You are here

Psych Scoop, 4/18/18

April 18, 2018

April 18th, 2018

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. Share your news with!

Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Are You Graduating Spring 2018? Save the Date to Celebrate!

Psychology majors who have applied for Spring 2018 graduation will soon be receiving an email invitation to the 2018 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 4, 2017 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Please mark your calendars now and RSVP here! The deadline to RSVP is April 25ht. Visit our Facebook page to view pictures of past years' celebrations.

Psychology Student Organizations

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!

2. Join Psi Chi/Psych Club's First Career/Internship Exploration Night!

Today!, April 18th, 5:30-6:30pm
Elliott N119

Psi Chi/Psych Club will be hosting a night where we take the time to explore the different possible career paths in the field of psychology. We will have guest speaker Laura Heilman from career services, Mike Houlahan from Psych Advising and a guest from the Center for Community-Engaged Learning. Come learn about all the different paths to take with a degree in psychology and how you can start getting hands-on experience while you're an undergrad.

3. Apply to be a PISA officer for the 2018-2019 School Year!

Passionate about Psychology? Interested in helping other Psychology majors on campus? Wish to polish your leadership and organizational skills? PISA is recruiting for the next academic year! We are looking for driven individuals who care about international students and Psychology! If this sounds like you, please take a few minutes to fill up this form and be part of something bigger than yourself. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us on Facebook or

Officer Application


4. Philosophy 4326/5326—Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community

PHIL 4326, otherwise known as Philosophy Camp. Philosophy Camp is the affectionate nickname of Philosophy 4326/5326—Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (4 credits, 3 weeks). Students and instructors meet daily, from May 18th through June 8th, and create a residential living-learning community experience. Participants gain a fresh perspective on questions of self, vocation, education, sustainability, and community while enjoying simple living on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota. Philosophy Camp is now taking applications for the upcoming 2018 May term. $2500 program fee covers 4-credits tuition, a single room, all meals, and supplies. It also covers two liberal education requirements: Civics and Arts and Humanities.

For more information visit our website or our Facebook page, or email us at with any questions or to set up a meeting with a program alum.


5. Visit bswing (A Digital Design Agency)

Friday, April 20th, 9:30-12:30pm
Bus transportation provided from the East Bank Campus

bswing is an innovative digital design agency geared toward solving human problems. During this visit, you will tour the space, engage in an interactive design activity, and meet employees from the research, design, and software development teams.

This visit is a good match for students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, innovation, web design, full-stack web app development, and product design development. To learn more about bswing and to view the internship and full-time opportunities available go to:

Questions? Contact Emily Loudon (, 612-624-7577).

6. Now Hiring! 2018 Grads

Tuesday, April 24th, 2:00-4:30pm
U of M Rec Center - 2nd Floor

Connect with representatives from a variety of staffing agencies looking to hire UMN seniors and recent graduates. Now Hiring: 2018 Grads! provides University of Minnesota graduating seniors 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 (December 2017-August 2018) from the UMN - Twin Cities campus and is not a job fair. Business casual attire required.

7. April Nutritious U Food Pantry

April 24th-26th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Coffman Memorial Union Room 210

Do you worry your food might run out before you can buy more? Do you lack reliable transportation to an affordable grocery store? If you struggle to get enough, quality food to eat - visit Nutritious U April 24-26th from 10-4pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, and professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! We believe that healthy food in college is a necessity, and not a luxury.

For more information, visit Facebook.

8. Autism at Work Virtual Ccareer Fair

Wednesday, April 25th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: Free

Attend the Autism at Work Career Fair! This is a virtual event open to people on the autism spectrum from across the US & Canada. This event is free to attend. Chat with participating employers: Bloomberg L.P., Deloitte, EY, IBM, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, and SAP.

RSVP here

9. Gratitude Event

Friday, April 20th, 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: FREE for all CLA Students

Come celebrate with us at our free social gathering to honor all the amazing work done in mental health care. The event is a celebration to all who have contributed to improving mental health care as well as those who are interested in learning more about People Incorporated and mental illness. Enjoy engaging multi-media activities and a humorous and educational performance by the Brave New Workshop. The Gratitude Event is in anticipation of People Incorporated’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2019. All are welcome.

RSVP by April 10

10. "I Feel You" - Mental Health Awareness Day

Friday, April 27th, 5:30-7:30pm
Bruininks Hall 330

"Everyone is going through something that we cannot see. This is an everyone thing."

As college students, we are stressed by so many things every day. It could be academics, relationships, social life, personal finance, etc. However, you are not alone. "I Feel You" Mental Health Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and to promote healthier lifestyles within the community.

We want to create an environment for you not only to share your own stories with your peers but also to learn more about stress management. We will have Student Counseling Service to talk about stress management and free Yoga session. There will be Kungfu Tea, Canes, cultural games, and lots of fun!!

Research (for credit)

11. Social Interaction Lab

We are seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students to work in Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interaction Lab in the Summer of 2018. We will be collecting data (e. g., running participants) from parents and their child (age 3-5) on a project about differences in parenting behaviors. Because we have many community participants, we have to be flexible in scheduling the lab sessions. That means sometimes working on nights or weekends, and the schedule will change from week to week (but sessions are scheduled around your availability). Successful applicants will have multiple chunks of 3+ hours available per week. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the summer. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. Please contact Jami Eller ( if you are interested or visit our website and complete the application link.

12. Narrative, Identity, Culture and Education Lab

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants for the NICE (Narrative, Identity, Culture, and Education) Lab in the Department of Psychology, to start in Fall 2018. Research assistants will receive credit for PSY 5993, and will assist in one active study examining the impact of cultural representations on identity development among Native Americans through digital storytelling methods. RA duties may include assisting with literature review and analysis of qualitative data. RAs will attend regular lab meetings and be expected to work approximately 9 hours per week. To apply, please complete the application found here and submit to graduate student, Jill Fish at

13. Important research (CPSY 4994) information

If you're hoping to get involved with research (as a volunteer or for CPSY 4994 credit in your major), please bookmark/save the following important document which has been recently updated for summer and fall to show current Institute of Child Development lab information. Here is another helpful "how to" guide if you aren't sure how to get started in contacting lab. (Note that one lab (DSCN) is only taking fall applications until April 23.)

14. Call for Research Intern Applicants

Are you passionate about helping children and families? Have you ever wondered about what family research looks like? Are you interested in graduate school, and looking for an opportunity to gain research experience? If you have answered yes to any of those questions, then a research internship with the ADAPT4U project might be for you! We are looking for responsible undergraduates in Family Science, Child Development, or Psychology for our behavioral coding team who are willing to spend a summer or a year with us doing essential and interesting research work starting this summer. This project (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) researches the impact of a family intervention to help military families after deployment. The time commitment for the project equates to 2 hours of course credit during the summer, and 1 hour of course credit during each semester if you choose to remain on the project. You can decide whether you would like to obtain course credit for the experience or not, although we encourage it for your benefit. You will receive all the training you need, and much of the work can be done from home on your own schedule. You will need reliable access to internet in a secure/private location as well as the ability to come to our office in Minneapolis for training and reliability meetings. Our interns say that they find the work interesting and that they find personal and professional benefit from working on the project. Are you interested to learn more? Please visit our websites here and here.


15. Three multi-use facilities now available for foot washing

The University is committed to ensuring that the campus is welcoming, respectful, and accessible to all. Three years ago a planning group came together to discuss how to address the lack of facilities for the many University students and employees who are Muslim and need to have the ability to wash their feet several times in the course of the day. Lacking proper facilities, some people have resorted to using conventional restroom sinks, which is difficult to do and presents safety issues for all users. To better meet this need, three existing spaces have been renovated to provide places to sit, paper towel dispensers, and floor sinks. These spaces provide convenience to members of the University community who need to wash their feet or desire privacy. They are all multi-use and open to everyone. For more information, visit this website.

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. Volunteer abroad at an affordable cost!

AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-led organization. We promote global volunteer exchanges to develop leadership skills and practical experiences. AIESEC aims to develop young people into world citizens. For assistance in your program search and application process, you can schedule a meeting with an AIESEC Minnesota member by contacting Browse the available projects at! To learn more check out our info sessions: Every Thursday in Kolthoff Hall 136 from 4:30-5:30pm.

17. ProScribe

Students employed with ProScribe can expect to:

  • Earn a paycheck
  • Receive discounts on Kaplan Test Prep
  • Maintain a flexible schedule while attending school
  • Significantly advance their knowledge of the medical field
  • Receive a letter of recommendation (view eligibility rules here)
  • Receive discounts on admissions counseling services from Med School Coach
  • Gain invaluable hands-on experience, clinical exposure, and interact with physicians and patients in real-time

You can also visit our website for more information. Students are able to apply here.

18. Paid Research Assistant Position

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) research program at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is currently looking for a paid research assistant. The TBIMS project is a longitudinal study of active-duty service members and veterans who come to the Minneapolis VA for inpatient rehabilitation following traumatic brain injuries that range from mild to severe. Participants are enrolled during their inpatient rehabilitation stay and are assessed at 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, and 20 years post-injury to determine their level of functioning and recovery. Research assistant duties include calling participants for follow-up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, assisting in the recruitment and maintenance of participants in the study, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. There also are opportunities to present at national conferences and to contribute to peer-reviewed manuscripts if this is desired. Although the paid position is currently for 20 hours per week of work, the position may be increased in the future if additional research funds are received. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Jacob Finn, staff psychologist and study principal investigator (