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Psych Scoop, 5/30/17

May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

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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.

1. Undergrad Research Opportunity at the Program in Human Sexuality

We are looking for a responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented student who can work on Dr. Michael Miner’s study of the use of a dynamic risk-assessment tool for predicting dangerousness in men who have committed sexual crimes. The ideal candidate is interested in helping an existing team with coding, data entry, organization, analysis, and other tasks associated with both qualitative and quantitative data. This study is the evaluation of an assessment tool being used to determine the risk of re-offense in populations of men on probation for sex crimes (staff do not have contact with offenders). The major tasks involve coding re-offending data from criminal history records and aiding in qualitative analysis of data obtained through focus groups. Credit and volunteer options are available. If you are interested, please contact the project Coordinator, Chris Hoefer, by email ( 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.

2. Research Assistants Needed in Mazzocco Math & Numeracy Lab

Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interesting in participating in developmental research for summer and/or fall. Our projects may be of particular interest for those pursuing research experiences in developmental, educational, or cognitive psychology. Students who can commit to 6 to 9 hours a week with a minimum of 2 semesters are preferred. Lab duties may include but not limited to coding, data entry, and recruitment. For more information, please visit To apply, please email Taylor Praus (research coordinator) at to request the application form.

3. Submit Your Work for the Undergrad Research Poster Competition in Atlanta

The Black Doctoral Network is welcoming undergraduates to participate in our annual conference, themed "Black Scholarship Matters: Intellectualism, Race, and Public Sphere." This year's conference will be held October 25-28, 2017. If you have a research project you would like to submit as a poster at a professional conference, the poster competition is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive constructive feedback from scholars in a friendly and engaging environment. Abstracts may be submitted by incoming sophomores, juniors or seniors from all racial backgrounds on any topic. The abstract must be no more than 250 words in length. Inclde the title of the poster, issues you address in your work, methods and theories, and results/conclusions of your research (if available). The priority deadline is May 31st, 2017 and the final deadline is September 8th, 2017. For more information and to submit an abstract, visit

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.

4. ABus 4571W: Introduction to Grant Writing for Healthcare & Nonprofits

Blended classroom/online delivery. Mondays 2:30-5:15pm. 3 credits. Meets upper division Writing Intensive requirement

In this Fall 2017 course, you will: how to write a fully developed grant proposal and budget; research available grants to determine best match for an organization in your area of interest; effectively draft, incorporate feedback, and revise a grant, section by section; and develop proposal content appealing to specific granting organizations to learn essentials for maximum competitiveness. This course is great for students interested in health care, nonprofit work, and/or research. Questions? Call 612-624-4000 or email

Learning Abroad

5. Psychology & Research in Madrid is Still Accepting Applications for Fall 2017!

Spend next semester in Madrid! The Learning Abroad Center, together with the Department of Psychology and the Fundación Ortega-Marañon in Madrid, has expanded Psychology & Research in Madrid to offer a semester-long program starting Fall 2017. Students will take Sensation and Perception (equivalent to PSY 3031), Learning and Behavior (equivalent to PSY 3011), and Research Laboratory in Psychology (equivalent to PSY 4993), along with other Spanish culture courses to total 13-18 credits. Students on the program will have the choice of living in local dormitories or with a Spanish host family. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad. For more information, check out the Learning Abroad Center website. Students who participate in the Fall 2017 program and are willing to complete a program evaluation will receive an $800 program fee discount. If you are interested in learning more or ready to apply, please contact Amy Garwood Diaz in the Learning Abroad Center at or 612.624.1537.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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6. Psychology Advising is Hiring - Peer Advisor Applications Due Tomorrow

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hiring for a Student Peer Advisor! We are hoping to find an excellent student to join our staff mid-June. This is a great opportunity for students interested in student services, higher education, policy making, teaching, or other student programming. This position is treated as a professional role with a focus on career development for the employee.  Individuals in this role are expected to take on increased responsibilities relating to direct student services and peer advising. The Peer Advisor will work closely with the Psychology Advising Team for 15-20 hours per week between 8am-4:30pm. To view the full job posting and to apply, go to the UMN Job Board and search for Job ID# 317449. Please be aware, the application closes tomorrow, May 31st. Please direct any questions about the position to

7. Student Admin Support Position in Dentistry Office of Admissions & Diversity

The Office of Admissions & Diversity in the School of Dentistry (Moos Tower) is looking for an undergraduate student worker to start sometime during the summer and continue to work during the academic year. We’re looking for a student who will have work-study funds during the academic year. It would be great if they have them during the summer, too, but it’s not necessary. The duties are primarily in support of the recruitment, advising, and admissions functions of the Office of Admissions & Diversity in the School of Dentistry. Main duties of the position include: answering phone and email and addressing questions of prospective applicants; processing dental school applications; maintaining statistics, filing, preparing interview files for interviewed applicants. For more information and to apply, go to the UMN Job Board and search for Job ID# 317664.