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Psych Scoop, 2/24/21

February 24, 2021

February 24th, 2021

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1. Summer Registration Opens Tomorrow!

Registration is open to all students and many seats are not reserved in Summer! Registration officially opens tomorrow, February 25th at 8:00 am CST. Note the following classes being offered for Psychology in Summer 2021:

Foundation Classes
PSY 1001 (Online)
PSY 3801 (Online) - prereq: PSY 1001
PSY 3001W (Online) - prereq: PSY 3801

Area B:
PSY 3206: Health Psychology (Online)
PSY 3604: Abnormal Psychology (Online)

Area C:
PSY 3511: Counseling (Online)
PSY 4521: Psych of Stress and Trauma (Online) - prereq: 3001W

Psychology Capstone:
PSY 3901W (Online)** - seats reserved for BS students
PSY 3902W (Online)**

**Note: Capstone prereqs strictly enforced: PSY 1001, 3801, 3001W, AND Distribution Areas A, B, and C completed prior to Summer 2021.

2. Psychology Undergraduate Spring Semester Town Hall

tomorrow, 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. Maroon and Gold Connections

Thursday, February 25th, 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Welcome to the Maroon and Gold Connections, an interactive career networking event for students and alumni of all colleges, industries, and career levels. This one-of-a-kind virtual networking event will help you make new and meaningful career connections within the University of Minnesota community! Participants will have the opportunity to gain useful strategies for expanding their network, interact in industry-based networking conversations, have the opportunity to initiate 3-minute 1:1 “speed” networking conversations with other participants, and learn about resources and career opportunities with our event partners. RSVP and learn more.

6. A Consecutive Three-Session Webinar: Shape the Future of Diversity in Business with a Ph.D.

Thursday, February 25th, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Register to attend this three-session webinar hosted by the business schools of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Current doctoral students and faculty members from underrepresented groups will discuss what it’s like to pursue an academic career. Sessions include "Reach Higher—Make an Impact," "Create Change—Advance Business," and "The Path to a Ph.D." You can attend one event or all three! Register and learn more.

7. 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.

8. Augsburg University's Summer Job Camp Fair

Monday, March 1st, 2021, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Save the date and attend the virtual Summer Job Camp Fair hosted by Augsburg University! If you are looking for a summer job working with youth and wanting to gain leadership skills, then spending your summer living and working at camp is a great opportunity. Camp representatives from a number of states are looking to hire students to work over the summer in a variety of roles. Attend the virtual fair to learn more! Learn more and register for this event on GoldPASS.

9. Mini-Medical School- COVID-19: Long Haulers

Monday, March 1st, 2021, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

We are just beginning to discover and learn about the long-term impacts of surviving COVID-19. During session 3 of the University of Minnesota’s Mini-Medical School: COVID-19: The Long Haul, we’ll explore questions around long-term symptoms living with COVID-19 after the initial (acute) infection. By attending this session, you’ll hear from researchers exploring long-term questions around COVID-19 and what the implications are for our collective future. Register and learn more.

10. Open Research: A Vision for the Future

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021, 6:20 am- 11:10 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Recent years have seen greater adoption of practices aiming to improve the reproducibility and transparency of research. These practices, however, are still not universally endorsed. Moreover, issues surrounding the research culture, its openness, and diversity, persist. This free half-day conference intends to highlight the importance of open research in improving the academic ecosystem. We will hear from a diverse set of speakers, ranging from early career researchers to senior academics, from around the world discussing the future of open research practices. This event is interdisciplinary and open to all. Our own Dr. Moin Syed is one of the featured speakers. Register and learn more.

11. ACR Homes Virtual Table

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Drop-in anytime between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to hear what ACR Homes has to offer, get your questions answered, and be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! This event is a great opportunity, whether you are looking for experience through a flexible job or an impactful internship. ACR Homes has many invaluable opportunities for you to build your resume while truly making a difference in the lives of people who have disabilities. Learn more and register for this event on GoldPASS.

12. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, 11:15 am- 12:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

During the past decade, an enormous amount has been learned about the neurobiology of trauma and the nature of memory in trauma survivors. Drawing from his ground-breaking work The Body Keeps The Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will explore the clinical implications of these discoveries and a range of new approaches based on the research. Recent neuroimaging studies suggest where memories are stored in the brain and the possible mechanisms for the recovery of traumatic memories. Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Department of Neuroscience, CLA Office of the Dean, and Institute for Advanced Study. 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!

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position Available at the Minneapolis VA

The Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) Project is currently accepting applications to fill several Volunteer Research Assistant (unpaid) positions on-site at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center ARMOR has implemented strict policies and procedures to ensure the safety of on-site staff and volunteers during COVID-19. The ARMOR Project, led by co-principal investigators Drs. Melissa Polusny and Christopher Erbes, offers the opportunity to join an active team of investigators, including Drs. Scott Sponheim, Nick Davenport, and Shmuel Lissek, focused on studying processes contributing to resilience in military personnel and veterans as well as developing and testing novel interventions for PTSD. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a longitudinal cohort study of resilience that includes a laboratory component. For more information about this study, please visit the ARMOR Project website. Although not a requirement, candidates who are willing and available to volunteer time to the lab during some evening hours (4:30 pm- 8:30 pm) and on weekend days are preferred. We are particularly looking for students with research interests in stress, resilience, and anxiety-related processes, and/or interests in working with military personnel. This position includes a 2-semester commitment (Spring and Fall 2021). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts via email to Shelly Hubbling at

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant

The research intern will assist the research staff at the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. The Department is currently running a research study that is in the active recruitment phase. Intern responsibilities will include working with databases, verifying the accuracy of study data collected, and entering data. Additional responsibilities may include assessing participants using transcranial direct current stimulation and accompanying participants to brain imaging sessions, depending on experience and ability. This research is under the direction of Dr. Jazmin Camchong. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours are usually between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm CST). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong at

Scholarships & Awards

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.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. 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 6th, 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

20. Mental Health Worker

At Residential Transitions INC., people come first, which is why we are proud to call ourselves a leader of person-centered mental health care. Our broad scope of community, residential, and clinical services offered throughout the Twin Cities (including 8 cities, 3 counties, and counting), helps us to meet our goal of assisting individuals in achieving their highest level of independence. We have the resources, the expertise, and the connections we need to make a difference, now we just need you. Apply today to join our growing team of Mental Health Professionals! Contact Kaleb Larsen at with any questions.

21. Behavioral Therapist - Breakthrough Therapy Center

Breakthrough Therapy Center is currently looking for qualified and passionate mental health professionals who want to work with young clients with Autism and related disorders in a 1:1 capacity. At Breakthrough Therapy, our goal is to help young children in the advancement of their lives with the help of professionals who care and are passionate about their work. We strive to meet our 4 main core goals: quality treatment, sensitivity, confidentiality, and professionalism. We provide effective training, competitive pay, and a clear path to career advancement. We are looking for college students, college graduated, and individuals in the psych and mental health field. Full-time, part-time, internships, and volunteering opportunities are all available. Please email resumes and contact information to

22. Paid, Summer Internship Program Urban Scholars

Urban Scholars is a paid, full-time, 12-week program. Scholars spend 32 hours in their work placement, and 8 hours in the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute every week. Urban Scholars staff curate meaningful work projects Scholars. We think of meaningful work as skill-building or resume-building experience. So forget about those stories of interns just getting coffee and running errands for their boss all day! Applications are due February 28th so be sure to apply soon.

23. Explore a Market Research Career with Murphy Research @UMN Virtual Job & Internship Fair

Interested in using your quantitative and qualitative research methods after graduation? Come drop by our virtual booth via Handshake on Friday, Feb 26, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST at the University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair to learn about a career in market research, and meet the Minneapolis team of Murphy Research! Fair details on the website. Murphy Research is a full-service custom market research firm known for its innovative research design and consultative approach. We understand that groundbreaking research lies at the intersection of science and creativity, and we produce research for a broad array of clients such as Snapchat, Twitter, Visa, Pepsi, and Hershey. We pride ourselves on a unique and vibrant culture that blends research rock-stars from a variety of backgrounds into one seamless and committed team. Murphy Research will be hosting Group Sessions and 1:1s, and we’d love to meet with any interested students, alumni, or faculty who want to learn more about our research and career opportunities!