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Psych Scoop, 5/17/16

May 26, 2016

May 17th, 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. Emerging Professionals Network Event for Recent UMN Alumni

Tuesday, June 21st, 5:30-7:30pm, Lynlake Brewery, Minneapolis.

Are you ready to enjoy summer in the Twin Cities Gopher style? Mingle and network with fellow recent graduates at our next Emerging Professionals Network event at LynLake Brewery. You will receive a complimentary beverage, light appetizers, and enjoy access to LynLake's awesome rooftop patio (weather-permitting). Spots are limited, so register today! Cost: $10 for UMAA members; $15 for nonmembers; $15 at the door (if space available.) 

4. Women in Technology Event

Wednesday, June 1st, 3:30-5:00pm, Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.

Women in Technology (WIT) is a newly formed University community that provides a forum for women to share experiences and resources in a supportive network. Please join us for our inaugural event where keynote speaker Nancy Lyons, president and CEO of Clockwork Active Media, will speak about creating a culture that empowers women and promotes diversity. Please RSVP by May 25.                           


5. $500! Apply for a Summer 2016 Psychology Undergraduate Engagement Award! 

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this Summer 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 are 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 2016. Summer 2016 application deadline is June 15, 2016. Notification of Award Date: June 24, 2016. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Please submit application materials to Michael Houlahan. Materials must be submitted electronically to

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. Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Educational Psychology

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students who can work in Dr. Ted Christ's research lab and help with data entry, organization, assessment development, and other lab activities related to School Psychology teacher training, and reading and math assessment research this summer. Credit and volunteer options are available. Please contact Dr. Mary Jane White by email ( if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work and schooling experience, references, skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.), SPSS, R and/or other statistical software.

8. Volunteer Research Opportunity in Counseling & Cultural Psychology

Professor Richard Lee’s research lab is seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin this summer 2016 and continue into the Fall 2016. The UGRA will be involved with research projects in the area of counseling psychology, cultural psychology, and prevention science. Current research studies include ethnic identity, discrimination, cultural socialization, health disparities, transnational adoption, and parenting. Most studies are focused on Asian American populations but some studies target other racial minority and international populations. Past UGRA’s have performed literature searches, data collection, data entry and cleaning, and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. UGRA’s are expected to attend weekly research team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in communicating with research team members. UGRA are expected to work 6-8 hours/week in addition to attending lab meetings. Ideal candidates are motivated psychology students who are planning to apply to graduate programs. Please contact if interested.


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.

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. Seats still open in PSY 3960 (3 cr.) May Term Seminar: Legalize It? From Reefer Madness to Medical Marijuana - Begins Next Week!

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.

11. Online Summer Course - ADDS 5011: Foundations in Addiction Studies

Explore the field of addiction studies by taking ADDS 5011: Foundatinos in Addiction Studies, a fully online course offered this summer 2016. Description: Theoretical perspectives/concepts related to etiology of alcohol/drug dependency/abuse. Emphasizes bio-psycho-social models of addiction/disease: psychodynamics, social learning, contingency, family systems. Connection of theory to empirical research. Please contact Sarah Cook ( for further information.


12. Apply for the 2016-17 Office for Equity & Diversity Student Advisory Team

Deadline: June 3, 2016. The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) Student Advisory Team is a cohort of undergraduate and graduate/professional students interested in engaging more deeply with the work of achieving the University of Minnesota’s most ambitious equity and diversity goals. Advisory team members play a pivotal role in advising the Vice President and OED leadership on policies, procedures and best practices, and assisting us in assessing our current student-facing programs and initiatives. Learn more and apply

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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13. Elite Medical Scribes is Hiring: Obtain First Hand Experience with Patient Exams!

Elite Medical Scribes offers the chance for students and recent graduates interested in the medical field to receive first hand clinical experience in the exam room with physicians and patients. Great opportunity to network and build relationships with Medical Professionals! Applicants must be current students or recent graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or more as well as type at a speed of 55 Words Per Minute or more. Comprehensive, free, specialized training is provided through our highly recognized Elite Scribe Medical Academy program. A wide variety of opportunities in multiple different specialties available in hospitals and clinics in the Twin Cities. Part time positions, about 16-24 hours per week! Apply directly at or contact Bailey Schwochert for more information at or 612-564-0367.