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Psych Scoop, 3/28/17

March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Research in Psychology Fair

Wednesday, March 29th, 1:00-3:00pm, Elliott Hall Lobby (1st floor)

Psychology undergraduate students, stop by the lobby of Elliott Hall anytime between 1-3pm tomorrow to learn about psychology research opportunities! Representatives from psychology research labs, UROP, and Psychology Advising will be available to answer your questions. Research labs in cognitive & biological, social, counseling, cultural, clinical, and industrial-organizational psychology will all be present. This event is specifically recommended for Psychology BS majors planning to complete major project during the 2017-18 academic year, but all students interested in learning more about psychology research opportunities are welcome.

2. Careers & Pizza: Mental Health

Wednesday, April 5th, 11:30am-1:00pm, N219 Elliott Hall

Are you interested in a career in mental health, social or human services? Join Psychology Advising on Wednesday, April 5th from 11:30am-1:00pm in N219 Elliott Hall for Careers & Pizza, highlighting career options in the mental health field that do not require a graduate degree. Enjoy a free lunch of Mesa Pizza while you connect with recent Psychology graduates who have found fulfilling work in the field of mental health. You will learn from a Family Advocate at Women's Advocates, Inc., and a Program Coordinator at Howry Residential Services. Please bring a pen, paper, and your questions! Seating is limited, so please RSVP at by Sunday, April 2nd.

Psychology Club/Psi Chi

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

3. Career Panel Meeting Change

Our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 5th, will be postponed to a later date in the semester. Continue to check Psych scoop for more details.

4. Congratulations to New Psi Chi Members!

As a reminder, the fee for new members is due April 7th and can be placed in the Psi Chi lockbox (N108) in Elliott Hall or given to an officer before or after a meeting. If you are interested in applying to Psi Chi in the future, applications will open again in the Fall.


5. CEHD Graduate Programs Open House

Wednesday, March 29th, 3:30-5:00pm, 227 Burton Hall

Join us for our CEHD Graduate Programs Open House. Talk with staff members and current graduate students, enjoy some food, and learn about applying to and thriving in graduate school. We will feature a panel discussion of CEHD staff and current graduate students. RSVPs are not required but will help us plan for how much food to order. If you have any dietary restrictions or need special accommodations, please contact Kristin Van Dorn at More information and RSVP link

6. YMCA Food Pantry & Job Fair

Food Pantry: Wednesday, March 29th-Friday, March 31st, 12:00-8:00pm, University YMCA, lower level

The University YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will host a Nutritious U Food Pantry March 29-31 in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Boynton Health Services. The Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh, healthy and accessible food to University of Minnesota students to help promote mental and physical health.

Job Fair: Wednesday, March 29th & Thursday, March 30th, 12:00-6:00pm, University YMCA, 1st floor

Simultaneously, the University Y will be hosting a job fair. Various community organizations will be present to discuss job opportunities: Twin Cities YMCA, City of Lakes Americorps, College Health Corps, MN Alliance with Youth, College Possible, Conservation Corps, and MN Literacy Council.

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all 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.

7. Minneapolis VA Research Lab is Looking for Volunteers!

Dr. Scott Sponheim’s Cognition And Brain (CAB) in Psychopathology Lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is looking for volunteers! Dr. Sponheim’s primary research interests are in understanding how genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are expressed in the brain, and in searching for brain-based methods for differentiating military-based traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Primarily, we use electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in conjunction with cognitive tests, interview-based assessments of symptoms, and questionnaires. Responsibilities may include assisting with participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, cognitive assessment and questionnaire administration, and data entry. 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 transcripts (unofficial is fine) and resume to Julia Christensen (

8. Undergrad Research Opportunities in MN Twin Registry Lab - Summer 2017

We are looking for 3 undergraduate research assistants for the Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) Lab, to start in Summer 2017. MTR has a grant, conducted by Dr. Robert Krueger (Psych) and Dr. Glenn Roisman (ICD), that will examine personality, social relationships, and health in adulthood. RAs will receive credit for PSY 4993 and will assist in two tasks. One will be to conduct surveys over the phone with research participants, as part of a larger assessment being done. The phone survey is about education, work, personality, relationships, lifestyle, and health. The other task will be to assist in relocating research participants whose contact information needs to be updated. RAs may also be assigned articles to read, and will be expected to work approximately 9 hours per week. Must be fluent in English and have good verbal skills. To apply, please contact Gabrielle Steinhoff at


9. HECUA Info Session: Study Social Change in an Off-Campus Setting

Wednesday, March 29th, 12:00-1:00pm, 303 Coffman Union

HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, is a non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN, partnered with the Center for Community Engaged Learning. HECUA's off-campus study programs address some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work. The following programs will be highlighted: Making Media, Making Change, Environmental Sustainability, Inequality in America, and Race in America. Visit here for more information about HECUA and its programs. Program faculty and student alums will be on hand to talk to any interested students! You can learn more about HECUA's off-campus + internship programs in the Twin Cities here: Center for Community-Engaged Learning (UMN) or HECUA website.

10. 2017 Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP)

Applications are being accepted now for the 22th Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology, to be held at Stanford University August 6-26, 2017. The Summer Institute offers 3 weeks of intensive training in political psychology. Political psychology is an exciting and thriving field that explores the origins of political behavior and the causes of political events, with a special focus on the psychological mechanisms at work. In 2017, SIPP will accept up to 60 participants, including graduate students, faculty, professionals, and advanced undergraduates. Visit the SIPP website for more information and application instructions. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled, so applying soon maximizes chances of acceptance. Any questions should be directed to:

Campus Resources

11. Korean Military Leave Pre-Departure Workshop

Friday, March 31st, 4:00-5:30pm, 2-250 Hanson Hall

This workshop is for international Korean male students who have not yet completed South Korean Mandatory Military service. A team of staff across campus, including Carlson academic advisor Anny Lin, Carlson international undergraduate senior student, Jun Seok (Nick) Lee, and ISSS Evaluation Specialist Xi Yu , is teamed up to offer you a very helpful workshop preparing you properly before you leave for your services.This workshop is for all academic status of Korean male students, from freshmen to senior, as long as you plan to leave the UMNTC and start your services in fall 2017, spring 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019. This special workshop of preparation is designed just for your needs. RSVP is required. Please email Anny Lin ( directly by March 30th if you plan to attend. Please feel free to contact Nick ( directly if you would like to hear from his perspective regarding this workshop.

12. Financial Resources for Student Parents

Undergraduates who have children and are paying for childcare can receive up to $1,400 per term, per child, in Post-Secondary Child Care Grant funds. To be fully screened and learn more about additional student parent support, call the Student Parent HELP Center at 612-626-6015.

Courses of Interest

IMPORTANT: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. Please consult with your college advisor to find out how they will fit into your academic program.

13. CEGE 1501: Environmental Issues & Solutions

This course will address the behavior of natural systems, human impact on the environment, how we are trying to meet the challenges of supplying the population with water, energy, food etc. while trying to minimize negative impacts. This class meets two liberal education requirements (Physical Science with Lab Core and Environment Theme). This Fall 2017 class meets for lectures on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 – 12:30pm and laboratory sessions are on Monday 9-12pm or 1-4pm, Tuesday 1-4pm, or Wednesday 1-4pm. Questions? Contact Professor William Arnold,

Scholarships & Awards

14. Nominate Yourself or a Peer for a $1,000 Undergrad Human Rights Award!

Now's the time to nominate yourself or a peer for two prestigious human rights awards being awarded this spring - the Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award. Both awards come with a $1,000 payment! Each spring, the Human Rights Program in collaboration with the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies celebrates the dedicated work of University of Minnesota undergraduate student efforts in human rights. We work to encourage and reward those students who act from the heart and are passionate about human rights in our University community, in the Twin Cities, the broader United States, and internationally. A student's commitment to human rights can look any number of ways, so think creatively about how this might apply to you or a peer's work. For additional background on the awards, selection criteria, and the nomination process see Call for Nominations. All nominations are due this Friday, March 31st.

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.

15. Volunteers of America Hiring Event for Residential Counselor Positions

Friday, March 31st, 1:00-6:00pm, Children's Residential Treatment Center, Minneapolis

Volunteers of America-Minnesota is currently hiring for entry-level Residential Counselor positions. Are you wanting to make a difference? Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact in a young person's life? Then this position may be for you! Interviews will be held on site. To learn more and apply, visit our careers page at:

16. ACR Homes Hiring Bash

Thursday, March 30th, 3:00-7:00pm, J. Arthur's Coffee, Roseville

ACR Homes is hosting a Hiring Bash. They're hiring Direct Care Professionals (Job ID 192051), and will be conducting walk-in interviews at the event. The position is open to all majors. More information can be found on the ACR Homes website.

17. Student Empoyment Opportunity in SMART Learning Commons

SMART Learning Commons is now accepting student applications for Fall 2017 Peer Learning Consultants (peer tutors), both paid positions and volunteers. Specifically, we seek tutors for our high-demand subjects, including:  math (particularly Calculus I & II), physics, statistics, chemistry, biology, computer science, economics, and writing.  However, we do consider other subjects based on student demand. Interested students should review application instructions and submit an application by Friday, April 7th.

18. MN Daily is Hiring!

The University of Minnesota’s award-winning, student-run newspaper — the Minnesota Daily — is hiring for the summer and 2017-18 school year. We’re looking to hire undergraduate and graduate students from across programs and departments to write about local news, campus life, science, student issues, business, art and more. Not a writer? We are hiring in other areas of journalism, too! The Daily is dedicated to training new employees on all things journalism-related. This is a great opportunity to hone your communication, writing, and research skills, as well as the gain experience you'll need to get you to where you want to be later in life. Unlike many other college newspapers, we pay our employees! Applications are open now. Apply at

19. Career Services is Hiring a Student Employer Relations Assistant!

Employer Relations Assistants support the work of CLA Employer Relations, which is part of CLA Career Services. Employer Relations Assistants help build positive connections with a variety of employers from a broad range of industries who are interested in meeting and hiring CLA students for internships, full-time career and other employment opportunities. You can find the full position description on GoldPASS, ID 193027. We're looking for someone who is analytical, detail-oriented, an independent worker, a clear writer/communicator, and has good customer services skills. Work study is not required, and the position is open to international students.

20. Mental Health Worker Openings at Andrew Residence

Andrew Residence is one of our state's leading providers of residential mental health care. We offer comprehensive long-term care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for adults experiencing mental illness. We are hiring part-time and full-time mental health workers. These are excellent positions for psychology students and alumni looking for direct care experience. Full job descriptions and application instructions can be found here: Mental Health Worker, Part-time posting & Mental Health Worker, Full-time posting

21. Entry Level Cognitive Trainer Positions

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at our centers in Chanhassen, Maple Grove and Vadnais Heights or at our new location in Minneapolis/St. Louis Park. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4PM-8PM. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Training is provided. For more information and to request an interview give us a call at 651-287-1441. After calling - resumes can be sent to