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Psych Scoop, 9/19/17

September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Fall 2017 Psych Advising Drop-in Hours

This is a reminder that regular Psych Advising drop-in hours take effect today. Drop-in hours are intended for 5-10 minute questions; longer issues will be referred to schedule an appointment.We are not able to address drop-in questions (including research contract signatures) outside of these times. Our contact info and availability can be found on our website at the following link:

Psychology Advising Featured Events

2. Have You RSVP'ed for the PsyCareer Exploration Fair Tomorrow?

Tomorrow, 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. 

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!

3. Psych Club Welcome Meeting

Wednesday, September 27th, 5:30-6:30pm
N227 (Skinner Room) Elliott Hall

Welcome to Psych Club! Psych Club/Psi Chi has their first meeting next Wednesday, September 27th. If you're interested in meeting fellow students interested in psychology and want to get more involved in the department, stop by! There will be pizza and pop. See you then!

4. Now Accepting Psych Club Officer Applications!

We are currently looking for a new Officer of Recruitment and Public Relations Officer! Both positions are asked to come to officer meetings to help the current officers plan events and eventually train into a higher position. If interested, fill out the brief application form by October 4th. We will make decisions by mid October. If you have any questions please direct them to
Officer of Recruitment application
Public Relations Officer application


5. Looking to Volunteer? Attend the Community Involvement Fair Tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 20th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

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. For more information, including a list of organizations that will be in attendance, visit the Community Involvement Fair webpage

6. Mock Law Admissions Event for Students Interested in Law School

Wednesday, September 20th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
B85 Tate

Matthew Dillard, the Assistant Director of Admissions at George Washington University Law, Kate Snowdon, Associate Director of Admissions at Minnesota Law and Danae McElroy, the Director of Admissions at UCLA Law, will be conducting a mock law school application review workshop. Students will have the opportunity to read actual law school applications, debate the merits of the applications, vote on whom to admit, and see what it’s like to assess law school applications from inside the minds of admissions committee members. This event is hosted by the Pre-Law Society, but you do NOT need to be a registered member to attend. **Pizza will be provided!**

7. 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! 

Scholarship Opportunities

8. Psych Undergrad Engagement Award Applications Due Tomorrow ($500!)

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. Language Study Scholarships

If you are interested in intensive language study here or abroad, check out the following nationally competitive scholarships: Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Scholarships, Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarships, and Blakemore Freeman Fellowships.

You can find more information, as well as a list of all national and international scholarship opportunities, online at For more information, contact the Office of National and International Scholarships,


10. Volunteer with the Aurora Center - Gain Valuable Experience in Direct Service, Advocacy, Education, and More

Info Sessions:
Friday, September 29th, 11:30am-12:30pm;
Thursday, October 12th, 11:00am-12:00pm

The Aurora Center offers volunteer opportunities at The University of Minnesota that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating to the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include Direct Service Advocate, Violence Prevention Educator, and Special Projects Volunteer positions. No prior experience is needed to volunteer at the Aurora Center, as comprehensive and ongoing training is provided. For more information and to apply, visit the Volunteer @ Aurora website. Applications are due Nov. 17th. 

11. Enhance Your Leadership Skills at the 2017 Leadership Summit!

Sunday, September 24th, 9:00am-4:30pm
Bruininks Hall
Fill out the Registration form to reserve your spot 

You are a leader; whether it’s your second week on campus or you’re a seasoned leader of a student organization, fraternity/sorority, or volunteer organization. Build and expand on your current leadership skills, meet and socialize with other student leaders, find your place on the U of M campus! Make your mark--take the next step in the journey of your life! The 2017 2017 Student Leadership Summit will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 9:00-4:30 in Bruininks Hall. To learn more, visit the Student Leadership Summit website. Please contact with any questions.

Learning Abroad

12. Study Psychology in Madrid Spring 2018!

The Learning Abroad Center, together with the Department of Psychology and the Fundación Ortega-Marañon in Madrid, has expanded Psychology & Research in Madrid to offer a semester-long program again in Spring 2018! Students will have the option to choose from: Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, and Research Laboratory in Psychology (equivalent to PSY 4993) or Internship in Psychology (equivalent to PSY 3996) along with other Spanish culture courses to total 13-16 credits. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad. Check out recent U of M Psychology student experiences on the website. For more information, check out the Learning Abroad Center website. The application for this program is now open and due October 1st! 

13. MSID (MN Studies in International Development) Info Sessions

Wednesday, September 27th, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 125 Coffey Hall (St. Paul campus)

Thursday, September 28th, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 302 Appleby Hall

Are you interested in studying international development and completing an internship or research project abroad? Stop by this open-house style information session to learn about MSID programs in Ecuador, Kenya, Senegal, and Thailand. You will have the opportunity to speak with program alumni and LAC staff and enjoy pizza. 

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.

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 Assistant Positions - NICE Lab

The Narrative, Identity, Culture and Education Lab run by Dr. Moin Syed is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Fall 2017 semester for data collection. The project will focus on college students, personality, and virtues. Tasks will include all aspects of data collection: greeting and guiding participants, etc. Find an application on the NICE Lab website and email the completed application to Ummul Kathawalla

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. 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

17. Fall & Spring 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, 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; spring internship placements run from January until the end of May. 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. Interested in Pursuing a Career in Higher Ed? Full-time Student Services Specialist Opening in CBS

The College of Biological Sciences is hiring a Student Services Specialist. The Student Services Specialist primarily serves as the office manager for CBS Student Services. Additionally, this role supports the academic advising and career development functions, oversees the maintenance of student records, assists with event planning and supervises a team of student employees to provide exceptional support for CBS undergraduate students and stakeholders.  The full position listing, along with instructions for applying, can be found on the U of M Employment website. Enter job number 319970 into the search bar. The posting will close on Wednesday, September 27th.