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Psych Scoop, 8/29/17

August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Fall 2017 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, 9/18 and will be posted to our website next week. More information about Fall 2017 availability can be found on our website: Changes to regular availability will be posted in the Psych Scoop in advance whenever possible. 

2. Save the Date! PsyCareer Exploration Fair

Wednesday, September 20th, 6:00-7:00pm, N219 Elliott Hall

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology? You're not alone! Visit the PsyCareer Exploration Fair on Wednesday, September 20th to learn about various career pathways alumni have taken with their psychology majors. Alumni will be available to answer questions about different industries between 6pm - 7pm in Elliott Hall N219. Stop by as your schedule allows! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please fill out this RSVP form to let us know you plan to attend. 

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

3. Have an Internship this Fall? Seats Still Available in PSY 3996 - Psychology Internship (4 credits)

We are pleased to announce a great opportunity for students to receive Psychology credit -- PSY 3996 (Psychology Elective credit) -- while you work in a Fall 2017 Internship. If you are planning to complete an Internship in the Fall semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3996: Internship in Psychology - Section 002 (4 credits). The purpose of this applied course is to integrate students' academic, personal, and career development in the context of an applied community internship. Students will explore their own interests and values, identify and build desired career readiness competencies, and build digital literacy skills through creation of a capstone internship "story." Focus will be on self-reflection and professional development, as well as application of psychological principles to internship experiences. Psychology majors received an email from on August 7th with more information about the course - please refer to that email (subject line: Announcing Fall 2017: PSY 3996) for more details. 

4. WRIT 3257: Technical & Professional Presentations - Strengthen your public speaking skills!

Writing Studies 3257 is a three-credit, advanced oral presentation course focused on the public speaking skills required in technical fields and professional settings. This course is specifically designed to foster the analytical and critical skills you will need to be an effective, efficient communicator in your chosen field of study and/or future career. You will learn relevant principles of rhetoric, characteristics of different speech genres, and strategies for speech preparation. In addition, you will gain an understanding of your role as a facilitator between technical, discipline-specific knowledge and your audience. The class will be taught on Monday and Wednesday from 9:45 - 11:00 AM in Lind Hall 325.


5. Register Now for Psychiatry Review 2017!

Join us at Psychiatry Review 2017: The Complex Puzzle of Addiction, Neuroscience Frontiers, being held October 26-27, 2017 at The Commons Hotel on campus. Presented by the University Of Minnesota’s Department Of Psychiatry, this year’s Psychiatry Review conference will provide a guide to the diagnosis, epidemiology, risks, and management of substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders that commonly co-occur with substance use disorders. The program includes keynote presentations from John F. Kelly, PhD of Harvard Medical School, Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH of the University of Chicago, and Carol Falkowski of Drug Abuse Dialogues. For more information and to register, please visit Discounted registration rates are available until Labor Day!

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: All research labs listed below have been approved for PSY 4993/5993/CPSY 4994 credit. However, please check with the research lab directly about credit availability for fall 2017, if it is not specified in the posting.

6. Undergrad Research Assistants Needed in Political Psych Lab

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants for for-credit 5993 positions in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. This project is related to the different ways which politicians discuss climate change during television interviews. Responsibilities will include retrieving relevant interview transcripts from Factiva, a database, and coding the content of the interviews for pre-determined themes (e.g. clean coal, economic costs, health and safety). Preference will be given to students willing to commit to two semesters of work. If you are interested, please contact Lexi Scharmer at

7. Research Opportunity in Interpersonal Conflicts & Forgiveness Study

We are seeking undergraduate students to work in Professor Marti Hope Gonzales’s research lab to help with the interpersonal conflicts and forgiveness project. RAs will primarily assist in coding and analyzing the data. In addition, RAs will attend weekly meetings (3pm-4:30pm, Wednesdays). Preference will be given to students who have previous research experience and those who commit to two or more semesters in the lab. If interested, send your current transcript and/or your CV to Hyun Euh ( by 5pm on Thursday, August 31. Students will then be sent the application and considered for the position. Students may earn research credit for PSY 5993.

8. Seeking Undergrad Research Assistants in Pediatrics Dept.

We are looking for undergrad psychology seniors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) to conduct neuroimaging research at the Department of Pediatrics under Dr. Igor Nestrasil (M.D., Ph.D.). Our studies are focused on researching rare lysosomal diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy, Gaucher disease, mucolipidosis, and mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). The goal of our research is to better understand the relationship between disease progression and brain structure and function within these diseases. We are looking for students with a strong aptitude for learning scientific concepts and technical computational skills for brain MRI analysis. This research opportunity may be used for Psy4993 research credit. Participation in our lab is an excellent experience for those interested in pursuing a career in research, neuroscience or future medical school students. Individuals with a science GPA of 3.0 or better are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have extenuating circumstances that have caused your science GPA to be lower than a 3.0, please attach a letter of explanation.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Carol ( with the following information: 1) A brief explanation of the reason for your interest and your background. 2) GPA in science courses. 3) A list of the courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, or other related coursework.

9. Mazzocco Math & Numeracy Research Opportunity

Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interesting in participating in developmental research for fall. Our projects may be of particular interest for those pursuing research experiences in developmental, educational, or cognitive psychology. Students who can commit to 6 to 9 hours a week with a minimum of 2 semesters are preferred. Lab duties may include but not limited to coding, data entry, and recruitment. For more information, please visit the Math & Numeracy Lab website. To apply, Please email Taylor Praus (research coordinator) at to request the application form. 

10. Volunteer Research Opportunity in Cognition & Brain Psychopathology Lab at Mpls VA

Dr. Scott Sponheim’s Cognition And Brain (CAB) in Psychopathology Lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is looking for volunteers! Dr. Sponheim’s primary research interests are in understanding how genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are expressed in the brain, and in searching for brain-based methods for differentiating military-based traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Primarily, we use electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in conjunction with cognitive tests, interview-based assessments of symptoms, and questionnaires. Responsibilities may include assisting with participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, cognitive assessment and questionnaire administration, and data entry. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have junior or senior level credits, and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcripts and resume to Evan Myers (, subject line: “CAB Lab Volunteer Position”. Please indicate if you are interested in Schizophrenia research, TBI/PTSD research, or “Both” in the subject line.

11. School Psychology Lab Seeking Research Assistants

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students who can work in Dr. Ted Christ's research lab to help with data entry, organization, assessment development, and other lab activities related to School Psychology teacher training, and reading and math assessment research during the fall-winter months. Credit and volunteer options are available. Please contact Dr. Mary Jane White by email ( if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your GPA, general work and schooling experience, references, skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.), SPSS, R and/or other statistical software.

12. MCTFR Undergrad Research Position

The purpose of this MCTFR PSY 5993 lab is to learn how to process twin MRI data by gaining familiarity with cortical and subcortical brain structures, using MRI software to examine and edit MRI scan data, and become familiar with Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) study objectives. Students will register for 3 credits and be expected to put in 9 hours per week processing MRI data. In addition, students will write a 5-page paper that addresses how MRI data can be used to answer an important scientific question: Does drug use alter brain development? Interested applicants should send their unofficial transcript and resume to Faculty Member & Regents Professor Bill Iacono:

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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13. McNamara Academic Center is Hiring Subject Tutors

The McNamara Academic Center is hiring tutors for Fall 2017. 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 1001, PSY 3801, PSY 3604, and PSY 3711. 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. 

14. Student Worker Positions at Office of Measurement Services

Make a difference in your community through research! The U of M Office of Measurement Services is administering a statewide study of Minnesota residents. They are seeking students to conduct telephone interviews around topics related to health, human services, again and other important topics. paid training is provided. Interviewers are paid $10.50/hour and Shift Supervisors are paid $12.50/hour. The full job posting can be found on the UMN Job Board (Job IDs 318909 and 318911). Contact Saskia Robertson at 612-625-3892 or for more information. 

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 a full-time Recruiter position, as well as a 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 Recruiter: select whether or not you are a current UMN employee, then search for Job ID 314832

Part-time UGRA: click "Students," then search for Job ID 315574

16. College Possible is Hiring Recent College Grads

College Possible is a growing nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income students get to and through college. We are powered by AmeriCorps and VISTA members who help high school students earn admission to college, support college students to graduation, and do indirect service in event planning, communications, fundraising, and human resources. Full-time AmeriCorps and VISTA positions with a 10 to 12 month commitment are available in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Omaha, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Portland beginning immediately. Apply online at