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September 1, 2020

September 1st, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Undergrad Pre-Fall Semester Town Hall - Summary and Notes

We want to thank all of those who participated in the first town hall today. We had many thoughtful questions, comments, and concerns shared during the meeting. To protect student anonymity, we did not record the event. However, we do have extensive notes from the meeting, which can be reviewed here. Based on those comments, feel free to submit any feedback through our Feedback Form (please be sure to mention the Town Hall if it is directly related!). We are looking forward to holding additional Town Hall meetings in Fall, but if you are interested in getting involved and getting a voice in the department, consider applying for the Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (application below). As a reminder, you can review the Department’s Strategic Plan and the Departmental steps planned in addressing racial injustice and inequality.

2. Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council - Call for Applications

Are you a psych major interested in helping the psych department at the U make progress? Do you want to improve your experience and other students’ experiences in the department? The Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (SAC) is the perfect way to do that! We are looking for passionate psych students to serve as members of the SAC. The SAC meets with the department leadership at least once a semester to voice their concerns as undergraduates. All meetings for fall will be held virtually. The position is for the entire academic year (2020-21) with the option of renewing membership for the next academic year. If you are interested in the position, please fill out the application by Friday, September 11th by 4:00 pm CST.

3. Welcome Back!

Welcome back to campus! As you get back into gear for this semester, keep our office's resources in mind. Psychology Advisors 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 our website. We look forward to seeing you and wish you the best of luck in the coming semester!

Additionally, Psychology Advising will have extended drop-in hours during the first two weeks of classes for quick, five – ten-minute issues or questions. Visit our website for drop-in availability.

Psychology Student Group Announcements

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! To learn more, visit our website.

4. Psych Club/Psi Chi Flipgrid and Other Groups!

Check out the Psych Club/Psi Chi informational flipgrid video about their group and how to join. You can also check out videos from many of the other student groups on campus! You can join the Psych Club mailing list by emailing

Courses of Interest

5. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology -- Still open!

Make an internship experience count toward your Major! PSY 3896 credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work with your internship during the Fall 2020 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Example sites from the past include People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and on GoldPass. The registration deadline is Monday, September 21st by 12:00 pm CST. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Students secure an internship with a site - Fall 2020 must be remote work or approved at a site with an exception.
2.) Submit the "Request an Experience" form on GoldPASS and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you

PSY 3869 is online, asynchronous

Instructor: Michael Houlahan (

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors.

6. EPSY 1281: Psychological Science Applied - 4 credits - Fall 2020

This course introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas. Each topic will center around an applied problem faced by people in the real world. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education and health sciences. There will be two Zoom meetings/lectures with the professor each week. These lectures will be recorded so those that cannot attend at the scheduled time may view them when it best fits their schedule. Every Wednesday from 9:05 to 9:55 a.m. we will meet for a lecture. A survey will be sent out at the beginning of Fall 2020 to determine the best meeting time for a second session that will focus on feedback on assessments, general questions, etc. You and your group will be required to attend two meetings with your teaching assistant a week. These meetings are meant to guide you through the unit activity.

EPSY 1281 is online, asynchronous

Instructor: Martin Van Boekel (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

7. EPSY 2601 – Understanding Differences, Disabilities, and the Career of Special Education - 4 credits - Fall 2020

In this course, you'll gain an understanding of the impact of disabilities on individuals and their families. You'll learn about support systems and ways to advocate for people with disabilities and how to use reflective practices when considering the concept of disability. This course has an embedded community-engaged practicum experience to give students an opportunity to learn more directly about what disability means in our community. Class meetings will be online at the specified class time unless notified in advance by the instructor. This class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first four weeks. Starting the fifth week, students will meet for class on Thursdays and participate in a virtual practicum (times arranged with the organization). Students are required to complete 25 practicum hours for the semester.

E{SY 2601 is Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:45 pm- 2:15 pm

Online blended courses.

Instructor: Jennifer McComas (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

8. EPSY 5200-002: Programming Fundamentals for Social Scientists - 3 credits - Fall 2020

Learn the fundamental concepts and techniques of programming using the Python language—with an emphasis on techniques that are useful for social science research. This course takes an active learning approach to teach programming and computer-based skills that are increasingly important in modern social science research. Using Python 3, you'll learn software engineering topics such as writing robust code, testing, debugging, collaboration, version control, code repositories, and working with file systems. No prior programming experience necessary!

EPSY 5201-002 is Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 5:10 pm

**Completely Online, synchronous and asynchronous

Instructor: Jeff Bye (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

9. EPSY 5401 - Counseling Procedures - 3 credits- Fall 2020

According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is the process of building relationships with individuals that empower them to accomplish mental health and wellness, education, and career goals. According to the Positive Psychology movement, counseling can help individuals and communities thrive, cultivating what is best within themselves, and enhancing their experiences of work, love, and play. In this course, you will learn a short-term model of counseling that is rooted in both client empowerment and positive psychology, aimed at helping clients, students, and others manage problems more effectively and develop opportunities more fully. The course relates to the COVID-19 pandemic in that students will learn skills to help others manage stress and isolation, overcome anxiety and fear, and make and implement personally-meaningful choices in their lives. This course is appropriate for individuals whose professional work includes counseling and interviewing and for those interested in advising, counseling and consulting.

EPSY 5401 is Thursdays, 4:40 pm- 7:30 pm

**Completely Online

Instructor: Sherri Turner, Ph.D. (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.


10. Art and Protest: Voices and Visions of Artists from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis

Friday, September 4, 2020, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join our panelists for a conversation about how their artistic practices are informed by contemporary and historical protest, the role of art in protests, and the aesthetic principles of art and design that inform their work. This discussion will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience. RSVP here.

11. Save the Date: CLA Internship & Career Fair

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The 2020 CLA Internship & Career Fair will be held as a virtual career fair. A virtual career fair is an event where employers host virtual booths with representatives from the organization available to talk with you either through 1:1 conversations or group sessions. The goal of the event is to build relationships (i.e. network) with employers so you can explore different career fields, discover position openings, and engage with employers about their organizations and what kind of skills they are seeking for their roles. Often you won’t leave a career fair with a job offer in hand, but you will leave with a better understanding of where you want to apply for positions, how to best represent yourself for those roles, and who to get in touch with to learn more or ask questions. Making a positive impression with employers in person can really help you to stand out in the job or internship application process! Learn more and RSVP through GoldPASS.


12. *Credit* PSY 5993 [Virtual or In-Person] Opportunity with Professors Ones & Krueger

Student research projects involve working with a range of electronic databases to identify and code relations of DSM-V personality scales to external variables, including behaviors and outcomes. Students will work under the direction of Professors Ones and Krueger to explore the nomological network of maladaptive personality traits. Students interested in this opportunity are asked to commit one full academic year towards effort on the research project. During the Fall, students will work with Dr. Ones to code studies for a meta-analysis. Dr. Krueger will provide guidance and feedback for projects. Both professors will work with students to help them develop their research projects. Students will meet with their faculty mentors on a regular basis for project assistance and consultation (meetings held virtually via Zoom until further notice; please note Virtual and In-Person options when registering for the course). For Seniors, this project can be used to fulfill the requirement for their Capstone Project. For honors students, this project can provide them a project and data for Honors theses. Some topics of interest for this project may include maladaptive personality traits as they relate to everyday behaviors, work performance, or cognitive ability. If you would like to learn more about this credit opportunity for PSY 5993, please email a copy of your transcript and resume to Dr. Ones at by September 3rd.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Social Interaction Lab Seeking Undergraduate RAs

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab is seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students. We will be hiring research assistants (RAs) for projects about romantic relationships and parenting. These projects will involve a variety of tasks including behavioral coding and data management. You will be able to gain valuable skills in hands-on research and understanding human behavior. All tasks will be completed remotely. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 6-9 hours of work per week over the semester. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs are also expected to attend weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology. To view more about the opportunities we offer to our undergraduate RAs and to get tips on what we look for in our applicants, please visit our lab website. To apply, please visit the following link.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant in Anxiety Laboratory

The laboratory of Dr. Matt Kushner is looking for an undergraduate volunteer research assistant to assist in an ongoing study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to test a computer-delivered therapy for alcohol use disorder and anxiety. Primary responsibilities include data entry with the possibility of completing participant appointments in the future. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week with preferred availability in the afternoons. Those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. If you are interested, please send a copy of your resume to Nikki Degeneffe at

15. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Opportunity in Research on Bipolar Disorders

We are seeking three highly motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented undergraduates of sophomore or junior standing to contribute to projects on understanding neural and behavioral abnormalities in bipolar disorders (BD) at different stages of life span in the laboratory of Dr. Snezana Urosevic. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available. RA duties may include project coordination of a neuroimaging pilot study examining neural function in older adults with BD; contributing to a study using smartphone apps to track symptom and functional changes in adults with BD; learning to preprocess and analyze electroencephalography (EEG) and/or MRI data for over 100 adolescents with BD and adolescents without psychopathology. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available. Past RAs have authored poster presentations and contributed to manuscript submissions. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Snezana Urosevic by email at and attach an unofficial transcript and a resume that includes information about your work and research experience, references, software skills, and knowledge.


16. Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship this Fall 2020 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 is 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 2020. For Fall 2020, remote experiences will count and if you are doing an in-person experience, please email us for further steps. The application deadline is September 21st (12:00 pm CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

17. Sprout Health Group Healthcare Scholarship

Sprout Health Group is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students studying a healthcare-related field, including psychology. Selection is based on a 500-word essay describing why the healthcare field inspires you and how you intend to use your degree. Winner(s) will be selected based on a personal story, need, and practical application of degree. Preference is given to applicants pursuing a career in addiction treatment and mental health.

18. CLA Internship Scholarship

The CLA Internship Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. The scholarships are offered by CLA three times per year and awarded during the term that the internship is completed. Read more information and find application instructions here. The deadline to apply is September 13th.

19. Culture Corps Gender Equity Award

The Culture Corps Gender Equity Award is given annually to an international student in support of their work in bringing a global perspective on advancing gender equity to the University of Minnesota campus. A $500 award will be given to the recipient in support of their work on a project which brings a global perspective on advancing gender equity to the University of Minnesota. The recipient is recognized at the annual Celebrating Changemakers event hosted by the Women's Center. Find more information and apply here. The deadline is September 21st at 4:30 CST.

20. Institute on the Environment Undergraduate Leaders Program and Scholarship

Are you an undergraduate student interested in sustainability and looking to create tangible change? Apply for the 2020-21 Institute on the Environment Undergraduate Leaders Program. Undergraduate leaders will work in teams on pre-identified projects that relate to the Institute on the Environment’s Impact Goals surrounding clean water, sustainable land use, and building a carbon-neutral future. Teams will receive support and mentoring from individuals from the Institute on the Environment who work in these areas. Program participants may be eligible for a $1,500 Ecolab Experiential Education scholarship. Apply by September 15th for both the program and scholarship. Apply here. This year’s program will be delivered 100% virtually, so students will not need to be on campus to access meetings or resources. Reach out to Fatima Tufail at with questions.


21. Fall 2020 Resource Reminder

As we get started for the Fall 2020 semester, these offices and resources are here to help your semester go as smoothly as possible.

Disability Resource Center
Student Counseling Services
Boynton Health (Mental Health Services)
EffectiveU (study, testing, note-taking tips and more)
ESL Resources
UMN Libraries

22. New Racial Justice Resources Page Available

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies initiative has compiled resources for racial justice in a new website. Check it out today.

23. Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentorship Program

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! As an organization, one of SNMA's goals is to support students as they pursue their medical education. The mentorship program pairs current medical students with pre-medical students to offer support and advice throughout the medical school application process. In addition, the program offers optional small group sessions in which groups of mentor/mentee pairings can meet and discuss different aspects of the pre-med process, including extracurriculars, MCAT studying, gap year activities, and the AMCAS application. All pre-medical students with a strong interest in a career as a physician are eligible to be mentees. However, pre-medical students of minority heritage are strongly encouraged to participate. Students of sophomore standing and above, as well as those who have graduated, will be given preference. Find more information and application here. The deadline to apply is September 7th.