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Psych Scoop, 5/5/20

May 5, 2020

May 5th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Research in Fall 2020

Research in Psychology continues to be at the forefront of all of our minds during this time. We want to assure you that the academic experience, PSY 4993/5993, connected to our research will continue to be one of the key aspects that makes your University of Minnesota experience unique and valuable, even this coming fall. More specific details about new opportunities will continue to be shared with all students in the coming months (e.g. see Research Section - Dr. Syed's Meta-Scientific Research on the Psychology of Covid-19 for Fall 2020). In the meantime, we continue to encourage students seeking out research opportunities to continue a familiar old recommended process of contacting faculty and labs that interest you - make those initial connections to learn about possible opportunities in the short-term and what steps to take to explore future opportunities.

2. Psychology Senior Video

Hello, Graduating Seniors. Our office is putting together a senior tribute video to recognize you all - for you to share with family and friends, post on social media, or simply keep for your own memory. With that being said, we need your help! We hope to feature as many of you as we can; contributing just takes a few minutes! If you are graduating in Spring 2020 (or graduated in Fall 2019) and are interested in being featured in this tribute video, you can either contribute via our FlipGrid page or email your video to Please reference this document for guidelines. We look forward to hearing from you!

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!

Courses of Interest

5. Summer 2020 CPSY Course Options

Looking for summer courses for the Psych majors? Both CPSY 3301 (Intro to Child Psych) and CPSY 4303 (Adolescent Psych) will be offered this year! These can count as Group B or electives in your Psychology major and also for a Developmental (Child) Psychology minor. Email with any questions.

6. PSY 3711 - Psychology in the Workplace - 3 credits - Summer 2020

This course has been recently added to the Summer schedule. PSY 3711 counts for a distribution C course for Psych majors. The course goes over the application of psychological theory/research to recruitment, personnel selection, training/development, job design, workgroup design, work motivation, leadership, performance assessment, and job satisfaction measurement.

PSY 3711 is online

Instructor: Richard Landers

Note: this course counts in psychology majors and minors.

7. EPSY 5114 - Psychology of Student Learning - 3 credits - Summer 2020

This course is an introduction to the theories, data, and methods that compose educational psychology. The course begins with a review of those aspects of developmental psychology that are foundational for education. We will then consider how cognitive psychology informs questions of learning, memory, knowledge, and reasoning. With this background in place, we end the course with a focus on the classroom: instruction, motivation, assessment, and individual differences. Contact Sashank Varma at for questions.

EPSY 5114 is online, meeting Monday- Friday 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm, June 6th - 26th

Instructor: Jeff Bye

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

8. GCC 3026 - Stepping into the Gap - 3 credits - Fall 2020

Looking for a different way to learn about life's challenges? Join classmates from around campus as you learn how to create a science learning experience that will open doors for kids from all walks of life. More information at and

GCC 3026 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm- 5:15 pm (Half the time the class will meet off-campus at a location that is easily reached by a short walk from the St Paul Campus or the #3 city bus)

Instructors: Keisha Varma and Cheryl Olman (

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

9. EPSY 1281 - Psychological Science Applied - 4 credits - Fall 2020

The course introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas. Through the lenses of education, we review the principles of learning, memory, development, intelligence, and interventions. Through the lenses of health and wellness, we review personality, biological, social, and cognitive bases of normal and abnormal behavior, as well as treatments. Finally, through the lenses of business and organizations, we review principles of motivation, sensation, perception, and social behavior. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education, health sciences, and psychology and is designed to meet the liberal arts/social sciences core requirement. For more information, contact Martin Van Boekel at

EPSY 1281 meets for lectures on Monday and Wednesdays from 9:05 am- 9:55 am see Schedule Builder for lab times

Blegen Hall 10

Instructor: Martin Van Boekel

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


10. International Students - Thinking About Graduate School?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Graduate School Admissions Office is pleased to offer information sessions for students interested in graduate education. While these information sessions are tailored to international students, they provide a comprehensive overview of what to consider when you are thinking about applying to graduate school! Don't miss this opportunity to ask any questions you have about applying to graduate school! Attendees will also have an opportunity to win a $50 gift card upon completion of a survey. Find the Zoom link and more information here.

11. Community Health During COVID-19: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 11:00 am- 11:30 am
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join Dr. Sonya Brady for a webinar on stress, coping, and well-being during the global pandemic. During the webinar, Dr. Brady will share insights into how public health practitioners and individuals can encourage healthy coping behaviors and greater well-being for themselves and their communities. Drawing on her research expertise, she’ll share practical ideas for health promotion during the pandemic, and beyond. Learn more and register here.

12. Coping, Supporting, & Healing in the Face of Anti-Asian Discrimination

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

With the rise of xenophobia and racism targeting Asian/Asian American communities, the need for coping and support spaces for Asian/Asian American students at the U of MN is especially important. Experiencing discrimination can cause emotional and physical harm, and adds to the stress already present in navigating academic and family roles in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Consider joining this Student Counseling Services space for Asians/Asian Americans to check in, learn ways to cope, engage in self- and community-care, and find ways to feel empowered. We will meet on Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm starting on May 7 and will run during the summer. You can register using this form.


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.

17. *Credit* Directed Research - COVID-19 and University Life - Summer 2020

This is an online/distance-learning research experience in which students will engage in readings and research on the psychological correlates and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the university community. A particular focus will be on the experiences of racial and ethnic minority populations in higher education. Students will have access to a recently completed longitudinal qualitative survey study on a racially diverse group of students, staff, and faculty from the University of Minnesota. Drawing from psychological theory and research, students will work closely with Prof. Richard Lee (Distinguished University Teaching Professor), his graduate students, and other undergraduate students to code written responses to open-ended questions using qualitative analytic methods. Students also will develop basic research questions that they can then answer by developing a study using the available data. There will be a one-hour weekly online synchronous meeting time using Zoom and as needed online synchronous meetings with others in the lab. The remaining work will be completed independently by the students. Concurrent enrollment in PSY 3901W is permitted. Online meetings are Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30. Contact Rich Lee at if you are interested in this research opportunity! The priority deadline is Friday, May 8th, so inquire soon.


18. Bunnies Besties: A Bunny Therapy that Helps You to Destress

Bunny Besties is an all-volunteer nonprofit that addresses the heightened stress in our community. We do it with cuddly loving bunnies and with the principles founded through studies at Mayo Clinic and our work with Boynton Health Services at the University of Minnesota. Check out our Facebook as we often post live videos of our 19 bunnies!

Grad School

19. Info session - Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology MA

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Considering graduate school for next fall? The master’s of arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP) has extended its application deadline to July 15. Attend a virtual info session to learn more about the program on May 5 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. RSVP hereJoin via Zoom. Contact Carolyn Berger at with questions.

20. 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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21. Virtual Internships through the Learning Abroad Center

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.

22. Americorps VISTA Opportunity

Impact health inequities in the Twin Cities! Build structures, programming, and connect resources to increase collaboration between U of M students, healthcare centers, and underserved populations. The Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP) and the Community University Healthcare Center (CUHCC) are currently seeking applicants for a 1-year, full-time Americorps VISTA. Learn more and apply here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority is given to applications received by Friday, May 22nd.