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Psych Scoop, 9/12/17

September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Fall 2017 Psych Advising Drop-in Hours

Due to the high student demand the first two weeks of the term, Psychology Undergraduate Advising 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. After this date, drop-in hours are held by each advisor during a specific time once a week. We are not able to address drop-in questions (including research contract signatures) outside of these times. This semester's drop-in hours can be found on our website at the following link:

Psychology Advising Featured Events

2. PsyCareer Exploration Fair: Learn what you can do with a major in psychology!

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. 


3. Get Engaged on Campus - Stop by the Activities Fair Tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 13th, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Coffman Front Plaza

Want to join a student group? Find a group that fits one of your interests at the Activities Fair and get involved in the campus community.

4. Born Passion's Volunteer Expo

Tuesday, September 19th, 11:00am-2:00pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Join us next week as 30 different nonprofits gather inside the Great Hall to share their volunteering, job, and internship opportunities. This is a great opportunity for you if you are interested in being involved in a specific area of service. There will be a variety of nonprofits representing food and hunger, kids and family, health and medicine, sports and recreation, and community care. We would love for you to be a part of this event! Sponsored by Born Passion student organization.

5. ACR Homes Careers Info Session & On-Campus Interviews

Thursday, September 21st, 10:00am-2:00pm
518/520 Bruininks Hall

At this event, you will have the opportunity to talk with current ACR Homes staff and recruiters to learn about direct care positions which allow you to care for adults with disabilities. ACR Homes is open to hiring students of any major and any class standing (freshman welcome to attend and interview). For students that wish to interview with ACR Homes during this event, please arrive between 10:00am and 12:00pm, as the interview process takes 2 hours.You must have a completed application with you to interview at the event. E-mail to receive a PDF copy of the application. If you can't interview during the event, attend to learn about jobs and schedule a job interview for a future date. For more information, search the 'Career Fairs/Events' section on GoldPASS (ID# 3407).

6. 2017 CLA Career & Internship Fair

Wednesday, September 27th, 10:00am-3:00pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers from a variety of industries who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni (1-3 years after graduating). 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. This event is only open to CLA students and recent alumni and is FREE to attend. More information about this event can be found online

CLA students are strongly encouraged to preregister via GoldPASS (ID#3324) by September 25. CLA students/alumni may still attend the event without pre-registering. Whether you pre-register or not, please bring your student ID to the Fair as you will need it to check in. 

Check out the upcoming Career Events page for events to help you prepare for the fair, including prep-workshops and pop-in resume reviews! 

Psychology Student Organizations

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in PISA activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

7. PISA Kickoff Party!

Monday, September 18th, 5:30-7:30pm
MISA Room, Coffman Union

Welcome everone! The Psychology International Student Association (PISA) will be hosting our kickoff party next Monday at Coffman. Come to meet the new PISA Board and learn what PISA is all about. There will be games, foods, photobooth and more!

Scholarship Opportunities

8. $500! Apply for a Fall 2017 Psychology Undergraduate Engagement Award!

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 three awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2017. Fall 2017 application deadline is September 20th 2017. Notification of Award Date: October 4, 2017. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Please submit application materials to Michael Houlahan. Materials must be submitted electronically to


9. Want to be a change agent? Apply to the Social Justice Leadership Program

The Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program (SJLC) is an interdisciplinary program that will explore issues of social justice for those who are interested in being agents for positive social change. The SJLC application is now available online through Monday, September 18th. All undergraduate students are welcome to apply. If you have questions about the Social Justice Leadership Certificate and/or you are interested in subscribing to our newsletter, please contact Multicultural Student Engagement at

Learning Abroad

10. Want to Study Abroad? Attend the Learning Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 20th, 10:00am-2:30pm
West Bank Plaza

The Learning Abroad Fair is designed for students to learn about 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 advisors, and many other departments from around the U that will help with the decisions and steps needed to participate in an education abroad experience.

Campus Resources

11. Take Advantage of SMART Tutoring Resources

Smart Learning Commons is the one-stop resource for assistance in academics, research, technology, and writing. In addition to tutoring, SMART offers weekly group study PAL sessions, media support, and research support. Visit to learn more about how SMART can support you this semester! 

Research Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Not all 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.

12. Research Assistant Volunteers Needed for Brain Injury and PTSD Research at VA Medical Center

We are currently looking for one or more Research Assistant volunteers, beginning in Fall or Winter 2017, to assist with our research studies at the Minneapolis VA. Research Assistant volunteers will assist with PROTECT and FOCUS studies; examining the potential impact of military training and deployment (i.e. stress, concussion, etc.) on thinking and cognition, and if this trajectory can be seen in the structure and function of the brain. The ideal applicant is a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who has completed courses in psychopathology, biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Applicants must be able to commit 8-10 hours per week for a minimum of 10 months. Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Responsibilities will depend on the applicant's interests and current needs of the study, but will begin with data entry and participant recruitment and may expand into administering cognitive assessments, EEG/MRI assistance, and clinical interviewing. This is a volunteer position.

If interested, please send a resume/CV, a description of your current availability and educational/career interests, and a current transcript (unofficial is fine) to by September 25th, 2017. Please put "Research Assistant Application" in the subject line of your email.

13. Couples' Interactions Study Seeking Research Assistants

The Couples' Interactions study in the Social Interaction Lab is looking for research assistants to work on a study about emotion regulation and interactions in romantic relationships. We are seeking RAs to code videos (watch videos and rate behaviors, emotions on certain scales) of couples interacting while discussing and trying to resolve a problem in their relationship. RAs will also help develop a new coding scheme for a more playful interaction in which couples are having fun together. RAs will receive training for the coding, read articles about the relevant constructs, and occasionally meet to discuss their codes, discuss the articles, and help write the new coding scheme. The actual coding can be done on RAs' own schedules. Please visit the Social Interaction Lab website for more information and the link to the application. Select "Couples Interaction Study (coding videos)" as your #1 choice to apply for this position. Applications are due by 9/17 at the latest, but interviews and hiring will begin as applications come in. Please email Rachael Jones at with any questions. 

14. 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:

15. Research Assistants Needed in Political Psychology Lab

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to help with coding and article selection. Students will receive course credit for PSY 5993. This study involves the coding interviews with politicians about climate change and assessing the differential topics discussed with different television stations (e.g. MSNBC, Fox News, ABC). There will be weekly lab meetings, but other working hours are flexible and there is no dress code. Responsibilities will require approximately 8 hours per week, although there will often be less. Contact Lexi Scharmer at for an application.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

16. Behavioral Dimensions is Hiring - Gain Experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related disabilities. We are currently hiring undergraduate and graduate students for Behavior Therapist positions. We need motivated, friendly, and outgoing Behavior Therapists who are interested in working with children with autism and other disabilities, and their families and friends. Many entry level jobs in the human services field require a degree and experience in order to be hired as a Mental Health Practitioner. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience while students are completing their degrees. To learn more about job opportunities, visit the Behavioral Dimensions Employment Page

17. Washburn Center for Children Internships in Family-Focused Program

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, 2017 and spring, 2018 in our Family Focused program in our facility at: 1100 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405. 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 and spring, interns in Family Focused volunteer 2 half days a week in the preschool. Our fall internship placements run from September until the middle of December. To learn more and apply, visit the Washburn Job Postings page. For more information, contact: Colleen Hegy, Intern Coordinator, at 612-872-3341 or email

18. MN History Day Mentoring Program is Looking for Interns - Paid!

National History Day in Minnesota is looking for undergraduate students interested in history, history education, or community service! The History Day Mentoring Program is a PAID internship where undergraduates have the opportunity to mentor middle school and high school students as they create original projects. Working with the History Dayprogram will help you build your resume, introduce you to career opportunities in education and public history, and support connections between the U and the community. A short application for prospective mentors can be found online at: The deadline for applications is Friday, September 22nd. If you have any questions, please contact John Little at

19. UGRAs Needed in CSOM Department of Work & Organizations

Undergraduate student (UG) research assistants (RA) will join one or multiple research teams at the Department of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School of Management, including research team led by Professor Elizabeth (Beth) Campbell, Professor Le (Betty) Zhou, and Work Well Research Team led by Professor Theresa Glomb. Research topics include team dynamics, leadership, and workplace interactions. This position would be a great fit for students interested in I-O psychology! To obtain a full position description, please email Professor Betty Zhou at Applications are due by Friday, September 15th.

20. 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