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Psych Scoop, 3/7/17

March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Changes to Advising Office and Drop-in Availability Thursday, 3/9 

On Thursday, 3/9, the Psychology Advising office will be closed from 8:00-9:00am. Additionally, Mary's Drop-in Hours (10:00am-12:00pm) and Laura's PsyCareer Drop-in hours (1:30-3:30pm) will be canceled on Thursday, 3/9. We apologize for any inconvenience.

2. Career Readiness Guidebooks are Available in Psychology Advising! 

The staff and faculty at CLA are committed to help you prepare for careers and life after college. So, CLA has created a free resource to help you on your career readiness journey: The CLA Career Readiness Guide. Whether you're in your first year, a transfer student in your last semester or somewhere in between, this guide is for you. You'll find practical, nuts-and-bolts advice on everything from exploring majors and pursuing significant experiences to searching for a job or applying for graduate school. This guide is free for all students. Psychology Advising has copies available for majors to pick up. Stop by N108 Elliott Hall during office hours to pick up your copy today!

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!

3. PISA’s Career Talk and Information Session

Thursday, March 23rd, 5:30-7:00pm, S150 Elliott Hall

The Psychology International Student Association (PISA) will host a Career Talk and Information Session on March 23, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, in room S150 of Elliott Hall. We will have both American and international student alumni coming to share about their working experience and also representative from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to talk about the paperwork process required for international students to work in U.S after graduating. Come and join us to learn more about career options in the psychology field. Free donuts, snacks and beverage will be served during the event


4. Tonight! Peace Corps Event: Living & Working in Latin America

Tuesday, March 7th, 5:00pm, 326 Coffman Union

Interested in learning more about Peace Corps, or just want to broaden your worldview? Attend this info session tonight (March 7th) in Coffman Union room 326. Returned Volunteers will be presenting on their service and sharing tips about the application process.

5. MCAE Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Wednesday, March 8th, 3:00-5:00pm, 2-224 Carlson School

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence is hosting a workshop focusing on resumes and cover letters tomororw. What needs to be on your resume and cover letter to land your dream job or internship? Get your materials reviewed or brainstorm ways to have a stellar portfolio with Wells Fargo corporate staff! Register at:

6. The Real Deal on Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, March 8th, 6:00-7:00pm, 270 Anderson Hall

What is emotional intelligence and what does it have to do with you and your career? You probably haven't seen the phrase "emotional intelligence" listed under the "Skills and Qualifications" section of a job posting. Nor have you probably listed it as a bullet point on your resume. Yet, skills related to emotional intelligence are critical to your career success (and really, life success in general). Robin Stubblefield, founder of Vitalize Consulting, LLC, has experience across a wide range of sectors and is a frequent conference presenter on leadership topics, strengths development and career development. Questions? Contact Jon Ruzek at or search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3317).

7. Explore a Career as an Interpreter: U of M Certificate Info Session

Wednesday, March 8th, 12:00-1:00pm, 12 Nicholson Hall

Earn a certificate in interpreting at the University of Minnesota while you complete your undergraduate degree. This session will describe courses at the University of Minnesota to prepare you to enter the field of interpreting. Find out about professional opportunities for interpreters, the courses required to earn a certificate in interpreting, what it is like to work as an interpreter, and available resources to enhance your foreign or second language training. This session may be of particular interest to students studying foreign languages, bilingual students, and students returning from or planning to study abroad. Pizza will be provided! Questions? Contact the Hosts: Scott Homler (, Director of the Program in Translation and Interpreting and Sao Yang (, PTI Student Services Administration.

8. Mental Health Day at the Capitol

Thursday, March 16th, MN State Capitol

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) invites interested students and community members to show their support for people living with mental illnesses and their families at Mental Health Day at the Capitol: March 16, 2017. Legislators will be making important decisions this session that will impact the lives of people living with mental illnesses and their families and they need to hear from you. Join us and make your voice heard! Visit NAMI's website to learn more.

9. 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, April 20th, Northrop Memorial Auditorium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual research fair that gives all undergraduate researchers a chance to share their research, scholarly and creative projects with the University community. Whether you have done your research through a credit experience, through employment or through UROP or another program, you are welcome to register for the Symposium and present your poster. Learn more and sign up by visiting the Undergrad Research Symposium website.

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.

10. Research Assistant Volunteers Needed for Brain Injury and PTSD Research at VA Medical Center

We are currently looking for one or more Research Assistant volunteers, beginning in Summer or Fall 2017, to assist with our research studies at the Minneapolis VA. Research Assistant volunteers will assist with PROTECT and FOCUS studies; examining the potential impact of military training and deployment (i.e. stress, concussion, etc.) on thinking and cognition, and if this trajectory can be seen in the structure and function of the brain. The ideal applicant is a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who has completed courses in psychopathology, biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Applicants must be able to commit 8-10 hours per week for a minimum of 10 months. Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Responsibilities will depend on the applicant’s interests and current needs of the study, but will begin with data entry and participant recruitment and may expand into cognitive assessments, clinical interviewing, and MRI data collection and processing. This is a volunteer position. Experience on this study can be used to support program research requirements and entry into graduate school. If interested, please send a resume/CV, a description of your current availability and educational/career interests, and a current transcript (unofficial is fine) to Please put “Research Assistant Application” in the subject line of your email.

Campus Resources

11. Sign up for a Practice Interview!

Want to improve your interviewing skills for jobs/internships? Participate in a 45-minute practice interview with a professional recruiter from one of three industry areas: 1) Business, Sales, and Communication, 2) Human Services, Government, and Education, 3) Science, Technology, Math, and Healthcare. This is a great opportunity to receive helpful feedback on your interviewing skills. Professional recruiters from a variety of organizations volunteer to conduct the interviews. Sign up on the 'Interview on Campus' section of GoldPASS.

Courses of Interest

12. Improve Your Academic English Skills! ESL 3001 Starts March 21

Offered by the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP), ESL 3001 helps non-native English speaking students in degree programs polish their English skills in order to be more successful in university level classes. Focus areas include: interactions within the university setting, presentation skills, effective email communication, pronunciation, and more. The class is held from March 21st-May 6th, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:40-6:35pm. For registration information and a permission number, contact us by email or phone:, 612-624-1503. For more information about this course and other MELP resources, visit

Graduate School

13. New Online M.A. in Applied Child and Adolescent Development

The Institute of Child Development has launched a new Online M.A. in Applied Child and Adolescent Development program. The program is intended for individuals who would like to build a career working with children or adolescents or creating and implementing practices and policies that support their well-being and development. The program offers three distinct tracks: infant and early childhood mental health, child life and individualized studies. Now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Questions? Contact

Learning Abroad

14. 2017-18 Opportunity to Study Abroad at Peking University in China

The China Center is currently accepting applications for the Chinese University Exchange Program (CUEP). Students interested in studying for one academic year at Peking University, a top school in China, should consider applying. Learn more about this program by visiting our website. Applications are due March 20 at 4:00pm.

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. Camp Akeela - Hiring for Summer and Info Session Wednesday, 3/8

Camp Akeela is an overnight camp in Vermont that creates a warm, supportive community for children who struggle socially. Most of the campers have been diagnosed with Asperger's or a non-verbal learning disorder. Others are undiagnosed, but "quirky" and struggle to connect with their peers. Akeela's small, supportive community helps campers improve their social skills, make friends, gain self-confidence and have fun! Staff members are primarily college and grad student in the fields of psychology, education, special education, PT, OT, SLP, social work, outdoor education, etc. Staff will not be providing "therapy" in the traditional sense, but will be a key part of a program that integrates a therapeutic approach to recreation and community living. Staff will have the opportunity to work first-hand with children and see the practical applications of their studies, while providing an incredible, life-changing camp experience.

We will be hosting a virtual info session on YouTube Live on this Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30pm CT. We'll share more about our camp community and the role our counselors play in it. You and your students can find more information about the info session on the flyer. Here is the link to the presentation.

16. Job Opportunity for Upcoming/Recent Graduates: Research Coordinator at Virgina Tech

The LaConte Lab at the Virginia Tech Research Institute is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to start this summer. Research in the lab is devoted to advanced neuroimaging acquisition and data analysis approaches, aimed at basic scientific discovery as well as understanding and rehabilitating neurological and psychiatric diseases. The projects include methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics in healthy and clinical populations (including adults with brain injury, children with neurological dysfunction, mood/anxiety/substance disorders, and at-risk youth). This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in graduate school in cognitive psychology/neuroscience or clinical psychology. A full job description can be found online.

17. Full-Time Behavior Technician at Fraser

Minnesota’s largest and most recognized provider of autism services is hiring a Behavior Technician for our growing ABA program. Behavior Technicians provide support with preschool-aged children diagnosed with Autism in a clinical and therapeutic setting. Behavior Technicians are responsible for implementing and tracking goal progress based on their client's treatment plan. Behavior Technicians assist clients with appropriate self-management and activities of daily living under the supervision of BCBAs. Fraser will pay for you to earn your Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. Please visit our website for more information about the position and to submit an application.