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Psych Scoop, 4/4/17

April 4, 2017

April 5, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Graduate School Panel

Thursday, April 20th, 3:00-4:15pm, N219 Elliott Hall

This program would be great for undergraduate psychology students who are considering a RESEARCH based graduate program. Come hear from Psychology's Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Lindsey Jendraszak, on what makes a competitive applicant for research based grad programs. You'll also hear from a panel of psychology graduate students at the U of M in various research areas to better learn about their process of applying to research based graduate schools, reaching out to faculty about their research, and everything in-between! Space is limited; please RSVP today at:

Psychology Club/Psi Chi

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!

2. Jeopardy & Junk Food

Wednesday, April 12th, 5:30-6:30pm, N119 Elliott Hall

Looking for a break from studying? Join Psychology Club for a fun night of Psychology-themed Jeopardy with free snacks! There will be prizes for the winning team so come prepared to put your knowledge to the test.

3. Congratulations to New Psi Chi Members!

As a reminder, the fee for new members is due this Friday, April 7th and can be placed in the Psi Chi lockbox (N108) in Elliott Hall or given to an officer before or after a meeting. If you are interested in applying to Psi Chi in the future, applications will open again in the Fall.

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. Apply to be a PISA Officer for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting for officers position for the academic year of 2017-2018! This would be a great opportunity for you to develop your leadership skills, gain event organizing experience, and much more. To apply, fill out an online application. Please note that the deadline is Monday, April 17th, 2017 at 11:59pm! A group interview will be held on Friday, April 21st, 2017. Details for the interview will be sent to applicants after the application closes. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us at


5. Demystifying Graduate School Workshop

Wednesday, April 5th, 4:30pm, 220 Bruininks Hall

Have you ever thought of graduate school? Not sure how it works? How to apply? Which program is best for you? This workshop will cover basic information about various graduate programs, funding opportunities, and research options. First generation, students of color, and students interested in social justice topics are encouraged to attend. All are welcome. RSVPs encouraged here.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, College of Liberal Arts Career Services, La Raza Student Cultural Center, American Indian Studies, RIGS Initiative, and Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. 

6. International LGBTQIA Panel & Discussion

Thursday, April 6th, 12:00-1:00pm, 120 Coffey Hall (St. Paul Campus)

What is it like to be an international and LGBTQIA-identified student in the United States? Coming out is such a prevalent concept in the U.S., that LGBTQIA international students often encounter a decision in their campus life: should I come out or not? It is never a simple yes or no answer for any LGBTQIA+ individual. For LGBTQIA international students, the situation may even be harder because of our complex identities. Four panelists, who identify themselves as both international students once and LGBTQ, will share their insights and experiences. How does the process of coming out intersect with our international identity? The Coming Out as International & Queer Panel is co-facilitated by the International Student & Scholar Services and Gender and Sexuality Center. Foods and beverages will be served during the event. For more information, view the Facebook Event page.

7. Upcoming Employer Site Visits to PBS, Best Buy, and The Hartford

Employer site visits are a great way to learn about what a career at a particular company or organization would be like. Upcoming site visits include: Twin Cities PBS (TPT) on April 7th, Best Buy on April 7th, and The Hartford on April 11th. More information can be found on Don't forget to RSVP on GoldPASS.

8. Practice Interview Day

Wednesday, April 12th, Choose Your Own Time!

Want to improve your interviewing skills for jobs/internships? Sign up for a 45-minute practice interview with a professional recruiter from one of these areas: Business, Sales & Communications; Human Services, Government, & Education; and Science, Technology, Math, & Healthcare. This is a great opportunity to receive helpful feedback on your interviewing skills. Professional recruiters from a variety of organizations volunteer to conduct the interviews. For more information and to sign up, search the 'Interview on Campus' section on GoldPASS.

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.

9. RAs needed for Summer & Fall in Dr. Syed's NICE Lab

The Narrative, Identity, Culture and Education Lab run by Dr. Moin Syed is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Summer & Fall semester. Projects will focus on young adults, college students and non-college-students. Topics include: racial attitudes among African Americans (Summer); identity integration for Muslim Americans (Fall); identity integration and wellbeing for college students (Fall); and Native American college students' experiences with racism (Fall). Tasks will include literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, data collection, greeting and guiding participants, etc. Contact Ummul Kathawalla,, for an application.

10. Undergraduate Research Opportunity at Minneapolis VA

Dr. Paulo Shiroma's research team is seeking an undergraduate research intern to begin working on their Ketamine study at the Minneapolis VA to begin this summer and continue into Fall. The study focuses on clinical psychology to examine if Ketamine is effective drug to treat individuals with major depressive disorder and treatment-resistant depression. Past interns have had opportunities to gain experience helping with the infusions, learning how to administer clinical, psychological assessments, performing literature reviews, and developing communication skills for a clinical and research setting. Interns will also have the opportunity to focus on how to create a database, work on data entry using the SQL coding language, and learn about statistical analysis. Interns are expected to commit to 10 hours of work per week, attend team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in communicating with research team members. Ideal candidates are psychology students who are planning to apply to graduate programs in counseling or clinical psychology. Please contact Research Coordinator, Eric Baltutis, at with your CV/Resume and cover letter by April 26th if interested.

11. Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 22nd, 8:00am-4:00pm, Macalester College, Olin-Rice Science Center

The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium prepares undergraduate students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter. Psychology students are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. To learn more and register, visit the MNMAS website. The deadline to register if Thurday, April 6th at midnight.


12. Apply to be a de-stress Peer Helper

de-stress is a student-led health promotion group that helps students manage stress and connect with mental health resources on campus. de-stress is accepting applications for Peer Helpers for the 2017-18 academic year! Peer Helpers are a vital part of de-stress's Stress Check In program. Training is provided by Boynton Health Mental Health Clinic. After completing 16 hours of training, Peer Helpers are prepared to hold one-on-one Stress Check Ins. During Stress Check Ins, Peer Helpers listen to students, help students identify their stressors, and teach stress management skills and strategies. These appointments are one-on-one, and last 45 minutes. Peer Helpers are volunteers. This is not a paid position. This is a great opportunity for students interested in counseling and mental health related careers! Fill out the Peer Helper application by Monday, April 17 at 5pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

13. Do You Have an Excellent Instructor this Semester? Thank a Teacher!

Have you had a teacher that has made a difference in your education at the U? Take a moment to let them know why! Go to and fill out a short Thank You note. Instructors receive a letter with your comments. You may choose to remain anonymous if you desire.

Campus Resources

14. Have a University Related Concern? Student Conflict Resolution Center Can Help

The Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) is great resource for undergraduate and graduate students who have a University-related conflict or concern. SCRC is a confidential, neutral, and an informal resource for your students to help resolve such concerns. SCRC staff can assist students with a variety of issues, including but not limited to: grading or instructional complaints, financial and billing conflicts, graduate advising concerns, scholastic or behavioral misconduct and academic incivility. Their services are confidential and free. You can contact the SCRC at:, by phone at: 612-624-7272 or email at

Learning Abroad

15. Study Psychology in Madrid in Fall 2017!

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. Students on the program will have the choice of living in local dormitories or with a Spanish host family. 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 and due April 20th! Students who participate in the Fall 2017 program and are willing to complete a program evaluation will receive an $800 program fee discount.

Scholarships & Awards

16. Scholarships for Pre-Health Students

The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship supports full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a health related career and who show academic promise and financial need. Anticipated funding for up to 15 awards @ $2700 each. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and must demonstrate maturity, adaptability, and respect for diversity and other cultures. The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship is administered by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE). There are a few steps to the application process so please review the online instructions to ensure your application is complete. All parts of your application (including recommendation letters) must be received by Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59PM (Central Time). Questions about the CHI Undergraduate Scholarship should be directed to Paul Edwards, Coordinator of Instructional Support, MCAE, phone: 612-626-7152, email:

17. $1,000 Undergrad Human Rights Award - Deadline Extended

Now's the time to nominate yourself or a peer for two prestigious human rights awards being awarded this spring - the Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award. Both awards come with a $1,000 payment! Each spring, the Human Rights Program in collaboration with the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies celebrates the dedicated work of University of Minnesota undergraduate student efforts in human rights. We work to encourage and reward those students who act from the heart and are passionate about human rights in our University community, in the Twin Cities, the broader United States, and internationally. A student's commitment to human rights can look any number of ways, so think creatively about how this might apply to you or a peer's work. For additional background on the awards, selection criteria, and the nomination process see Call for Nominations. All nominations are due Saturday, April 15th.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. TRIO Upward Bound Summer Jobs

TRIO Upward Bound is a federal grant funded academic and college preparation program working to motivate and support low-income, first generation Minneapolis high school students. The TRIO UB summer positions are now open. We are accepting applications for student Classroom Assistants, Residential Counselors, and Administrative Assistants, as we well as non-students summer positions, like Lead RYC and Teachers. TRIO UB prioritizes hiring staff who have similar shared life experiences as the students we serve. We encourage TRIO alumni and applicants who are 1st generation college students that also come from low-income backgrounds and those who have overcome significant academic and social barriers in pursuit of higher education to apply. To apply, go to the UMN Employment website, click the "Student Jobs" button, and enter the appropriate Job ID in the search box: Classroom Assistant (Job ID#316075); Residential Youth Counselors (Job ID# 316090); Administrative Assistant (Job ID# 316149)

19. Bruininks Hall Advising Hiring Peer Advisors

CLA Advising in Bruininks Hall is hiring peer advisors! The primary duties of peer advisors are: assisting students with advising decisions; serving as a liaison between students and university programs and services; and assisting in the provision of academic support services including referrals to other academic units and/or sources of academic learning such as tutors or career guidance professionals. This position is particularly valuable for students interested in a career in education, higher ed, or health, but all are welcome to apply. IMPORTANT: Availability to work full time during summer orientation/registration is required. They are looking to hire 3 students to work nearly full-time in the summer and continue on part-time in fall and spring. To apply, go to the UMN Employment website, click the "Student Jobs" button, and enter Job ID 316190. If you have questions about the position, please email

20. Become a TA/Peer Educator at the Rothenberger Institute in the School of Public Health

The Rothenberger Institute is now hiring Teaching Assistants/Peer Educators for all our courses for Fall 2017. If you have taken an RI course (PubH 1001: Success Over Stress; PubH 1003: Alcohol & College Life; PubH 1004: Sexuality Matters; or PubH 1005: Sleep, Eat & Exercise) and are interested in working as a Teaching Assistant/Peer Educator, please read the job description and information on applying. Contact our TA supervisor, Laurie Lucachick (, if you have any questions. Interviews start April 13th, so get your application in soon!

21. Student Position for Wikins Center at Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Wilkins Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is hiring a student worker to update and maintain social media and mailing lists, design, produce, and distribute promotional literature, index and make copies of reports, and more. Applicants should have prior experience managing social network platforms and indexing and cataloging online materials. Work Study or ISWOP funding required. Preference for who can work 15-20 hours per week during the spring term and is available for spring break, May term and summer months. To apply, provide an updated curriculum vitae, transcripts of all post-secondary coursework, ACT/SAT/GRE scores, TOEFL scores where applicable, a writing sample and a statement of interest. Please apply directly to Dr. Myers at