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Psych Scoop, 2/4/20

February 4, 2020

February 4th, 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.

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.

2. PISA: Global Study Buddies (GSB) Kick-off

today, Tuesday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 232

Global Study Buddies (GSB) is a program held by PISA to assist you in studying Psychology classes. We divide students into power study groups based on the psychology classes you are taking and provide a comfortable study environment where collaboration and cooperation are valued. The GSB Kickoff will include you meeting your group mates, playing games, eating free food, and listening to a "How to succeed in psych classes" presentation by PISA. Feel free to sign up at

3. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Professor Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Starbucks

Come talk with Dr. Liza Meredith who has a Ph D. in counseling from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Professor Meredith has instructed the introduction to counseling psychology and psychology of college life here at the U. We are grateful for her taking an hour of her time to spend it with students NEXT TUESDAY, February 4th at the Starbucks in CMU from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.

4. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

Thursday, February 6, 2019, 11:00 am- 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

Come support the Psychology Club by visiting Blaze Pizza from 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Show the flyer in order to participate in the fundraiser. We appreciate anyone who participates so that we can plan some fantastic meetings this semester. We hope to see you there!

5. 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.

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

Thursday, 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. First Gen Friday: Adulting 101 Resource Fair

Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby Hall 302

Are you a First-Generation College Student? Stop by to get valuable information for navigating your adulting needs, including free tax preparation services, MN economic assistance programs (SNAP & Housing), and legal services to name a few. Please note that this is a drop-in event so come when you can and registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Ruth Cardenas at or Jessica Thompson at

8. Environmental Internship & Career Fair

Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

Network with 50+ employers for internships and full-time jobs. Free and open to all undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Bring a great resume, have your personal commercial or elevator speech ready, and dress professionally. Find the list of registered employers here.

9. Spring 2020 Transfer Workshop Series: Study Like a Gopher

Friday, February 7, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby 103

Worried about time management? Look for some helpful study tips? This workshop will give you the tools you need to study like a pro! Check out other workshops and all events during the First Six Weeks.

10. Think Like a Researcher Workshop

Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Walter Library 320

Friday, February 7, 2020, 1:30 am- 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Walter Library 320

Think like a Researcher is a workshop designed to help undergraduate students (primarily first or second years) become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students, especially first-year and second-year students, from across the University and different colleges together to learn. Workshop topics are benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, a panel of student researchers, examples of student projects and more. Learn about the wide variety of ways to get started with research including volunteer, taking a course, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS), International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, summer research and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University Libraries.

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. *Volunteer or Credit* Social Interaction Lab Research Assistant Opportunities

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interaction Lab is seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students for a wide variety of projects this Spring term. We will be hiring research assistants (RAs) for projects about romantic relationships, parenting, health, and friendship. These projects will involve a variety of tasks including data collection, coding, data management, and participant recruitment. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the spring. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs are also expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology. Other expectations may vary by project and can be seen on our lab website. To apply, please visit this link. If you have additional questions, please contact Jami Eller at or visit our lab website.

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. *Volunteer* Undergrad Research Opportunity in I-O Psychology Lab

Professor Deniz Ones’ Environmental Sustainability (green) research team is seeking 3 undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin working in Spring 2020 and to commit at least two semesters (i.e. continue in the Summer or Fall 2020). The UGRA will be involved with research projects on organizations' pro-environmental behaviors in the area of Industrial/Organizational psychology and will have opportunities to gain experience in data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis. UGRAs are expected to commit to approximately 10 hours of work per week, attend research team meetings and work independently on assigned tasks. Ideal candidates are conscientious and motivated psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience. This research experience may be especially important for those considering applying to graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Environmental Sciences or a related field. We strongly prefer students who are proficient in a second language given our archival data retrieval needs (e.g.; French, Arabic, German, Turkish, etc.). We will be accepting applications until Feb 18, 2020. Please send your CV (with your GPA) to Yagizhan Yazar at if interested.


15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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

18. Minnesota Orchestra Relaxed Family Concert Volunteer

The Minnesota Orchestra is seeking volunteers to assist with their upcoming Relaxed Family Concert, Pictures at an Exhibition, on Sunday, February 9th. Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends. Volunteers must be able to attend the full time between 10:30 am- 4:00 pm to assist with check-in, pre- and post-concert activities, and clean-up. Interested students should email Wanda Kanwischer, Volunteer Services Manager, at, letting her know that they would like to volunteer, and include their email, cell phone number, t-shirt size, and dietary restrictions as soon as possible. Also, contact Wanda if you would like to be informed of future Relaxed Family Concerts.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. 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.

20. Summer Fellowship Program - Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester

The Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester announces its 2020 Summer Research Fellowship Program in Vision Science. Students interested in vision science, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and biomedical science are invited to join the Center for Visual Science for a summer of supervised laboratory training. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievements and an interest in pursuing graduate studies in science. Both US and foreign applications will be accepted. The program will provide a stipend of $4,136 for a summer of continuous training in a faculty member's lab. In addition, our fellowship will cover travel for US citizens and permanent residents (and up to $500 in travel costs for foreign students) and cover the majority of on-campus housing expenses for non-local students. Training will also include an orientation, weekly talks from CVS faculty, and a poster session and CVS picnic at summer's end. Apply today (deadline is February 10th).

Note: The program is restricted to undergraduate students or recent graduates who have not been accepted to graduate school programs. Successful applicants are typically juniors or seniors who have research experience.

21. Human Services job opening for students and graduates who want to gain experience!

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 from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. For more information or to apply for the position, please visit our website.

22. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Get some experience this school year and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester or even this summer)! You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus, and you don't even need to have a car! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that end with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

23. 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.

24. 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 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

25. 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.

26. 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.