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Psych Scoop, 4/23/19

April 23, 2019

April 23rd, 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 tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th at 11:59 pm!! 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. Join Psi Chi / Psych Club Destress Event Feat. Tie-Dye Shirts & Slime!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Meet in Elliot Hall Lobby

This week, we are happy to bring you an informal event dedicated to destressing. With final exams and projects on the horizon, everyone could use a bit of time to relax and have some fun! To do just that, we will be tie-dying shirts (or whatever items you bring from home) and making homemade slime. All necessary materials will be provided, but feel free to bring extra supplies to spice things up. Snacks will be provided as always. Hope to see you there!

3. RSVP to Attend PISA's Study Group Meeting for Finals!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 131-B

Anxious about the crazy finals of Psychology classes? No worries! PISA will hold one last meeting this semester for group study on Saturday, May 4th, 1:00- 3:00 PM in Bruininks Hall 131-B! We have several options for Psychology courses to form study groups, so please go ahead and vote for it. If you don't find the classes you want, feel free to suggest to us the courses you want to study together and come with your friends! If you want to relax and have fun in our meeting, you can also suggest us any ideas about de-stress activities in this RSVP form. Most importantly, we will offer free snacks and drinks (Who wants some ice cream?)! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or We will announce the final vote result before the event.

Courses of Interest

4. PSY 4960: Current Issues in Diversity Science (3 credits - Elective)

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.

5. PSY 3960: Careers in Psychology (1 credit - Elective)

Interested in exploring the vast career options in the field of Psychology? This fall's PSY 3960 course is an introduction to different career paths associated with an undergraduate degree in psychology (BA or BS). Students will gain an understanding of the major strengths and skills developed through the study in psychology and how those strengths and skills can be applied in many different career settings. Emphasis will be placed both on careers that require further schooling (e.g., Ph.D., Master's) and careers that do not. The course format will feature guest speakers from a variety of careers and a final project in which the students conduct an in-depth investigation of a career path of their choice.

PSY 3960 class meets weekly, Tuesdays 10:10 am - 11:00 am

Peik Hall 28

Instructor: Mike Houlahan

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

6. 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.


7. April Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman 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 the Nutritious U Food Pantry on April 23rd-25th from 12-6pm pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! Find out more information on Facebook.

8. CLA Pre-Health 101

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Cost: Free
Location: 512B Bruininks Hall

CLA is a great place to prepare for a health career! In this session, students will learn what it means to be a pre-health student in CLA, how to navigate resources and build a unique portfolio. Learn more and register for this event on GoldPASS.

9. Minnesota Law Forum

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Folwell 112

University of St. Thomas School of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and University of Minnesota Law School Admissions representatives will discuss and answer questions about the application process. This is hosted by the Minnesota Pre-Law Society; find more information on Facebook.

10. CLA Career Chat Thursday: Explore Nonprofit & Advocacy

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 411 Bruininks Hall

Come chat with employers (The Arc Minnesota, The Minneapolis Foundation, The University of Minnesota-Admissions,Wilder Foundation - Twin Cities Mobile Market, World Without Genocide, College Possible*) and career counselors to talk about how to best prepare for this career field, discover internship and job opportunities, receive feedback on your resume and/or Linkedin profile (or advice on how to get started), get networking help, and ask whatever other career questions are on your mind. Warm drinks and snacks will be provided to keep you fueled for great conversation! Find more information on GoldPASS.
*participating organizations are subject to change

11. Transdiagnostic Relevance of Aggression with Edelyn Verona, Ph.D.

Friday, April 26, 2019, 9:00 am- 10:00 am
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N219

Violence and aggression are of major concern to society and can be observed across mental health problems. In this larger health context, aggression has transdiagnostic relevance. This talk will address the intersections of aggression research and the larger psychopathology literature, and efforts to understand aggression in regard to basic biobehavioral domains of functioning, especially relevant to affective and cognitive systems. For more information, email the Department of Psychology at

12. Evolution and the Genetic Architecture of Schizophrenia with Matthew Keller, Ph.D.

Friday, April 26, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N219

Given that natural selection is so powerful at optimizing complex adaptations, why does it seem unable to eliminate the risk alleles that predispose to common, harmful, heritable psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia? In this talk, I argue that modern genetic data has probably resolved this apparent paradox. I discuss several aspects of the genetic architecture of schizophrenia that molecular genetic data has begun to clarify, including the typical age of its risk alleles, the relationship between effect sizes and allele frequencies of its risk alleles, and its allelic spectrum. These phenomena are important in their own rights, but also help shed light on the likely evolutionary forces that acted upon schizophrenia risk alleles over evolutionary time. For more information, email the Department of Psychology at

13. Beyond the Binary: The Gender Spectrum

Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free, refreshments provided
Location: North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

Join CCAPS for a free event focused on countering stigma against the LGBTQ+ population and increasing awareness around mental health concerns. Gain a better understanding of the marginalization of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, among other identities that fall under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and be better equipped to support this population. Seats are limited, please RSVP.

14. People of Color Career Fair

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 2nd Floor, Room 200

Professionals, if you want a career with an employer who is serious about increasing diversity & inclusion in the workplace, DON'T MISS The People of Color Career Fair! Registration is now open. Register here.


15. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Professor Bill Iacono’s research team is seeking an undergraduate research assistant (UGRA) to begin this summer and continue in the Fall. The UGRA will be involved with a research project using neuroimaging data from the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. The UGRA will have the opportunity to gain experience performing literature searches and analyzing MRI data. We ask that UGRA’s register for 3 credits of PSY 5993 Directed Research. During the summer, UGRA’s may register for 5993 or work on a volunteer basis. UGRA’s are expected to commit to an average of 9 hours of work per week, attend research team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in communicating with research team members. Ideal candidates are motivated psychology students who are planning to apply to graduate programs in psychology and who have an interest in clinical psychology, neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and/or substance use research. Please contact Victoria Oleynick at, the graduate student overseeing this project, by May 3rd if interested.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Research on Risk and Resilience RA Position

The Project Competence research group, under the direction of Dr. Ann Masten at the Institute of Child Development, is looking for research assistants! The current study takes place at People Serving People, a Minneapolis homeless shelter for families, and examines how parents support resilience in their young children. Duties for this position include: recruiting families to participate, conducting tasks with parent participants, watching the siblings of the child participant, and attending lab meeting. This is a volunteer position and requires an 8-12 hour commitment per week. Students can receive research credit for the course CPSY 4994. Preference will be given to those who are available in the summer and fall. The start date is May 2019. To apply please contact Cara Lucke at and Kayla Nelson at Include your name, email, class year, and reasons for applying in the body of the email and "Resilience RA Position" in the subject line. Please also attach your resume.

17. *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 (

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. Recovery Corps Navigator

Minnesota Opioid Response Corps members serve one year making a difference at organizations who serve individuals who are in recovery from opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. As a Minnesota Opioid Response Corps member, you will help organizations build capacity in order to quickly and thoughtfully address the opioid epidemic in the state of Minnesota. The services provided by Minnesota Opioid Response Corps members will support one or more of the following critical areas of focus: (1) Internal Capacity, or an organization’s ability to provide and evaluate evidence-based services and the supports needed to effectively prevent and/or serve persons in addiction care settings; (2) External/Network Capacity, or an organization’s ability to partner with cross-sector partners (i.e. prevention, intervention/treatment, and recovery services), local/statewide planning groups, or the broader public to facilitate prevention, healthcare access, or epidemic awareness campaigns; and/or (3) Workforce Capacity, with a special focus on developing workforce pipelines in addiction care that respond to local shortages and are inclusive to low-income persons in recovery. Find more information and applications on the website.

19. 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).

20. PT Undergrad Research Assistant - Shen Neurolaw Lab

The Shen Neurolaw Lab, directed by Dr. Francis Shen at the University of Minnesota, is seeking applications for a part-time Undergraduate Research Assistant position for the Summer 2019 semester. The application process is competitive, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. Current Lab projects explore various topics at the intersection of law and neuroscience, and desirable skills include previous research experience; ability for scholarly writing; experience with statistical or quantitative analysis; attention to detail; ability to work independently; organization; and ability to complete projects in a timely fashion. Research responsibilities will include literature reviews, reviewing manuscripts, and communicating with research partners. The RA may be hired either full-time or part-time for the summer, and some of the work can be done remotely. Hourly compensation will be based on experience. To apply please submit information, a cover letter, resume, and copy of transcript online. To learn more about the Lab’s research, visit our website or contact Lab Manager Sydney Diekmann at

21. HR Leadership Development Program - Ecolab

If you join "Ecolab HR Leadership Development Program", we will provide you with an opportunity to rotate in various functions in the HR team before being placed fixed position. You could have a rapid career development, a great opportunity to join the global network, the opportunity to show strengths in assigned projects, rigorous and specific training, all of which will help you become a professional HR. Candidates are a 2019 graduate, interpersonal savvy, have team spirit, organized, quick learners, and proficient in spoken and written English. These positions are located in Shanghai. Please send your CV to Adela Wang at Applications are due April 28th, 2019 and interviews are done on campus.