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Psych Scoop, 8/9/16

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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.

1. Research Opportunity in Minnesota Center for Twin & Family Research

A research assistant opportunity that is currently available through the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research in collaboration with the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab in the Institute of Child Development. Our research group is presently undertaking an investigation of how adult brain outcomes are affected by adolescent and young adult alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco exposure. As part of this project, we are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the size of various interesting brain structures to examine the impact of youth substance abuse. The available research position involves hands-on training and experience in extracting quantitative measures from MRI data, using state of the art MRI software.

This experience is eligible for PSY 5993 credit. Students in the BS program looking for a senior project are encouraged to consider this opportunity. Applicants with good academic standing will be preferred. To apply, email Dr. William Iacono ( Please include a resume and current (unofficial) transcript.

2. Computational Visual Neuroscience Lab Seeking Research Assistants

We are looking for motivated and technically inclined students to work in the Computational Visual Neuroscience Lab (, where functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and sophisticated computational techniques are used to understand vision and cognition. Depending on experience and motivation, students may be involved in data analysis, literature review, and/or data management. Please contact Dr. Kendrick Kay ( if interested. Ideal candidates are adept with computers and possibly have some background in programming. This experience is eligible for PSY 4993 credit.

3. Research Opportunity in Educational Psychology

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 semester. 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 work and schooling experience, references, skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.), SPSS, R and/or other statistical software. This experience is eligible for PSY 4993 credit.

4. Counseling Psychology Research Opportunity

Liza Meredith's research team is seeking an undergraduate research assistant (UGRA) to begin this Fall and to continue into this Spring. The UGRA will be involved with research projects in the area of online stress management interventions. Past UGRA’s have had opportunities to gain experience performing literature searches, data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis. The UGRA is required to register for 3 credits of PSY 5993 Directed Research. UGRA’s are expected to commit to an average of 9 hours of work per week, attend research team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in communicating with research team members. Ideal candidates are motivated psychology students who are planning to apply to graduate programs in counseling psychology. Please contact Liza Meredith at if interested.

5. Research Opportunity at the VA Medical Center

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 transcripts (unofficial is fine) and resume to Timothy Lano (

6. Clinical Research Opportunity in Behavioral Psychology

We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and detail-oriented students who can work in Dr. Eric Larsson’s off-campus clinical Applied Behavior Analysis program with young children with autism. The research assistant would learn the clinical skills necessary to assist in observational data recording, preparation of intervention materials, and clinical interventions with children in their homes and communities this fall. Advanced students have the option to master clinical intervention skills in their first semester and then develop an honors research project in their second semester. Credit and/or volunteer options are available. Please contact Dr. Eric Larsson by email ( if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work and schooling experience and references. You must have your own transportation available to fit into a tight schedule in a home in the Twin Cities area. This opportunity is eligible for PSY 4993 credit.

Learning Abroad

7. Winter Break Program in Jamaica: Colonization, Black Identity, Slavery, & Education

Explore the impact of colonization and slavery in the Jamaican context and its manifestation in today's social, political, educational, and economic context. This program consists of an on-campus course, from October 25-December 14th, with the study abroad in Jamaica component taking place from December 17-January 14th. For more information, see the LAC program page or contact Learning Abroad advisor Laura Coffin Koch at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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8. Work Study/Internship Opportunities in Health Advocacy

The Minnesota Internship Center High School (MNIC) is a group of four public charter high schools in the Twin-Cities area which serves students from low-income communities, many of whom are homeless or highly mobile. MNIC works to meet the complex needs of its students by providing a range of support resources including health advocacy services and mental health services to help students overcome barriers that prevent them from succeeding in school. We are hiring undergrads for two student advocacy postions. The Health Advocacy position focuses on promoting preventative health advocacy, and the College & Career Access Work Study focuses on post-secondary education and career opportunities. These positions are ideal for social science or human development students that want to pursue careers in public health, social services, or advocacy. To receive full job descriptions and application instructions, please email Joseph Billings at

9. Work-Study Positions with the Center for Community-Engaged Learning

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning is currently seeking Peer Advisors to work with the Community Engagement Scholars Program, advise students seeking volunteer opportunities, and support service-learning courses. This is a great position for students looking to expand their experience with and knowledge of non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities. Students in these positions also gain extensive skills in advising their peers, leading reflection and training sessions, and program development. Positions are approximately 10 hours per week and applicants must have work-study. See position description for details. Contact Laura Dammer Hess with any questions. Applications must be submitted via the University's employment website (use job ID 311774) and are due Friday, August 19th.

10. Work-Study Position in UMN School of Dentistry

The Office of Admissions & Diversity in the School of Dentistry is looking for one or two additional students to join us for the 2016-17 school year. Job Duties include: Answering phone and addressing questions of prospective applicants; Processing dental school applications; and Maintaining statistics, filing, preparing interview files for interviewed applicants. For more information and to apply, seach Job ID: 308646 on the UMN Job Board.

11. Fall Internship Opportunities at Washburn Center for Children

Washburn Center for Children is committed to offering families professional therapeutic services to help children experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, trauma or other mental health challenges. We are currently interviewing for unpaid internship positions this fall in our Family Focused program. The Family Focused Program provides families an intensive combination of in-home therapy and a therapeutic preschool for children. It is designed to decrease the potential for harm to children and to help parents provide a safer, more nurturing environment for their children. During the fall interns in Family Focused volunteer 2 half days a week in the preschool. The schedules that are available include Monday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Our fall internship placements run from the end of August until the middle of December. Applications are available on our website at: For more information, contact: Colleen Hegy, Intern Coordinator, at 612-872-3341 or email

12. Job & Internship Opportunities with MN Literacy Council

Minnesota Literacy Council has a variety of opportunities available for students interested in education, tutoring, and/or working with children. Paid work, internships, and volunteer opportunities are available. Find more info about employmentnational serviceinternship and volunteer opportunities on their website.

13. Clinical Research Internship at HealthPartners

Are you looking to gain experience working in a clinical research lab? Are you looking for a psychology internship that will look great on your resume? The Minnesota Memory Project is accepting applications for interns for the 2016-2017 school year. The Minnesota Memory Project is a longitudinal study on aging and dementia and is a part of the Center for Memory and Aging at HealthPartners Neuroscience Research Lab at Regions Hospital. As an intern you will proctor and score various neuropsychological tests, interact with an aging population of participants, collect and enter data, and schedule and coordinate participant visits. Although the internships are unpaid, interns get to contribute to the understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as work as team members on a research project and get free parking and free daily cafeteria vouchers. Start and end dates are flexible! Applicants should be prepared to work a minimum of 12 hours/ week for 12 weeks. Interested? Send a cover letter and resume to Include career goals, relevant coursework, availability, and GPA. Questions? Call 651-254-3999.