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Psych Scoop, 4/6/21

April 6, 2021

April 6th, 2021

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1. Happy Spring Break!

Be sure to enjoy your time off this week! As a reminder, Fall registration starts right after the break, on Monday, April 12th. We are around this week by email if you have any questions! Drop-ins will resume next week.

2. Feedback Requested on Department of Psychology Diversity Committee Recommendations

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee's DRAFT Recommendations to Address Inequities and Injustices in our Teaching, Research, and Service is complete. We are now requesting your individual feedback on these recommendations as part of our broader consultation process. It is important that we hear from all Department stakeholders, so please take the time to make your voice heard. Topics related to the Undergraduate Student experience are included under "Undergraduate Student Support." Please feel free to give feedback on any and all of the sections. The Department will accept feedback through April 16th, 2021 - deadline extendedTake the survey. While you will need to log into your UMN account, you can provide anonymous feedback.

3. It's Research in Psychology Week!

Research in Psychology Week is here! It is a week of focused information about the Undergrad Student Research experience in Psychology. This is a great time to get started on searching for research for the Fall term. Review the website and check out faculty videos, drop-in opportunities, and the chance to chat with Rucha about research!

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. 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.


5. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC).- St. Thomas (Submissions Open!)

Saturday, April 17th, 2021, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are back in a virtual space for the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, on the virtual platform Gather Town. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Bryana French of the University of St. Thomas Graduate Program in Professional Psychology. If you are interested in submitting a presentation, the deadline for project submission is April 10th, and we will want the poster submitted as .pdf files. So construct them in whatever platform you use, PowerPoint slide, etc., and save them as .pdf to submit. "If you choose to do an oral presentation, the virtual platform we’re using (see below) will allow you to share your screen and show your PowerPoint (or Prezi, or whatever platform you might be using). Submit your presentation soon and register for the conference today.


6. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Social Interaction Lab

We are seeking motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented students to join Dr. Jeff Simpson's Social Interaction 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 hiring research assistants to help us code videos of romantic couples' support and conflict discussions. All coding will be completed remotely for the Summer of 2021. Decisions about the Fall 2021 modality will be made closer to that time. RAs will participate in weekly project coding meetings and biweekly meetings that are intended to help RAs better understand current research in psychology and gain applicable professional development skills. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week throughout the semester. We will only be hiring students that are able to commit for more than one semester. For a full list of benefits our lab offers and for application tips, please visit our website. If you are interested, you may apply by following this link. All questions should be directed to Jami Eller at

7. *Credit or Volunteer* RIMA Lab Opening - Research on Addiction

The research intern will assist the research staff at the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. The Department is currently running a research study that is in the active recruitment phase. Intern responsibilities will include working with databases, verifying the accuracy of study data collected, and entering data. Additional responsibilities may include assessing participants using transcranial direct current stimulation and accompanying participants to brain imaging sessions, depending on experience and ability. This research is under the direction of Dr. Jazmin Camchong. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours are usually between 3:00 pm CST and 6:00 pm CST). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong, Ph.D., at

8. *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

9. *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.

Participate in Research

10. Recruiting Participants in Police Violence and Mental Health Study

Recruiting Participants in a research study! The purpose of the study is to understand the effect of police violence on the mental health of individuals of African and Black descent. Eligible participants are 18 years or older, have lived in the U.S. for the last 10 consecutive years, and are either of a) East African descent, b) West African descent, c) Black or African-American descent, or d) Biracial/Multiracial African or Black descent. Participation consists of completing a 20-30-minute survey online while on a Zoom video call with a research team member. Participants select compensation of either 1 REP point or a $15 Amazon eGift card after completing the survey. Sign up for the study.

11. Online Research Study Seeking Participants - $20 gift card or 5 REP points!

"The purpose of this study is to examine bodily responses to giving presentations in an online setting. All study components are entirely online and no contact. If you agree to participate in this study, we would ask you to first fill out a short questionnaire to determine if you qualify for the study. If you do qualify, then we would ask you to fill out a series of questionnaires and attend one online session via Zoom. Questionnaires take about 1 hour to fill out and each online session lasts approximately 1.5 hours. During your visit, we will ask you to give a speech to a group of people, fill out some questionnaires, and answer some questions from our research team about your experience. The lab sessions will be videotaped to assist in data collection. All materials will be provided to you, prior to your scheduled online session. If interested, please contact the study team by emailing or texting ‪(612) 293-0616‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ You could also contact the lead Graduate Investigator, Keira Leneman, at

Graduate School

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

12. Diversifying Psychology Weekend - Miami University, OH

Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you ever wondered how you become or what you could do as a professional psychologist? Do you find yourself wanting to learn about research in psychology, or how you could use psychology to better your community and contribute to a more equitable society? We, members of the Department of Psychology, value diversity, inclusion, and equity because the goal of psychology is to improve understanding and outcomes for all individuals. We are pleased to host our third annual Diversifying Psychology Weekend on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually this year. The goal of the event is to help students from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds learn more about research and graduate school in psychology, prepare to apply for a doctorate in psychology, network with graduate students, and faculty, and learn more about what our department has to offer you. Learn more and apply by April 7th, 2021!

13. Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Discover graduate schools across the nation through this virtual grad school fair. You can gain key insight into the finding of the Psychology Program that's right for you. Join the fair from anywhere and chat with faculty, students, and admissions reps in real-time. Register and learn more.


14. The University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd: Twin Cities Award

The University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd is now accepting applications from all eligible students, including those with financial need and those who have been victims of police violence. To be eligible for the University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd, you must be registered full-time in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The scholarship application is available at the UMTC Undergraduate Scholarship Search site. Click ‘Let’s Begin’ and find the link for the University of Minnesota Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd. It will include detailed information about the scholarship program and the application process. The award amount is expected to be approximately $4,000 for one UMTC student split evenly between the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. To the maximum extent possible, preference will be given to students who will enhance the diversity of the student body as described by the University. In evaluating student body diversity, after the eligible pool of candidates is selected, an additional consideration will be given to Black or African American students if they are underrepresented in the University. For the current term, spring 2021, Black or African American students are underrepresented at the University. The deadline for complete applications is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. Direct questions to OUE Special Scholarships at

15. 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 $2,400.00 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 pm on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021. Direct questions about the application to OUE Special Scholarships at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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16. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING 30 min FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. Gain some experience and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even winter break). You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car. We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist. Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

17. Project Coordinator on the Digital Phenotyping of Bipolar Disorders Research Project

This is a full-time position on a newly funded project by the VA RR&D examining digital phenotype predictors of prospective bipolar symptoms, suicidality, and psychosocial functioning in veterans with bipolar disorders. Snežana Urošević, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist in the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota, is leading this project with collaborators from the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin—Madison, and Palo Alto VA. The study involves innovative approaches using active and passive mHealth assessments, speech pattern data analyses, and contextualized GPS data analyses. The project coordinator will assist with data collection, data analyses, and manuscript and conference presentation preparations. We are seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual with a bachelor’s degree (including those graduating in May 2021) in Psychology or a related field to start in late Spring or Summer 2021 at the Minneapolis VA. It is open only to US citizens and includes a federal employment benefits package (e.g., health care insurance, retirement benefits) with a possibility of renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding availability. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. To apply please send your resume and unofficial transcript to Dr. Urošević at

18. Independent Living Skills Specialist - RTI

RTI is looking to add to our Community ILS (Independent Living Skills) team! Our ILS Specialists / Community Mental Health Workers provide independent living skills training to participants residing throughout Ramsey, Hennepin, and Dakota counties. This is a great entry-level opportunity for current students, recent graduates, and aspiring social services professionals with limited hands-on experience in the field. A practitioner's role will be to assist participants with developing: Community living and mobility, communication and interpersonal skills, crisis intervention, skill development, and symptom management strategies. For more information on open positions, please visit our website.

21. ABCD Coordinator, Research Assistant, and Undergrad Research Assistant

The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Behavior (ABCD) Study, a project within the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) in the Department of Psychology has openings for Study Coordinator, Research Assistant, and Undergraduate Research Assistant positions. Please visit the UMN Job Page on the Office of Human Resources website to view/apply for the positions using the following Job IDs: ABCD Site Coordinator: 339776; ABCD Research Assistant (RA): 339779; ABCD Undergrad Research Assistant (UGRA): 339736. If you have any questions please contact Erin Gallert at

19. MCTFR Research Professional 1 (Interviewer)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire a Research Assistant (83521: Research Professional 1) responsible for interviewing study participants. Assessments include DSM structured clinical interviews and non-clinical interviews, neuropsych, personality, intelligence, and other related assessments. Research Assistants will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication. They will work closely with the MCTFR research participants and MCTFR co-investigators so a bachelor's degree, onsite work at Elliott Hall, and remote work are required, and research experience, knowledge, and skills, plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. Please visit the UMN Job Page on the Office of Human Resources website to view/apply for the position using the following Job ID: 339900. If you have any questions please contact Tasha Walvig at

20. Student Front Desk Support - School of Nursing

This position provides customer service and administrative support at the front desk in the School of Nursing's Office of Student & Career Advancement Services (OSCAS). A full description of responsibilities is available in the position description online. Students in this role are expected to work 12.5 hours a week between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm M-F. The position is available beginning May 3, 2021, with the potential to renew each term. Work is currently remote, but will likely transition to in-person/on-campus in the fall. The position pays $12 an hour -- work-study is preferred, but not required. To find the full position description and apply by the April 15th deadline, visit the Human Resources website, select "Students" and search by job code: 339429. Submit your resume, cover letter, and two references to the online application portal. Questions can be directed to Brittany Howard at, Student Services Specialist.