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Psych Scoop, 5/10/16

May 12, 2016

May 10th, 2016

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Psychology Advising

1. Summer Psych Scoop

During the summer months, the Psych Scoop will only be sent out every-other Tuesday. The information will still be relevant and informative, so be sure to stay up-to-date with the information and opportunities!

2. Psychology Advising Availability for Summer 2016

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will begin summer availability Monday, May 16th. We do not hold drop-in hours during summer session, as advisor availability fluctuates. However, we are available to meet with students through appointments. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please submit an Appointment Request Form. Our office remains open during our usual operating hours, though availability of front desk assistance varies during this time as well. We will still be checking and responding to emails frequently, so feel free to contact us with your questions at


3. University Libraries Offer Distraction-Free Study Time

The University Libraries will offer "distraction-free" studying for finals that includes extended hours in our buildings, as well as stress-reducing activities. Students can study in our spaces (13 on campus libraries), use our computers (and printers and staplers), enjoy our coffee shops, get help when needed, and take a break with our awesome activities. Walter, Wilson and Bio-Medical Libraries are open 24/7 now through May 14; Magrath Library (St. Paul) will have extended hours until 2 am on May 9-13. Many of our Libraries host study break activities including puzzles, photo booths, coloring, crafts, games, bubble wrap, plant therapy, coffee, treats, chair massage, animal therapy, origami, button-making and more. All the details can be found online.

4. Register Now for the 45th Annual Workshops in Clinical Hypnosis!

June 2-4, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Join us at the 45th Annual Workshops in Clinical Hypnosis, featuring both Introductory and Intermediate/Advanced sessions. The Introductory Workshop offers responsive instruction in the theory and applications of hypnosis in a clinical setting and features a mix of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and small group practice with supervision and feedback. The Intermediate/Advanced Workshop will be featuring guest speaker Mark P. Jensen, PhD, University of Washington, whose two-day talk will focus on the use of hypnosis to treat chronic pain. The traditional treatment plan for such pain had been opioids, but dependence on these highly addictive drugs has caused an epidemic that results in the deaths of more than 15,000 Americans each year. Hypnosis presents a promising alternative, and Dr. Jensen’s workshop will demonstrate how hypnosis can be put to use for the benefit of patients with chronic pain. For more information, and to register, please follow these links:

Introductory Workshop: Intermediate/Advanced Workshop:

5. Health Professions Fair

Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 1:30-3:30pm, Hilton Minneapolis Grand Ballroom

FREE! Register here. For more info, search the "Career Fairs/Events" section on GoldPASS (event ID: 2963)

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) is hosting the Health Professions Fair on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Hilton Minneapolis – Grand Ballroom. The Health Professions Fair is free for students and provides an excellent opportunity for students to network through valuable one-on-one conversations with over 170 health professional school representatives. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!


6. Summer Internship Scholarship - Due June 1st (For Continuing Students)

Internships are great way to enhance your academic experience, but unpaid internships can be a challenge. The CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students participating in unpaid internships. Three times per year the College of Liberal Arts offers Internship Scholarships to CLA undergraduate students. Most awards are $1,500. For eligibility information, upcoming deadlines, or to apply, visit:


IMPORTANT: Not all research opportunities listed below 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.

7. Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Kinesiology-Fall 2016

Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRAs). Several positions are available for the Fall 2016 semester, with opportunities in late summer as well. We are currently looking for UGRAs to assist with an intervention study designed to reduce injury risk in youth football (8th grade). Travel around the Minneapolis area is required, but all fuel costs will be reimbursed. Research assistants on this project will attend youth football games and practices for data collection and assist with data entry; previous UGRAs have also gained experience with conducting literature reviews and data analysis. UGRAs are expected to commit to 9-12 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks. Students may be eligible to earn course credit through KIN 3993. Please contact Andrew White ( if interested -- more information can be found at


IMPORTANT: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology, and you will need to meet with your college advisor to find out how they will fit into your academic program.

8. New PSY Service-Learning Course in Fall 2016

Have you ever wanted to give a little bit back to your community and get credit for it? Have you ever wanted a chance to get in a time machine and help your 8th-grade self see value in school? Are you excited at the thought of a room full of city kids starting to see themselves as scientists, engineers, researchers ... or just thoughtful people?

If you answered "yes" to at least 2 of those 3 questions, email Cheryl Olman ( to find out more about a new Service-Learning course she's teaching in the Fall. We'll spend September learning about how to build science mentoring relationships with 8th grade students, and then we'll spend October, November and December meeting at Murray Middle School (a 3-minute walk from the St Paul Campus, also right off the #3 bus line) to help the students get excited about discovering how the world works ... and complete the science or engineering project of their choosing.

The 3-credit course meets M and W afternoons from 3-4:15; we'll meet in Elliott Hall in September, and over at Murray for October/November/December. It is course number 34498 (at the time of writing, the course description is not posted in the scheduling system, but it will be soon!).

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

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. The course is currently scheduled to meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00-11:30, beginning on June 13th and ending August 5th. For more information, please contact instructor Pierce Ekstrom,

10. PSY 3960 (3 cr.) May Term Seminar: Legalize It? From Reefer Madness to Medical Marijuna

This May Term, the Department of Psychology will be offering a 3-credit PSY 3960 Undergraduate Seminar Courses. The topic of this offering is "Legalize it? From Reefer Madness to Medical Marijuana." This course, taught by Scott Burwell, will examine historical and current issues surrounding cannabis legalization in the United States from public, government, and scientific perspectives. Search for "PSY 3960" in the Class Search (Summer 2016 term) for a more detailed description. Topics for PSY 3960 are rarely repeated from semester-to-semester, so take advantage of this particular course while you have the chance. PSY 3960 may be used toward the optional opportunity credits within the PSY Electives--make sure you have not met the maximum allowed from these types of courses. Please refer to your major requirement sheet or contact Psychology Advising if you have questions about how this might apply toward your degree.

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.

11. I/O Psych-related Internship with Department of Homeland Security

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Personnel Research and Assessment Division (PRAD), located in Washington, DC. Duties include: Assisting with the preparation of documentation on tests in the area of personnel research psychology; Assisting Industrial/Organizational Psychologists in the development, validation, and implementation of test instruments for selection and promotion; Coordinating with the training academies in collecting training data for use as criterion measures, designing and participating in research validation studies, and establishing validation and other research databases; Assisting in conducting psychometric analyses on tests and conduct research on a variety of human resources issues; and Assisting in proofreading, performing statistical computations and assembling tests and surveys. Application will close Sunday, May 15th, or the date the 75th application is received, whichever comes first. Applicants must be US citizens. View the full position description and apply here.