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Psych Scoop, 4/28/20

April 28, 2020

April 28th, 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. Psychology Senior Video

Hello, Graduating Seniors! Our office is putting together a senior tribute video to recognize you all - for you to share with family and friends, post on social media, or simply keep for your own memory. With that being said, we need your help! We hope to feature as many of you as we can; contributing just takes a few minutes! If you are graduating in Spring 2020 (or graduated in Fall 2019) and are interested in being featured in this tribute video, you can either contribute via our FlipGrid page or email your video to Please reference this document for guidelines. We look forward to hearing from you!

3. Psych Peer Chatroom

Tuesdays, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Are you stuck at home and want to talk to someone? Need to destress during finals week? Join us in the Peer Chatroom on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm virtually via Zoom! Rucha, one of our peer advisors, is hosting the chatroom. She is happy to talk about everything from school to things to do during quarantine and cabin fever. If you are lucky, you might be graced by the presence of my roommate's cat! (This is not a substitute for the regular drop-in hours. For academic questions, please email

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.

4. 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!

5. Association of Black Psychology Students: Officer Position Openings Fall 2020

Looking to get involved on campus and exercise your group organization skills? The Association of Black Psychology Students has the perfect opportunity for you! While we are happy to congratulate the graduating seniors, this means new officer positions are open for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. These include Event Coordinator, Fundraising and Grants Chair, Secretary, Community Engagement, and PR and Marketing Specialist. Our mission is to support the academic, social, and career needs of students of African descent in psychology and related disciplines. We give students of African descent an opportunity to discuss their unique experiences and provide education regarding research related to the Black population. If you are looking to help develop a professional network geared towards social sciences, apply at this link. Stay safe and healthy, we look forward to hearing from you!

Courses of Interest

6. Summer 2020 CPSY Course Options

Looking for summer courses for the 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. GCC 3026 - Stepping into the Gap - 3 credits - Fall 2020

Looking for a different way to learn about life's challenges? Join classmates from around campus as you learn how to create a science learning experience that will open doors for kids from all walks of life. More information at and

GCC 3026 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm- 5:15 pm (Half the time the class will meet off-campus at a location that is easily reached by a short walk from the St Paul Campus or the #3 city bus)

Instructors: Keisha Varma and Cheryl Olman (

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

10. 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 lectures 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.


11. Webinar: Purpose in Times of Uncertainty

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Today’s pandemic disruption has upended everything in our daily routine. These uncertain times are revealing new realities for every one of us. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we are able to answer the question: What does my purpose look like? How can I stay true to my core during times of uncertainty? How can I strengthen my inner capacities to become even more purposeful? Join Bakken Center Senior Fellow Richard Leider for a session on the three invaluable life lessons learned that you can apply immediately to live and lead with purpose. Register here.

12. Managing Change and Stress in Unpredictable Times

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

We are all navigating unusual, unprecedented, and evolving challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting our own mental and physical health and that of our loved ones. It's impacting the way we conduct work—if we are fortunate to still be in a job—and the way we live our daily lives, with many of us in all-family, stay-at-home circumstances. We are of course in this together, and we are all responding in our distinctive ways, which may at times clash with how our family members or colleagues deal with the same circumstances. Register here.


13. *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

14. *Credit* Research Assistant in NICE Lab

The Narrative, Identity, Culture, and Education Lab run by Dr. Moin Syed is seeking undergraduate research assistants with a strong interest in statistics and methodology for the Fall semester. You would be working directly with Linh Nguyen, a graduate student in Personality Psychology, with a focus on Personality, Identity, and Measurement. More information about what to expect may be found here. Please fill out this application form and email Linh Nguyen at along with your CV/resume. Linh will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss ongoing/future projects and to ensure that we would be a good fit.

15. *Credit* Fall 2020 Meta-Scientific Research on the Psychology of COVID-19

This is an online/distance-learning research experience in which you will learn about meta-science, which pertains to research on how scientific research is conducted, and how to apply it to the rapidly proliferating psychological research on COVID-19. 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 psychological aspects of COVID-19. There will be one hour of online synchronous meeting time per week (Thursdays, 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm) done in the fall semester, with the remaining work completed independently by the students. Concurrent enrollment in PSY 3901W is permitted. Interested students should contact Dr. Moin Syed at for information on how to register.

16. *Volunteer or Credit* Searching for a Research Intern For a Brain Neuromodulation Project in Addiction

The RIMA lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is looking for students that are highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. The RIMA lab is led by Dr. Jazmin Camchong and is currently running a research neuromodulation studies. Student responsibilities will include working with databases (verifying the accuracy of study data collected and entering data). Additional responsibilities may include assisting with transcranial direct current stimulation and brain imaging sessions. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. Opportunities for credit may be available after a semester of volunteering. Qualified students must have excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Students must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field. Preference will be given to those that can commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours are usually between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm). Please send a short introduction, CV/resume, and an unofficial transcript to Jazmin Camchong at to be considered.


17. 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

18. Info session - Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology MA

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Considering graduate school for next fall? The master’s of arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP) has extended its application deadline to July 15. Attend a virtual info session to learn more about the program on May 5 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. RSVP hereJoin via Zoom. Contact Carolyn Berger at with questions.

19. 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.

20. 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.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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21. 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.

22. Paid Summer and Fall Internships (Remote Opportunities Available!)

The Institute on the Environment’s Ecolab Experiential Education Scholarship program is seeking undergraduates with financial need who would be interested in one of these two paid experiential opportunities including paid summer internships and/or fall internships with sustainability-focused organizations or projects (ranging from 8-14 hours a week, summer projects are all remote and fall positions can be if necessary) and the option to propose to lead a sustainability project so long as you have a UMN faculty or staff member who can serve as a mentor.