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Psych Scoop, 5/12/20

May 12, 2020

May 12th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. PsyAdvising Summer Schedule

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will begin our summer availability this Monday, May 18th. We do not hold drop-in hours during the 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 our in-person office will most likely be closed through the summer. We will be checking and responding to emails frequently, so feel free to contact us with your questions at

2. Scoop Summer Schedule

During the summer term, you will begin to receive the Psych Scoop on a bi-weekly rather than weekly basis. The regular schedule will commence as fall term approaches. The summer issues still contain important information and wonderful opportunities, so be sure to check your inbox every other Tuesday!

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. 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!


5. Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship this Summer 2020 semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement is available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship or research component, etc.). Up to two awards of $500 will be offered for Summer 2020. For Summer 2020, only remote experiences will qualify. Funds cannot be used to support in-person (on-site) work. The application deadline is June 15th (12:00 pm CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

Courses of Interest

6. New Course - PSY 1010 - Introduction to the Psychology of Pandemics - 1 credit - Fall 2020 Online!

This course will increase students’ understanding of how psychological science can inform our understanding of causes, consequences, and responses to pandemics, such as the COVID- 19/Coronavirus. In doing so, it will expose students to the different subdisciplines of psychology so they can understand the wide range of theories and methods employed in the field. This is one of the only psychology courses in which students will be taught by a wide range of psychology faculty with expertise in cognitive and brain science, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, industrial/organization psychology, personality, social psychology, and quantitative/psychometric methods.

7. Virtual Internships through the Learning Abroad Center - Summer 2020

The Virtual Summer International Internship is a new three-credit internship opportunity. As the beginning of 2020 has taught us, it’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course will give you an opportunity to learn, as these new educational models are unfolding and responding to needs. You’ll be matched with a business in Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Madrid, Toledo, Rome, or Sydney, depending on the best internship fit. You’ll work on projects for an international organization from the US while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn three credits from coursework, and maximize your time spent at home this summer. Find more information about application deadlines and fees here. Depending on the internship, you could get 3 cr. toward your elective requirement for your Psychology major!

8. EPSY 3801 - The Science of Human Resilience and Wellbeing - 3 credits - Summer 2020

his course is for any undergraduate student interested in learning about and applying the theory and practice as it relates to resilience and wellbeing. This course integrates key cross-cutting, scientific findings from a range of psychological disciplines, including positive psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, and social psychology. Stated simply, resilience refers to the human capacity and ability to both survive and thrive in the face of life circumstances. Students will develop a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts of stress, resilience, and wellbeing, as well as specific resilience practices scientific research has shown enable people to better manage and bounce back from stressful situations and enhance their social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in career and personal aspects of life.

EPSY 3801 is online, with synchronous meetings on Tuesdays 9:45 am- 12:30 pm, June 8th - July 2nd

Instructor: Jessie Kember, Ph.D.

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

9. EPSY 5401 - Counseling Procedures - 3 credits- Fall 2020

According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is the process of building relationships with individuals that empower them to accomplish mental health and wellness, education, and career goals. According to the Positive Psychology movement, counseling can help individuals and communities thrive, cultivating what is best within themselves, and enhancing their experiences of work, love, and play. In this course, you will learn a short-term model of counseling that is rooted in both client empowerment and positive psychology, aimed at helping clients, students, and others manage problems more effectively and develop opportunities more fully. The course relates to the COVID-19 pandemic in that students will learn skills to help others manage stress and isolation, overcome anxiety and fear, and make and implement personally-meaningful choices in their lives. This course is appropriate for individuals whose professional work includes counseling and interviewing and for those interested in advising, counseling, and consulting.

EPSY 5401 is Thursdays, 4:40 pm- 7:30 pm

Appleby Hall 226

Instructor: Sherri Turner, Ph.D. (

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


10. Probable Meets Possible: Medicinal Microbes?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Could microbes form the basis for new and novel treatments and even be cures for a variety of diseases? Christine Salomon and Mike Sadowsky will take you on a whirlwind tour of the state of the science and look to a future in which microbes may provide a pathway to health. Find more information and RSVP here.

11.Resolving Conflict During Trying Times

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Difficult and uncertain times put us at a higher risk of relationship tension, resulting in conflicts. We are shorter-fused, less tolerant, and therefore more at risk of being hooked by our emotions. The use of self-control and other self-management techniques is important to calming our emotions and strengthening relationships during this volatile time. RSVP here.

12. Yoga in the Gardens - MN Landscape Arboretum

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join in the fun with a free virtual yoga class by Spirit of the Lake Yoga through Zoom! The Arboretum along with our partner studios are continuing yoga for anyone interested in participating. Stay in shape in mind and body as you practice social distancing from the comfort of your home. More info.


13. *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.

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

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 during the Fall semester (Thursdays, 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm), 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.

15. *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.

16. *Volunteer* Internship with Clinical and Research Experience

The Center for Practice Transformation in the School of Social Work is seeking highly motivated volunteer student interns to assist with community-based research. CPT is currently conducting outcomes research with a large outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment provider based in Minnesota. Student responsibilities would include participant outreach, phone-based data collection, and data entry. Qualifications include excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Excel, interest in clinical care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and the ability to work remotely. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to 12 months of involvement and have availability between 3 and 5 pm for 5-10 hours per week. To apply, please contact Tanya Freedland at with a brief statement of your interest and CV or resume.

Grad School

17. Special Ed MEd/Gap Year Virtual Info Session

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Cost: Free
Location: Online, RSVP here, join the Zoom here

Considering graduate school for fall 2020? We've extended the application deadline for many of our special education MEd/teaching licensure programs to July 15—including our academic behavior specialist (ABS) and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs. We hope you can join us for an info session to learn more about earning your graduate degree in special education at the University of Minnesota. And if you're still not certain you want to commit to graduate school next fall, we're also offering a series of graduate-level courses for non-degree seeking students to earn credit to apply towards a future degree and will share information on those during the session as well.

18. 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.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. Lindahl Academic Center Student Tutor

The Lindahl Academic Center at the University of Minnesota is hiring both Graduate and Undergraduate students for paid Peer Tutoring Positions for both Summer and Fall Semesters 2020. Sessions are used to review and reinforce course-specific materials across a wide variety of Psychology focused subjects ranging from introductory courses to advanced material. For additional information and to apply online, please follow this link. For any questions you may have regarding the position please contact Adam Demchak (Tutor Coordinator) at

20. Researcher I - ACHIEVE Trial

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota is looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree to serve as a full-time research examiner for the ongoing Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Trial. The Trial will continue until at least December 2022. The primary duties will be to administer and score psychological and cognitive tests, along with other questionnaires and tests according to the study protocol. Preferred qualifications include experience in administering and scoring any of the following cognitive tests: Delayed Word Recall, Digit Symbol Substitution, Incidental Learning, Trail Making, Logical Memory, Digit Span Backward, Boston Naming, World Fluency, Animal Naming, Clinical Dementia Rating Scale. Applicants should be able to work in a team setting and communicate verbally and in writing with older people of diverse racial and educational backgrounds. The salary will be based on prior experience and qualifications. For more information or to apply for the position, please visit the UMN jobs website and search for job ID 336245.