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Psych Scoop, 6/5/18

June 5, 2018

June 5th, 2018 - Summer Edition!

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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

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. Seats Still Open in Summer Term PSY 3666: Human Sexuality!

This course will overview of theories, research, and contemporary issues in human sexual behavior from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology, hormones and sexual differentiation, cross-cultural perspectives on sexual development, sexual expression, social and health issues, and sexual dysfunction and therapy. The smaller class size over the summer will allow for more in-depth class discussions and a more personalized setting than the typical course which normally has over 50 students. The course is currently set to meet from 1-3:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on June 11th and ending on August 3rd. For more information please contact the instructor Cory Fleck,

This course counts for Area B or an elective in the major.


4. An Art Lover's Paris

October 12th-18th, 2018
Paris, France

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and his wife, Karen Kaler, are excited to invite you to join them as they visit Paris for this special traveling exhibition. The tour focuses on the traveling exhibition, Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the U of M Department of Art. During the tour, travelers will also interact with the originators of the Covered in Time and History exhibition, UMN Nash Gallery Director Howard Oransky and UMN Art Department Chair Lynn Lukkas.

This five-night stay in Paris features visits to contemporary art galleries, access to private collections, unique opportunities to experience Parisian neighborhoods and cuisine, and luxury accommodations at the four-star Westin Paris-Vendôme, located in the heart of Paris’ first arrondissement near the famous rue de Rivoli and Place de la Concorde, with some of the best views of the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. For more information, click this link.


5. 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.


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. 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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Camp Kesem, at the University of Minnesota, is looking for individuals to volunteer from June 17-23, a national nonprofit organization designed to support children through and beyond a parent's cancer. While volunteering as a counselor, you will have the opportunity to build upon preexisting leadership skills and find your place in supportive and uplifting community. Our counselors spend the week guiding, teaching, and supporting our campers through endless games, activities, and kesem magic. If you or someone you know might be interested or have any questions, email!

Career Development

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Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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12. Gravie Agency - Hiring Customer Service Advisor

The Gravie Agency is a healthcare brokerage firm that is dedicated to making healthcare benefits better for all. We are seeking individuals with a passion for helping people navigate the confusing world of health insurance and benefits, a dedication to outstanding customer service day-in and day-out, and strong problem-solving skills. This is a temporary, salaried position, from July - December 2018, and is suitable for both entry-level and experienced candidates. For more information, and feel free to explore our website or contact Marissa Cerone at Please click here to view the full job posting and application.

13. Meridian Behavioral Health, Tapestry Women’s Program is Hiring

Meridian Behavioral Health is a leader in behavioral health care and addiction recovery services. MBH programs deliver an expansive set of services to hundreds of clients daily. We are currently searching for full-time and part-time employees to work as a Recovery Specialist at our St. Paul women's residential facility, Tapestry. Employees can expect to provide direct care to patients in the field of mental health, assist with patient admissions/discharges as well as experience charting patient behaviors. Please contact Hannah James at for more information.

14. Center for Community-Engaged Learning is Hiring a Student Office Assistant

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) coordinates Twin Cities campus-wide resources for curricular and co-curricular community-engagement and domestic off-campus study programs. We have a project-oriented and team management approach to accomplishing our work.  The individual will join a staff of innovative, fun, and collaboratively minded colleagues who share a commitment to community engagement, social change and experiential learning. Preferred if student can start work on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and workstudy is required. For more information, email the office here.