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Psych Scoop, 6/19/18

June 19, 2018

June 19th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. No Drop Ins for Summer!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising began our summer availability for Summer 2018. 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 If you would like to have a research contract signed, please email us ahead of time to let us know when you would like to stop by so we can be sure that there is an advisor available to go over your contract.


2. $500 Fall Psychology Engagement Award- Applications Due June 21st

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this Summer? Or, engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? Does this experience help you connect and serve the local or global community? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are 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.).

Note: Work in a campus research lab with a faculty member does not qualify.

Up to two awards of $500 each will be offered for Summer 2018. For details about the award and application materials, visit our webpage.


3. PSY 5993: Twin and Family Research, Professor Matt McGue

This 5993 section is designed to get a small number of undergraduates (usually 5-6) directly involved in research. Students in this seminar develop and undertake their own research projects based on data already collected through the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR). Because there is a lot involved in developing and completing a research project, students need to commit to a full academic year. In the fall, students work with the professor to develop their research idea. In the spring they will again work with the professor to analyze data and write-up their results. Fall Requirements: 1) Attend weekly seminar that meets Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30; 2) Volunteer 6 hours a week working on various research projects at the MCTFR; 3) Develop a research project and associated outline and introduction (for a paper that will be completed in the spring) in conjunction with the professor. Spring Requirements: 1) Attend weekly seminar that meets Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30; 2) Volunteer 6 hours a week working on various research projects at the MCTFR; 3) Complete data analysis for project, write-up results, give a short (approximately 15-minute presentation) in the seminar on the study. Example student projects from the current year include: “Effects of maternal depression on offspring functioning”; “Prospective relationship between eating disorders and personality”; and “Agentic beliefs, social/political attitudes and personality”. Seniors can use their research project to also satisfy requirement for their senior project. If you are interested in enrolling in this section of 5993, please e-mail Professor McGue at and include as an attachment a copy of your transcript. Preference will be given to seniors.


4. Diversity in Psychology Program - University of Minnesota

October 10-12, 2018
Cost: Travel, Housing, and Meals are Provided for all attendees

The Diversity in Psychology Program is designed for individuals who are historically under- represented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate training in Child Development and Educational/School Psychology, at the University of Minnesota. The program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications, and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our department.

The deadline for receipt of these materials is Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5 pm (CST). Applications will be reviewed over the next two weeks and selection notifications will be sent in early September. Due to the short time frame, invited applicants will have one week to accept the invitation. For more information, visit our website.

5. Visitation in Psychology at Pitt for Underrepresented Students

October 18-19, 2018
Cost: Travel, Housing, and Meals are Provided for all attendees

The Department of Psychology in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh invites students to apply for an exciting opportunity to learn about graduate study in psychology at Pitt. The goal of the VIPitt Program is to provide support and information to students underrepresented in psychology who are applying to a Pitt graduate psychology program.

The application requires one letter of recommendation;an unofficial transcript; GRE scores, if available; and TOEFL scores, if applicable. Applicants shouldinclude a two-page personal statement describing theirprofessional goals, their past research experience, and how their research interests align with those offaculty members in our program. Students also must identify one or more Pitt psychology faculty members as prospective mentors. Students interested in being considered for VIPitt 2018 should apply at this link by July 1.

6. Dance/Movement Therapy Training in the Twin Cities

Various Dates in August
Cost: Varies, $160 deposit

Join us this August for several exciting and fun DMT classes (all count for Alternate Route credit, or can be taken for CEU credit). The classes will be an opportunity to explore integrate DMT with specific techniques and approaches. There are 4 courses to choose from: Authentic Movement 1 - Listening to the Body, Moving and Witnessing: Authentic Movement 2, Trauma & Dance/Movement Therapy, and The Language of Movement: Introduction to the Laban Movement Analysis (LAM). For more information, please contact Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb/Embodying Psychotherapy at or 612-916-1829.

7. Seasonal Eating Workshop at the Y

Tuesday, July 10th, 5:30 pm
Cost: $10-$15

The Center for Spirituality and Healing is co-sponsoring "Seasonal Eating," a low-cost cooking class with their partners at the St. Paul-Midway YMCA. Join us on July 10 at 5:30. Register for the event here.


8. Sensory Friendly Sunday at Walker Art Center

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event at the Walker Art Center for kids, teens and adults with sensory processing differences or Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We’re looking for volunteers to provide sensory support to event visitors. As a volunteer, you will be supported by Walker staff and receive training from the Walker’s Education team and Rebecca LaChappelle, OTR/L, MSOT at Fraser, along with a free t-shirt! This event runs from 8 – 11am on Sundays July 8 / August 5 / September 2 / October 7. You’re welcome to volunteer with us for one session or for multiple, depending on your schedule. To express your interest in this opportunity, please email

9. Research on Risk and Resilience RA Position

The Project Competence research group, under the direction of Dr. Ann Masten at the Institute of Child Development, is looking for a research assistant! The current study takes place at People Serving People, a Minneapolis homeless shelter for families, and examines how parents support resilience in their young children. Duties for this position include: recruiting families to participate, conducting tasks with parent participants, watching the siblings of the child participant, and attending lab meeting. This is a volunteer position and requires an 8-12 hour commitment per week. Preference will be given to those who are available in the summer and fall. The start date is as soon as possible.

To apply: Please contact Rebecca Distefano ( Include your name, email, class year, and reasons for applying in the body of the email and "Resilience RA Position" in the subject line. Please also attached your resume.

10. Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders RA Position

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research is currently seeking volunteer research assistants. Current undergraduate students or post-Baccalaureate candidates residing in the Twin Cities area are encouraged to apply. RAs will conduct phone screens with potential participants, prepare and analyze laboratory-based test meals, recruit participants, conduct administrative lab duties, and may have opportunities to learn about fMRI neuroimaging procedures and/or standardized clinical assessments. RAs will gain valuable experience in conducting psychiatric research with samples with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, as well as with healthy controls. This position is ideal for current and recent undergraduate students planning to apply for medical school or graduate programs in psychology, neuroscience, or nutrition/dietetics. Interested candidates may apply to by sending an email to with the subject line "Volunteer Research Assistant Inquiry" with an attached cover letter and résumé or CV.

Career Development

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Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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12. Ramsey County Human Resources Department - Employement Guidance Counselor

Ramsey County Human Resources is now accepting applications for the following position, Employement Guidance Counselor 1. Applications are due June 21st. Interested applicants can submit an application online via our secure job opportunities website. Returning users can also visit the website to check the status of previously filed applications. If you have questions or experience difficulties accessing the online job descriptions, please contact Ramsey County Human Resources at 651-266-2700 or You may also contact the HR recruiter listed on a job posting with questions regarding that specific position or recruitment process.

13. Open Project Specialist position

The University of Minnesota Office of Measurement Services (OMS) is seeking a full-time Project Specialist (Administrative Associate 2) for its' survey solutions team. Primary responsibilities include managing online, mail, focus group, phone, and tracking projects, programming and testing surveys with advanced logic and other multifaceted requirements through Qualtrics, eXplorance Blue or a computer assisted telephone interviewing (cati) system, and project implementation support to survey projects within the office. Required qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree and 1-2 years of project management, customer service, or survey-related experience or an equivalent combination, excellent communication skills, experience with Excel, SPSS or other statistical software, demonstrated Qualtrics knowledge/experience, detail orientation, commitment to working in a team environment, and regular attendance and timeliness. Please contact Mark Miazga at or 612-624-0675 with any questions. To apply for the position go to, type in the job requisition number (324388) as a keyword, and follow the instructions.

14. Department of Biology Teaching & Learning - Assistant Data Analyst

The Department of Biology Teaching & Learning in the College of Biological Sciences is hiring an Assistant Data Analyst. Working with the Department Head, faculty, and staff, the Assistant Data Analyst will assist with evaluating Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded undergraduate student success programs and other student-focused research projects in the department. This position manages and analyzes data from departmental surveys, knowledge assessments, and the University’s Data Warehouse in order to assess student outcomes and is expected to assist with managing an internal database. This is a temporary position for one-year with the potential to extend contingent on funding. The job opening ID on the U of M employment website is 324577.