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Psych Scoop, 4/11/17

April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Graduate School Panel

Thursday, April 20th, 3:00-4:15pm, N219 Elliott Hall

This program would be great for undergraduate psychology students who are considering a RESEARCH based graduate program. Come hear from Psychology's Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Lindsey Jendraszak, on what makes a competitive applicant for research based grad programs. You'll also hear from a panel of psychology graduate students at the U of M in various research areas to better learn about their process of applying to research based graduate schools, reaching out to faculty about their research, and everything in-between! Space is limited; please RSVP today at:

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!

2. Jeopardy & Junk Food

Wednesday, April 12th, 5:30-6:30pm, N119 Elliott Hall

Looking for a break from studying? Join Psychology Club for a fun night of Psychology-themed Jeopardy with free snacks! There will be prizes for the winning team so come prepared to put your knowledge to the test.

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!

3. IOPC Event: Presentation by Dr. Aaron Schmidt

Wednesday, April 12th, 4:30-6:00pm, S160 Elliott Hall

IOPC is proud to present to you our next event of the semester, featuring Professor Aaron Schmidt! As one of the core faculty members of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology department here at the U, Professor Schmidt has knowledge in various research areas including employee motivation, individual learning, and team training and performance. In addition, he will be here to provide more information regarding grad school and answering any questions that you may have. Snacks and drinks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Psychology International 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!

4. Apply to be a PISA Officer for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting for officers position for the academic year of 2017-2018! This would be a great opportunity for you to develop your leadership skills, gain event organizing experience, and much more. To apply, fill out an online application. Please note that the deadline is Monday, April 17th, 2017 at 11:59pm! A group interview will be held on Friday, April 21st, 2017. Details for the interview will be sent to applicants after the application closes. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us at


5. Pop-Up Stress Check-ins

Thursday, April 13th, 1:00-4:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union

Don't we all want to feel less stressed? The de-stress program with Boynton Health is offering Pop-Up Stress Check Ins in partner with several cultural centers on the second floor of Coffman. This event is for students who identify with AMCC, ASU, BSU, DSCC, FSAC, and QSCC. Drop-in for a 30 minute stress check-in with a peer helper who shares your identity OR sit in on a group stress management skill like breathing exercises, coloring, free writing, and more! Pop in to Pop-Ups on Thursday, April 13th from 1-4pm!

6. Multicultural Career & Leadership Summit

Saturday, April 22nd, 8:30am-3:30pm, Coffman Memorial Union

The Multicultural Career & Leadership Summit is a career preparation conference hosted by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. The Summit brings University of Minnesota students from diverse backgrounds together with business leaders from around the Twin Cities for career development workshops, deep networking and relationship-building, and an exclusive job fair. Registered students will have access to a range of pre-Summit workshops designed to hone skills related to resumes and cover letters, interviewing, networking, business attire, and navigating social identities in the job search and workplace. Registration is free!

7. MINDS Journal Club

Tuesday, April 18th, 12:00-1:00pm, 326 Coffman Union

Minnesota Institute for Neuroeconomics and Decision Science (MINDS) is a student organization dedicated to increasing awareness and cross-disciplinary collaboration regarding research related to neuroeconomics and decision science occurring on the University of Minnesota campus.This journal club will be led by 4th year neuroscience student Brendan Hasz, who will be leading a discussion of an article entitled “Neural Computations Underlying Arbitration between Model-Based and Model-free Learning” (Lee et al., 2014). After a brief summary/overview of the paper, we will have a group discussion. Free pizza and La Croix will be served to all in attendance. We hope to see you all there!

8. MINDS Fall Symposium

Thursday, April 20th, 5:30-7:30pm, N219 Elliott Hall

The Minnesota Institute for Neuroeconomics and Decision Science (MINDS) is pleased to host their second research dinner on Thursday, April 20th at 5:30pm in Elliot Hall N219. This academic and career development event aims to bridge gaps across a number of disciplines involved in decision-making and neuroeconomics research. These are two of the most exciting, rapidly growing, and vastly interdisciplinary fields spanning neuroscience, economics, business, computer science, psychology, medicine, public health, and law. This event will feature talks from two members of the University of Minnesota: Professor of Neuroscience Dr. David Redish and clinical psychology graduate student Samantha Abram, who will be discussing the neurophysiology of decision-making with implications for psychiatry and economics. This event will also feature a free dinner catered by Wally's, during which attendees may meet graduate student researchers across a number of different departments. Please e-mail Brandon Almy with any questions (

9. Careers in Health Justice

Thursday, April 20th, 12:00-1:30pm, 50 Humphrey (West Bank)

At this career panel and networking event, learn about the many career opportunities in the area of Health Justice from professionals in the field. Free lunch will be provided. A collaborative event between the Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS), CLA MLK Jr. and PES Programs, and CLA Career Services. All students welcome. Free lunch provided, but RSVP required. RSVP at


10. Still Time to Apply for HECUA!

The Fall and Summer 2017 Deadline to apply for HECUA's Inequality in America; Environmental Sustainability; Making Media, Making Change; and Race in America is Saturday, April 15th! If you haven't completed your application yet, don't sweat it! You can finish everything in one sitting at the upcoming HECUA Apply-a-thon:

Thursday, April 13th:

10:00am-12:00pm at St. Paul Student Center, Room 110

1:00pm-3:00pm in Appleby Hall, Room 269

Follow this link to HECUA's online application. If you have any questions, please email

11. Sophomores: Class of 2019 Showcase is Seeking Submissions!

The Second Year Student Board is seeking second-year students to submit their work to be displayed at the Class of 2019 Showcase on April 22nd at Spring Jam. Submit your artwork, research projects, writing, designs, models or anything else you have created and want to showcase. Submissions are due by tomorrow! (Wednesday, April 12th) Find more information and submission form here.

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

12. PSY 3960: Addiction and the Brain - 3 credit May Term Course!

M, T, W, Th: 9:05am-1:10pm, May 22nd-June 9th. Instructor: Scott Burwell, M.A. (

This seminar will focus on various issues surrounding addiction from the perspectives of psychological and biological sciences, as well as from the standpoint of public health policymakers. First, students will become deeply familiar with theories and stages of “addiction” recognized by various governmental institutions (e.g. NIDA, NIMH) and mental health/ medical associations (e.g., APA) to critically evaluate the question: is addiction a disease?

We will draw from scholarly readings (e.g., peer-reviewed research) and popular media (e.g., movies, book chapters) to address this question. Next, we will explore the notion that certain psychological (e.g., comorbid mental disorders) and/or neurobiological factors (e.g., brain dysfunction, genetics) put individuals at greater risk for developing addiction than others. Notably, despite decades of animal research and public service announcements suggesting that drug abuse causes brain damage or mental dysfunction, it remains largely unknown whether drug abuse has any lasting impact on the human brain. Here, we will draw from exciting new twin research to gain insight into this uncertainty. Finally, novel treatment approaches for addiction and related disorders will be discussed. This course will involve discussions on psychopharmacology and neurobiology but prior coursework in these areas is not expected nor is it required.

13. Fall 2017 Health Careers Exploration Courses

The Health Careers Center offers credit courses to help students explore health career options, gain insights into the health professions, and prepare for application. Fall 2017 courses include: AHS 1101/1102: Orientation to Health Careers (1 cr), AHS 1600/1602: the Future Physician - Medicine in the 21st Century (1 cr), AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement (1 cr) and AHS 3101: The New Health Professions Team (2 cr). More information can be found on the Health Careers Center website.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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14. Apply to Be a Libraries Peer Research Consultant for Fall 2017!

The University of Minnesota Libraries are now accepting students applications for the Fall 2017 Peer Research Consultants (library research tutors). There are two openings for these paid positions. In this position, you will work one-on-one with students on their academic research. Teach students how to narrow down research topics, identify search tools and search strategies needed to successfully complete their research assignments. Must be available to work about 10 hours a week. Optional summer work possible. Applicants will need to provide a resume and letter of recommendation from faculty or an advisor addressing academic performance, interpersonal and communication skills, and motivation. Please apply through the UMN Employment Site. The application deadline is end-of-day Friday, April 28th. If you have any questions please contact Andrew Palahniuk at (

15. Housing & Residential Life Internship Opportunities

Housing & Residential Life is hiring for Off Campus Engagement Intern positions and Communication & Engagement Intern positions! They are looking for creative, enthusiastic and autonomous individuals to work either with Dinnaken apartment properties or on campus in Bailey, Comstock, University Village and Yudof. These unique positions will focus on creating a socially just community and oversee marketing efforts for these buildings. There are no living requirements for these positions. Both positions are 10 - 15 hours a week at $10 an hour. The Communications & Engagement Intern is a student staff member who supports students who live on campus. CEI job description located: The Off Campus Engagement Intern is a student staff member who supports second year students living in off campus properties partnering with the university. Off Campus Engagement Intern Job Description: Priority Deadline for application, cover letter, and resume is April 12th at 4:00pm. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Application: Please send resume and cover letter to

16. ACR Homes is Hiring for Direct Care Positions

ACR Homes is currently in need of additional staffing for a direct care position titled "Direct Care Professional," which involves working with individuals that have physical/or developmental disabilities. Some roles of a PC include escorting residents to appointments, administering medications, providing care for daily activities, preparing meals, documenting legal health information, taking residents on community outings such as movies, concerts, parks, etc. There are no specific qualifications for this job. However, the position does require training before being permitted to work at any home, which covers first-aid, CPR, medication administration, how to handle behaviors, and other classes depending on your assigned home. Training can take up to two weeks, but the good news is that all training is paid!

ACR Homes requires a minimum of 12 hours a week (around two shifts), and we prefer staff to commit for at least 6 months. If you do not have a source of transportation, we have a car program available for all employees. The Direct Care Professional position pays $11.00/hr during weekdays, $12.75 if working an awake night. During weekends, you would make $12.81 for day and evening shifts, and $15.00 for awake nights. We also have an internship program for any employee planning to pursue nursing, pharmacy, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-based careers. We can even create a new internship based on your interests, as long as you are an employee. If you are interested, contact Caitlin Fortin at or (952) 261-7038

17. Part and Full Time Direct Care Positions Available at Alternatives for People with Autism, Inc.

Alternatives for People with Autism, Inc. (APA), a non profit residential service, is looking to fill both Part and Full Time Direct Care staff positions. Our organization strives to hire exceptional staff dedicated to providing a person centered approach to care. We are looking to hire staff with a passion for improving the quality of life for our residents by providing necessary supports while teaching new skills in communication, community integration, tasks, and leisures. Our programming efforts are supported by CappsDATA, a computer-aided process that supports our direct care services and enhances the way our services are designed, administered, tracked, and analyzed. Part time positions start at 14.70/hr and require 15 completed college credits. Full time positions start at 15.55/hr and require a 4 year degree. For more information, a full job description, benefits, and required shift hours, or to apply, please contact Erin Sipe at 763-560-5330 or