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Psych Scoop, 5/9/17

May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. Share your news with psyadvis@umn.edu!

Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psych Scoop Summer Editions

During the summer term, you will begin to receive the Psych Scoop on a bi-weekly rather than weekly basis. The regular schedule will commence as fall term approaches. The summer issues still contain important information and wonderful opportunities, so be sure to check your inbox every other Tuesday!

2. Psychology Advising Summer Availability

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will begin our summer availability this Monday, May 15th. 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 psyadvis@umn.edu.

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!

3. 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 psichi@umn.edu.

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.

4. Research Opportunity with Adolescent Depression MRI Studies

Dr. Karina Quevedo is currently looking is looking for motivated Psychology undergraduates to come acquire neuroimaging research experience in the Helath and Emiotions in Adolescents: Research and Trajectories (HEART) Lab. There is the opportunity to gain Directed Research credit. The HEART Lab is a neuroimaging lab conducting several studies to better understand adolescent depression, suicidality, and self-harm. We are looking specifically for students interested in learning how to collect and process neuroimaging data. Students should have good computer and social skills. Computer skills for MATLAB, SPSS, and Photoshop are a plus, but not required.They should be able to come to the lab during some evening and weekend hours to collect data at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR). Most of the lab procedures and analysis are time intensive to teach and learn, so only serious students that can commit to at least one full year will be considered. Students will also talk with participants/make phone calls, post flyers in the community, and perform basic office work. We are interested in students that can begin working before or at the beginning of the Summer 2017 semester. The time commitment is 5-12 hours/week. If interested, please email the Research Coordinator, Sumaya Mohamed (moham814@umn.edu) with copy of your CV and unofficial transcript and subject line "HEART LAB Research Opportunity."

5. Student Needed to Assist in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) research program at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is looking for a research assistant. The TBIMS project is a longitudinal study of active-duty service members and veterans who come to the Minneapolis VA for inpatient rehabilitation following traumatic brain injuries that range from mild to severe. Participants are enrolled during their inpatient rehabilitation stay and are called at 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, and 20 years post-injury to assess their functioning and recovery. Research assistant duties include calling participants for follow- up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, assisting in the recruitment and maintenance of participants in the study, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. There also are opportunities to present at national conferences or to contribute to peer-reviewed manuscripts if this is desired. Interested parties should send a CV to Dr. Greg Lamberty, site Principal Investigator (Gregory.Lamberty@va.gov), and/or Dr. Jacob Finn, site project manager (Jacob.Finn@va.gov).

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.

6. PSY 3960: Addiction & The Brain - Earn 3 Credits Toward Your Major in 3 Weeks!

M, T, W, Th: 9:05am-1:10pm, May 22nd-June 9th. Instructor: Scott Burwell, M.A. (burwell@umn.edu)

This seminar will focus on various issues surrounding addiction from the perspectives of psychological and biological sciences, as well as from the standpoint of public health policymakers. First, students will become deeply familiar with theories and stages of “addiction” recognized by various governmental institutions (e.g. NIDA, NIMH) and mental health/ medical associations (e.g., APA) to critically evaluate the question: is addiction a disease? We will draw from scholarly readings (e.g., peer-reviewed research) and popular media (e.g., movies, book chapters) to address this question.

Next, we will explore the notion that certain psychological (e.g., comorbid mental disorders) and/or neurobiological factors (e.g., brain dysfunction, genetics) put individuals at greater risk for developing addiction than others. Notably, despite decades of animal research and public service announcements suggesting that drug abuse causes brain damage or mental dysfunction, it remains largely unknown whether drug abuse has any lasting impact on the human brain. Here, we will draw from exciting new twin research to gain insight into this uncertainty. Finally, novel treatment approaches for addiction and related disorders will be discussed. This course will involve discussions on psychopharmacology and neurobiology but prior coursework in these areas is not expected nor is it required.

7. Seats Still Open in PSY 3201: Social Psychology this Summer!

Summer 2017, M/W: 9:00-11:30am, June 12th-August 4th. Instructor Will Johnson.

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. For more information, please contact instructor Will Johnson, joh07435@umn.edu 

8. PSY 3996 Internship Class: Science Fair Mentoring in Local Middle School

The University of Minnesota is partnering with the Murray Middle School Science Department to support 6th, 7th and 8th graders as they design, implement and present a science fair project for the Murray Middle School Science Fair. Our target audience is students from backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in the scientific workplace. Our goal is to create a science learning community that is inclusive and inspiring! We meet two afternoons a week; meetings are on the U of M campus in September, and at Murray Middle School for the rest of the semester. This 3-credit course is will count as an elective in the Psychology major. To learn more, check out the class details and syllabus. Please email Professor Olman at caolman@umn.edu if you have questions or are ready to enroll!

Graduate School

9. VIPitt Weekend for Undergrads from Diverse Backgrounds Interested in Pursuing Psych PhDs

The Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh is excited to announce a new program called VIPitt for underrepresented minority students who are interested in graduate study in any of our programs (Clinical, Developmental, Health, Biological, Cognitive, or Social Psychology Ph.D.). Here’s a link for more information: www.psychology.pitt.edu/vipitt-weekend Juniors, Seniors, and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is June 6th, 2017. Students do not need official transcripts or GRE scores in order to apply, and the weekend will be held in October of 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information please contact vipitt@pitt.edu.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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10. Summer Job for Students Interested in I/O Psych - Due Tomorrow!

Temporary part-time summer job for students with the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation. The purpose of this position is to coordinate, schedule, and implement processes and program materials related to the Leadership Development Program. Applications are due May 10th. To apply, go to the MN Careers Job Board, click on "external applicants," and search for Job ID number 13417.

11. Recruiting Volunteer Interns for a Mental Health Placement in Bali and Sri Lanka

SLV.Global is a volunteer organisation working in both Bali and Sri Lanka, founded by a group of Psychology graduates in 2010. SLV.Global recruit volunteers to work at various mental health, teaching and social work projects in Sri Lanka and Bali, Indonesia. The Mental Health Placement includes volunteering at a psychiatric hospital whilst being trained by mental health professionals. Additional projects include; volunteering at centres for people with special needs, youth English teaching and running activities at children’s development centres. All volunteers are required to undergo a series of in-country training sessions run by local NGO’s and charity workers, such as basic teaching English, working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information, go to www.slv.global or email info@slv.global

12. Psychology Research Lab Seeking Paid Research Assistants

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for an Undergraduate Research Assistant Twin Locator and Data Management position (Job ID 315574). To see the posting and to apply, please go to the UMN Job Board, select the "Students" option, and search for Job Opening ID: 315574

13. Paid Research Job in Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Researchers at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are looking for undergraduate students to work on a survey project in the Twin-Cities Metro area. Through their work students will gain experience in survey methods, using smartphone based survey instruments for complex data collection, community engagement, and data interpretation. This is a paid position. To apply for the position, please go to the UMN Job Board, select the "Students" option, and search for Job Opening ID: 317014