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Psych Scoop, 7/25/17

July 25, 2017

July 25, 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. Seeking Research Assistants for Study of Moral Values, Identity, and Politics

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to start work as soon as possible. This position would be on a volunteer basis during the summer, with the opportunity to continue as a for-credit 5993 position in Fall 2017. RAs will assist primarily in collecting data for a doctoral dissertation study that explores the psychological underpinnings of individuals' moral convictions. The project combines methods from social and cognitive psychology, and is intended to have applications in the political domain. Responsibilities will include scheduling timeslots, running subjects through the experiment, and working with supervisors to navigate complications that emerge during these tasks. Hours during the summer will be flexible, but RAs should have at least 5 hours of availability during the work week (9 AM - 5 PM, Mon. - Fri.) If you'd like to apply, follow this link and fill out our Research Assistant questionnaire.

2. Research Assistants Needed for Child Psychology Study in St. Cloud

The Karatekin lab is looking for volunteer research assistants for a study on the extent to which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) predict the course of depression in adult patients coming to a behavioral health clinic. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the MN Department of Health and CentraCare in St. Cloud. We need students to enter the ACEs and other data manually from patients' paper charts into an electronic database at the Clinic in St. Cloud. Students will need to provide for transportation themselves. The project would start around August and would probably take several months, depending on how many students volunteer and how many hours they are willing to put in every week. The Clinic is open 8 to 5, and the hours are flexible. In return, we could offer you directed research credit (CPSY 4994) and/or co-authorship in any posters or publications that would come out of the project, especially if you are willing to make intellectual contributions in addition to data entry. If you are interested, you would also be welcome to carve out a piece of the data for a research project of your own. If you are interested, please contact Canan Karatekin,

3. Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for 3-4 students to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students will be working primarily on a research project that is evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in a community mental health care setting. Responsibilities will include preparing study materials, administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, and data entry. Students will also assist with transcription of interviews with adolescents from a study on adolescents’ interpersonal problem solving skills. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field and be willing to commit to 6-10 hours per week for the academic year (some hours will be 3-7pm during the week and occasional weekends). To apply, please send a cover letter including GPA and resume to Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel (


4. New Student Organization - Association of Black Psychology Students

A student group is being organized to support black psychology students at the University of Minnesota. This group is affiliated with the Association of Black Psychologists, which provides black students with professional networking opportunities through their Student Circle. These opportunities include access to scholarships, research studies, jobs and internships. Black students in psychology and related disciplines at the University of Minnesota are encouraged to participate in our weekly meetings this fall. Please contact Harris Pack ( and Zeke Cowan ( if you are interested. For more information on the Association of Black Psychologists, visit

Campus Resources

5. SMART Learning Commons Summer Tutoring

Taking summer classes? It's not too late to take adavantage of tutoring resources! SMART Learning Commons has tutoring available for various courses this summer through August 4th. Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday 10AM-3PM in Walter Library SMART Learning Commons (2nd floor). Check out TutorTrac for an up-to-date schedule of courses and tutoring times. For help navigating TutorTrac, check out this TutorTrac tutorial video.

Courses of Interest

6. PSY 5960 Special Topics: The Psychology of Attention

Is attention needed for perception? Are we more likely to attend to locations associated with reward? Does brain training work? And are attention deficits at the root of autism spectrum disorder? This seminar will introduce students to some of these ongoing debates in the psychology of attention. Students will acquire familiarity with theories, phenomena, and experimental paradigms of attention. This course is taught by Prof. Yuhong Jiang.

7. Seats Still Available in Fall 2017 Health Career Exploration Courses

The Health Careers Center offers credit courses to help students explore health career options, gain insights into the health professions, and prepare for application. Fall 2017 courses include: AHS 1600: the Future Physician I: Medicine in the 21st Century (1 cr), AHS 1602: the Future Physician III: Experiences in Health, and AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement (1 cr). More information can be found on the Health Careers Center website.

8. SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship

SUST 4096 offers students an experiential learning opportunity to work on a sustainability project at a non-profit, business, local government or on campus. Students can apply for internships already identified by the instructors, arrange their own (with approval of instructors), or alternatively propose a leadership project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You will be part of a supportive cohort for developing professional and leadership skills & exploring strategies for leading social change in regards to sustainability. The course is now offered both fall and spring.

Fall (NEW THIS FALL!): Mondays 3:35-4:25 PM Instructor: Mary Oldham Hannemann

Spring: Thursdays 4-5:15 PM: Megan Voorhees

Credits: 3-4 (3 credits = 7 hours/wk at internship, 4 credits = 10 hours/wk at internship). Class time and coursework will require another 30 hours of student time throughout the semester.

Internship matching begins in August, so register ASAP or contact Mary Hannemann at with any questions.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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9. Mandarin Language & Cultural Consultant Internship

MCAE and the Culture Corps program in ISSS have developed a new internship opportunity for a Mandarin speaking international student. This student will receive a scholarship for sharing language and culture with their peers. Please see the Mandarin Chinese Language and Cultural Consultant Position Description for more information and application instructions. Questions about the position and applications should be addressed to Caleb Hicks at

10. Foreign Services Internship Program with the US Government

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 1,000 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government. Applications for the 2017-18 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 26 on  Real experience is waiting for U.S. college students across the federal government, including NASA, Smithsonian, State Department, CIA, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at by clicking on “See All Projects” at the top!  To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript.  Learn more at the VSFS Website. 

11. Fall 2017 Internships at Rep. Ellison's District Office in Minneapolis

The District Office of Congressman Ellison is once again looking for intelligent, driven, and passionate individuals for its fall 2017 Internship program. Internships are offered to students or recent graduates who are interested in learning the operations of a Congressional office: current events as they relate to Congressional activity, federal legislation and policy issues, constituent services, and events research and planning. Interns are asked to work at least 15 hours per week, and are partnered with supervisors in their areas of interest. Unfortunately, due to House ethics guidelines, we are not able to offer compensation to interns. People of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and folks from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Though many applicants are studying political science, we welcome people from all areas of study – the only requirement is a passion for social justice and community service. The priority deadline for fall internships is August 15, 2017. We will review applications until September 1, 2017. Materials may be emailed to me at Please see the attached posting for more details. More information can also be found on the Rep. Ellison's website. Please contact Sadaf Rahmani (, 612-522-1212) if you have any questions.

12. Serve a Year with Youth as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

Centennial Middle School, located in the north metro in Lino Lakes off highway 35W, is seeking AmeriCorps Promise Fellow candidates to serve for the 2017-2018 school year. Promise Fellows provide academic, behavioral, and attendance support and interventions to a focus list of 30 at-risk youth in grades 6-8. The position includes training through the Minnesota Alliance with Youth and a 1 to 1 counselor supervisor on-site at Centennial Middle School. The Centennial Promise Fellow program includes a structured daily schedule, supportive staff, and extensive educational resources such as sharing your own classroom with a team of Promise Fellows. This position is an excellent starting point to careers in education, counseling, youth work, and more! If you are interested in more information, please contact Mariel at with any questions about the experience of serving as a Promise Fellow or Mike Macken at to apply at Centennial! Visit to learn more about the Promise Fellow model.

13. Position Opening with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Full-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for a full-time Recruiter position, which will be responsible for recruiting study participants. For more information and to apply, visit the UMN Job Board and search for Job ID 318431.