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Psych Scoop, 8/30/16

September 9, 2016

August 30, 2016

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Psychology Advising

1. Welcome to Fall 2016!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to welcome you to campus for the start of Fall 2016! As you get back into gear, keep our office's resources in mind. Some of you are returning from exciting summer experiences such as study abroad or internships or, for others, the less-than-exciting coursework and GREs. No matter what your summer consisted of, we can likely help you in moving forward! Advisors in our office are available for appointments year-round to assist with psychology course-selection and major progress, career and graduate school preparation and selection, and general engagement to make the most out of your time here. To schedule an appointment, visit: We look forward to seeing you and wish you the best of luck in the coming semester!

2. This Semester's Drop-in Advising Hours

Due to high student demand during the first 2 weeks of the term, we will have an advisor available for drop-in advising M-Th 8:00-4:30 and F 10:30-4:30. 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, 9/19. More information about Fall 2016 availability can be found on our website: in availability will be posted in the Psych Scoop in advance whenever possible.

3. Save the Date! PsyCareer Exploration Fair

Wednesday, September 21st, 6:00-7:30pm. RSVP Here. 

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology? You’re not alone! Visit the PsyCareer Exploration Fair on Wednesday, September 21st 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 - 7:30pm in Elliott Hall N219. Stop by as your schedule allows! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided - please let us know if you plan to attend:

Psychology International Student Association - PISA

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psi Chi/ Psychology Student Association activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

4. Apply for an Officer Position for 2016-17

The Psychology International Student Association, aka PISA, is recruiting 3 more officers for term 2016-2017! All students, both international or local, are welcome to apply for the club. Don't miss the chance and apply latest by 31st August! Interviews will be held on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. Apply now at:


5. Global Gopher Events for New International Students

Various events happening August 22nd-September 2nd. RSVP here.

New international students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events (August 22-September 2)! This is a special opportunity for all new international students to make new friends, prepare for classes, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from experienced international student leaders. The Global Gopher Events schedule is now on the ISSS website! Take a look and RSVP for the events you will attend! All Global Gopher Events programming are optional. You should not miss any of your orientations or program meetings to attend Global Gopher Events. See the Facebook event page.

6. Save the Date for the CLA Internship & Career Fair

Friday, September 30th, 10:00am-2:00pm, Coffman Union, Great Hall. 
Register on GoldPASS (ID#2959)

Attend the CLA Internship & Career Fair to connect with employers who will be recruiting liberal arts students for internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities. This free event is only open to current College of Liberal Arts students and recent graduates. Register on GoldPASS. We look forward to seeing you there! For a list of CLA Internship & Career Fair prep events click here.


IMPORTANT: Not all research opportunities listed below are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

7. Seeking Research Assistants for Political Psych & Intergroup Interactions Study

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to start work during the Fall semester, earning research credit for PSY 5993. RAs will assist primarily in the administration of an intergroup interaction experiment involving two individual participants. Responsibilities include scheduling timeslots, running subjects through the experiment, and working with supervisors to navigate any complications that emerge in the course of these tasks. RAs will have the opportunity to attend our Political Psychology lab's weekly meetings. Topics discussed in these meetings vary from week to week, so RAs stand to learn a great deal about projects in addition to our own.

RAs will be expected to work approximately 9 hours per week (may vary across weeks). Strong candidates for this position will be conscientious, motivated students with strong interpersonal skills (as our experiment may require RAs to improvise from time to time). Preference will be given to students enrolled in the University Honors Program, to students willing commit to at least 2 semesters in the lab, and to those with previous research experience. If you would like to apply for an RA position, send an email with the subject line “Intergroup Interaction RA Position” to Pierce Ekstrom ( by 1pm on Friday, September 9th, containing the following information: A. Name; B. Email; C. Class Year; D. Cumulative GPA; E. Reason for applying (no more than one sentence, please). Only students who respond accordingly will be sent the full research assistant application and considered for this position.

8. Early Language & Experience Lab Seeking Fall Research Assistants

How do children learn about and from their physical, social, and cultural world? The Institute of Child Development's Early Language and Experience Lab is seeking motivated undergraduate research assistants for a series of projects examining children's cognitive development and social learning. This position may be an especially good opportunity for those interested in cognitive, developmental, social, or educational psychology. Our undergraduate research assistants would be directly involved in stimuli development, participant recruitment, data collection with preschool- and school-aged children, and data management. This position would begin in the Fall, and outstanding research assistants will be granted opportunities to become increasingly involved in future research. To apply, please submit a resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and list of 2-4 references to Katie ( Students who can commit to 9 or more hours a week (3+ credits of CPSY 4994) for a minimum of 2 semesters are preferred.

Please note: students who would like CPSY 4994 to count toward the psychology major must fill out a Psychology research contract by the end of the 2nd week of the term. Details can be found at

9. Call for Submissions! UCLA Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology

Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work? The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA is now accepting submissions of original undergraduate research papers to be published for its Spring 2017 issue. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research. The deadline to submit papers is October 16, 2016. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. For information and a full description of the submission process, please More information regarding our submission criteria and types of articles accepted can be found on our website,


10. $500! Apply for a Fall 2016 Psychology Engagement Award

Deadline is Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this fall semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship or research component, etc.). Up to two awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2016. Fall 2016 application deadline isSeptember 21st, 2016. Notification of Award Date: October 10, 2016. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Materials must be submitted electronically to Mike Houlahan at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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11. Paid Research Assistant Positions through School of Journalism

Unique opportunity! Are you good with computers, excel, and data? Dr. Amy O'Connor, SJMC instructor, is looking to hire two undergraduate research assistants, 15 hrs/week, $15/hr, to assist with a year long NSF grant funded project. More details here: SJMC Research Assistant Position

12. Graduate Student with Paralysis Seeking Personal Assistants

Increase your understanding and ability to empathize with individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and/or other physical challenges, and obtain the insights from a first-person perspective. Observe how an individual who uses a wheelchair goes about living life daily while maximizing independence as well as conquering environmental and societal barriers (i.e. dating). Learn a variety forms Exercise for individuals with SCI. Learn Daily cares of individuals with high level SCI. Located within walking distance of U of M-West Bank. Minimum starting wage $11.25/hr. experience may be taken into consideration. Contact Colby Smith at For in-depth details visit GoldPASS Job ID: 156531/Personal Care Assistant/Home Health Aide/CNA

13. Job Opportunities for Undergraduates in Hindi-Urdu Program

The Hindi-Urdu Program at U of M is looking for a webmaster and a Hindi project assistant. The web specialist will work on a website for Sharing the Bounty which is AMC-EMKE funded project throughout the academic year of 2016-2017. They will work for 12-15 hours per week and the hourly rate will range from $17-$20 depending on experience and skills. Knowledge of Hindi will be helpful. The Hindi program assistant will assist with material development. The job description includes searching for materials, typing, writing questions based on various sample questions and proof reading It will be a 200 hour-long project. The hourly rate is $10-$12 depending on qualifications. To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter and a current CV to Dr. Sungok Hong via e-mail Applications will be reviewed starting September 6, 2016.

14. Helena Autism Therapy Center is Hiring a Mental Health Practitioner

Helena Autism Therapy Center is looking for candidates graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology or related field. Helena Autism Therapy Center is committed to providing the highest quality of care of mental health services to children (2-7) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other diagnoses, and to their families. The services will guide and support sustained growth for the unique challenges the children and their families face each day. For more information and to apply, see Helena's website. Questions? Contact Rachael Tarras, clinical supervisor: 763-432-3926,