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Psych Scoop, 5/2/17

May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Time Change for Thursday Drop-ins

Please note that drop-in hours this Thursday, May 4th will be held from 11:00am-1:00pm.

2. Graduating Seniors - Take the CLA Outcomes Survey!

The College of Liberal Arts is very interested to know what your plans are after graduation. Please take ten minutes to complete The Outcomes Survey, at In CLA, we use the data to deepen our understanding of the career fields our students enter, the employers who hire them, the number of students who enroll in graduate or professional programs, and to capture advice that recent graduates have for our current students. So when a student asks us, "what can I do with a CLA degree?" we have some concrete information to share with them. If you’re still figuring out your plans, remember that all resources in the CLA Career Services office are accessible to you for the first year after your graduation.

Career Services Announcements

3. No internship this summer? No problem!

Even if you don't have an internship lined up for this summer, there are still many ways to move forward with your career development.

  1. Keep looking! We have part-time positions posted on GoldPASS all summer long - organizations are still posting, and you may be able to find a position that fits with your other work and class schedule.
  2. Considering volunteering with a local nonprofit organization. There are MANY organizations that offer tangible ways to gain experience related to Psyschology. Visit the Center for Community Engaged Learning in 240 Appleby Hall to meet with a peer advisor - they can help you to find an organization that fits with your goals. There are hundreds of organizations that have a relationship with the U of M, and many have minimal hour requirements, sometimes as low as 5 hours a month. Doing this over the summer will help prepare you to find internships and part-time jobs in the fall!
  3. Connect with professionals. Talk with your neighbor, your dad's friend, your roommate's sister - anyone who has a job that you are interested in learning more about! Follow the tips on how to have a successful informational interview, and set a goal of talking to as many professionals as you are able. One per month is a great start, and remember that each of them can connect you with someone else after you talk to them!
  4. Meet with a career counselor. CLA Career Services is open all summer long, with drop-in hours and appointments. Bring in your resume and cover letter, or just drop in to 411 Bruininks Hall to get advice on how to get started with one.

4. Graduating, and unsure of next steps?

First and foremost, you are not alone. It can take a while to find the right fit for your first job out of college - and it is very common to take a few months to figure that out! Career Services is available to alumni for one year after graduation. You can still get your resume reviewed, meet with a career counselor, and go to most career events, including job fairs and on-campus interviews. We are here to help you! As an alum, you also have access to your GoldPASS account for life! We have employers who post full-time entry level AND experienced positions, so keep using that as a resource.

Psychology International Association (PISA)

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in PISA activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

5. Apply to be a PISA Officer for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting an EVENT COORDINATOR and a DOMESTIC OUTREACH DIRECTOR for the academic year of 2017-2018! This would be a great opportunity for you to develop your leadership skills, gain event organizing experience, and much more. The positions are open to all psychology majors (international and domestic students). To apply, fill out an online application. Please note that the deadline is Sunday, May 7 at 11:59pm! If you have any questions, feel free to reach us at

Psi Chi/Psychology Club

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psych Club activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

6. Psychology Club/Psi Chi is looking for 2017-2018 Officers

Do you want to cultivate your leadership and organizational skills? Do you want to build a broader network of committed psychology students? Do you want a unique experience to prepare you for your future professional and academic goals? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you should apply to be a Psychology Club/Psi Chi officer! There are currently two positions open, Treasurer and Officer of Recruitment. If you want to be an officer for Fall 2017 then please fill out the following online application(s) indicating your interest: Follow the link here to apply to be treasurer and follow the link here to apply to the officer of recruitment. If you have any questions please direct them to


7. The Art of Healing our Veterans - Using art therapy to heal the invisible wounds of war

Friday, May 19th, 6:00-8:00pm, University of St. Thomas Campus, McNeely Hall, Room 100

Art therapy has been proven to be one of the best approaches to working through the aftereffects of trauma in veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related mental health conditions. Join us for a free, two-hour interactive art therapy experiential to learn more about how and why art therapy works, and how Ars Bellum Foundation’s unique mobile group art therapy programs are healing veterans and saving lives. This event is free and open to the public! McNeely Hall is located on the corner of Summit and Cleveland Ave right across from the Davannis. Please contact Peter Watson at or 651-390-6999 with questions.

8. Exam Jam is Here!

Various Events from April 29th-May 6th

Come study for finals with us! Extended walk-in tutoring hours, review sessions, free practice exams, and a relaxed weekend of preparation and snacks have all been planned for you. Details Details and event schedule can be found at

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all opportunities 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.

9. Undergrad Research Opportunity in Social Psychology

We are seeking undergraduate students to work in Professor Marti Hope Gonzales’s research lab to help with the interpersonal conflicts and forgiveness project. RAs will primarily assist in coding and analyzing the data. In addition, RAs will attend weekly meetings. Preference will be given to students who have previous research experience and those who commit to two or more semesters in the lab. If interested, send your current transcript and/or your CV to Hyun Euh ( by 5pm on Friday, May 5th. Students will then be sent the application and considered for the position. Students may earn research credit for PSY 5993.

10. Social Interaction Lab is Seeking Research Assistants

The Social Interaction Lab run by Dr. Jeff Simpson is looking for conscientious, friendly research assistants with flexible schedules to run lab sessions, enter data, and code video interactions for couples. There are two studies being conducted this summer:

  1. Decision-Making Study: RAs will collect survey and video data from romantic couples in a study of consumer decision-making in relationships. Positions are available for the summer, continuing into the fall. Please email Chloe Huelsnitz at with "Interest in RA position" in the subject line for more information and an application. Applications must be in by May 12th.
  2. Social Influence Coding: RAs will watch video-taped interactions of romantic couples and will be trained on how to code the videos for various social influence behaviors. Positions are available for the summer. Please email Will Johnson at with "Interest in RA position" in the subject line for more information and an application. Applications must be in by May 12th.

11. DVBIC Research Assistant at Minneapolis VA

The research intern will assist research staff at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). DVBIC is currently running several research studies that are in the active recruitment phase. Intern responsibilities will include preparing study materials, verifying accuracy of study data, and conducting medical record review. Additional responsibilities may include working with relational databases and assessing participants depending on experience and ability. This research falls under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Lim, UMN faculty. The patient population includes military personnel or veterans with traumatic brain injury and other mental health issues.

Qualified candidate 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 Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in psychology or related field, and be willing to commit to 8-10 hours per week for 12 months. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Carrie Gentz,

12. Volunteer Research Assistant Needed at Minneapolis VA

The Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) Research Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA is currently accepting applications to join our lab as a volunteer Research Assistant. We are interested in working with students who are dedicated to gaining applied research experience in order to advance their career development in clinical psychology or other related fields. Students interested in pursuing doctoral training in psychology are especially encouraged to apply. Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and previous research experience are highly desired qualities in interested applicants. The RINGS lab requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for 6 months. Minimum 3.0 GPA. The RINGS Research Laboratory offers the opportunity to join an active team of investigators studying post-traumatic stress, individual and contextual risk/resilience factors associated with post-deployment health among combat veterans and their families, personality, treatment development/outcome evaluation, and health services research. The goal of the RINGS research program is to identify individual, environmental, and biological markers of resilience in individuals exposed to traumatic stress (i.e., combat deployment) that can then be either enhanced (to reduce the incidence of PTSD) or utilized in treatment (to improve treatments and recovery from PTSD).

Duties Include: Assisting the project coordinator and primary investigator with clerical and research-related tasks; Preparing surveys, materials, and mailings for study participants; Data entry, management, and cleaning; Scheduling meetings and conference calls; Assisting with correspondence and follow-up with participants; Preparing bibliographies and conducting or assisting with literature searches. Interested applicants can send resumes/CVs to David Leverty at Please include current GPA and a description of completed psychology and psychology-related coursework in your resume/CV.

Learning Abroad

13. Announcing 2017-2018 LAC Global Seminars

Take a break and learn about the 11 unique Global Seminars the Learning Abroad Center is offering over the 2017-2018 winter break and May session. Global Seminars are three-week study abroad programs led by UofM faculty and staff. These programs are experiential in nature and offer a great way for students to explore interdisciplinary topics. For a full list of global seminar topics and locations, visit the LAC website. The deadline for winter break programs is October 13th, 2017 and the deadline for May programs is February 1st (primary) and March 1st (final), 2018.

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

14. ABUS 4501 - Building a Small Business Start-up

Fall 2017, 3-credit, online course.

In this course, you will be introduced to and begin to develop the basic marketing, finance, and leadership skills needed to plan an enterprising small business. The final product of the course is a business plan that you can use to start a small enterprise. In addition to collaborating with a group to create a business plan, you will participate in a variety of class discussions and independently complete reflective exercises that help you assess and develop your management, leadership and business-administration skills.

15. GCC 3018 - What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide

Fall 2017, 3-credits. Tue/Thu 2:30-3:45pm. Meets LE theme: Diversity & Social Justice. Taught by Lindsey Weiler & Steve Yussan.

This Grand Challenge Course (GCC 3018) examines the increasing and widening social class divide of the early 21st century and the effect on children and families. Academic underachievement, a school-to-prison pipeline, and the opioid epidemic are just a few examples. In this course, students will identify the barriers to opportunities created by the divide and seek solutions that can be pursued with families, schools, and communities, and public policy to redress these inequities. Course description can be found here: 

Campus Resources

16. U Libraries Open 24/7 with Study Breaks, PAWS, & More!

Walter Library (East bank) and the Bio-Med Library (East bank) are now open 24/7 through Friday, May 12. Wilson Library (West bank) will be open 24/7 starting at 8am Saturday, May 6th. Magrath Library (St. Paul) has extended study until 2:00am. Our other eight libraries are also great places for students to find quiet, productive spaces. There will be a variety of stress busting activities including coffee, snacks, ear plugs, origami, kinetic sand, magnatiles, coloring, button making and more. Bio-Med will be hosting PAWS on Wednesday, May 3 from 11:00am-1:00pm. We now have over 40 group study rooms now available for students to reserve (up to 2 hours per day). Visit: For more information about activities, go to or view the Spring Stress Busters schedule.

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.

17. Paid, Summer Position at Project for Pride in Living (Property Management)

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) serves individuals and families struggling with poverty, limited education, and other complex barriers. Our mission: PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families with lower incomes through transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. The Property Management Division is a fast-paced unit of PPL that manages over 1,100 affordable rental units in Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods and first-ring suburbs. This position is part time (30-40 hours per week) and pays $12/hour. For more information and to apply, visit the GoldPASS posting.

18. College Possible is Hiring!

College Possible is a growing nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income students get to and through college. We are powered by AmeriCorps and VISTA members who help high school students earn admission to college, support college students to graduation, and do indirect service in event planning, communications, fundraising, and human resources. Full-time AmeriCorps and VISTA positions with a 10 to 12 month commitment are available in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Omaha, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Portland beginning in August 2017. Deadline is May 15th. Apply at Contact TA with questions:; 612-252-4362

Want to learn more about College Possible and three other mission-driven organizations? Join us for our panel “Real Talk: Service, Identity, Work & the Workplace” 6:00-7:30PM. Hosted at College Possible’s HQ in St. Paul, MN, this panel will be exploring how College Possible and 3 other mission-driven organizations engage with race, class, and gender in their daily work. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. RSVP and bring a friend!.

19. MN Center for Twin & Family Research is Seeking Interviewer (Bachelor's Degree Required)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for an Interviewer position, which will be responsible for interviewing study participants. A full job description can be found at the following links:

Job description for non-UMN employees

Job description for current UMN employees

20. FT Research Specialist at Univeristy of Pennsylvania

The Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab), led by Dr. Cristina Bicchieri, is seeking to hire a highly skilled and motivated individual to work as a full-time research assistant beginning in the summer of 2017. Dr. Bicchieri is an expert in social norms and conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and psychology. Our group includes behavioral economists, psychologists, network analysts, game theorists, applied mathematicians, and philosophers. This is an excellent position for those who are seeking to be exposed to a vibrant research environment, for example in preparation of a graduate degree or a research career in the private sector. The research specialist would help out with many elements of our lab's research activity. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) programming lab and online economics experiments and surveys, collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data, as well as writing up results. For more information about the position and qualifications, visit the online job posting.