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Psych Scoop, 4/21/21

April 21, 2021

April 21st, 2021

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1. Issues with Fall Registration? Be Sure to Reach out!

If you are having any issues registering for your psychology courses for Fall semester, please be sure to reach out to us. When you reach out, be sure to include which class and section you are trying to register for, as well as what the issue is (if available, include a screenshot of your error message).

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. 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.


3. Bridge to Doctorate Workshop

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The workshop will address “why pursue a doctorate?’ by highlighting the extraordinary career versatility a Ph.D. offers from academics, research, industry, etc.---along with the critical need for more doctorates across disciplines. Participants will hear from a panel of Ph.D.’s representing STEM, social science, and professional doctorates. The event will conclude with breakout rooms where participants can ask questions specific to broad discipline areas, learn about specific resources (including paid research and graduate school programs), and create an action plan to learn more and engage campus resources. RSVP and learn more.

4. Navigating Identity in Tech

Friday, April 23rd, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Research shows that “LGBTQ+ persons [are] not only more likely than their otherwise similar non-LGBTQ+ peers to experience social marginalization and harassment in their workplaces but [are] also more likely to report limited career opportunities and to have had their professional expertise devalued by their colleagues (Cech & Waidzunas, 2021). This panel is to present tech-interested students who hold marginalized gender and sexual identities with unique perspectives on how to leverage said identities during the career planning process. We know some students may view their identities as a barrier to success, but these identities can also be an asset. On this panel, several UMN grads will share how they have leveraged their unique identities and experiences to create successful careers and advance equity along the way. RSVP and learn more.

5. Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference (MUCSC)

Saturday, April 24th, 2021, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

MUCSC is a one-day research conference for undergraduates doing work related to cognitive science. We welcome students from all majors whose work relates to cognition, philosophy of mind, psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, or cognitive neuroscience. Learn more and register.

6. Disability:IN Minnesota's 2021 INclusive Career Fair

Thursday, April 29th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Stop by the 2021 INclusive Virtual Career Fair to gain access to a wide variety of positions with employers that are committed to disability inclusion. The Fair will be offering: employer presentations, information on employer job vacancies, pre-scheduled job interviews, and an exploration of business needs. The Disability:IN Minnesota INclusive Career Fair event is open to and free for the public, however, online registration is required. Learn more and register for this event.

Courses of Interest

7. 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.

8. 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 are 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

9. 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 the Psychology majors or minors.


10. *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 student's 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

11. *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.

12. *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.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Summer and Fall RAs Needed for Online Study

Research assistants needed for an online study (for credit or volunteer). Positions open for Summer and Fall 2021. Preference is given to those that can be available for both terms. My dissertation is focused on the psychophysiology of social evaluation. A component of this research concerns the role of race and gender in social interactions. As such, we are seeking, in particular, female RAs of color to facilitate some aspects of the study design. All work will be able to be completed virtually, provided some basic requirements, such as having a quiet, private place to work and stable internet connection. Individuals involved in data collection must have afternoon availability. One position is available for delivering study materials (car required; mileage will be reimbursed). Roles (each ~6hrs/week or 2 credits) Note: Because this experiment investigates the role of race and gender, female-identifying RAs of color are needed for several of the available positions, in order to ensure the scientific validity of findings. Please reach out to me with any questions. • 2 positions, Black female-identifying student: data collection and participant interaction • 1 position, Asian female-identifying student: data collection and participant interaction • 1 position(s), no demographic requirements: scheduling, data processing, delivery Any interested applicants may email Keira Leneman at to get more information about the study, roles, and application.

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

14. Info session: Special Ed MEd/teacher Licensures, Online ASD Certificate, and Non-degree Seeking Grad Classes

Thursday, April 29th, 2021, 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn more about graduate and professional programs in special education at the University of Minnesota. Join the Department of Educational Psychology for an info session on its MEd/teaching licensure programs, including the academic behavior specialist (ABS), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs. The session will also cover the (now fully online) autism spectrum disorder certificate—which undergraduate students and MEd and licensure students can add to their coursework, and anyone else looking to learn more about ASD at the graduate level can add as a credential. If you're not certain you want commit to graduate school next fall, special education will also share info on a series of graduate-level courses for non-degree seeking students. Register for the Zoom link.


15. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) Recording Available

If you missed the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference 2021 this last weekend, you can still catch the keynote presentation that was recorded and is now being shared. Dr. Bryana French from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology in the Morrison Family College of Health at St. Thomas gave a talk on radical healing in communities of color. To watch, you may access the recording here.


16. 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!

17. Summer of EngageMNt

The Summer of EngageMNt program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from across the University's five-campus system to apply and develop their leadership skills in response to current and emerging community needs. The initiative is coordinated by the University's Office for Public Engagement (OPE), in collaboration with the Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL). Participating students are matched with community partners to work on service assignments that address a broad range of societal issues. The program also includes weekly education and reflection sessions led by staff members from OPE and CCEL. Learn more and apply.

18. AmeriCorps Promise Fellows

AmeriCorps Promise Fellows serve in middle schools, high schools, and community organizations, working with students to keep them engaged and on track for graduation. Email Emily Anderson at or Kyle Kline at for more information.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. 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.

20. 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-noon. 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

21. Become a Behavior Therapist at Partners in Excellence

Are you passionate about making an impact on the life of a child and helping them reach their greatest potential? Join us as a Behavior Therapist and be a part of an amazing team, dedicated to improving the lives of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through providing early intensive therapies to children ages 1 to 10 years old. This is a full-time position, working Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Partners in Excellence has locations in Burnsville, Minnetonka, North St. Paul, Winona, and La Crosse, WI. You can read more about the paid training and apply hereLearn more about our awesome benefits. Questions can be directed to our Recruiter, Jessica Anderson at Compensation is based on location, education, and previous experience.