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Psych Scoop, 2/7/17

February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Drop-in Hours Canceled Tomorrow, 2/8 and Next Wednesday, 2/15

Psychology Advising will not be holding drop-in hours tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/8) or next Wednesday, 2/15. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please feel free to with any questions.

2. Deadline Extended for $500 Psychology Engagement Award!

Applications Due Monday, February 20th

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 two awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2017. Application deadline is February 20th, 2017. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Materials must be submitted electronically to Mike Houlahan at


3. Symposium on the Ethics of Help

June 8 & 9, 2017, Commons Hotel, UMN Campus

The Symposium on the Ethics of Help has been designed to bring together those with a passion for protecting students as well as host communities. The Symposium will explore the problem of students, both undergraduates and pre-clinical health profession students, participating in direct patient care, at home and abroad, without sufficient training or oversight. The goal is to more clearly identify the problem or problems, generate and evaluate possible solutions, and create a coordinated plan of action. Learn More and Register:

4. 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! Come join University Student Legal Services, Pre-Law Society, and CLA Career Services for the annual Careers in Law Fair! This fair is not only for students considering law school, but for anyone considering a career related to the legal field. Registration is not required!

5. RIGS Health Justice Kickoff Party

Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:00pm, 50B Humphrey

You are invited to the RIGS Health Justice Kick Off Party. This event is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers or have interest in health justice. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:00PM in Humphrey 50B. Students will meet faculty, community members, and graduate students who are passionate about health justice and are working to advance health justice in their respective areas. Come learn about research opportunities and other leadership opportunities. Ask about grad school and health professional programs! Free Afro Deli will be provided. RSVP here by Friday, February 17th, 2017. Questions? Contact Sara Cronquist at

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 Welcome Meeting

Wednesday, February 15th, 5:30-6:30pm, N119 Elliott Hall

Welcome to Psych Club! Psych Club/Psi Chi has their first meeting next Wednesday, January 15th. If you're interested in meeting fellow students interested in psychology and want to get more involved in the department, stop by! There will be snacks, personality quizzes, and more. See you then!

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 mid-March (exact deadline TBD). Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member.

Psychology International Student Association (PISA)

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

8. Reminder: PISA Kickoff Party Tonight!

Tuesday, February 7th, 6:00-7:30pm, S150 Elliott Hall

Welcome back, everyone! The Psychology International Student Association (PISA) will hold a Kick – off Party on Tuesday, 02/07, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in room S150 of Elliott Hall. Come and join us to learn more about our student association and make some new friends. Free pizza and snacks will also be provided during the event.

9. PISA’s Valentine Bake Sale

Tuesday, February 14th, 10:00am-3:00pm, Coffman Union, Ground level

PISA will have a fundraising bake sale on Tuesday, February 14. We will have several options including brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, meringue, and also Gluten – free baked goods. Stop by our table on the ground level of Coffman Student Union, if you want to get any of these awesome treats for yourself or your loved ones.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club (IOPC)

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

10. IOPC Event: I-O and Consulting

Wednesday, February 15th, 5:00-6:30pm, S160 Elliott Hall

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club (IOPC) is excited to announce our first event for the semester! Robert Richardson, who works as a strategic advisor and head of recruitment for the third largest software company SAP, will be joining us. He will be talking about his consulting experience in the field of I-O Psychology and answering any questions you may have. Food and beverages will be served. Open to all, this event will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the consulting side of I-O without post-graduate education. Please email for more information about Richard or if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

11. 2017 Summer Internship Yale Social Cognitive Development Lab

The Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University is now accepting applications for our undergraduate summer internship program .Highly motivated undergraduates can apply to help us uncover how children and adults think and reason about social groups and intergroup experiences. Summer interns will be involved in many aspects of the research process, including participant recruitment and scheduling, study design, experiment facilitation, data entry and more. Interns will also attend and present at weekly lab meetings to discuss relevant research. The program is 8-weeks from June 5 – July 28, 2017, full time (35-40 hours/week), with some weekend hours required. Eligible applicants are currently enrolled undergraduates and recent college graduates from US institutions. Please visit the lab website for application information. Applications are due March 3, 2017.

12. RA Position: Positive Emotion Coding During a Motivation Task

The Masten Lab at the Institute of Child Development is seeking a Research Assistant to help with a positive emotion coding project. The position is available immediately and open to students in any major. While this is an unpaid position, we can definitely work with you to get research credit or Honors experience for this position. Research Activities: The project investigates how expressions of joy, pride, happiness and pleasure during a self-motivated magnetic fishing game is related to positive outcomes. This position may be of particular interest to individuals interested in going to graduate school and seeking to gain research experience. Previous research experience is a plus. However, we are primarily seeking individuals who are interested to learn about this topic area and have a strong attention to detail. We are flexible about hours per week (usually RAs choose to work anywhere from 3 to 10 hours per week) and anticipate there will be a total of around 35 to 50 hours of coding and work overall from start to finish.

To apply: Please send the following: a. Resume; b. Unofficial Transcript (can be downloaded for free at Onestop); c. 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this position (you can include it in the body of your e-mail) In the e-mail Subject Line, please write "Application for Positive Emotion Project." Send this material to Jyothi Ramakrishnan at Feel free to e-mail Jyothi any questions you might have prior to applying.


13. Apply for CLA Continuing Education Scholarships!

Scholarships for continuing students are awarded each year to academically talented students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts. Follow this link to learn which scholarships you qualify for and to apply. The Department of Psychology offers several Continuing Student Scholarships specifically for psychology majors. Learn more about Psychology Scholarships


14. Study Away with National Student Exchange (NSE)

Application deadline is February 17th, 2017

Do something different next year! Exchange to another school in the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year! Most students pay U of M tuition, receive financial aid, and all students will earn credits towards their degree! Visit for more information and a list of NSE schools, and sign up for an info session to learn about the application process.

Learning Abroad

15. Gilman & Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Info Session & Essay Writing Workshop

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Applicants must be Pell Grant-eligible (check eFAAN to confirm) US citizens who are studying abroad for at least 4 weeks. Awards up to $8,000 are available for summer, semester, and year programs. The Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program provides scholarships for US citizen and permanent resident undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in east or southeast Asia. Applicants must be studying abroad for at least 8 weeks. Awards up to $7,000 are available for summer, semester, and year programs.

General Info Session: Wednesday, February 15th, 12:00-1:00pm, 214 Heller Hall

This session covers eligibility requirements for both scholarships, the application process, tips for applying, and additional resources. Registration is not required. Contact Thuy Doan, 612.626.8686, with questions.

Essay Writing Workshop: Friday, February 24th, 1:00-3:00pm, 289 Humphrey Center

This scholarship essay writing workshop will help students learn how to craft high-quality Gilman and/or Freeman-ASIA Scholarship essays. We will provide individual feedback in addition to general writing tips. If students wish to receive individual feedback, they should email a draft of their essay by February 17 to and bring a printed draft to the session for individual feedback

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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16. Student Leaders Needed for Summer National Student Leadership Conference

The National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to guide high school students through the NSLC experience. Applicants should enjoy working with high school students and have experience in the academic fields of our programs (such as psychology and neuroscience), leadership development, residential life, and/or office administration. Visit NSLC's website to learn more and fill out an application.

17. Seeking Student Writing Consultants for the 2017-18 Academic Year

The Center for Writing invites students to apply to be writing consultants during the 2017–18 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 habits. The Center looks for candidates who collaborate well with others and who are curious learners and attentive listeners. Applications from 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 Sunday, February 12. Offers will be made in early March, and the job will begin in Fall 2017. Please visit the Center for Writing's website for more information about the position and how to apply for it.