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Psych Scoop, 4/21/20

April 21, 2020

April 21st, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Virtual Research Grad Panel

Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Cost: Free

Are you considering graduate school in psychology for research? Join us to hear a panel of UMN graduate students talk about their experiences in various research areas. This is a great opportunity to better understand the process of applying to research-based graduate schools! There will be breakout rooms to talk about how to request letters of recommendation, maximizing the gap year(s), narrowing research interests and building positive relationships with faculty, and personal statements! Don't miss it

2. Psych Peer Chatroom

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Psych Advising has started a Peer Chatroom for students to chat with Rucha, one of our peer advisors. The aim is for students to have a place they can check-in, connect with a peer. Please note that Rucha will not be answering academic questions in the chatroom (but you can check out drop-ins if you have academic questions!). The chatroom will be hosted on Tuesday 4/28 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm virtually via Zoom.

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. Psych Club Updates

All Psych Club communications, events, and updates can be seen in our newsletter. If you are not yet subscribed but interested in keeping up with information related specifically to Psychology Club, as well as resources for all students struggling in any capacity with COVID-19, follow the newsletter link and subscribe today!

Courses of Interest

4. Summer 2020 CPSY Course Options

Looking for summer courses for Psych majors? Both CPSY 3301 (Intro to Child Psych) and CPSY 4303 (Adolescent Psych) will be offered this year! These can count as Group B or electives in your Psychology major and also for a Developmental (Child) Psychology minor. Email with any questions.

5. PSY 3711 - Psychology in the Workplace - 3 credits - Summer 2020

This course has been recently added to the Summer schedule. PSY 3711 counts for a distribution C course for Psych majors. The course goes over the application of psychological theory/research to recruitment, personnel selection, training/development, job design, workgroup design, work motivation, leadership, performance assessment, and job satisfaction measurement.

PSY 3711 is online

Instructor: Richard Landers

Note: this course counts in psychology majors and minors.

6. EPSY 5114 - Psychology of Student Learning - 3 credits - Summer 2020

This course is an introduction to the theories, data, and methods that compose educational psychology. The course begins with a review of those aspects of developmental psychology that are foundational for education. We will then consider how cognitive psychology informs questions of learning, memory, knowledge, and reasoning. With this background in place, we end the course with a focus on the classroom: instruction, motivation, assessment, and individual differences. Contact Sashank Varma at for questions.

EPSY 5114 is online, meeting Monday- Friday 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm, June 6th - 26th

Instructor: Jeff Bye

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

7. EPSY 1281 - Psychological Science Applied - 4 credits - Fall 2020

The course introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas. Through the lenses of education, we review the principles of learning, memory, development, intelligence, and interventions. Through the lenses of health and wellness, we review personality, biological, social, and cognitive bases of normal and abnormal behavior, as well as treatments. Finally, through the lenses of business and organizations, we review principles of motivation, sensation, perception, and social behavior. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education, health sciences, and psychology and is designed to meet the liberal arts/social sciences core requirement. For more information, contact Martin Van Boekel at

EPSY 1281 meets for the lecture on Monday and Wednesdays from 9:05 am- 9:55 am, see Schedule Builder for lab times

Blegen Hall 10

Instructor: Martin Van Boekel

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.


8. Online Stress Busters

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm (Apr. 28th), register on the website
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement. Bakken Center Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor Mariann Johnson will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated. Learn more about the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.


9. *Volunteer* Green Research Online Boot Camp

Professor Deniz Ones’ Organizational Environmental Sustainability research lab on “Green I-O psychology” will be conducting an online research boot camp for undergraduate students between May 18 - 29. During this program the participants will: 1) Gain experience in research on organizational environmental sustainability; 2) assist in data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis; 3) receive instruction in introductory statistical analysis using R, introduction to modern machine learning, and natural language processing techniques; 4) learn about cutting-edge research in environmental sustainability in and of organizations, the relevance of individual differences (e.g., personality) to green behaviors, and other I-O related topics. Tips and suggestions for pursuing advanced degrees in I-O psychology will be shared. The boot camp will require a full day commitment on weekdays for the duration of the program). The number of participants in the program is limited to 16. We are especially interested in participants who can read and understand the following languages: Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Filipino, Chinese. The application is open until May 5th. If you are interested, please complete the application form. Questions may be e-mailed to Yilei Wang at or Yagizhan Yazar at


10. The Nonprofit Scholarship

Do you have a dream of working in the nonprofit world? Are you passionate about raising funds for a worthy cause? If so, the Nonprofit Scholarship may help you reach that goal. The Nonprofit Scholarship (up to $1,200.00 award) recognizes and supports students who have a passion for nonprofit work that makes the world a better place. Applications for the scholarship are encouraged from students in all UMTC undergraduate colleges. Detailed information about qualifications and the application process is available at the scholarship application site. The deadline for the completed application is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Grad School

11. Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Program

We are reaching out to you to let you know about the Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program at the Carlson School of Management. Our program is widely considered to be in the top three in the nation. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the curriculum prepares students for successful careers in the field. Our students are consistently recruited by multinational companies. Other graduates enter jobs in a variety of organizations of all sizes and industries. Our students generally find opportunities for work starting within the first weeks of program entry, and in a typical year, well over 90% of our graduates find themselves in a career-track position. We've found that students with a psychology background excel in our program. That's why we're reaching out to you. Our program provides a great opportunity to put the skills you've learned already to use in a professional setting.

12. M.S. in Applied Psychology - UW Stout

There are currently openings in the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The program has concentrations in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Evaluation Research, and Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. The program is a two year applied sequence that includes work with real-world clients from the first semester. Graduates go on to successful careers across nearly every sector, using their skills to help organizations gather & use data, make decisions, and serve their clients & employees better. For more information, please visit the program website.

13. Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology - Application Deadline Extended!

With a Masters of Arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP), you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout their lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good. Our admissions deadline for fall 2020 has been extended to July 15. Visit our application page for more information on how to apply.

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.

14. Autism Summer Camp Counselor

Camp Akeela counselors are role models, mentors, coaches, friends, parents, and everything in between to their campers. Along with three other counselors, you'll create the best summer camp experience on the planet to eight campers in your cabin. Akeela provides camp counselors the opportunity to play an integral role in a community that changes kids’ lives. You will gain valuable experience working first-hand with children who need extra social support, helping them develop social skills while forging life long friendships in a traditional summer camp setting. Apply on the website.

15. Behavior Technician

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. We are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields. We at Behavioral Dimensions believe that the experiences we can offer students give them excellent opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. Students will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. Students receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many jobs in the human services field require a degree, internship, and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience and the internship while students are completing their degrees. For students graduating from human services related fields, our entry-level positions provide an excellent experience in which staff learn valuable, life-long career skills. All of our services are provided in the families’ homes, so we are able to place employees close to their homes throughout the metropolitan area.

16. Direct Care Professional

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. We are even hiring temporary workers if you lost your job due to COVID-19. Get some experience and apply today (positions starting now, this summer or even next semester)! You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

17. University of Minnesota Youth Programs Camp Positions

University Youth & Community Programs has been offering unique and high-quality summer camps to youth, ages 5-15, for 30 years. Instruction in a variety of specialty topics is combined with a well-rounded recreation program that features the resources and facilities of the Twin Cities Campus. A convenient location and extended daytime hours add to the popularity. Youth attend one or more weeks throughout the summer. Age-appropriate groups are kept to a small, 1:7 ratio of adults to youth for a fun summer experience for all. We are currently hiring Group Leaders, a PE instructor, Rock Wall lead, and a Flag Football Instructor. Applicants can click the links and search "Youth Programs." If you are a current UMN student, click here. If you are not a UMN student, click here. Email for more questions.

18. CAPE Peer Coach

Peer Coaches in the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration hold major exploration drop-in hours in the main CAPE office in 511 Bruininks, 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. The start date is August 2020. For more information about the position, please visit the UMN job website and look for job #336179. If you have questions, please email Kai Takatsuka at