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Psych Scoop, 3/9/21

March 9, 2021

March 9th, 2021

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1. 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 9, 2021Take the survey. While you will need to log into your UMN account, you can provide anonymous feedback.

2. Save the Date: Research in Psychology Week

The week of March 29th will be Research in Psychology Week! It is a week of focused information about the Undergrad Student Research experience in Psychology. Live events are being held on Tuesday and Thursday and then explore on your own Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Website and details will be coming soon!

3. Get to Know Your Faculty: Connections in Clinical Recap and Recording

Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan from our Clinical Psych area recently joined us for a Get to Know Your Faculty event. A big thank you to her for sharing her journey and answering questions from students. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of mood disorders, self-harm, and suicide. If you missed the event, you can watch it on YouTube. Find out whether Dr. Klimes-Dougan was born in a) Japan, b) Korea, or c) the US!

4. Psychology Internship Panel

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hosting a virtual internship panel. This is the perfect opportunity to hear from students that are currently involved in internships. These students are working with a variety of employers (non-profits, mental health centers, residential treatment centers, group homes). You can ask our panelists about how they got involved or what working as an intern looks like! Please RSVP by Monday, March 29. We can't wait to see you there!


5. A Community Conversation on Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

Thursday, March 11th, 2021, 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

On Thursday, the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) will host a community conversation for Asian Minnesotans to come together to discuss and reflect upon the moment we are in. What does all of this mean for us here as Asian Minnesotans? How do we connect the dots between the anti-Asian violence happening on the ground to larger systems of injustice? How do we demand a more caring form of public safety in our communities that includes investments into our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses? If you identify as Asian Minnesotan, this space is for you. Please join us for this important community conversation.

6. Careers in Business Panel

Friday, March 12th, 2021, 11:00 am- 11:45 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you a UMN student who's interested in Business? If so, tune into this moderated Q&A with local business professionals as they share their knowledge and advice on how to successfully enter the Business field. All UMN students are welcome to join this free presentation. Learn more and register for this event.

7. Brain Awareness Week

Friday, March 5th, 2021, 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Brain Awareness Week happens every year, and this year it's March 15-21, 2021. We're celebrating by uncovering brain research that's happening all over campus. Check out the BAW 2021 website for links to resources, research information, and a calendar of events with talks, open lab meetings, resume-writing workshops, and Neural Networking Hours where you can drop in and chat with like-minded folks about what it takes to do brain research.

8. Minnesota Department of Human Services - Spring Virtual Human Services Career Fair

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Employers from a variety of agencies across Minnesota, that provide services to people of all ages with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions, will be offering information on current job opportunities, current internship opportunities, career paths available, and skills you can learn that will be valuable in future career opportunities. Learn more and register on GoldPASS.

9. Informational Interview Event for CLA Students in the Education, Technology, and Non-Profit & Advocacy Career Fields

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Informational interviewing doesn't have to be scary! Try it out by participating in CLA's informational interview event to e-connect with an employer and/or alumni. This is a great learning experience for students interested in building and growing their professional community by making connections with employers! Sign up for a 30-minute interview slot.

Courses of Interest

10. Virtual Internships - Learning Abroad Center

The Virtual International Internship is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills. You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization in Argentina, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Spain, or the United Kingdom, while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time. While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match to your skills, experience, and internship goals. Learn more from the Learning Abroad Center. Summer applications are due April 1st and Fall applications are due June 1st. For questions about virtual internships or research, contact


11. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position Available at the Minneapolis VA

The Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) Project is currently accepting applications to fill several Volunteer Research Assistant (unpaid) positions on-site at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center ARMOR has implemented strict policies and procedures to ensure the safety of on-site staff and volunteers during COVID-19. The ARMOR Project, led by co-principal investigators Drs. Melissa Polusny and Christopher Erbes, offers the opportunity to join an active team of investigators, including Drs. Scott Sponheim, Nick Davenport, and Shmuel Lissek, focused on studying processes contributing to resilience in military personnel and veterans as well as developing and testing novel interventions for PTSD. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a longitudinal cohort study of resilience that includes a laboratory component. For more information about this study, please visit the ARMOR Project website. Although not a requirement, candidates who are willing and available to volunteer time to the lab during some evening hours (4:30 pm- 8:30 pm) and on weekend days are preferred. We are particularly looking for students with research interests in stress, resilience, and anxiety-related processes, and/or interests in working with military personnel. This position includes a 2-semester commitment (Spring and Fall 2021). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts via email to Shelly Hubbling at

12. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant

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 and 6:00 pm CST). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong at

13. *Credit or Volunteer* I/O Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity [VIRTUAL]

We are looking for several motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project on corporate social responsibility in Professor Deniz Ones’ Corporate Social Responsibility Research Lab, headed by Phoebe Hessen, either on a volunteer basis or for credit in Summer 2021. The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ socially responsible initiatives. RA’s would work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out responsibilities including conducting literature reviews and background research, collecting critical incidents of socially responsible initiatives from organizations’ sustainability reporting, reading and making judgments about these incidents (i.e., coding), and data analysis. The program will begin with intensive onboarding the week of May 17th-21st (~20 hours, 8 synchronous and 12 asynchronous) and end the week of August 13th. Weekly meetings will be held throughout the summer to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties (held virtually through Zoom for the entirety of the summer). Prospective applicants should fill out a brief application. Please contact Phoebe Hessen at with any questions or for more information. The deadline to apply for a Summer position is April 30th, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Volunteer Research Assistant Position Available at the Minneapolis VA

The Technology and Research Applications in Neuromodulation (TRAIN Lab) at the Minneapolis VA is looking for an intern to assist the research team with several studies under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Lim, M.D. (UMN faculty, Psychiatry). Current studies involve assessment of neurotrauma, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Patient populations include Veterans with brain injury and/or other mental health disorders including depression, PTSD, and substance use. Intern responsibilities will include conducting medical record reviews, preparing study materials, entering and verifying study data, and other tasks as needed. Additional responsibilities based on performance may include recruitment, conducting study assessments, and data analysis. Must be pursuing a degree in psychology or health sciences; courses in psychology, research methods, and statistics will be helpful. Qualified candidates must be extremely detail-oriented, able to work independently and handle shifting priorities, as well as possess strong communication (written and oral) skills. This volunteer position is based at the Minneapolis VA, and a minimum commitment of 8-10 hours a week for 12 months is required. Successful candidates must have a valid SSN (required to work on-site at the VA). If interested, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and current unofficial transcripts to Carrie Gentz at

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Opportunity with Adolescent Suicide Risk and Depression Study

Dr. Quevedo is looking for undergraduate students interested in gaining volunteer experience in her lab in the Department of Psychiatry! The Health and Emotions in Adolescents Trajectories (HEAT) Lab is a neuroimaging lab conducting several studies to better understand adolescent depression, suicidality, and self-harm. The HEAT Lab focuses on the brain function of adolescents during emotion regulation and cognition. Additionally, we have developed a line of real-time functional magnetic research that attempts to change brain activity while inside the scanner. We are currently in the data analysis, writing, and publishing phase. Committed and dedicated volunteers will have the opportunity to become co-authors on scientific papers. We are looking for highly motivated students with an interest in neuroscience and a strong motivation to learn scientific writing. Volunteers should have good computer and social skills. They should be able to attend meetings during evenings and weekend hours. Most of the lab procedures and analysis are time-intensive to teach and learn, so only serious students that can commit to at least one full year will be considered. There is an opportunity to gain directed research credit. Students should be in good academic standing and be willing to devote 8-12 hours a week to this study. If interested, please fill out this online survey and email the Research Coordinator, Carmen Santana, a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript at

Scholarships & Awards

16. Psychology Mortensen and Other Scholarships for Current CLA Students

The Department of Psychology is proud to offer Junita J. Mortensen Scholarships for psychology undergraduate students. Students may receive these awards in addition to any other College of Liberal Arts award only if financial need has been demonstrated. Each year several academic scholarships and one study abroad scholarship, each in the amount of $1,000, are awarded to undergraduate psychology students to support their education and academic enhancement within the discipline. For details on the application process and the current application deadline, please visit the College's webpage on continuing student scholarships. The deadline is March 15th at 11:59 pm CST.


17. Food Resources through Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger is a campus organization run by students for students. Our program is committed to providing hungry, food-insecure students with the food resources they need to succeed in school. One in five students on our campus worry about their ability to buy food or have run out of food. We view hunger as a stressor no student should have to deal with. Swipe Out Hunger has a variety of options that can support a wide range of ability, cultural preferences, and dietary needs. To learn more about what resources are available to students, email

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. Behavioral Coach - Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota is seeking graduates with Bachelor's degrees (including current graduate students) to serve as behavioral coaches for a federally funded health intervention study with parents and teens. Behavioral coaching positions are part-time (5-10 hours/week) including Monday evenings 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST and Wednesdays 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST. Please email resume or CV to Carol Peterson, Ph.D., at

19. Job Opportunity for Graduating Seniors - University of Chicago

We just opened up an application for a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry in the Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Lab. The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings. Our lab primarily works with addictive, compulsive, and impulsive disorders. Works alongside another coordinator to help manage the day-to-day processes of the lab. Under limited direction, but can work as a team. Collects, records, and analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts. Oversees management of several studies. Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies. Works directly with research subjects on a daily or weekly basis. Able to attend conferences to present individual research. Learn more and apply!

20. Peer Advisor - CLA Career Services

CLA Career Services is the career services office for students in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). We offer resources and services to help CLA students choose a major, search for internships, jobs, and/or volunteer opportunities, revise their resume and cover letter, choose a career, apply to graduate/professional school, and prepare for opportunities post-graduation. Peer Advisors work in the resource room at CLA Career Services providing assistance to a diverse population of students, in all of the above areas, on a drop-in basis. More information on CLA Career ServicesLearn more and apply. Applications are due by March 25th, 2021!

21. Campus Organizer - NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota is seeking campus organizers for the 2021-2022 academic year to help develop and sustain a pro-choice presence at the U! Campus organizers will work with support from NARAL staff throughout the year to educate their campuses about abortion access, Fake Women's Health Centers, and civic engagement. If interested, please send resume and letter of interest to Lucy Jones at, or find more information about the position on the website.

22. CAPE is Hiring Peer Coaches and Office Assistants

Peer Coaches hold major exploration drop-in hours in the main CAPE office in 511 Bruininks and/or via Zoom and at satellite locations on campus. Peer coaches are trained to listen to student's experiences and challenges and offer support and resources for exploring majors. In addition to drop-ins, Peer Coaches also serve as teaching assistants for OUE 2001, CAPE's 1-credit major exploration course. The Peer Coaching position would be an excellent fit for students with a personal and/or professional interest in counseling, teaching, advising, mentoring, and coaching. To apply, search for job ID 339637 on the UMN Job Search page.

Office Assistants are integral to the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration, as they are the first point of contact that a student has with our office. They provide administrative support towards CAPE’s overarching mission: to guide students through the exploration process of finding a major that reflects their unique interests, strengths, and personal values. This position will be conducted primarily online during Spring and Summer 2021, with the transition to in-person work following U of M and MDH guidelines. To apply, search for job ID 339636 on the UMN Job Search page.

23. CLA Student Services Peer Advisor/Office Assistant

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Services office provides direct service to students as a key information, intake, peer advising, and referral office for all CLA undergraduate students. In this role, the CLA Student Services office located in Johnston Hall (or remote), serves as a pivotal outreach and communication arm of CLA Student Services (CLASS) for students, faculty, staff, the university community, and the general public. Functionally, the CLASS team operates as the "front door" of the College for the majority of our incoming first-year and transfer students. Our team also supports CLA advising by assisting students with basic advising decisions and referrals to professional advising staff. The CLASS office staff coordinate registration and orientation operations for the college, maintain student records, and provide mail and equipment services to CLASS. The CLASS office staff provide critical central support and communications for advising functions throughout CLASS, including the student advising communities, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, Individualized Degree Programs, and the First and Second Year Experience program. Students served are continuing CLA students with special emphasis on newly admitted students. To learn more about the position and apply, search for job ID 339558 on the UMN Job Search Site.