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Psych Scoop, 8/20/19

August 20, 2019

August 20th, 2019

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Courses of Interest

1. PSY 4960: Current Issues in Diversity Science (3 credits - Elective)

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in research, theory, history, and practice related to psychological perspectives in Diversity Science. Diversity Science broadly pertains to understanding causes, consequences, and correlates of human group-based variations, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and the like. Students will learn how to adopt a scientific, analytic perspective on current issues and debates related to diversity within both academic research and popular culture. This course will consist of lecture, discussion, and a substantial amount of hands-on learning through the use and analysis of relevant research data. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3301: Introduction to Cultural Psychology is suggested but not required. Completion of PSY 3801 and PSY 3001W strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 4960 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 am- 12:30 pm

Bruininks Hall 512B

Instructor: Moin Syed

Note: this course does count as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.

2. 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 through the 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., PhD, 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 10:10 am - 11:00 am

Peik Hall 28

Instructor: Mike Houlahan

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

3. HSEM 3511H: Science Court (3 credits)

This course aims to combat the polarization and gridlock that is gripping our society. The students taking the course will select a controversial social or political topic, study it to determine facts based on sound scientific research, and then argue it within a mock trial format in front of a jury of citizens recruited from the public. All aspects of the trial, from preparations to verdict, will be widely reported through a compelling podcast (developed by the students) and documented on social media and on a website to educate the public and to create a record of this unique one-of-a-kind class. Science Court is taught through the University Honors Program, but it is open to a limited number of non-Honors students. We're looking for good students interested in being involved in a practical effort to make a change. We want students from all backgrounds and majors to ensure a heterogeneous mix of views. Find more information about the course here (including a short video put together by last year's students).

HSEM 3511H class meets weekly, Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mechanical Engineering 221

Instructor: Ellad Tadmor

Note: this course does not count as an elective in the Psychology majors or minors.


4. Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Saturday, August 24, 2019, time varies
Cost: $49
Location: Mayo Memorial Building Meditation Space

These retreats are opportunities to further your understanding of mindfulness or inspire a daily practice. These practice periods invite you to intentionally step away from daily routines and the busyness of everyday life for the purpose of renewal. A skilled mindfulness teacher will provide guided instruction related to sitting meditation as well as gentle mindful movement. Components of these retreats include silent retreat, meaning that participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a few hours of silence although there will be guided activities by the instructor. Part of the day will also include small group discussions facilitated by the teacher. The Center will make available cushions, benches and a limited number of yoga mats. Mindfulness retreats are appropriate for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who have completed a previous mindfulness program or have a personal practice. Learn more and register.

5. University of Delaware Psychological & Brain Sciences Doctoral Programs Visit Day

Friday, October 4, 2019, applications due Monday, August 26th!
Cost: Free, with travel, lodging, and meals provided

The inclusion of diverse viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences is critical to the success of psychological and brain sciences. The University of Delaware Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is hosting a Visit Day for all four of our PhD programs. We invite research-oriented undergraduate seniors and recent graduates from underrepresented groups to apply to visit our campus and learn more about doctoral training in Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. For more information and application instructions, visit here.

Additionally, find other similar programs and opportunities here! (This document is maintained by the Psych Undergrad Advising Office)


6. First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, created specifically for first-gen students who are interested in health professions. Follow the link to see the workshop schedule and have a chance to sign up to get more information.


7. Apply for an Ecolab Scholarship!

Thanks to a generous grant from Ecolab, University of Minnesota undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus interested in transformational sustainability experiences are invited to apply for one of two Ecolab-supported opportunities:

Sustainability-related internships (with SUST4096) - open now! Award up to $1500. Deadline to apply is August 23. To apply for a sustainability-related internship scholarship, complete the online application here and submit an unofficial transcript to by August 23.

Study abroad experiences and student-initiated sustainability leadership projects. Awards from $1500--$4000. Applications open August 16, with a deadline of September 15. Read more here.


8. CLA Student Board Fall 2019

The CLA Student Board is currently accepting applications for new members. To be considered, applicants must be able to attend weekly meetings from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Wednesdays and be willing to commit time outside of meetings for events. Applications must be submitted by 11:55 pm on Friday, September 13th, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions, email clasb@umn.eduApply today!

9. Spanish Speaking Volunteer Opportunity

The Arc Minnesota has a Spanish speaking volunteer opportunity called ¡Adelante!, a networking opportunity for Spanish speaking families who have a loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and related conditions. Total time commitment for ¡Adelante! is 3 hours a month per group. ¡Adelante! Minneapolis meets the 2nd Thursday of the month while ¡Adelante! St. Paul meets the 4th Wednesday of the month, both from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm. Volunteers assist with the conversation aspect of the program the first 30 minutes and with recreational activities with kids of all abilities the remaining 90 minutes. Training is provided the first night you volunteer along with a light meal. Volunteers participate on the dates that work with their schedule and don’t worry about the ones that don’t. Interested individuals can contact Michelle Theisen directly at or 952-920-0855.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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10. Student Admin Support - Department of Psychology!

The Department of Psychology is hiring students for admin support! There are many opportunities for the position including getting to know more people in the department. Job duties include helping with front desk support for faculty and staff, greeting visitors, handling building issues, maintaining spaces, assisting with events, creating social media content, and others as assigned. If you are interested in this position, look at the UMN Employment Site and search Job ID 332165.

11. Position Opening: Clinical Director or Treatment Director

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is seeking a dynamic leader to direct our mental health programming and operations. Additionally, The Nokomis Endaad SUD Program of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is seeking a Treatment director. For over 35 years, MIWRC has been guided by indigenous values, empowering Native women and their families and educating service providers throughout the state. Initially established in 1984 as a training center and library for social service professionals, we have now grown to encompass more than 15 programs. Working as a mirror reflecting back to each individual the power already within her to make positive change, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center staff seeks to assist women and their families in utilizing their own cultural values and strengths to retake ownership of their lives, providing necessary resources and guidance along the way. Must be a licensed mental health professional per MN Department of Human Services – LMFT, LICSW, LP or LPCC. LICSW Preferred. Interested? Contact us for more information and to Apply! Email or call Sue Kincade, Human Resources Director at or 612-728-2000.

12. Pre-Health Student Resource Center - TA/Office Assistant

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is looking for an undergraduate student Teaching Assistant /Office Assistant (one position) for the 2019-2020 academic year! This will be a new position in our office and will be a great fit for any pre-health student with a personal and/or professional interest in mentoring and coaching. Preference will be given to students who have previously taken any of our PHSRC courses: AHS 1101, 1102, 1600, 1601, or 2400. The full job description and application instructions are found in the UMN employment site, under Job ID 332191.

13. Pre-Health Student Resource Center - Communications Assistant

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is looking for an undergraduate student to fill a new Communications Assistant position for the 2019-2020 academic year! This will be a new position in our office, and would be a great fit for a student studying strategic or health comms or graphic design. This position includes a variety of communications and graphic design focused activities, including, but not limited to drafting and posting social media content, creating communication and marketing materials using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign) or Canva, and more! The full job description and application instructions are found in the UMN employment site under Job ID 332233.

14. Psychology Technician Position

A full-time psychology technician that focuses on study recruitment, participant screening, and study session preparation is available at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The psychology technician would work with the principal investigator and Master’s level clinicians providing psychological interventions to veterans as part of two clinical trials being conducted at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The position is funded for 2 years. A Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. Experience with serious mental illness is preferred. The position requires a high degree of organization, accuracy, interpersonal skill, and computer skill. Please contact Tasha Nienow, PhD, LP at to learn more.

15. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Full- and Part-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for three full-time positions, as well as one part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) position. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below.

Full-Time: Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" then search for the Job ID. The openings are Principal Recruiter (Job ID: 331402), Recruiter (Job ID: 331400), and Interviewer (Job ID: 331392).

Part-Time: Click "Students" and then search for the Job ID. The opening is ABCD UGRA (Job ID: 331406).

16. Study Abroad Returnees - Work at the Learning Abroad Center!

If you’re looking for a way to gain work experience, meet other study abroad students, get involved with the Learning Abroad Center (LAC), or continue to learn from and take advantage of your time abroad, consider applying for the Global Leaders Internship with the LAC. Contribute to the growth of international education, while further developing personally and professionally through a community that helps you stay connected to your experience. Commitment to a total of 20 hours over the semester. Attend required weekly meetings on Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, starting September 10th. You will complete eight, 5-minute classroom presentations. Explore more of the details about the position, and if interested, submit an application by August 25th. Email with questions.