Psychology is proud to offer Junita J. Mortensen Scholarships for psychology undergraduate students. Students may receive these awards in addition to any other College of Liberal Arts award only if financial need has been demonstrated. Each year several academic scholarships and one study abroad scholarship, each in the amount of $1,000, are awarded to undergraduate psychology students to support their education and academic enhancement within the discipline. For details on the application process and the current application deadline, please visit the College's webpage on continuing student scholarships. The deadline is March 15th at 11:59 pm CST.

17. Diversity Fellowship at the Minnesota Population Center

The Diversity Fellowship at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota is designed to help recruit undergraduate and graduate students to work with MPC member faculty and staff on demographic research projects or IPUMS data infrastructure projects. Benefits include research experience, mentorship, and a paid stipend for the summer. For full details outlining projects or units with openings this summer, as well as qualifications, responsibilities, benefits, and applications instructions see our website. The application deadline is February 28th. Questions concerning the application process may be addressed to

18. A. I. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Alfred I. Johnson who was a Regent of the University and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The selected students commit to completing 400 hours in an off-campus public service internship. This scholarship provides students with a demonstrated interest in public affairs a stipend for their internships. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year. Applicants must show evidence of a strong interest in public affairs, with an intention to pursue a career or avocational activities in public affairs, including any kind of community volunteer activity, organizing to affect public policy, service on government advisory committees, and service in elective offices. Students are not expected to have an internship confirmed at the time of application but they must obtain a public service internship to receive the scholarship. Financial need will be taken into consideration. Learn more and apply. Applications are due March 5th.

19. NEW CLA Scholarship for Undergraduate Research

CLA is partnering with UROP to offer research scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to CLA students. These awards are offered through the UROP program. The application for summer and fall 2021 projects is now open; the summer application deadline is coming up soon, on February 22ndLearn more and apply!


20. Looking for New Couples (1-4 months) to Participate in a Research Study

My name is Cory Fleck and I am a graduate student in Social Psychology studying attitudes in couples who are in the early stages of their relationships. If you have been in a monogamous relationship for 1-4 months you are eligible to participate in this study. Both you and your partner should be interested in participating (your partner does not have to be a university of Minnesota student to participate). The study consists of two 10-15 minute surveys, three months apart. Both surveys can be completed online. If you complete both surveys you will be compensated with a $5 amazon gift card, and if both partners complete the study you will be entered into a drawing to win 2 $50 amazon gift cards (one for each partner). If you are interested in participating please reach out to with the email for both you and your partner. Feel free to email with any questions that you might have!

21. Research Participant Opportunity

We are conducting a research study and looking for healthy participants to join the Human Connectome Project-Development Study. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this ambitious project is to improve our knowledge of the connections between parts of the brain throughout development. We are currently recruiting 18-year-old males and females, and 19-year-old males. Participation involves two 3 Tesla brain MRI, cognitive and behavioral testing, and biological specimens at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota. Compensation is available. For more information, please contact us at (612)624-1650 or

22. Call for Research Participants: Making Feedback Work for You study

Interested in taking the GRE for graduate school admission? Come take a practice GRE test! You will get feedback on areas for improvement and $12 for 60 minutes of your time. We are currently recruiting people to participate in a new study investigating how well students perform on practice GRE quantitative reasoning skills. If you agree to participate, you will complete a number of short surveys and answer several math questions. This study requires about 60 uninterrupted minutes to complete. You will complete this on your own computer, so be sure that you are in a location where you are comfortable, free from distractions, and can stay for the duration of the study. You will receive $12 for your participation. To participate, you must meet the following requirements: You must be an undergraduate student at a university in North America. You must be 18 years old or older. If you do not meet these requirements, then you cannot participate. If you meet these requirements, find more information and register on the website. Please contact Jiayi Deng at with any questions.


23. Community Engagement Scholars Program

The Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP) is a program for students who want to make a commitment to community engagement during their undergraduate experience. Students complete volunteer hours, engage in reflective workshops and complete a 1 credit senior capstone project. Because of the rigorous nature of the program, students are also recognized by the board of regents with a notation on their official transcript and a medal of distinction. The program is open to all undergraduate students in every major and college. Learn more and apply.

24. Y Empower to Succeed - YES 2021

Hello from the University YMCA, located on the U of M campus - serving students engaged in cause-driven service within our Y, on campus, and into the greater community! YES 2021 - is our MOVEMENT to better connect youth to students enrolled in college. During the pandemic, we have switched over to a Zoom platform, so that we can continue to support our young people - staying connected and opening up the possibilities to life beyond middle/high school! If you'd like to be part of this movement to empower young people to stay engaged in school and pursue opportunities - please fill out the form and we will contact you as virtual events are scheduled. Typically they are 1-hour commitments, in afterschool time and/or on weekends! Learn more and apply. Contact Patti Neiman at for more questions.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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25. Behavior Technician - Behavioral Dimensions

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 by professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many jobs in the human services field require a degree, internship, and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience and the internship while students are completing their degrees.

26. Writing Consultants - Student Writing Support (SWS) Program

The Center for Writing's Student Writing Support (SWS) program invites undergraduate students to apply to be writing consultants during the 2021–22 academic year. Writing consultants consult one-to-one with undergraduate and graduate writers from across the university to support them in developing confidence and effective writing strategies. The Center looks for candidates who collaborate well with others and who are curious learners and attentive listeners. Applications from undergraduate students in all majors and all language backgrounds are welcome. Candidates from underrepresented and/or marginalized communities and/or identities are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on Saturday, March 6, at 11:59 pm CST. The job will begin in Fall 2021. Explore more information and apply. If you have questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jasmine Kar Tang, Co-Director, Center for Writing, at