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Psych Scoop, 4/16/19

April 16, 2019

April 16th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Seniors! Don’t forget to RSVP

Psychology majors who have applied for Spring 2019 graduation should have received an email invitation to the 2019 Psychology Undergraduate Celebration. This annual psychology undergraduate event recognizes award recipients and graduating seniors in front of peers, staff, faculty, and family for all of their accomplishments! The event will be held on campus Friday, May 3rd, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. RSVPs are due by Wednesday, April 24th. Visit our Facebook page to view pictures of last year's celebration.

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.

2. IOPC: HR Guest Speaker Event

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

Are you considering an internship or career in Human Resources? Do you want to know what it's like to work in the healthcare industry? We are excited to announce that our next event will feature, Jody Determan, an HR professional at Allina Health. She has been in the healthcare industry for the past 24 years and has experience in most facets of HR. Her current role is to serve HR in improving the function through process improvement and project management. Pizza and donuts will be served! All are welcome to attend!

Courses of Interest

3. PSY 4960: Current Issues in Diversity Science

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in research, theory, history, and practice related to psychological perspectives in Diversity Science. Diversity Science broadly pertains to understanding causes, consequences, and correlates of human group-based variations, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and the like. Students will learn how to adopt a scientific, analytic perspective on current issues and debates related to diversity within both academic research and popular culture. This course will consist of lecture, discussion, and a substantial amount of hands-on learning through the use and analysis of relevant research data. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3301: Introduction to Cultural Psychology is suggested but not required. Completion of PSY 3801 and PSY 3001W strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 4960 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 am- 12:30 pm

Bruininks Hall 512B

Instructor: Moin Syed

Note: this course does count as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.

4. Register for GCC 3026 and make a difference for diversity in STEM!

This coming Fall semester, GCC 3026 students will again be going out to Murray Middle School to build semester-long relationships with 7th and 8th graders as they learn how to be independent scientific investigators! As we work alongside the young learners, we will question our assumptions about what it means to be "a scientist" and we will study the factors that push students toward and pull students away from participation in academics. For more information, read this article about a student's experience last year.

GCC 3026 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm- 4:15 pm

On and off-campus locations

Instructor: Cheryl Olman (for more information, or a draft syllabus you can email Cheryl at

Note: this course does not count as an elective in the Psychology majors or minors.

5. CSPH Nature-Based Therapeutics Courses

How does your environment affect your overall wellbeing? Did you know that being in nature not only reduces stress but can also boost immune activity? Additionally, a growing number of researchers and human service professionals believe that many issues facing people today - issues that include depression, anxiety, and stress - are due, in part, to our separation from nature. Nature-Based Therapeutics, or NBT, focuses on the healing power of nature through interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes. Through research, courses, and products, the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is working to advance this emerging field. If interested in learning more, check out these upcoming courses for Summer and Fall 2019:

CSPH 5642 - Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics, 3 credits, offered in Fall and Spring.
CSPH 5643 - Horse as Teacher: Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT), 3 credits, offered in Fall.

Please see here the full list of Nature-Based Therapeutics courses online. Or reach out to Christine if you have further questions at

Note: these courses do not count as an elective in the Psychology majors or minors.


6. MSA: Academic Advising Listening Sessions

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Colleges: Carlson, CLA
Location: Hanson Hall 1-103

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Colleges: CEHD, CSE, CLA, CBS, CDES, Nursing school
Location: Memorial Union Room 324

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Colleges: CDES, CFANS, CBS
Location: Alderman Hall 415

Each advising listening session is being held in order to improve the interactions students experience with their advisors. We hope to have an emphasis on the needs of international students and how the advisors can properly aid their transition into an American University, and correctly help them with signing up for classes. We want students to voice their concerns and suggestions regarding their past advising experiences. Find more information on the Facebook event here.

7. Study Abroad for Transfer Students

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 530B Bruininks Hall

Study abroad can be complicated for transfer students, so we are hosting a session with the Learning Abroad Center on study abroad specifically for transfers. We will cover timing and financial planning with a lens on the transfer student concerns. Here is a link to the Facebook event for more information.

8. Stonewall 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Friday, April 19, 2019, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Mayo Auditorium

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations by the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn. This uprising was a pivotal point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. We are holding the Stonewall 50th Anniversary Commemoration event to honor and celebrate these moments in history! We will be taking time to recognize this moment with a screening of the PBS documentary: Stonewall Uprising. Food from Holy Land will be served for the event! For more information, check out the Facebook event here or email James Schwartz at

9. New Horizon Site Visit

Friday, April 19, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free, transportation provided
Location: 3405 Annapolis Lane North, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

Learn more about the mission, vision, functions, and operations of New Horizon Academy, the largest privately owned child care provider in Minnesota. Take a deep dive into current issues impacting early childhood education. Explore careers during the Lunch and Panel discussion. The facilitated panel discussion will explore education career paths of a Director, a (Child) Behavior Specialist, and a Vice President of Operations. Learn more and register for this FREE event on GoldPASS.

10. Dance/Movement Therapy Workshop

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: sliding scale, $5-$10
Location: Barbara Barker Center for Dance

Dance/Movement Therapy Workshop led by Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb will take you through the ins and outs of what DMT is and how it works. It will provide you with information for what paths to take to become a DMT, whether through secondary schooling or alternative route courses through the Twin Cities Community. It will be held at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance on April 21st, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm. Please email Sara Jane Teal at to RSVP. There is a sliding scale for admission $5-$10! We hope to see you there.

11. Now Hiring! 2019 Grads

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Beacon Room, RecWell Center

Join us Tuesday, April 23rd at the University Recreation and Wellness Center 2nd Floor from 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm to connect with representatives from a variety of staffing agencies looking to hire University of Minnesota graduating seniors and recent graduates! Now Hiring: 2019 Grads provides graduating seniors and recent graduates the opportunity to hear from a panel about the hidden job market, gain personal connections, and explore job opportunities. This FREE event is for ALL undergraduate-level graduating seniors or recent graduates (December 2018-August 2019) from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Find more information on GoldPASS.


12. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for a student to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab for Summer 2019 and the Fall 2019 semester. Students will be working primarily on a research project that is evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in a community mental health care setting. Responsibilities will include preparing study materials, administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, and data entry. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field and be willing to commit to 3-4 hours per week (hours will be 3-7pm during the week and occasional weekends). To apply, please send a cover letter including GPA and resume to Jessica Arend (

Grad School

13. University of Minnesota Law School Information Sessions

Monday, April 29, 11:45 am- 2:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Mondale Hall

Register to attend one of the information sessions listed above to observe a class, tour the Law School, and attend an admissions overview. Please register at least one week in advance. Each session lasts from 11:45 am- 2:30 pm. Registration opens at 11:45 am in the foyer of Mondale Hall.

14. University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Open House

Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Moos Tower

The Office of Admissions and Diversity is holding the 2nd Annual School of Dentistry Open House for high school and college students on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Programming for high school students will be from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and college students will attend in the afternoon from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Activities for both groups include hands-on activities, information sessions, and an opportunity to connect with current students, faculty and staff in our dental hygiene (BSDH), dental therapy (BSDH/MDT), and dentistry (DDS) programs. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Find more information and RSVP here.

15. Educational Psychology Grad Program Online Info Sessions

Learn more about earning your graduate degree in educational psychology. Visit the Department of Educational Psychology chat room at the Education Graduate School Virtual Fair on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. Free for prospective students.

9 to 10 a.m.: Special education Ph.D. or MA with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis
Contact: Jennifer McComas []

11 a.m. to noon: Counseling and student personnel psychology
Contact: Kelli Howard []

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: School psychology Ph.D. and MA
Contact: Elyse Farnsworth []

General questions? Contact the Department of Educational Psych at

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.

16. Summer Internship - AshaUSA

Just like many communities, South Asians underestimate the importance of mental health and its impact on physical health and wellbeing in all areas of life. For South Asians in particular, the expectations in education, career and family life can be exceedingly high. South Asians tend to internalize their stress and emotional problems, minimizing the intensity of what they are experiencing or having physical symptoms that are indirect expressions of the stress. Acknowledging the mental health symptoms and explaining them to the people who care, will likely bring great relief. Major hurdles in preventing South Asians from seeking Mental Health help are the stigma associated with mental health, myths and stereotypes about causes, treatment and care of mental health problems. AshaUSA is seeking to hire 2 students interested in mental health. Interested applicants should send their resume/CV and a brief (1-2 paragraphs) letter of interest to apply

17. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Part-Time, UGRA)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for two part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) positions. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions: Job ID 328970- Data Management & Recruiting UGRA (One position open) and Job ID 329026- Data Manager UGRA (Two positions open).

18. Interested in making a difference in the lives of others and gaining experience in the Mental Health Field? Of course you are, you follow Psych Scoop!

Residential Transitions, Inc. (RTI) is currently looking to fill a number of Mental Health Practitioner positions throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Our Mental Health Practitioners provide person-centered guidance to our clients and assist them in modeling and practicing skills to help them maintain independence. RTI is looking to hire Full-Time and Part-Time Mental Health Practitioners and has positions open for students currently pursuing a degree as well for those who have obtained their degree. To view our current openings, visit our website. For questions regarding our current openings, please email Erin Brunette at Please note: RTI is a 245D licensed institution, which means all staff must have a valid driver’s license and car insurance on file. We hope to have you join our team!

19. College of Liberal Arts Student Services Office Assistant/Peer Adviser

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 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 the CLASS. Office assistants/peer advisors are responsible for helping with student intake, document imaging, and other office tasks as assigned. Find more information by going to the Student Job Board and looking for job ID 329290.