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Psych Scoop, 3/30/21

March 30, 2021

March 30th, 2021

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. 

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Fall Registration Dates Available on MyU

Fall registration days and times are now available on MyU. Navigate to "My Academics" and select "Registration." Registration for the Fall semester starts right after Spring Break, on April 12th. Have any questions for Psych Advising? Schedule an appointment soon! We do fill up quickly once registration starts.

2. Feedback Requested on Department of Psychology Diversity Committee Recommendations

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee's DRAFT Recommendations to Address Inequities and Injustices in our Teaching, Research, and Service is complete. We are now requesting your individual feedback on these recommendations as part of our broader consultation process. It is important that we hear from all Department stakeholders, so please take the time to make your voice heard. Topics related to the Undergraduate Student experience are included under "Undergraduate Student Support." Please feel free to give feedback on any and all of the sections. The Department will accept feedback through April 9th, 2021Take the survey. While you will need to log into your UMN account, you can provide anonymous feedback.

3. It's Research in Psychology Week!

Research in Psychology Week is here! It is a week of focused information about the Undergrad Student Research experience in Psychology. This is a great time to get started on searching for research for the Fall term. Review the website and check out faculty videos, drop-in opportunities, and the chance to chat with Rucha about research!

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.

4. Apply to be an Officer of PISA for the 2021-2022 Academic Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting Officers for the 2021-2022 academic year! Please join us and get involved in bridging gaps between international and domestic students in Psychology. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet amazing people (e.g. other fellow psychology students, faculty members, university leaders, etc.), build leadership within the Psychology community, and improve your own understanding of psychology! We welcome both domestic and international students to apply! Officers who showcase competency and prove responsibility will be considered for board members as well! Current or previous student organization experiences are not required so just apply with your passion! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at pisa@umn.edu. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Apply through the application form.

Events

5. Expanding Your Reach: How to Give Your Best Presentation

Thursday, April 1st, 2021, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Do you want to improve your skills in giving presentations? In this online workshop, you will learn best practices for presenting face-to-face or in Zoom, such as telling your story with the ABT template (And-But-Therefore), how to use design elements, and images. Register and learn more.

6. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC).- St. Thomas (Submissions Open!)

Saturday, April 17th, 2021, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are back in a virtual space for the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (1). The conference will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, on the virtual platform Gather Town. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Bryana French of the University of St. Thomas Graduate Program in Professional Psychology. If you are interested in submitting a presentation, the deadline for project submission is April 10th, and we will want the poster submitted as .pdf files. So, construct them in whatever platform you use, PowerPoint slide, etc., and save them as .pdf to submit. "If you choose to do an oral presentation, the virtual platform we’re using (see below) will allow you to share your screen and show your PowerPoint (or Prezi, or whatever platform you might be using). Submit your presentation soon and register for the conference today.

Research

7. *Credit or Volunteer* Minnesota Center for Eating Disorder Research

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorder Research is accepting applications for a Volunteer Research Assistant (unpaid) working with the Outpatient Experiences Study, looking at beliefs, expectations, and experiences of people who have participated in mental health treatment and/or eating disorders treatment & 2) the Positive Experiences with Exercise Questionnaire. We are looking for research assistants interested in research in eating disorders, the counseling process, ethics, and/or exercise. This position would initially be involved in literature searches, recruitment and screening, and data management. Both projects have no direct participant involvement so are ideal for people who want to get experience in research while having flexibility in scheduling volunteer hours. Volunteers currently meet on Mondays at noon (changes each semester based on availability) & are provided with individual professional development support & mentoring. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Candidates must be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months. Interested candidates submit a cover letter and CV or resume to Jessica Barker at barke040@umn.edu to be considered.

8. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Social Interaction Lab

We are seeking motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented students to join Dr. Jeff Simpson's Social Interaction Lab for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. We are currently accepting applications for new RAs able to start in either the Summer (late May) or the Fall (early September) of 2021. We will be hiring research assistants to help us code videos of romantic couples' support and conflict discussions. All coding will be completed remotely for the Summer of 2021. Decisions about the Fall 2021 modality will be made closer to that time. RAs will participate in weekly project coding meetings and biweekly meetings that are intended to help RAs better understand current research in psychology and gain applicable professional development skills. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week throughout the semester. We will only be hiring students that are able to commit for more than one semester. For a full list of benefits our lab offers and for application tips, please visit our website. If you are interested, you may apply by following this link. All questions should be directed to Jami Eller at eller091@umn.edu.

9. *Credit or Volunteer* RIMA Lab Opening - Research on Addiction

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 CST and 6:00 pm CST). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong, Ph.D., at camch002@umn.edu.

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

10. Diversifying Psychology Weekend - Miami University, OH

Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you ever wondered how you become or what you could do as a professional psychologist? Do you find yourself wanting to learn about research in psychology, or how you could use psychology to better your community and contribute to a more equitable society? We, members of the Department of Psychology, value diversity, inclusion, and equity because the goal of psychology is to improve understanding and outcomes for all individuals. We are pleased to host our third annual Diversifying Psychology Weekend on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually this year. The goal of the event is to help students from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds learn more about research and graduate school in psychology, prepare to apply for a doctorate in psychology, network with graduate students, and faculty, and learn more about what our department has to offer you. Learn more and apply by April 7th, 2021!

Scholarships

11. The University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd: Twin Cities Award

The University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd is now accepting applications from all eligible students, including those with financial need and those who have been victims of police violence. To be eligible for the University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd, you must be registered full-time in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The scholarship application is available at the UMTC Undergraduate Scholarship Search site. Click ‘Let’s Begin’ and find the link for the University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd. It will include detailed information about the scholarship program and the application process. The award amount is expected to be approximately $4,000 for one UMTC student split evenly between the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. To the maximum extent possible, preference will be given to students who will enhance the diversity of the student body as described by the University. In evaluating student body diversity, after the eligible pool of candidates is selected, an additional consideration will be given to Black or African American students if they are underrepresented in the University. For the current term, spring 2021, Black or African American students are underrepresented at the University. The deadline for complete applications is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. Direct questions to OUE Special Scholarships at ouespecialschol@umn.edu.

12. The Nonprofit Scholarship

Do you have a dream of working in the nonprofit world? Are you passionate about raising funds for a worthy cause? If so, the Nonprofit Scholarship may help you reach that goal. The Nonprofit Scholarship (up to $2,400.00 award) recognizes and supports students who have a passion for nonprofit work that makes the world a better place. Applications for the scholarship are encouraged from students in all UMTC undergraduate colleges. Detailed information about qualifications and the application process is available at the scholarship application site. The deadline for the completed application is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021. Direct questions about the application to OUE Special Scholarships at ouespecialschol@umn.edu.

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.

13. Behavior Technician - Behavioral Dimensions

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 gives 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. Many jobs in the human services field require a degree, internship, and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience and the internship while students are completing their degrees.

14. Pre-K Social-Emotional Skill Builder

AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) members serve in early childcare programs with a focus on building relationships and the early EQ skills needed for social and emotional learning development. Children need time to learn about big emotions and the time to practice regulating big feelings and initiating positive social skills - the rules of the road for Kindergarten success. LEAP Members are the critical bridge for the additional time many children need for confidence and flourishing in this area of growth and learning. There is a $1,242 monthly living allowance for full-time (1700 hours) service ($621 monthly for half time/900 hours). Members also receive a $6,195 Segal education award to attend college, graduate school, or pay qualified student loans ($3,098 half-time) upon completion of their service term. See the link for more information on the position.

15. University of Georgia Research Coordinator Positions

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day project duties, such as recruitment, clinical interviewing, neuropsychological testing, administering MRI scans, EEG acquisition, acquiring fluid biomarkers, data management, and data processing. Skills to be learned on the job will be beneficial for grad school preparation (eg administration of fMRI or EEG tasks and processing/analyzing data, clinical interviewing, statistics, coding in R, etc.) and the coordinator will have opportunities to publish papers/make conference presentations to become more competitive for grad school. Salary is $40k per year, with an expectation of a minimum 2-year commitment. The start date is flexible, with a range from May to July 2021. Individuals graduating in spring 2021 are eligible to apply. You can apply for the GAINS lab or apply for the Pro-NET lab.

16. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING 30 min FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. Gain some experience and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even winter break). 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/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car. We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist. Contact Kayla Wildes at wilde177@umn.edu if you are interested in applying!

17. Department of Computer Science Looking for TAs

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is hiring undergraduate TAs for the Fall 2021 semester. We are looking for a diverse pool of candidates, including students not in the major but who have taken a computer science course. The department regularly hires undergraduate TAs for CSCI 1103, 1113, 1115, 1133, 1135, 1913, 1933, 2011, 2021, 2033, 2041, 2081, 3041, 3061, 3081W and 3921W. Learn more and apply.

18. Online Summer internship - Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven

The Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) is currently accepting applications for our (online) summer internship program from undergraduates interested in social psychological research. We offer two sessions of 6 weeks. The first session starts May 31, 2021, and ends on July 09, 2021; the second session starts August 16, 2021, and ends on September 24, 2021. A selection process will select the most promising candidates. The University of Leuven is a strong research university in the heart of Europe, two hours from Paris and four hours from London. It is located in the center of the historic town of Leuven, home to the university since 1425. The center for Social and Cultural Psychology (CSCP) includes approx. 20 postdocs and Ph.D. students. The CSCP summer internship is open to students who are interested in gaining familiarity with and executing social psychological research. Interns will spend approximately 30 hours per week working in close contact with CSCP researchers. Work includes conducting studies with CSCP researchers in the lab and field, literature review, and (basic) data analysis. Learn more about the experience and application process.

19. Project Coordinator on the Digital Phenotyping of Bipolar Disorders Research Project

This is a full-time position on a newly funded project by the VA RR&D examining digital phenotype predictors of prospective bipolar symptoms, suicidality, and psychosocial functioning in veterans with bipolar disorders. Snežana Urošević, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist in the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota, is leading this project with collaborators from the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin—Madison, and Palo Alto VA. The study involves innovative approaches using active and passive mHealth assessments, speech pattern data analyses, and contextualized GPS data analyses. The project coordinator will assist with data collection, data analyses, and manuscript and conference presentation preparations. We are seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual with a bachelor’s degree (including those graduating in May 2021) in Psychology or a related field to start in late Spring or Summer 2021 at the Minneapolis VA. It is open only to US citizens and includes a federal employment benefits package (e.g., health care insurance, retirement benefits) with a possibility of renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding availability. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. To apply please send your resume and unofficial transcript to Dr. Urošević at snezana.urosevic@va.gov.

20. Independent Living Skills Specialist - RTI

RTI is looking to add to our Community ILS (Independent Living Skills) team! Our ILS Specialists / Community Mental Health Workers provide independent living skills training to participants residing throughout Ramsey, Hennepin, and Dakota counties. This is a great entry-level opportunity for current students, recent graduates, and aspiring social services professionals with limited hands-on experience in the field. A practitioner's roles will be to assist participants with developing: Community living and mobility, communication and interpersonal skills, crisis intervention, skill development, and symptom management strategies. For more information on open positions, please visit our website.

21. ABCD Coordinator, Research Assistant, and Undergrad Research Assistant

The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Behavior (ABCD) Study, a project within the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) in the Department of Psychology has openings for Study Coordinator, Research Assistant, and Undergraduate Research Assistant positions. Please visit the UMN Job Page on the Office of Human Resources website to view/apply for the positions using the following Job IDs: ABCD Site Coordinator: 339776; ABCD Research Assistant (RA): 339779; ABCD Undergrad Research Assistant (UGRA): 339736. If you have any questions please contact Erin Gallert at galle141@umn.edu.

22. MCTFR Research Professional 1 (Interviewer)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire a Research Assistant (83521: Research Professional 1) responsible for interviewing study participants. Assessments include DSM structured clinical interviews and non-clinical interviews, neuropsych, personality, intelligence, and other related assessments. Research Assistants will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication. They will work closely with the MCTFR research participants and MCTFR co-investigators so a bachelor's degree, onsite work at Elliott Hall, and remote work are required, and research experience, knowledge, and skills, plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. Please visit the UMN Job Page on the Office of Human Resources website to view/apply for the position using the following Job ID: 339900. If you have any questions please contact Tasha Walvig at twalvig@umn.edu.