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Psych Scoop, 8/14/18

August 14, 2018

August 14th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Reminder- New Online Contract Process!

The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Advising has launched our new online research contract process. The online contract can be found by following this link: Scroll down the page to the "How to Register" section and look on step 4. You will be able to fill out the contract there. The contract will then be sent to the faculty member. If you have any questions, please email If you have already submitted your contract for Fall 2018 and signed up for your course, you do not need to submit another contract.

2. Attention Psychology BS Students! - NSCI 3100: Mind and Brain not Offered Spring 2019

NSCI 3100 will not be offered in Spring 2019. If you are a Psychology BS student and were planning on taking NSCI 3100, please look at any of your planning materials and make adjustments accordingly. You can always schedule an appointment if you need assistance planning your Outside Psychology Foundation Courses. Questions about NSCI course availability should be directed to the NSCI Department.

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Courses of Interest

4. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits - Elective)

If you are planning to complete or interested in an Internship during Fall 2018 semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits to count toward PSY Major Elective credit). In addition to your Internship Hours (average 6-8 hours/week for 15 weeks at your site).

PSY 3896 class meets weekly, Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Elliott Hall N227

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landers

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

5. PSY 3960: Careers in Psychology (1 credit - Elective)

Interested in exploring the vast career options in the field of Psychology? This fall's PSY 3960 course is an introduction to different career paths associated with an undergraduate degree in psychology (BA or BS). Students will gain an understanding of the major strengths and skills developed though study in psychology and how those strengths and skills can be applied in many different career settings. Emphasis will be placed both on careers that require further schooling (e.g., Ph.D, Master's) and careers that do not. The course format will feature guest speakers from a variety of careers and a final project in which the students conduct an in-depth investigation of a career path of their choice.

PSY 3960 class meets weekly, Tuesdays 10:10am - 11:00am

Elliott Hall N119

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

6. PSY 5960- 002: Coding for Psychology Majors (3 credits - Elective)

The goal of this course is to teach advanced undergraduate and first-year graduate students how to program computers for use in Psychology. The basics of programming will be covered first, followed by construction of computer-based experiments, and analysis of psychological data. No experience in programming is required, but general computer literacy is helpful, as are knowledge of experimental design and data analysis.

PSY 5960-002 class meets weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Elliott Hall N391

Instructor: Dr. Steven Engel


7. 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 has been extended to Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5 pm (CST). Applications will be reviewed 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.

8. Emerging Scholars Program for Women in Computer Science

Fall 2018, Mondays 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
First Meeting: Monday, September 10th, 2018

If you identify as a woman, are beginning your journey in computer science or exploring how it relates to your other areas of interest, and are enrolled in CSCI 1103, CSCI 1113, or CSCI 1133, we invite you to be part of this exciting pilot program. Do you want to have fun, learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and form long-lasting bonds with other women beginning their own journey in computer science? This pilot program will help you do these things and more! We meet weekly and have peer leaders working with you to help you develop into a scholar capable of more than you may have ever imagined. We invite you to come and be part of this exciting new program! To sign up or ask additional questions, please contact Shana Watters at

Research Lab Opportunities

9. Research Opportunity for Fall - Research on Communication

Our research team, under the direction of Drs. Mark Snyder and Alexander Rothman, is looking for an undergraduate research assistant (RA) for the Fall semester with an opportunity to continue into the Spring. The experience will involve research on how individual differences influence people’s receptivity to different types of information on health-, volunteerism-, and environment-related behaviors. RAs are expected to register for research credits (e.g., PSY 5993), and commit around 9 hours per week. Tasks will include attending research group meetings, reviewing literature, creating research materials, and data entry/analyses. To apply, please email Keven Joyal-Desmarais ( by August 31. Write “RA position for Communications Project” as the subject line, and indicate your name, email, and reasons for applying in the body of the email. Please also attached your resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcript.

10. Research Assistant Position in Adolescent Depression MRI Studies

Dr. Karina Quevedo is currently looking is looking for motivated Psychology undergraduates to come acquire neuroimaging research experience in her lab. There is the opportunity to gain Directed Research credit. This opportunity is geared towards students who can begin working before or at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester for at least 1 full year or more. The Health and Emotions in Adolescents: Research and Trajectories (HEART) Lab is a neuroimaging lab conducting several studies to better understand adolescent depression, suicidality, and self-harm. The HEART Lab focuses on the brain function of adolescents – with and without depression – while they complete fMRI tasks designed to examine emotion regulation and cognition. Our real-time MRI “Train Your Brain” research study that we are currently conducting is particularly exciting because there are opportunities to see how the brain works in vivo! Required skills include basic computer and interpersonal/phone skills. Preferred skills include computer knowledge in MATLAB, SPSS, and Photoshop. The time commitment for this position is about 5-12 hours/week. If interested, please email the Research Coordinator, Jia Yuan Teoh (, with a copy of your CV and unofficial transcript and subject line "HEART LAB Research Opportunity".

11. Undergraduate Research Opportunity at the Institute of Child Development

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students to work in Professor Glenn Roisman's Relationships Research Laboratory in the Fall and Spring of 2018 to help with data entry and transcription of interviews about participants' childhood experiences with their primary caregivers. Prospective undergraduate research assistants must be prepared to sign up for 3 credits (approximately 10 hours of work per week, including a flexible schedule and 1-2 weekly, hour-long lab meetings). Please contact Professor Roisman by email ( if you are interested and indicate your availability for an informal, 15-minute interview in Professor Roisman's office at the Institute of Child Development (104A Child Psych). Professor Roisman asks that you bring along to your appointment with him your resume and a brief writing sample (no more than 1 page excerpt) from a college paper.

12. Research Intern for PTSD/Moral Injury Studies

The research intern will assist research staff in Dr. J. Irene Harris’ Clinical Studies Lab. Dr. Harris has 4 different studies that are currently enrolling (2) or will soon start enrollment (2). Intern responsibilities will include preparing study materials, verifying accuracy of study data, and conducting patient record review. Additional responsibilities may include working with databases and assessing participants depending on intern’s experience and ability. This research is being conducted at the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System. The patient population includes veterans that are coping with PTSD, Trauma-Related Nightmares, Psychospiritual Development, and Moral Injury.

Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours and days are flexible, but will be M-F during normal business hours). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: or call the Study Coordinator, Mary Evans-Lindquist at 612-467-4946.

13. Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Educational Psychology

We are looking for responsible and detail-oriented students who can work in Dr. Ted Christ's research lab. Successful candidates will help with assessment and intervention development, data entry, organization, and other lab activities related to School Psychology teacher training as well as reading and math educational assessment and intervention research during the upcoming school year. Credit and volunteer options are available. All applicants must be willing to commit to at least 6 hours per week during the school year. Please contact Dr. Mary Jane White by email ( if you are interested. Attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your GPA, general work and schooling experience, references, skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.).

14. Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Cognition and Brain Lab

The Cognition and Brain (CAB) lab, directed by Dr. Scott Sponheim at the Minneapolis VA Medical center, is seeking volunteer research assistants for the 2018-2019 school year. Our current study aims to understand the basis of visual hallucinations in psychosis and how it manifests in the brain. To assess this we are currently using MRI and MEG scans in conjunction with cognitive tests and clinical interviews. We are seeking individuals who have an interest in psychosis and brain imaging. Responsibilities may include recruitment, screening, scheduling, scoring cognitive and clinical assessments, and data entry. We require a commitment of 8-10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have junior or senior level credits. Candidates also have the opportunity to receive PSY 4993 credit. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript and CV/resume to Emily Olson (

15. DeYoung Personality Lab

The DeYoung Personality Lab is recruiting undergraduate RAs for an upcoming research project on the mechanisms of affiliation and related personality traits. Although there is no pay available for this position, students who are accepted to the lab will be encouraged to enroll in PSY 5993, meaning that you can receive course credit for your work in the lab. Lab duties will involve data collection/processing and interaction with participants, as well as possible opportunities to pursue guided research projects in personality psychology/neuroscience. If you're interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV and an unofficial transcript to and, plus fill out our online application.

16. Undergraduate Research Opportunity at the Carlson School of Management

We are looking for TWO responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students to work with Prof. Barbara Loken and Prof. Alison Xu on research projects on consumer behavior at Carlson School of Management in the Fall of 2018. Job responsibilities includes conducting literature review on consumer behavior, preparing materials for behavioral experiments, designing online surveys (using Qualtrics), running experiments in behavioral labs, data entry, formatting articles, etc. Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills are highly valued. Any background in Marketing is a plus. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week in the fall of 2018. Registration for PSY 4993 would be supervised by Dr. Barbara Loken and Dr. Alison Xu. To apply, please send a resume, unofficial transcript, and your fall schedule to Prof. Alison Xu, . A short interview will be conducted for qualified candidates.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. PSEO & CIS Office Seeking Executive Office & Administrative Specialist

The College in the Schools (CIS) and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) office is seeking a full-time Executive Office and Administrative Specialist. We are looking for a team-orientated individual wanting to make a difference in the lives of our diverse PSEO high school juniors and seniors attending the U of M and support our CIS events and program. We are seeking a customer-centered innovator that can use technology to streamline program operations. This position functions as the front desk manager and first point-of-contact for the CIS and PSEO programs in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The position would regularly interact with high school students, parents, University staff, and high school staff. The role will be housed in the Armory building on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Starting salary is expected to be $33,654.40. Job Code: 325378. Apply on the website.

External Applicants

Current U of M Employees

18. David Hoy & Associates Hiring Admin Assistant - Full and Part Time

David Hoy & Associates is looking to hire Administrative Assistants for Full Time or Part Time positions. General responsibilities include: greeting clients, scheduling appointments, answering front desk phone, and other office duties. Minimum qualifications include: Associate's Degree, some experience in an office or business setting, and others. For more information or to apply, send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Recke,

19. Center for Community-Engaged Learning is Hiring - 5 Positions

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 work-study is required. Applications are due Monday, August 20th, 2018. For more information, email the office here.