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Psych Scoop, 4/13/21

April 13, 2021

April 13th, 2021

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1. Support of Students - Statement on the Police Killing of Daunte Wright

Department of Psychology leadership, headed by Prof. Jeff Simpson, shared the following message on Monday“The city and University community is already on edge with the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, and Mr. Wright’s death by police is yet another distressing reminder of the systemic racism and violence experienced by the Black community. We support Black students, staff, and faculty.”

We want to encourage the use of campus resources for support available to all of our students - for student mental health and for opportunities to engage with others in the University community.

The Department of Psychology leadership has stressed the need for support and flexibility at this time. “Please check in with students and colleagues, many of whom may be experiencing ongoing trauma from these events. We encourage you to hold time for discussion on this matter in your classes. Course instructors should provide additional time and/or extensions on exams, assignments, projects, etc., as needed. Supervisors should be understanding about the need for extra time to complete work.” Be in contact with your instructor or staff in the Undergraduate Advising Office if you are experiencing difficulty right now and need support.

Justice for Daunte Wright.

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 16th, 2021 - deadline extendedTake the survey. While you will need to log into your UMN account, you can provide anonymous feedback.

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.

3. 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 Looking forward to seeing you soon! Apply through the application form.


4. Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us Wednesday, April 14 for a virtual lecture by Dr. Allissa Richardson, author of "Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism" (Oxford University Press, 2020). A Q & A and moderated discussion will follow the lecture, facilitated by Dr. Danielle Kilgo, John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity, and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. RSVP and learn more.

5. This Is Exhausting! Moving Beyond Surviving and Discovering Peace through Self-Care: A Conversation with African American Mental Health Providers

Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 11:00 am- 12:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

As we confront an unrelenting daily dose of news and events that highlight health, racial, political, and social crises locally, nationally, and globally, many of us are experiencing a torrent of emotions. Our panelists of mental health providers will discuss how they experience the multiple stressors and trauma-inducing events, how we can center and anchor our wellness, and suggest recommendations for us to individually and collectively take care. We invite students, staff, and faculty to join us for this conversation. RSVP and learn more.

6. Hear Us! A Conversation on Trauma and Resilience in African American and Tribal Communities

Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join this online conversation on trauma and resilience through Facebook Live. Panelists include Briana Michels - Tribal Community Facilitator at UofM Extension - Resource & Resilience Team, and Ebony Adedayo - Program Manager at ReCAST Minneapolis - Resilience in Communities after Stress & Trauma. People attending the live event will participate in a drawing of a $20 gift card.

7. ICD Alumni Career Panel

Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

ICD will be hosting a virtual alumni career panel on Thursday, April 15th. Students will have the opportunity to hear multiple panelists present about their careers and educational pathways, and get a chance to ask questions during a Q&A. Career fields represented will include clinical counseling, child life, early childhood, social work, nursing, and human services. This event is the perfect opportunity to get some inspiration for the future and hear about some of the possibilities that you have available to you. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this brief Google form.

8. International Alumni Career Panel: From Student Leader to Career!

Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

We know you are getting very involved in your student experience, joining student organizations, working as a student employee, volunteering, taking on projects - but what comes next? Join the upcoming International Alumni panel featuring former UMN International Students who were leaders in student organizations and opportunities such as Minnesota International Student Association, Latino International Student Association, International Buddy Program, Small World Coffee Hour, and more. RSVP to learn more. Please email UMN International Career Consultant, Jane at, with any questions.

9. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC).- St. Thomas

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. 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. Register for the conference today.

10. Teach-in: From Mohamed Noor to Derek Chauvin: Race, Policing, and the Criminal Justice System in Minneapolis

Monday, April 19th, 2021, 5:15 pm- 6:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

For the second time in less than two years, the city of Minneapolis will be the site of a police trial that has garnered national and international attention. Given the temporal proximity of these trials and the centrality of race (and gender) in both cases, this teach-in will take a deep look at the Chauvin trial from jury selection to trial arguments and commentary and will do so in a way that helps our students and communities better understand how race, gender, policing, and police violence are adjudicated. Learn more and RSVP. This Teach-In will be guided by the questions we receive from students. Specifically, we are soliciting questions from those who are trying to make sense of the trial, state violence, ongoing protest, and the possibilities and challenges of forging transformative interracial solidarities. Please share your questions here. All questions are welcome.

Courses of Interest

11. Psychology & Research in Madrid Summer 2021 Deadline Extension!

This program provides an incredible psychology research opportunity and allows students to take Introduction to Biological Psychology or Cross-Cultural Psychology for a total of 6 credits. The program has been developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Psychology Department and the Fundación Ortega-Marañon in Madrid. Students live in apartments and take courses at our centrally located study center. For eligibility requirements and more information, please visit the program webpage. Contact Amy Garwood-Díaz at with questions.

12. Summer CPSY Courses

CPSY 3301 and 4303 will both be offered online this summer, and may count in your PSY major (and/or a Developmental Psych minor!). Please contact the Dev Psych advisor at with any questions about CPSY courses or our minor.

13. Institute on the Environment Interdisciplinary Courses

Want to apply your degree to help people and the planet? The Institute on the Environment (1) wants you to know that there are many interdisciplinary courses (2) to help you learn about and address environmental issues. There is a wide range of courses that might be of interest on this website, from the courses in the Sustainability Studies Minor to Acara courses that are project-based courses in which you learn to design innovative solutions to complex grand challenges. Questions about these courses or want to learn other ways to get involved in the Institute? Email Christina Lundgren at

14. Fall 2021 - EPSY 5121: Debugging Failure in Learning (3 credits)

The learning process is anything but a smooth, linear event. Moments of uncertainty, substantive impasses, and stretches of confusion are frequent parts of the learning experience. In some situations, these moments serve as springboards for growth and learning. In other situations, they steer students away from learning. This course investigates the double-edged potential of failure to catalyze and thwart learning. Learn more.

EPSY 5121 is to be determined on location/remote but is on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Instructor: David DeLiema

Note: this course does not count as elective credit for Psychology majors or minors.


15. *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

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity Working with a Culturally Adapted Parenting Intervention

We are seeking motivated students who care about increasing accessibility of interventions through cultural adaptation and innovative dissemination strategies to join Dr. Abigail Gewirtz's 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 accepting new research assistants to help us collect data for a pilot study of Parenting in the Moment (PIM), a video-based parenting program designed for refugee and immigrant families. RAs will participate in weekly project meetings and discussions on cultural adaptation, engage in survey administration and data management and gain hands-on experience in disseminating the program publicly through creative marketing strategies. RAs will receive mentorship on understanding current research in psychology and gain applicable professional development skills. This is an especially fitting position for the students who plan to pursue careers working with diverse populations. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 6 hours of work per week throughout the semester. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Tori Simenec at

17. *Credit* Directed Research – Evaluating Evidence in the Psychology of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

This research experience focuses on evaluating scientific claims related to the psychology of culture, race, and ethnicity. Students will conduct archival research related to open science, replicability, and reproducibility to assess the quality of the research that has been generated and develop conclusions on the strength of evidence for different topics. Students will also learn the basics of R programming for summarizing and visualizing data. There will be one hour of in-person meeting time per week, with the remaining work completed independently by the students. Concurrent enrollment in PSY 3901W is permitted. For Fall 2021, this experience will be in-person and there is a required weekly meeting Thursdays 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST. Email Moin Syed at if you are interested in joining.

18. *Credit or Volunteer* Looking for a Meaningful Way to Put your Multimedia Design Skills to Use?

Faculty at Lehigh University and the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota are working on developing online modules for under-resourced families of children with autism to help them achieve their goals with their children. We are looking for someone with multimedia design skills to join our team. Contact Dr. Savana Bak at if you are interested.

19. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant

The laboratory of Dr. Matt Kushner is looking for an undergraduate volunteer research assistant to assist in an ongoing study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to test a computer-delivered therapy for alcohol use disorder and anxiety. Primary responsibilities include data entry with the possibility of completing participant appointments in the future. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to learn new skills. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills and comfortable using basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and web applications are also required. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week with hours usually between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. If you are interested, please send a copy of your resume to Nikki Degeneffe at


20. Friend in STEM Mentees Needed!

A Friend in STEM is a mentorship program that connects undergraduate students interested in STEM with scientists at the University of Minnesota. As scientists, we know from experience that pursuing a career in STEM requires building a network of research and faculty mentors. However, we also realize that forming these connections can be difficult and intimidating. It is our goal through this program to leverage our experiences in graduate school and in labs at UMN to work for students - to help inform decisions about undergraduate research, and support students if/when they choose to pursue graduate degrees. We believe that careers in STEM should be accessible to everyone and we hope that connecting with a Minnesota scientist will help students to feel welcomed to this research community. Learn more and apply.

21. Virtual Human Services Career Fair March 2021 Recording Available

If you are graduating at the end of the semester, looking for a job for the summer, or otherwise looking for employment, watch the recording of the Virtual Human Services Career Fair March 2021. Many of the employers also have positions posted on Handshake and Career Hub but this is a great opportunity to learn a bit more about the companies and hear from current staff about what they enjoy about their job.

22. Peer Research Consultants

Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) are students with strong academic records and writing skills, trained to help you with your research papers or assignments. PRCs can also help you get started with faculty-sponsored research. You can get help on picking a paper topic, selecting keywords, searching databases, and finding and evaluating high-quality sources. Schedule a 30-minute appointment to get started on your research.


23. Transfer Students - Volunteer to be on a Panel!

Your student voice and experience matter! Please join us as a panelist and connect with incoming CLA transfer students. The event takes just 45 minutes in Zoom. Sign up to volunteer and make a difference for your campus community!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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24. Student Front Desk Support - School of Nursing

This position provides customer service and administrative support at the front desk in the School of Nursing's Office of Student & Career Advancement Services (OSCAS). A full description of responsibilities is available in the position description online. Students in this role are expected to work 12.5 hours a week between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm M-F. The position is available beginning May 3, 2021, with the potential to renew each term. Work is currently remote, but will likely transition to in-person/on-campus in the fall. The position pays $12 an hour -- work-study is preferred, but not required. To find the full position description and apply by the April 15th deadline, visit the Human Resources website, select "Students" and search by job code: 339429. Submit your resume, cover letter, and two references to the online application portal. Questions can be directed to Brittany Howard at, Student Services Specialist.

25. Check Out Parker-Dewey Micro-Internships!

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. Create an account and find your micro-internship today.

26. Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer

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 Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our Learning Rx centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, or Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our Certified Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific research-supported 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 4 pm-8 pm or three weekdays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays 9 am-12 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Starting pay of $15/hr plus a signing bonus of $500 and performance bonus' up to $2 per hour / per client. Internship credit available in addition to pay. Training and certification are provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to

27. Research Assistant - Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion

A full-time Research Assistant is being sought to support multiple NIH-funded projects in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu (lab information) and Dr. Brooks King-Casas (lab information) at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and in vivo electrochemistry to investigate brain function in healthy and psychiatric populations. Learn more about qualifications and application instructions.

28. Psychiatry Department - Research Support Position

The lab of Justin Anker (Ph.D.) is filling a part-time research position to support NIH-funded research focused on alcoholism, anxiety disorders, and stress psychophysiology. Responsibilities for this position include patient recruitment, ongoing patient assessment including diagnostic interviews, data collection, data entry and verification, appointment scheduling and reminders, participant phone screening, preparing participants and equipment for stress physiology data collection (e.g., EEG, EMG, skin conductance, cortisol collection), and collecting, logging, and storing specimens. Responsibilities will also include some regulatory tasks and study coordination. Hours for the position are flexible, however, applicants who have afternoon availability (i.e. 3:30 pm-6 pm) will be given priority. Requirements and qualifications for this position include a Bachelor’s Degree, a keen sense of detail, adherence to standard lab procedures including timeliness and professionalism, and strict adherence to the Federal Code of Regulations and Good Clinical Practice Standards. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate school and needing to gain experience working directly with patient populations in a research capacity. We are looking to fill this position quickly. If you are interested, please send a brief letter of interest and current copies of your resume and transcript to the study coordinator by email to Kelly Ochocki at