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Psych Scoop, 4/25/17

April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Seniors! Don't Forget to RSVP for the Psychology Undergrad Celebration!

Psychology majors who have applied for Spring or Summer 2017 graduation should have received an email invitation to the 2017 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 5th, 2017 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Campus Club in Coffman Memorial Union. RSVPs are due by 11:59pm this Thursday, April 27th. Visit our Facebook Page to view pictures of last year's celebration. RSVP here:

2. Final PsyCareer Drop-in Hours of the Semester This Thursday

Laura Heilman from Career Services will be holding her final PsyCareer Drop-in hours of the semester this Thursday, April 27th from 1:30-3:30 in N108 Elliott Hall. Stop by to get your career-related questions answered! Can't make it? You can schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor year-round by calling 612-624-7577, or stop by CLA Career Services for drop-in hours. (Check the website for drop-in availability:

3. Graduating Seniors - Take the CLA Outcomes Survey!

The College of Liberal Arts is very interested to know what your plans are after graduation. Please take ten minutes to complete The Outcomes Survey, at In CLA, we use the data to deepen our understanding of the career fields our students enter, the employers who hire them, the number of students who enroll in graduate or professional programs, and to capture advice that recent graduates have for our current students. So when a student asks us, "what can I do with a CLA degree?" we have some concrete information to share with them. If you’re still figuring out your plans, remember that all resources in the CLA Career Services office are accessible to you for the first year after your graduation.

Psychology International Association (PISA)

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in PISA activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

4. PISA Mental Health Awareness Day TODAY!

Tuesday, April 25th, 10:00am-4:00pm, Coffman Great Hall

"LET IT OUT" PISA's Mental Health Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote healthier lifestyle alternatives within the community. Stop by for fun, interactive activities aimed to educate and improve mental health, including a free yoga session, CPR demonstration, and professional guess speakers. Have fun while learning more about how to become a happier and healthier you. So come on by, grab some cotton candy, a bag of popcorn and join us for a day of fun all while better understanding mental health. Door gifts will also be given upon registration while supplies last.

Psi Chi/Psychology Club

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psych Club activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

5. Congratulations New Psi Chi Members!

We hope to see you at the 2017 Psychology Undergraduate Celebration! The event will be held on Friday, May 5th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Coffman Memorial Union, 4th floor, Campus Club. Please RSVP here if you can attend by April 27th. This exciting celebration will recognize you as new inductees to Psi Chi, the National Honor of Society of Psychology. The night will include appetizers, trivia, and a recognition ceremony. If you have any questions please direct them to Psychology Undergraduate Advising at

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club (IOPC)

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in IOPC activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

6. IOPC Event: Applied Psychology with Louis Quast

Wednesday, April 26th, 4:30-6:00pm, S160 Elliott Hall

Are you interested in applying Industrial-Organizational Psychology to the workplace or learning more about the research aspect of the field? Come join the I-O Psych Club next Wednesday with special guest Professor Louis Quast, who will share his experience in both consulting and academia! Professor Quast has worked as a consultant for Korn Ferry for over 30 years, and his research spans from management and leadership to job performance and learning. As always, snacks and beverages will be provided. Stop by and ask some questions, we look forward to seeing you all there!

Learning Abroad

7. Spend this Fall Studying Psychology in Madrid!

Info session tomorrow! Wednesday, April 26th, 12:00-1:00pm, 131A Bruininks - free pizza!

The Learning Abroad Center, together with the Department of Psychology and the Fundación Ortega-Marañon in Madrid, has expanded Psychology & Research in Madrid to offer a semester-long program starting Fall 2017! Students will take Sensation and Perception (equivalent to PSY 3031), Learning and Behavior (equivalent to PSY 3011), and Research Laboratory in Psychology (equivalent to PSY 4993), along with other Spanish culture courses to total 13-18 credits. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad. For more information, check out the Learning Abroad Center website. The application for this program is now open! Students who participate in the Fall 2017 program and are willing to complete a program evaluation will receive a $1000 program fee discount!

Want to learn more? Stop by the Lunch & Learn info session tomorrow at noon in 131A Bruininks Hall and get a chance to hear from past participants and Learning Abroad Center staff.


8. CLA Business Club Networking Event

Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, President's room, Coffman Union

As the semester comes to a close, CLA Business Club will be sponsoring an end of the year Networking event, open to all students. This event gives students the opportunity to make connections with a diverse group of students and professionals. Our professionals attending are from large companies around the Twin Cities including Xcel Energy, Cargill, Target, C.H. Robinson, Wells Fargo, and more. Desserts and refreshments will be provided. Bring your resumes. Please register for this event and arrive around 6:45PM to check in. For more information and to register, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3347)

9. Exam Jam is Here!

Various Events from April 29th-May 6th

Come study for finals with us! Extended walk-in tutoring hours, review sessions, free practice exams, and a relaxed weekend of preparation and snacks have all been planned for you. Details Details and event schedule can be found at

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all opportunities are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

10. Social Interaction Lab Seeking RAs to Start This Summer

The Social Interaction Lab run by Dr. Jeff Simpson is looking for conscientious, friendly research assistants to work entering data and running lab sessions for couples in a study on emotion regulation and interactions in romantic relationships. RAs will collect survey, reaction time, video, and physiological data. Positions are available for the summer, continuing into the fall. Please email Rachael Jones at with "Interest in RA position" in the subject line for more information and an application.

11. FSOS Lab Needs Undergrad Research Assistants

Dr. Lindsey Weiler is seeking undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience to join her lab this summer and/or next academic year. Dr. Weiler is a faculty member in the Department of Family Social Science. Research assistants will primarily assist with two projects: an evaluation of a youth mentoring program for at-risk adolescents, and an investigation into the role parents play in facilitating support networks for their children. Research duties may include: quantitative data cleaning and basic analysis, general office duties (e.g., returning phone calls, creating spreadsheets); transcription of qualitative interview and focus group data; coding and organizing focus group data; literature searches and reviews; and participation in lab meetings. All research assistants are trained in the above duties and no specific experience is required. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Weiler at Applications accepted until filled.

12. New Undergrad Research Journal at UMN Seeking Student Involvement!

As an top research institution, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities provides diverse opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved with research. To enhance the undergraduate research experience, the forthcoming Minnesota Undergraduate Research Academic Journal (MURAJ) will offer an electronic platform for UMNTC student researchers to communicate their work to peers, faculty, and employers. and employers. If you are interested in contributing content to the journal as a researcher/author, visit to be added to a mailing list to learn more about submissions. Students can expect the submission window to remain open from September to November 2017. Any questions can be sent along to

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

13. Seats Still Open in Summer Term PSY 3201: Intro to Social Psychology

Summer 2017, M/W: 9:00-11:30am, June 12th-August 4th. Instructor Will Johnson.

Social Psychology is the study of human thought, emotion, and behavior in the real or imagined presence of others. This introductory course will focus on the most salient findings and fundamental concepts in the field. Topics will include conformity and social influence, the psychology of helping behavior and aggression, romantic relationships, stereotyping and prejudice, and biases in person perception. The summer course also offers students a more intimate learning environment than is possible during the academic year. In the fall and spring semesters, enrollment in 3201 typically exceeds 100 students, whereas over the summer the average class size is closer to 20. For more information, please contact instructor Will Johnson,

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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14. On-Campus Internship in Career Counseling and Assessment Clinic

The Career Counseling and Assessment Clinic (CCAC) is seeking an undergraduate intern for the 2017-2018 school year (beginning in summer or fall 2017) and continuing through spring 2018. CCAC is a non-profit career counseling clinic that has served the community for over 30 years. An intern will be asked to commit to 4 hours a week. They will perform administrative tasks that help the clinic run smoothly such as: answering emails, scoring career assessments, creating resource databases, updating website and logo, designing career counseling handouts, etc. Candidate with web design skills and interest preferred. The intern has the option to attend our monthly case consultation meetings in which graduate student counselors discuss clients‘ goals and progress. Additionally, interns may take career assessments offered by the clinic to gain self-understanding. Possibility for course credit available upon discussion. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please email clinic coordinator Sarah Nelson at if interested.

15. CLAgency is Hiring Account Executives!

CLAgency is a student-run public relations agency that is an integral part of the communication team of the College of Liberal Arts’ (CLA) Office of Institutional Advancement. Account executives are assigned to one or more departments in the CLA. They provide communications services for their department, including writing feature articles for the department’s website, e‐newsletter, and social media. We are looking for people who are interested in interviewing students, faculty, and alumni and writing great stories that create a sense of pride, affection, and responsibility towards the liberal arts. As part of CLA's internal PR agency, students will gain knowledge of how an agency operates; learn about communications, marketing, and public relations through weekly professional development sessions; and meet and network with professionals in the Twin Cities. Please see for more information. Please view this job description for more information and application instructions. If you have questions please contact Managing Directors Lauren Myhra ( and Andrew Swisher (

16. School of Public Health is Hiring Undergrad Teaching Assistants

The Rothenberger Institute (RI) is seeking undergraduate students for positions as Teaching Assistants/Peer Health Educators (TAs) for PubH 1001: Success Over Stress (SOS), PubH 1003: Alcohol & College Life (ACL), PubH 1004: Sexuality Matters (SM), and PubH 1005: Sleep, Eat & Exercise (SEE) during Spring 2017 semester. SOS, ACL, SM, and SEE are one-credit online courses designed to help undergraduate students live healthy, productive, balanced lives and are offered on multiple campuses throughout the state. For more information about RI and the courses visit Those interested can review the Rothenberger Institute TA Job Description and apply using the job ID and instructions listed. This is a very flexible and autonomous position! Interviews take place through the end of April and possibly early May.

17. Open AmeriCorps VISTA Postions for Upcoming and Recent Grads - Gain Nonprofit Work Experience

The AmeriCorps VISTA program’s mission is to build the capacity of nonprofits serving or led by immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color to overcome poverty. We currently are recruiting for 20 open positions. MCN VISTA members are placed in nonprofits throughout the Twin Cities area to create and improve programs that bring people out of poverty. Members serve full-time for one year and receive many benefits, including a living stipend, valuable career experience, healthcare allowance, 120 hours of professional development support and training, and an end-of-service educational award (worth $5,815) or cash stipend ($1,500). Typical positions include fund development/grant writing, communications/marketing, community engagement, volunteer management, and program evaluation. The deadline to apply is May 15 and applications are reviewed as received. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen/national or lawful permanent resident. If you are interested in applying, check out our list of available positions.

18. MN Center for Twin & Family Research is Seeking Interviewer (Bachelor's Degree Required)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for an Interviewer position, which will be responsible for interviewing study participants. A full job description can be found at the following links:

Job description for non-UMN employees

Job description for current UMN employees

19. Research Coordinator at Autism and Neurobehavioral Development Research Program at KU

The Neurobehavioral Development Lab at the University of Kansas is looking to hire a new research coordinator for the upcoming school year. The lab, under Dr. Matthew Mosconi, investigates sensorimotor and cognitive abnormalities in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities for the position include administering neuropsychological, eye movement, MRI and EEG testing, scoring cognitive and sensorimotor test data, data entry, preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) reports, and participating in meetings reviewing and interpreting data, preparing manuscripts, and planning future studies. This position provides the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with clinical populations, developing skills in psychological and neuropsychological testing, and participating in each phase of the research process within large-scale, NIH funded research studies. The majority of previous RAs in these positions have successfully gone on to pursue training in medical school, clinical psychology programs, and cognitive neuroscience programs. Applicants should have a BA or BS in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related pre-health field. Interested persons are asked to make at least a 2 year commitment due to the extensive training required. Interested individuals should send a resume or CV and a brief cover letter stating your career goals to