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Psych Scoop, 7/3/18

July 3, 2018

July 3rd, 2018

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1. Application for Quell Scholarship: 2018-2019 Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is seeking self-nominations from Undergraduates to be named as our 2018-2019 Quell Scholars! This honor comes with a minimum of $1,000 award/scholarship for the 18-19 academic year. 3 UMN Psychology Students will be selected!

How to qualify: Psychology Undergraduate with a competitive GPA (3.25 and above); Demonstrated commitment to clinical mental health services (volunteer or work); Plans to continue in a clinical mental health setting beyond graduation.

Note: Those planning to work solely in a research-based program are not a good fit with this award based on the donor's requirements. The Quell Foundation is interested in supporting scholars that plan to pursue a career in Clinical Mental Health. Applications are due on Thursday, July 12th by noon. Find the application here.


2. 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.

3. 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 should include a two-page personal statement describing their professional goals, their past research experience, and how their research interests align with those of faculty 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.

4. GRE Study Courses

Free GRE Quant Lesson, July 16

Students can learn to tackle the 4 types of questions they’ll see on the GRE Quantitative Reasoning section. This free lesson is taught live online by one of our top-rated teachers. Students should reserve seats now.

Free Demystifying Data Science Event, July 24-25

Are you a data-curious students? Don’t let miss this free, 2-day online conference featuring data science experts talking about career paths and data science application in the workplace.

5. 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.


6. 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

7. 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.

Career Development

8. Get started on GoldPASS powered by Handshake

  1. Log in: Go to and log in to your account using your UMN email address and password.
  2. Complete profile: Fill out your profile and career interests to help customize your experience. Click on your name (top right), and then My Profile or Career Interests
    • Hint: you can choose if you'd like your profile to be viewable to employers or not.
  3. Upload your resume: Upload your resume in order to apply for jobs and internships, sign up for on-campus interviews, and more.
    • Hint: If your resume was approved in GoldPASS in the past, you do not need to get it approved again. If you're uploading your first resume, you will be notified if it is approved or next steps if needed.
  4. Set your notification preferences: Receive notifications about your applications, interviews, career fairs, events, and more through email, push notifications (iOS), or within the GoldPASS powered by Handshake system. Click on your name (top right) and then Notifications
  5. Download the Handshake app (iOS) for access to GoldPASS on the go.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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9. Fall Internship Opportunities at Washburn Center for Children

Washburn Center for Children is committed to offering families professional therapeutic services to help children experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, trauma or other mental health challenges. We are currently interviewing for unpaid internship positions this fall, 2018 in our Family Focused program in our facility at: 1100 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405. The Family Focused Program provides families an intensive combination of in-home therapy and a therapeutic preschool for children. It is designed to decrease the potential for harm to children and to help parents provide a safer, more nurturing environment for their children. During the fall interns in Family Focused volunteer 2 half days a week in the preschool. The schedules that are available for fall include: Tuesday and Thursday mornings; Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Morning schedules go from 9:00am to 12:30pm and afternoon schedules go from 12:45pm to 4:15pm. Our fall internship placements run from the last week in August until the middle of December. Applications are available on our website at: To apply for an internship, please click this link. For more information, contact: Colleen Hegy, Intern Coordinator, at 612-872-3341 or email

10. Campus University YMCA - Mentorships and Internships Available

At the campus University YMCA we understand the importance of holistically supporting U of M students through the process of higher education AND we specialize in preparing them for the big picture – Diversity, Inclusion, Social Responsibility and more. From fall 2017-spring 2018, out of the 150 college students that consistently were engaged at the UY 52% self-identified as SOC. We are very proud of our community and have intentionally partnered across campus to challenge opportunity barriers in the greater community. We welcome new partnerships and continue to seek out ways to strengthen our commitment to equity for all.

In brief, we offer U of M students opportunities to learn-serve-lead:

  • 3 Youth Serving/Mentor programs – Y Literacy Matters, Y Healthy Kids Matter and Y Innovate/STEM
  • 5 Internship Teams – Community Impact, Marketing and Communication, Human Rights, Data Analytics and Wellbeing
  • Individualized Internships

ALL MAJORS WELCOME – as our strength is developing leaders through experiential based learning and reflection – and we are right across from the U of M Field House – which eliminates transportation barriers. We also offer community service work study internships – as well as partner with the America Reads (CEHD) program to provide work study opportunities for serving youth in the community engaged in strengthening literacy support for youth. Volunteers are ALWAYS welcome too!

Please complete the UY General Application of Interest here to learn about UY opportunities. To learn specifically about UY Internship Application of Interest click here.