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Psych Scoop, 6/13/17

June 13, 2017

June 13, 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 Assistants Needed in Early Language & Experience Lab

We are a research lab that conducts a series of research projects examining children's cognitive development, language learning, and social learning in order to discover how children learn about and from their physical, social, cultural, and linguistic world. We are currently seeking motivated, hardworking, and dedicated undergraduate RAs to work in the lab, either as volunteers or for directed research course credit.   Examples of common RA duties include stimuli development, participant recruitment, data collection with preschool- and school-aged children, data management, and lab upkeep and organization. Specific responsibilities will vary depending on the phase of research. Outstanding research assistants may be granted opportunities to become increasingly involved in future research.

We would prefer RAs to work 9-15 hours per week, but I could negotiate down to about 6-8 hours, if necessary. I am happy to work around vacation schedules with advanced notice. Please note: Summer RAs are given first priority for Fall positions. More information about applying and about our current projects can be found at our newly updated Early Language and Experience Lab (ELEL) Website. Please email the lab manager, Alyssa Varhol, at for questions or applications.

2. EPSY Research Opportunity - Summer 2017 through Summer 2018

Professor Frank Symons’ somatosensory research team is seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to assist this summer through summer 2018, with the possibility of extension. The UGRAs will be involved in bio-behavioral research projects related to disability populations, including Rett syndrome and cerebral palsy. Job responsibilities include coding behavioral data, data entry, contacting and scheduling study participants, preparing and mailing study materials, and the potential to collect data in a clinical setting. This work is in a highly collaborative environment with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and several basic research labs within the medical school. Our projects would be of particular interest for students interested in the physiology, health, and behavior of individuals with developmental disorders/disabilities. Students are expected to work an average of 15 hours/week in the summer and 10 hours/week during the school year, and will be paid for their time or may choose to register for PSY4993 credits. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and entering their sophomore or junior year this fall. Please contact Dr. Frank Symons ( or Dr. Breanne Byiers ( by Friday, June 23rd, 2017.


3. Gain Leadership Experience by Becoming a Mentor for ISSS's International Buddy Program

The International Buddy Program (IBP) is recruiting current domestic and international undergraduate students to be mentors for new students next fall! Mentors will be matched with two new international students (buddies), and they will answer their questions and help them navigate the University of Minnesota and before and during the fall semesters. Mentors will also introduce their buddies to areas around the Twin Cities and help them adjust to U.S. culture. For more information and access to the application, please visit the International Buddy Program Website. Contact if you have questions. Matching will start mid-summer, and priority will be given to students who apply early!

4. Fellowship for Digital & Inclusive Excellence

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2017–2018 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program designed to introduce undergraduate students from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups at ARL member institutions to the library and information science discipline. The program offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will train in diversity, equity, and social justice topics. For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence website.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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5. Project Coordinator, Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at University of Oregon (for Recent Graduates)

The Developmental Social Neuroscience (DSN) Lab headed by Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer at the University of Oregon is seeking a project coordinator to work on an NIMH-funded prospective longitudinal study of risk for adolescent-emergent mental health problems in girls as they transition through puberty. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to help with this study and contribute to day-to-day operations of the lab. Candidates should be independent workers who are quick to learn new skills and have excellent organizational skills. To learn more about the project, visit Visit the Job Posting for a full job description and application instructions. The ideal start date is between July 5, 2017 and August 1, 2017, but this is flexible for the right candidate. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.