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Psych Scoop, 4/7/20

April 7, 2020

April 7th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Fall Registration Opens April 9th - Schedule an Appointment Soon

Registration for the Fall semester is coming up quickly (you should be able to see your registration time on MyU now too!). Right now, our calendars are open and we are ready to help you pick your fall courses. Our schedules have been known to fill quickly so if you have any questions or concerns about Fall registration, sign up for an appointment soon! You are also welcome to see us on drop-ins (done through Zoom!) and email us at We look forward to meeting with you!

2. Virtual Research Grad Panel

Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 1:00 pm- 2:00 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

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.

3. 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!

4. Psi Chi Payment HOLD

As the current situation continues to develop, Psi Chi payments are on hold. Please keep watching the Scoop for further updates and announcements regarding payments to Psi Chi. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Courses of Interest

5. Learn American Sign Language in Less Time during May and Summer

American Sign Language (ASL) May and summer courses are offered for three weeks (vs. 15 weeks during a fall or spring term). This compressed schedule is a good option for students who work during the academic year. Traditionally, ASL classes are offered on campus during the May and summer terms. Choose from ASL 1 (1701), 2 (1702), 3 (3703), or 4 (3704), courses will be delivered online. Learn more about how to register for classes on campus. Our online courses are great for students who aren't able to make it to campus or work full-time jobs, etc. They also are excellent refresher courses for those who are looking to build on their language fluency such as Deaf and Hard of Hearing teachers, ASL professionals, and others. Students interested in taking our online courses will register via the College of Continuing and Professional studies as non-degree seeking students. To view our upcoming course schedule, visit One Stop. For more information, contact


6. Online Stress Busters

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm (Apr. 14th, 21st, 28th), register on website
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement. Bakken Center Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor Mariann Johnson will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated. Learn more about the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

7. HIRE BIG 10 - Virtual Career Fair

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium is a collaborative group of career services representatives from the fourteen schools in the Big Ten Conference, the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame and DePaul University. As a Consortium, we share best practices and work with students and employers from across the country to provide exemplary programming and support. It's an easy and efficient way to find Full-time Jobs, Internships, and Co-ops. This recruiting Event is free for Students & Alumni across All Majors & Degrees. Register online.


8. MN COVIDsitters

The COVID-19 pandemic directly affects our Twin Cities community. Those on the frontlines in healthcare and public health need YOUR HELP with childcare and running errands so they can continue to serve those affected by the virus. As schools have transitioned to online learning, we are in a unique position to step into these roles and support our community during this unprecedented time. For more information and registration, see the website.


9. 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.


10. Learn to Live

Do you suffer from anxiety, stress, social anxiety, depression, insomnia, or substance use? If so, Learn to Live is here to help. Learn to Live offers five highly effective online programs based on the proven principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Our programs are confidential, accessible anywhere, and based on years of research showing online CBT programs to be as effective as face-to-face therapy. Choose the right program for you: our Social Anxiety Program, our Depression Program, our Insomnia Program, our Substance Use Program, or our Stress, Anxiety and Worry Program. Use code UMN to access their services.

11. Nutritious U Food Pantry

The Nutritious U Food Pantry will be offering food to students at Coffman Memorial Union for the remainder of the semester. Students in need can request a bag of groceries and choose their pick up time through a Google form found on our webpage here. Students that are in self-quarantine and unable to leave their home can request delivery through that same Google form. Delivery is only available for students who live in the following zip codes: 55455, 55414 or 55108. If a student no longer lives near campus, they can find additional food resources throughout Minnesota here. Please refer to our website for the most up to date information.

12. Camp Emerge

Camp Emerge is the focal program of Project Emerge. It is a three-day business leadership camp at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. While exploring what makes the Twin Cities a truly unique learning environment, Camp Emerge participants will gain personal, professional, and cultural leadership training to prepare for the business elements of any career. This selective program will help guide the cohort of participants through their graduate and career exploration. Camp Emerge is designed for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; along with all allies and any individuals interested in advocating for more inclusive and diverse workplaces through leadership development. Current program dates are August 13th-15th. Apply online and learn more here.

Grad School

13. Social Work Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Register now for the online Social Work Grad School Fair. You can join the fair from anywhere and talk to schools in real-time. If you have any questions, reach out to

14. The Industrial-Organizational Track of the Masters of Arts in Psychology Science (MAPS)

Students in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology track will be trained to be evidence-based practitioners and prepared to pursue doctoral-level training. Through coursework spanning the areas of personnel selection, employee motivation, training and development, performance management and evaluation, and organizational change and development, students will be immersed in scientific research in order to acquire the knowledge and skills to solve a variety of workplace issues. Students will apply these skills through applied projects with real organizational clients to prepare for employment in organizational settings. We are excited to have appeared in several of SIOP’s rankings of I/O psychology master’s programs! We are ranked #4 in student accomplishments, #7 in faculty quality, and #18 in program resources. As a young program, we are especially proud of our growing reputation! Funding opportunities are available to all students, including TA positions. You can visit our website for further information. Feel free to contact us with any questions at

15. Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Program

We are reaching out to you to let you know about the Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program at the Carlson School of Management. Our program is widely considered to be in the top three in the nation. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the curriculum prepares students for successful careers in the field. Our students are consistently recruited by multinational companies. Other graduates enter jobs in a variety of organizations of all sizes and industries. Our students generally find opportunities for work starting within the first weeks of program entry, and in a typical year, well over 90% of our graduates find themselves in a career-track position. We've found that students with a psychology background excel in our program. That's why we're reaching out to you. Our program provides a great opportunity to put the skills you've learned already to use in a professional setting.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

16. FBI Surveillance Specialist

Surveillance Specialists conduct fixed surveillance duties that support Foreign Counterintelligence and/or Counterterrorism investigations and gather intelligence information of investigative interest. Surveillance Specialists utilize various communications, photographic, and technical equipment during surveillance operations. Incumbents are responsible for all aspects of surveillance operations from planning through execution. See more information on GoldPASS. You can also watch a virtual info session. Applications are due April 8th.

17. Autism Summer Camp Counselor

Camp Akeela counselors are role models, mentors, coaches, friends, parents, and everything in between to their campers. Along with three other counselors, you'll create the best summer camp experience on the planet to eight campers in your cabin. Akeela provides camp counselors the opportunity to play an integral role in a community that changes kids’ lives. You will gain valuable experience working first-hand with children who need extra social support, helping them develop social skills while forging life long friendships in a traditional summer camp setting. Apply on the website.

18. Behavior Technician

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. We are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields. We at Behavioral Dimensions believe that the experiences we can offer students give them excellent opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. Students will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. Students receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many jobs in the human services field require a degree, internship, and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience and the internship while students are completing their degrees. For students graduating from human services related fields, our entry-level positions provide an excellent experience in which staff learn valuable, life-long career skills. All of our services are provided in the families’ homes, so we are able to place employees close to their homes throughout the metropolitan area.

19. Direct Care Professional

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. We are even hiring temporary workers if you lost your job due to COVID-19. Get some experience and apply today (positions starting now, this summer or even next semester)! 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!

20. Research Assistant (Lab Manager) Position Available - Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion

A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion. Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (current projects have a focus on borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance-use disorders, at-risk youth, and traumatic brain injury). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection involves various modalities including behavior, fMRI, clinical interviews, genetic samples. Additional duties include managing participant databases, organizing project funds, and preparing and tracking IRB protocols. View qualifications and application instructions on the website.