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Psych Scoop, 9/17/19

September 17, 2019

September 17th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. *New Opportunity for 2019-2020* Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council

The Department is seeking interested students to join our new Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council. Students will serve a 1-year term and selections will follow a brief application process this September. Participation in a Town Hall Event being held on Friday, October 18th (9:00 am - 10:30 am) is expected. This is a great opportunity to share your views of the undergraduate experience and to connect with Department faculty and leadership! To see more details and to apply, please review our web application. Applications are due tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18th at 12:00 pm (Noon) CST.

2. Careers & Pizza: Mental Health

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N639

Are you interested in a career related to mental health? Join Psychology Advising on Wednesday, October 2nd from 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm in N639 Elliott Hall for Careers & Pizza. We will have David Wells, Ph.D., LP (Senior Clinician @ Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Interests in adolescent development, cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety & depression, personality disorders, oppositional problems, anger issues, interpersonal conflict, group therapy) and Erin Brunette (Psy BA Fall 15 graduate. Currently works in Human Resources for Residential Transitions who can discuss job/internship opportunities related to mental health: direct support professionals, community ILS practitioners, housing access coordinators, supportive employment specialists, program managers & more) joining us. SPACE IS LIMITED- RSVP TODAY.

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.

3. Psychology Club/ Psi Chi Fall 2019 Kick-Off Meeting

today! Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 325 Memorial Union

Are you interested in getting to know other psychology students at the U of MN? Our first official meeting for the 2019-2020 academic year is today, Tuesday, September 17, from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm in room 325 in Memorial Union. There will be Jimmy John’s subs, jeopardy, a chance to meet other psychology students, as well as a tentative plan for meetings this year. Come with questions or to simply hang out. We hope to see you all there!

4. IOPC Meet and Greet

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club hopes that you had a great first week of school and are settling into your classes well. Whether you are about to graduate or just getting familiar with our beautiful campus, we hope that you are enjoying your time here and spending time forming meaningful relationships. The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club wants to meet you, too! We will be having a Meet & Greet event in Elliott Hall S150 on Wednesday, September 18th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Food and refreshments will be provided.


5. Think Like a Researcher Workshop

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 9:00 am- 11:30 am
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:30 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Walter Library 320

Think like a Researcher is a workshop designed to help undergraduate students (primarily first or second years) become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students, especially first year and second-year students, from across the University and different colleges together to learn. Workshop topics are benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, a panel of student researchers, examples of student projects and more. Learn about the wide variety of ways to get started with research including volunteer, taking a course, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS), International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, summer research and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University Libraries. Learn more information about the event and register today.

6. Learning Abroad Fall Fair

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 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.

7. Inauguration Event: Student Mental Health from the Lens of Prevention and Resilience

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 230

Student Mental Health from the Lens of Prevention and Resilience. Moderated by Stephanie Curtis, Senior Producer of The Thread - MPR, this panel will feature experts and U of M faculty and students. View the live stream or attend the event at the Northrop Plaza.

8. International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshops

Monday, September 24, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 530A

Join the International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshop to get ready for the upcoming fall career fairs! Do not miss this opportunity to learn what to expect at the career fairs, tips for researching employers and opportunities, a review of CPT and OPT, and an invaluable chance to practice your self-introduction before you meet recruiters! Staff from Career Services and ISSS will co-present these workshops. The workshops are identical, so you only need to attend one. Registration is encouraged on GoldPASS, but not required to attend. All UMN international students, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to attend. Click here to view the Facebook event. Email UMN International Career Consultant, Jane at with any questions about these events.

9. New Developments in Stereotype Threat: Implications for High Stakes

Monday, September 16, 2019, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 215

Join The Department of Educational Psychology as Paul R. Sackett, Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Liberal Arts in the Department of Psychology, shares his work in the first Educational Measurement Speaker Series of the 2019-2020 school year. A large body of research tests the notion that awareness of a stereotype about a group (e.g., the common belief women are weaker in math than men) affects the test performance of members of the stereotyped group. This awareness is called “stereotype threat,” and a common assertion is that high stakes tests (e.g., employment tests, university entrance tests) are therefore biased against members of stereotyped groups. Professor Sackett will critically review key issues in this literature. One is that almost all of the research is in lab settings. He will carefully examine what is known about stereotype threat effects in operational settings. Professor Sackett will report a new large-scale meta-analysis of this literature that focuses on differentiating studies with features likely vs. unlikely to be found in operational settings. He will conclude with recommendations for operational testing programs. RSVP or join the webinar.

10. CLA Internship & Career Fair - Drop-In Prep

Monday, September 23 - Thursday, September 26, 2019, various times
Cost: Free
Location: 411 Bruininks, with an additional webinar on Thursday

Show up to the career fair with confidence! Attend these events to get advice from career counselors, employers, and alumni on how best to prepare for the CLA Internship & Career Fair. Registration not required. Open to all CLA students. For more info on the fair, visit the website.

11. Department of Psychology’s Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Monday, September 23, 2019, 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: N219 Elliott Hall

The Three-Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students to present their research in just three minutes in a way that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the subject. You can see here for a look at the participants' presentations from last year’s University competition. This is a great way to get connected to the department, meet some current graduate students, and learn more about what a thesis is!

12. September Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, September 24 - Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 210 Memorial Union

Do you worry your food might run out before you can buy more? Do you lack reliable transportation to an affordable grocery store? If you struggle to get enough, quality food to eat - visit the Nutritious U Food Pantry on September 24th-26th from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! Find out more information.


13. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Applications for Spring 2020

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program has added another opportunity for students to submit an application to be funded for research in Spring 2020. Applications will be due October 14, 2019, and here's the link for the program with further information. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides all University of Minnesota undergraduates, regardless of college, major or discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research, scholarly or creative project. UROP gives students a chance to explore academic and career interests, apply classroom learning to real-time research and prepare for a career or graduate school while working closely with a U of M faculty member. Students may work on a project of their own creation or take part in a faculty member’s existing project.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* VA Lab Looking for 2 RA's

A lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is conducting a randomized clinical trial to examine the effects of a wearable therapeutic system in the treatment of trauma-related nightmares. The lab is currently looking for 2 volunteer psychology undergraduate students to be involved in the study. Student responsibilities will include preparing study materials, collection and quality control of study data, reviewing patient records in an electronic medical system, mailing recruitment letters, and phone screening potential participants. Additional responsibilities may include working with databases and assessing participants depending on the intern’s experience and ability. Qualified students must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills. Sophomores/juniors are encouraged to apply for these positions. Experience in basic computer programs such as word, excel, and web applications is preferred. A commitment of 9-10 hours per week for 6 to 12 months is expected (hours and days are flexible, but M-F during normal business hours). Volunteers are required to be U.S. Citizens. All research activities are conducted at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and students must be able to commute to the VA. Students may register for research credit. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Nicholas Davenport at and Mary Evans-Lindquist at You may also call the Study Coordinator, Mary Evans-Lindquist at 612-467-4946

15. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Opportunity - Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Professor Michele Mazzocco’s research team is seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRAs) to join the Math and Numeracy Lab this fall. Each UGRA will be involved with research projects in the areas of early number concepts mathematics, numerical cognition, and supporting preschool math instruction. Responsibilities include performing literature searches, helping to create research materials, data scoring and data entry, and general research and data collection support. We ask that UGRA’s register for two to four credits of CPSY 4994 Directed Research each semester. This translates to committing to an average of 6 to 12 hours of work per week (9 hours for 3 Credits), participate in research team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks and on data entry or data collection teams, and become a productive member of our lab. We seek candidates who are interested in cognitive, developmental, or school psychology, including students who plan to pursue graduate studies in the near future. Please contact Michele Mazzocco at by September 17th if you are interested.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Intern For Brain Neuromodulation Project in Alcoholism - Psychiatry Department

The research intern will assist research staff in the Psychiatry Department. The Department is currently running a research study that is in the active recruitment phase. Intern responsibilities will include preparing study materials, collecting data from participants, verifying accuracy of study data, and conducting patient record review. Additional responsibilities may include working with databases and assessing participants (using transcranial direct current stimulation and accompanying participants to brain imaging sessions) depending on experience and ability. This research falls under the direction of Dr. Jazmin Camchong, UMN faculty. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for alcohol use disorder. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours will be over ~3:00 pm- 6:00 pm times). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong at

17. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Student Opportunity in Research on Bipolar Disorders and Aging

We are seeking highly motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented undergraduates of sophomore or junior standing to contribute to neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral data collection in a pilot study assessing affective and cognitive processes in older adults (age > 60) with bipolar disorders and older adults without psychopathology in the laboratory of Dr. Snezana Urosevic and in collaboration with Dr. Adriana Seelye’s laboratory. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available. Potential research assistants will administer questionnaires, brief cognitive screens, and e-prime tasks, aid in collection of MRI scans at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, have opportunity to learn preprocessing of MRI data, attend laboratory meetings, and have an opportunity to develop independent research questions based on their interests and/or contribute to manuscripts and poster presentations. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. Please contact Dr. Snezana Urosevic by email ( and if you are interested and attach a resume that includes information about your work and academic experience, references, software skills and knowledge, as well as an unofficial transcript.

18. *Credit or Volunteer* DVBIC Research Intern

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at the Minneapolis VA has an immediate opening for a Research Intern to assist the research team with observational and interventional studies under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Lim, M.D. (UMN faculty, Psychiatry). Current studies involve longitudinal assessment of neurotrauma, MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in Veterans with TBI and/or mental health disorders. Position requires 8-10 hours a week for 12 months. May provide the opportunity to convert to a full-time paid position based on performance and availability of funding. For details and full position description, contact Carolyn Gentz at

19. *Credit or Volunteer* Health Psychology Lab

Dr. Alex Rothman's Health Psychology Lab is seeking enthusiastic, responsible, and detail-oriented research assistants (RAs) for this Fall and Spring semester to run a study related to calorie-tracking apps. RAs will be tasked with running participants, coordinating participant communication, data management, and participant recruitment. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the semester, and preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. You can work as a volunteer, or enroll in PSY 5993 for course credit. RAs will also have the chance to learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology with their graduate student mentor. Email Erin Standen at and she will send you an application form.


20. Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis (MNABA) is Looking for Student Volunteers

MNABA is currently looking for volunteers for our conference at the Crowne Plaza AIRE in Bloomington, MN on Friday, September 27th. Volunteer duties might include handing out information at the conference, setting up stations, or other similar activities. In exchange for volunteering, student volunteers would be given free admission to conference discussions. Further information regarding the conference can be found on our website. Anyone interested can contact

21. Growing Brains Outreach Training

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: ICD 105

Growing Brains is a developmental neuroscience outreach program that aims to educate young people about their brain’s development and cognition. The program is led by volunteer Institute of Child Development (ICD) graduate students (and open to psychology undergrads!) and serves schools, summer camps, after-school programs, and community groups. Through the program, we hope to inspire children and adolescents to value science and to give them a sense of agency in their own development. We are having a training for new volunteers on September 18th at 5:30 pm in ICD 105. Anyone that wants to participate in presentations must first attend this training, so feel free to forward this along to your graduate students and ICD undergraduates! If they want to become involved, they can email to either RSVP to the September 18th training event OR to get onto our email list for future involvement.

Learning Abroad

22. Youth Development & Psychology - Montpellier, France

Earn credit in this cohort-based program toward your Developmental Psychology or Psychology degree while studying in this vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Enjoy the college-town atmosphere, nightlife, and student-centered community. The program offers a core course centered on children and youth: Resilience in Children and Youth: Global Perspectives. The second required course is Community Engagement, which consists of a course and placement in the community for local engagement. In addition to your required courses, you will choose from electives including Adolescent Psychology (Area B), Intro to Child Psychology (Area B), Cross-Cultural Psychology (Area B), and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Language Learning. Additionally, University of Minnesota students on the Youth Development & Psychology in France program will be eligible for the Evaluator's Discount of $800 for Spring 2020! The application deadline is October 1st, 2019. Learn more!


23. Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this spring 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 2019. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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24. Rothenberger Institute Student Advisory Board (with stipend)

The School of Public Health's Rothenberger Institute (RI) is forming a Student Advisory Board for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Undergrads from all majors and fields of study are needed to help guide the direction of course revisions and new course development. Involvement entails six 2-hour meetings (three in fall, three in spring - lunch provided) with some assigned tasks in between meetings. Board members will be paid a $200 stipend at the end of their term in May 2020. Interviews will take place in late September. See the Student Advisory Board job description and information on applying to learn more.

25. Studying for a career in Nursing, Occupational/Physical Therapy, Pre-Med, Physician Assistant, Education, Psychology or Social Work?

Check out Arise Cares! Earn your “Direct Care Hours” while earning a paycheck. We match your passion, interests, and experience with our clients’ needs. We work around your class schedule. Hands-on experience in the field you are pursuing. As a caregiver with Arise Cares, you work directly with our clients in their home providing assistance with daily living activities. Our clients include kids, adults with special needs, and elderly clients with age-related illness, dementia, and chronic conditions. Find the application on our website.

26. P&G China 2020 Campus Overseas Recruiting

Positions for MAINLAND students include Information Technology, Customer Business Development (Sales), Product Supply, Brand Management, Consumer & Market Knowledge, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, and Research & Development. We welcome students from the Class of 2018 - 2020 to apply to our positions. The application & online assessment are open and are due by September 20th. Visit and search job code ASI00000832 to apply!