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Psych Scoop, 9/11/18

September 11, 2018

September 11th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. $500 Fall Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this Fall? Or, engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? Does this experience help you connect and serve the local or global community? 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.). Note: Work in a campus research lab with a faculty member does not qualify. The deadline for the application is Friday, September 21st. Up to two awards of $500 each will be offered for Fall 2018. For details about the award and application materials, visit our webpage.

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!

2. 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.

3. Psi Chi / Psychology Club Fall 2018 Kick-Off Meeting

Interested in getting to know Psi Chi / Psychology Club and other students interested in psychology at the U? Join us for our first official meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year, Monday, September 17 from 6-7 PM in Elliot Hall N1119. Meet the officers, mingle with others, learn more about our plans for the year, ask questions, and enjoy some complimentary pizza! We hope to see you all there!


4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 13th Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Monday, October 1, 2018, 1:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: $15; free admission if you volunteer!
Location: McNamara Alumni Center

We are requesting up to 10 volunteers to sign up for 1-2 hour shifts between 12:00pm-6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering please complete this short form. The form will be open as long as we are accepting volunteers. Benefits of volunteering: insider view of conference goings-on and serve 1-2 hours to attend the rest of the conference for free! The conference topic is "Determinants of Health" featuring a keynote address from Virginia M. Miller, PhD, who is the Director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Health Research Center. There will be several other speakers, poster presentations, and a panel discussion. The panel discussion title is "Behavioral Health Perspectives to Determinants of Women's Health".


8. Social Justice Leadership Certificate

We are connected through multiple social networks, from Twitter to Instagram to Facebook. We are meeting people that we would have never met before, both on campus and on the internet. But even as we connect, we encounter differences in one another. And sometimes we don't know how to bridge those differences. How do we explore and celebrate our differences, while also confronting privilege and oppression? The Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC) is a year-long interdisciplinary program for undergraduates that will explore issues of social justice for those who are interested in being agents for positive social change. We are now accepting applications for the Social Justlice Leadership Certificate Program. Applications will be open from August 10, 2018 through September 18, 2018. Please click on the link "Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program" to apply!

9. Graduate School Test Prep

Gain the upper hand on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, PCAT, or TOEFL with grad school test prep courses from the University of Minnesota. Test prep courses help you determine your readiness for the actual exam and pinpoint those areas on which you should focus your study. Visit the website here for more information.

10. Let's Talk support

Let’s Talk is a program that provides informal drop-in consultations at locations around campus for U of M students throughout the academic year and is offered by a broad range of counselors with a variety of professional and lived experiences who are able to provide support and resources. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling or a crisis service and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment, but counselors can listen to specific problems, provide support, help explore solutions and give information about other resources. For more information, dates and times, and any questions please visit our site here.

Graduate School

11. Graduate Study in Learning Analytics at UW-Madison

Interested in graduate training at the intersection of educational technology, learning analytics, and data science? The Epistemic Analytics lab, situated in the University of Wisconsin’s #1 ranked educational psychology program, is recruiting graduate students for the Fall 2019 cohort. Directed by Prof. David Williamson Shaffer, the Epistemic Analytics lab develops novel methods and statistical tools to improve the assessment of complex and collaborative thinking. Applications are due December 1st, 2018. For more information about the application process, visit the Department of Educational Psychology’s admissions page.


12. UROP Applications for Spring 2019

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,500 for undergraduate students to do research with a faculty mentor. Undergraduate research is an excellent way to learn about research methods and to develop core competencies that will prepare students for future jobs or graduate programs.To find out more about undergraduate research and the UROP program, visit the UROP site. Application materials for UROP grants are available on our page. The deadline for Spring 2019 is October 9th, 2018.

13. DSCN Lab

The DSCN Lab, under the direction of Drs. Stephanie Carlson and Phil Zelazo, is looking to bring on undergraduate research assistants! For this study, research assistants will be administering behavioral tasks with preschool children. As such, we have two requirements for interested individuals: You must have your own form of transportation to get to and from schools to collect data and you must be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to collect data. Our expectation is that you will complete 6+ hours in that time frame per week. We will accept applications until positions are filled. More information on our lab's research themes and ongoing studies can be found at this link. To apply, please submit a completed application form to

14. Mazzocco Early Math and Numeracy Lab

Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interested in participating in research related to young children's mathematical thinking. Our projects are relevant to students who seek research experiences in developmental, educational, or cognitive psychology. Research credit opportunities are available to students who can commit to 6 to 9 hours a week for 2 or more semesters. Students interested in volunteer experiences will also be considered. Lab responsibilities may include but are not limited to coding video and behavioral data, data management (e.g., scoring and entry), attending lab meetings, participant recruitment, preparing materials for experiments and other research, and supporting data collection. For more information, please visit our website. To apply, please email Taylor Praus-Singh (research coordinator) at to request the application form.

Learning Abroad

15. Learning Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:00 am- 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: West Bank Plaza

The Learning Abroad Fair is designed for students to discover the variety of learning abroad options available at the University of Minnesota. Students will have the opportunity to meet Learning Abroad Center staff, affiliated program staff, college advisers, and many other departments from around the U that will help with the decisions and steps needed to participate in an education abroad experience.

16. You CAN Afford to Study Abroad: Info Sessions About Scholarships & Financial Aid

Do you want to study abroad but aren’t sure how to afford it? Attend one of our You CAN Afford to Study Abroad information sessions to learn about a variety of scholarships and financial aid options that will help them make your dream a reality. This semester, we're hosting two of these very popular info sessions:

  • Thursday, September 13, 3–4 p.m., 140 Blegen Hall
  • Friday, September 28, 12–1 p.m., 250 Blegen Hall

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. Dr. Michelle Englund Research Lab Paid Position

Paid undergrad who can work at least 10, preferably more, hours per week. Work study is preferable, but not necessary. Responsibilities: Redact identifiable information from assessments; enter information regarding the assessment including participant number, date of assessment, and assessment period; and scan documents. Legible handwriting required. Must be able to work with little or no direct supervision. Hours are flexible. $10.00 per hour. For more information, please email Dr. Michelle Englund at

18. Research Interns Interested in Observational Coding - Train in Fall, Work through Year

We are looking for responsible undergraduates in Family Science, Child Development, or Psychology for our behavioral coding team who are willing to spend a year with us doing essential and interesting research work, starting this fall. This project (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) researches the impact of a family intervention to help military families after deployment. The time commitment for the project equates to 2 hours of course credit during the summer, and 1 hour of course credit during each semester. You can decide whether you would like to obtain course credit for the experience or not, although we encourage it for your benefit. You will receive all the training you need, and much of the work can be done from home on your own schedule. You will need reliable access to internet in a secure/private location as well as the ability to come to our office in Minneapolis for training and reliability meetings. Please visit the webpages for more information on the project here and here.

If you are considering this opportunity, here are the next steps. Contact Kadie Ausherbauer (coding team supervisor) at to indicate your interest in the project. Submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter to Kadie via email. Watch for date & time for an information session/group interview at 1100 South Washington Ave, Minneapolis. Training will be provided.

19. Expand Your Skill Set in Special Education With Minneapolis Public Schools!

Minneapolis Public Schools is hiring several Special Education Assistants with placements in multiple sites. As a Special Education Assistant, you will provide a variety of services to assist students with special needs in a learning environment, assist MPS staff to develop and implement appropriate individualization lessons and activities for students with disabilities and help students to meet their therapy and education goals. Visit our website to find out more about our open positions and apply! We also offer competitive hourly wage for this position starting at $17.15/hour. Please contact Sienna Lim at if you have any questions.