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Psych Scoop, 2/21/17

February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

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1. UMN Job & Internship Fair

Friday, February 24th, 10:00am-4:00pm, Minneapolis Convention Center

The biggest career fair in Minnesota is this Friday! The fair is open to all U of M undergraduates and recent alumni. Cost is $25 at the door (preregistration deadline was February 17th). To learn more, go to

2. Careers in Law Fair

Wednesday, March 1st, 11:00am-2:00pm, Willey Hall Atrium

Come join University Student Legal Services, Pre-Law Society, and CLA Career Services for the annual Careers in Law Fair! This is a great opportunity to speak with representatives from law schools, government agencies, paralegal programs, nonprofits, criminal justice organizations, political offices, and LSAT prep programs. Stop by anytime to learn and ask questions about graduate school requirements, volunteer programs, internship experiences, and professions in the legal community. This fair is not only for students considering law school, but for anyone considering a career related to the legal field.

3. Kaplan GRE & MCAT Workshops

Are you preparing for the GRE or MCAT, or wondering what they cover? Join Kaplan Test Prep for a one-hour Info Session on March 3rd.

GRE Info Session: Friday, March 3rd, 12:30-1:30pm, 131A Bruininks Hall. Spots are limited, please RSVP in advance.

MCAT Info Session: Friday, March 3rd, 2:00-3:00pm, 512A Bruininks Hall. Spots are limited, please RSVP in advance.

Please note: There are many ways to prepare for the GRE, and the College of Liberal Arts does not endorse Kaplan Test Prep as the sole or best provider of test prep resources. We encourage you to do research on the best option for your individual needs. By attending this session, you will gain valuable information and practice but are under no obligation to purchase resources from Kaplan.

4. Data Competition at UMN School of Statistics

Saturday, April 1st

2017 Data Analytics Competition, jointly hosted by STATCOM, UMN StatClub, and the Social Data Science, will take place on April 1st, 2017 with two divisions: one for undergraduate students and the other for graduate students. We invite you to form teams of two or three, and get hands-on experience with data from the real world. You will get feedback from judges who are data experts in academia and industry, and top teams from each division will be recognized at our awards ceremony! Interested? Please fill out this form so that we can send you the most recent updates.

5. Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium & Call for Abstracts

Saturday, April 22nd, 8:00am-4:00pm, Macalester College, Olin-Rice Science Center

The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium prepares undergraduate students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter. Psychology students are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. To learn more and register, visit the MNMAS website.

Psychology Club/Psi Chi

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psych Club/Psi Chi activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

6. Psych Club/Psi Chi Grad School Panel

Wednesday, March 1st, 5:30-6:30pm, N119 Elliott Hall

Wondering what graduate school will be like? Come to Psych Club’s next meeting to listen to psychology Ph.D. students share their experiences. Graduate students on the panel are studying a variety of disciplines such as Clinical psychology, Industrial-organizational psychology, cognitive and brain sciences, and Personality, Individual Differences and Behavior Genetics. Come with questions and an appetite because FREE Mesa pizza will be provided.

7. Apply to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology!

Psi Chi is the International National Honor Society in Psychology. It's a great way to improve your resume and become eligible for new opportunities within the field of psychology. We are taking applications now, and they will be due Friday, March 24th. Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all these opportunities are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

8. TRIO McNair Scholars is Still Accepting Applications!

The U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is now accepting applications for summer 2017. The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school. Please visit the McNair website to learn if you are eligible and for application instructions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, ideally as soon as possible, until spots fill. For more information contact Anthony Albecker ( or Eskender Yousuf ( or Amani Berry (, visit us online and on Facebook.

9. Summer Undergrad Research Internship Program at University of Pittsburgh

The Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking summer undergraduate interns to promote broader participation and training in the Learning Sciences (research on instruction and learning). These internships are most appropriate for students who will be entering the final year of undergraduate study. More information, including dates, eligibility, and application requirements, can be found on the LRDC website.

Campus Resources

10. Working on a Research Project? Peer Research Consultants Can Help!

Need assistance with a research project this semester? The Peer Research Consultants are available for one-on-one consultations with students. The Peer Research Consultants (a.k.a library research tutors) help students develop research strategies, narrow or expand their topics, find scholarly or academic articles, and critically evaluate the information they find. PRCs are available in drop-ins or by appointment at various locations, including SMART Learning Commons in Walter Library and MCAE in Appleby Hall. Check schedule and learn more at

11. Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project

The Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project is an initiative to support Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students in their academic, personal, and professional group through college and provide advocacy for AAPI student voices at the University of Minnesota. We are located in room 430 Wulling Hall on East Bank. We have Math and Science SMART Commons Peer Learning Consultants in our center, Mon-Thur; from 10:15am-2pm. We also have Writing Consultants in our center, Tue-Thurs; from 2:30-4:30. Join our listserv and like our Facebook page for more updates!

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.

12. Full-Time Lab Manager Position at University of Michigan - Starting Summer 2017

Drs. Joshua Ackerman and Arnold Ho at the University of Michigan are seeking a full-time Research Technician Associate (i.e., Lab Manager/Research Coordinator) to work jointly in both labs beginning in summer 2017. The Research Technician Associate will be responsible for working with Professors Ackerman and Ho, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates in both administrative and research capacities. This position is ideal for graduating seniors and recent graduates who intend to apply to psychology PhD programs. This opportunity involves more than (but includes) typical Research Assistant capabilities, and thus will be most suited to applicants who have had prior experience conducting social psychological research and who have a strong interest in pursuing graduate school in social psychology, organizational behavior, or a related field. Read the full posting and apply here.

13. Full-Time Position in VA Medical Center Research Lab

Dr. Nicholas Davenport’s research laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has a full-time opening for an individual interested in working with Veterans who have experienced mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and/or PTSD. The goal of the study is to characterize changes over time in memory and thinking, as well as the structure and function of the brain, among Veterans serving in recent combat operations. These data may eventually allow clinicians to better diagnose and treat Veterans with one or both of these conditions. This position would require the applicant to conduct one-on-one interviews with OIF/OEF Veterans and assess their cognitive performance, mental health, and life experiences – including traumatic experiences. Other responsibilities would include recruitment, data entry, and MRI assistance. The applicant must possess a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Psychology or other health science) and be eligible for federal employment, which involves a full background check and drug screen. Applicants should have completed coursework in psychopathology, biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Preference will be given to applicants with clinical interviewing experience. This is a full-time salaried position at GS5-GS7 and eligible for benefits.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is fine) showing a conferred undergraduate degree to by March 24th, 2017. Please put “Clinical Interviewer Application” in the subject line of your email. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.