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Psych Scoop, 8/21/18

August 21, 2018

August 21st, 2018

The Psych Scoop is sent to all Psychology Undergraduate students and alumni every Tuesday throughout the academic school year. Share your news with psyadvis@umn.edu!

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: https://cla.umn.edu/psychology/undergraduate/research-engagement/research-opportunities/psy-49935993-directed-research. 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 psyadvis@umn.edu. 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.

Courses of Interest

3. 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 psyadvis@umn.edu for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

4. 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 psyadvis@umn.edu for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

5. 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

Events

6. PSY and CPSY Career

Wednesday, September 21, 2018, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 312 Bruininks

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology or Child Psychology? You are not alone! Visit the Psy & CPsy Career Exploration & Alumni Connections Event to talk to alumni about various Psy/CPsy career pathways. Stop by as your schedule allows. Light refreshments provided! To register, click here.

7. CLA Internship & Career Fair

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium

Explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers from a variety of industries who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni. For-profit, non-profit and government organizations will be in attendance. This event is also an opportunity to develop your networking skills and to get advice about internships, volunteer, and full-time careers. Registration is open on GoldPASS. Search the Events section in ‘Fair Search’ for the CLA Internship & Career Fair. To register, click here.

Resources

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 watt0087@umn.edu.

Engagement

9. Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) Volunteers

Minnesota’s lawyer regulatory agency, The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR), invites nonlawyer volunteers to serve on the Second local District Ethics Committees (DEC). DECs are charged with investigating complaints of unprofessional conduct against lawyers and submitting reports and recommendations about those complaints. This is a great opportunity to contribute to your community, to help safeguard high ethical standards for Minnesota attorneys, and to help ensure the integrity of the judicial system.Candidates should have an interest in justice, the law, and/or legal procedures. Candidates do not need to be lawyers or to work in the legal profession to qualify – members of the general public are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be comfortable investigating claims thoroughly and impartially (which will include interviewing people by phone and in person), be able to adhere to strict confidentiality rules, be comfortable working under deadlines, and be able to write clearly and concisely. Training and support are provided. DEC volunteers are appointed to a three-year term and can serve a total of twelve years. You can expect to investigate one to two complaints a year. The time commitment is flexible and varies. There are 21 DECs throughout Minnesota. Candidates for the Second DEC will be appointed by the Ramsey County District Bar Association. The Second DEC meets monthly at the Minnesota Judicial Center to review and vote on reports. Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest and CV to Cheryl Dalby at Cheryl@ramseybar.org.

Research Lab Opportunities (for credit)

10. 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 (joyal008@umn.edu) 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.

11. Co-Parenting and Child Interactions Project

We are seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students to work in Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab in the Fall of 2018. We will be collecting data (e. g., running participants) from parents and their child (age 3-5) on a project about differences in parenting behaviors. Because we have many community participants, we have to be flexible in scheduling the lab sessions. That means sometimes working on nights or weekends, and the schedule will change from week to week (but sessions are scheduled around your availability). Successful applicants will have multiple chunks of 3+ hours available per week. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week throughout the semester. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. Please contact Jami Eller (eller091@umn.edu) if you are interested or visit our website and complete the application link.

12. 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 (olso7188@umn.edu).

13. 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: Jeanette.Harris2@va.gov or call the Study Coordinator, Mary Evans-Lindquist at 612-467-4946.

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 (olso7188@umn.edu).

15. 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, alisonxu@umn.edu . A short interview will be conducted for qualified candidates.

Additional Research Opportunities

16. Undergraduate Research Opportunity - Start Summer and Continue Fall/Spring

We are seeking for research credit or volunteer undergraduates looking for research experience, specifically working with data. Tasks would include entering data from paper surveys into SPSS or Excel, assist with cleaning and checking data and attend project meetings as needed. Previous coursework in statistics and/or research methods is helpful. Work will take place near West Bank at the Institute of Translational Research in Children's Mental Health. Send a resume and a detailed cover letter describing how you meet the required qualifications for this position to Dr. Susanne Lee, ADAPT Data Manager, at leexx310@umn.edu. Applications are due August 27, 2018. Learn more about the ADAPT studies at our website.

17. Help Recruiting Study Participants for Family Stress and Employment Study at the Minnesota State Fair

Assistants are needed to recruit and administer a survey about employment factors, family resources, and stress at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, September 1st between 2:30pm-8pm, minimum of at least 3 hours. Assistants will receive a ticket to the Fair, a UMN t-shirt to wear while recruiting, and $15/hr. Assistants must have taken the CITI training for social science research. If interested, send an email with your resume/CV to Renada Goldberg, rmg@umn.edu by August 24th.

18. 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 a full-time ABCD Research Assistant 1, as well as a few part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) positions. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below:

1. Full-time ABCD Research Assistant 1: Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" then search for Job ID 325714.

2. Part-time UGRA (Participant Locator & Data Entry): Click "Students," then search for Job ID 323616.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. Spark-Y Education Facilitator Internship

Spark-Y engages students in schools across the Twin Cities through hands-on projects in sustainability and entrepreneurship. Staff Sustainability Educators conduct programs for K-12 students using teaching tools such as aquaponics and vermicomposting systems as well as school gardens. Lessons also include a focus on youth leadership development. Spark-Y lessons occur on a daily, weekly, or quarterly basis to fit the needs of our school partners. For more information on qualifications and job requirements, please see GoldPASS listing #1813884.

20. Internship for Study Abroad Returnees

Study Abroad Returnees: 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. The commitment is 20 hours over the Fall Semester 2018, including attending a weekly meeting on Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 starting September 11th. Explore more of the details about the position, and if interested, submit an application by August 26th. Email gl-coordinators@umn.edu with questions.

21. 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.