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Psych Scoop, 5/26/20

May 26, 2020

May 26th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Senior Tribute Video - Congratulations Seniors!

Congratulations to the Psychology Class of 2020! This video serves as a tribute to our graduating seniors and aims to highlight all their amazing accomplishments, with messages from Dr. Moin Syed (Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology) and Dr. Jeff Simpson (Psychology Department Chair). Thank you to all who made this tribute possible and congratulations again to our graduating class. Check out the tribute video here:

2. Psych Peer Chatroom

Tuesdays, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Are you stuck at home and want to talk to someone? 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 academic drop-in hours, which are not offered for summer. For academic questions, please email Email us for the Zoom password. 


3. 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

4. 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.

This course does not count as Psychology Elective for most Psychology majors or minors - however, there is one exception. Students that transferred in a 3 credit PSY 1001 course may request that this 1XXX level course be applied to the 4th credit towards PSY 1001. You must email us at to request an APAS update for this option.

5. 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, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, or Toledo, depending on the best internship fit. Internships in English are possible at all of these locations. 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! The final deadline is June 1st! Additionally, you can apply for the CLA Internship Scholarship! (priority deadline May 31st!).

6. 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.

7. 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.


8. Working With a Recruiter: Finding a Job in a World of Remote Work

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

With much of the world’s workforce operating from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, new grads and job seekers at all levels must adapt to a remote recruitment process, as well as starting a new job remotely. This presentation provides an overview of Robert Half, the benefits of working with a staffing firm and valuable tips for candidates to navigate the process. Josh Hohn, Branch Manager of Robert Half in Minneapolis, will provide insights on how to search, apply for and interview for a job remotely, including best practices for video interviews and salary negotiations. Register here.

9. Creating a Compelling Cover Letter

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

A cover letter is either a hindrance or a powerful way to improve the likelihood of making it to the next phase of the application of process and land that interview. In this webinar, we will cover how to demonstrate your skills and relevant experiences in a cohesive and effective manner. Rebecca Diaz Luebbert is the Director of Career & Business Engagement with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. With 11 years of experience in higher education, she has cultivated expertise in career services and coaching others to achieve their goals. Register here.


10. *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.


11. Nutritious U Food Pantry Available Over Summer!

The Nutritious U Food Pantry will be offering food to students one day per week at Coffman Memorial Union during the summer months. Students in need can request a bag of groceries using this Food Pantry ordering form. Students can pick up their bag of food at Coffman on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm OR they can choose to have their food delivered to their residence on Wednesday afternoons. Delivery is available for students who live in the following zip codes: 55455, 55454, 55414, 55108, and 55408. Not living on campus? Here are some Minnesota food resources.

Grad School

12. 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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13. 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

14. 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.

15. Minnesota Twin Registry - Research Assistant (Full-time Position)

Dr. Glenn I. Roisman of the Institute of Child Development and Dr. Bob Krueger of the Department of Psychology, Co-Principal Investigators on a five-year NIH-funded grant to follow-up the large Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) cohort into late life, seek to hire a Research Assistant (8352R2: Researcher 2) responsible for carrying out field studies by interviewing study participants (aged 60-80 years) in their homes or remotely by phone. (Currently, all visits are remote due to COVID-19). In addition to questionnaires that participants will complete online (or by mail) before the in-person visit, structured research assessments conducted by the Research Assistant will include a 1.5 hour-long interview with the twin participants about their childhood experiences, objective assessments of twin participants’ physical health (including collecting samples of body measurements and a blood draw), and standardized measures of cognitive health. The Research Assistant will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication. They will work closely with the MTR research participants, MTR co-investigators, and the MTR project coordinator who schedules visits, so a bachelor's degree is required and research experience, knowledge, and skills plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to use their own car to travel for assessments of the older twins in this study (should MTR return to in-person visits). The Research Assistant will be compensated for mileage at University rates. To apply for the position, go to the UMN Job Board and search for Job ID 336345.

16. PPIA Program 2020 Summer Internship

The PPIA (Public Policy & International Affairs) Program seeks interns to support the organization. PPIA is a national nonprofit that prepares undergraduate students from underrepresented communities for an advanced degree in public policy and international affairs and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. Learn more about PPIA's work here. We are seeking interns in Communications and Social Media, Podcast Development, Data Analysis, and Virtual Events. Applications are available here and job descriptions here. The deadline is June 1st!