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Psych Scoop, 8/28/18

August 28, 2018

August 28th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Fall 2018 Psych Advising Drop-in Hours

Due to high student demand during the first 2 weeks of the term, we will have an advisor available for drop-in advising during office hours. Drop-in hours are intended for 5-10 minute questions; longer issues will be referred to schedule an appointment. Regular Drop-in Hours take effect after Monday, 9/17 and will be posted to our website next week. More information about Fall 2018 availability can be found on our website. Changes to regular availability will be posted in the Psych Scoop in advance whenever possible.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Psychology Student Group Announements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

4. Association of Black Psychology Students

Looking to join a new student group and get involved on campus? Look no further because Association of Black Psychology Students is currently in the process of finding new officers to help lead the organization for the 2018-2019 school year. The organization's mission is to support the academic, social and career needs of students of African descent in psychology and related disciplines. This Association gives students of African descent an opportunity to develop a professional network geared towards social sciences. Please contact Muna Osman ( if you are interested.

Courses of Interest

5. 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!

6. 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!

7. 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


8. Community Involvement Fair

Monday, September 17, 2018, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Great Hall, Coffman

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities for individuals and groups. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare / public health, law / criminal justice, housing / homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services / family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues. You can see more information here.

9. PSY and CPSY Career Exploration and Alumni Connections Event

Friday, 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.

10. 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.

11. Wellbeing Experience with Dessa and Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer

Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 Students, $30 General Public
Location: Carlson Family Stage at Northrop

Enjoy a festival with food available for purchase, music, interactive wellbeing activities, therapy animals, and more starting at 5 pm. The program will start at 7 pm and feature international wellbeing expert and Center Director Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, and Minneapolis-based performer and author Dessa. There will also be an interactive Q&A moderated by MPR's Kate Moos. Buy tickets here.


12. 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

13. JCPenny Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 9, 2018 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Please bring your Student ID

Are you looking for professional attire for your next job interview or internship? Come and take advantage of an additional 40% discount at the JCPenney Suit-Up event hosted by the University of Minnesota in partnership with your local JCPenney store. The 40% off discount is in addition to any other sales and promotions, so this is a great chance for you to update your wardrobe for recruiting season at a reasonable price. JCPenney will be closed to the public for this special event. Pre-register for the event via (GoldPASS or The Edge) for the chance to win one of TBD JCPenney gift cards or a Sephora gift basket. Registration is not required to attend the event, but is strongly encouraged.

14. de-stress Weekly Digest

De-stress is a Boynton student health promotion group that promotes healthy stress management for all students. Each Monday during the academic year, we send out an email newsletter that offers students tips and ideas on how to de-stress specifically related to the current phase of the semester (ie, adjusting to new living situations, midterms, preparing to reconnect with family). Sign up for the de-stress weekly email here. We hope this can be an accessible resource for everyone to feel better and stress less!


15. 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


16. Research Scoop

If you are interested in looking for research, please see the separate Research Scoop that has been sent out.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. McNamara Academic Center is Hiring Subject Tutors

The McNamara Academic Center is hiring tutors for Fall 2018. Applicants must possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, have taken and passed with an "A" or "B" the course they want to tutor (equivalent course from other universities okay), and capable of working flexible hours. Undergrad tutors work as few as three hours and as many as twenty hours per week, and make $11/hour. Excellent communication skills, patience, professionalism, and reliability are musts. The following PSY courses are in need of tutors:

PSY 3001W, PSY 3011, PSY 3051, PSY 3206, PSY 3601, PSY 3711, PSY 3801, and PSY 4032

To apply, please fill out the online McNamara Tutor Application. Then, email the following items: Resume, Copy of unofficial transcript, and cover letter. From there, we will notify you via email if you have made it to the interview round.

18. 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.

19. PFC Case Manager - North Homes Children and Family Services

Under the direction of the Regional Services Officer, the Case Manager is responsible for providing case management for the children placed in foster care. Case management includes, but is not limited to, maintaining appropriate contact with members of the treatment team, scheduling meetings and staffings as appropriate and writing treatment plans and other reports as needed. Qualifications include advanced degree in Social Work or comparable human service field, communication skills, interpersonal/interviewing skills, work with all backgrounds, and desire to work with high-risk youth and families in crisis. You must also be at least 21 years old and have a valid Minnesota Driver's License. For more information and applying, visit the website here.

20. Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) hiring Multiple Positions

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is dedicated to transforming campus climate for University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality through education, advocacy, outreach and support. Our vision is to have a campus that is the national model for intersectional understandings of gender and sexuality, by continuously engaging with University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the broader community. Positions hiring for include:

21. Academic Support Resources - Student Communications Assistant

Support the Academic Support Resources (ASR) communications department with a wide variety of communications and administrative tasks, including:

  • Respond to general inquiries, update and proofread Web pages, update PDF forms.
  • Serve as a student reviewer of ASR communications, including Web pages, forms, digital signage, video, use of social media, and student outreach campaigns.
  • Design electronic and print items including signage, invitations, event materials, training materials, and flyers
  • Support University brand standards
  • Work with ASR staff to maintain the organization's online policy & procedure library.
  • Perform general administrative duties as needed.
  • Draft news and announcements for ASR Web sites and publications.

See more information here.

22. Scott Hall Student Office Coordinator Position

Are you looking for a job and you have work study? Scott Hall is hiring! We are looking for a can-do student who would like to work in either the American Indian/Chicano Latino Studies or the American Studies Offices (location will vary depending on need). Responsibilities include answering the phone, providing visitor assistance and special projects as needed. Comfort with a Mac computer required; experience, or majoring/minoring in the ethnic studies fields (American Studies; American Indian Studies; Chicano/Latino Studies; Asian American Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; African American Studies) is highly preferred. WORK STUDY FUNDS REQUIRED! The pay is $12 an hour. We are looking for anyone who can work shifts during the following hours: Mondays 8-1, Tuesdays 8-4:30, Wednesdays 8-4:30, Thursdays 8-4:30 and Fridays 8-11:30. For more information, please contact Angela Boutch at