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September 22, 2020

September 22nd, 2020

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1. *DEADLINE EXTENDED* Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship or volunteering opportunity 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 extended to September 28th (12:00 pm CST)For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

2. Get to Know Your Faculty: Cognitive Connections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:30 pm- 3:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Exciting news! Our office is hosting the third event for students to connect with faculty outside of the classroom in a comfortable and informal setting. Get to know our featured faculty, Dr. Iris Vilares, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Vilares is the director of the Decision-Making Laboratory. She specializes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Her research focuses on decision making in people with psychiatric and neurological diseases. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We will email out the Zoom link closer to the event. We can't wait to see you there!

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. Association of Black Psychology Students: Connect & Center

TODAY, September 22, 2020, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom Link

We hope you receive this message in good health and wish you a smooth transition to virtual learning! We will be hosting our first event, Connect and Center, on Tuesday, September 22nd from 6:00- 8:00 pm CST; the purpose of this event is to hear the various concerns and experiences of psych students at the U (primarily BIPOC students) and discuss possible solutions regarding diversity and inclusion. We understand that COVID-19 has induced and exasperated a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for students—especially for those belonging to marginalized communities and want to find ways to better support you. The event will be split between a “connecting” and “centering”—the latter half will be spent doing yoga with the board and a licensed instructor! Email with any questions.

4. Apply to be an officer of PISA for 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting General Officers for the 2020-2021 academic year! Please join us and get involved in bridging gaps between international and domestic students in Psychology. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet amazing people and to gain skills to be a leader within the Psychology community at the UMN! We welcome both domestic and international students to apply! General officers who showcase commitment and prove responsibility will be considered for board members as well! Current or previous student organization experiences are not required so just apply with your passion! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at Looking forward to seeing you soon! Apply through the application form.


5. Nutritious U Food Pantry

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 1st Floor Memorial Union

The Nutritious U Food Pantry will be open this fall. Students in need can request a bag of groceries using this food pantry ordering survey. The order form will be active the week prior to each food pantry event. Students can pick up their bag of food at the Theater Gallery on the first floor of the Memorial Union from 2:00- 6:00 pm CST. See future times and more information.

6. Mindfulness Trends in the Workplace

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

For over 30 years now, a great deal of research has been conducted demonstrating the possible benefits of mindfulness meditation on one’s physical health and overall wellbeing. This workshop will highlight mindfulness research as it applies to workplace settings and employee wellbeing. Trends and considerations in workplace mindfulness program offerings will also be explored. Time will be allocated for participants to share their experiences with mindfulness programming in workplace settings. RSVP for the Zoom Link. Please contact Molly Buss at as far in advance as possible if you require accommodations or if you have any questions or comments.

7. Green Homes and Homelessness: The Challenge of Equitable and Sustainable Housing in 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Ensuring safe, stable, and sustainable housing presents an acute challenge for Minnesota. COVID-19, the global movement for racial justice, and the increasing natural disasters associated with climate change have laid bare the major barriers to sustainable development, equity, and justice in the U.S. and globally. Housing is no exception, with a crisis of homelessness, housing instability, and the need for sustainable housing design at the forefront. A panel of community-engaged scholars and advocates will explore current challenges to fair, equitable, and sustainable housing and discuss potential solutions. RSVP for the Zoom link.

8. Health Careers Fair

September 28, 2020 - October 9, 2020
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is excited to host this year’s Health Careers Fair online! Register online to get access to the two-part online event, which will kick off September 28 and continue for 2 weeks. Registration is required.

9. 2020 Distinguished Carlson Lecture: An Evening with Professor Ibram X. Kendi

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome Professor Ibram X. Kendi, prominent scholar and author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, How to Be an Antiracist, as the next speaker in its Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series. Kendi will discuss his book as well as his groundbreaking career advocating for equity and antiracism in conversation with Angela Davis, host of MPR News with Angela Davis, on September 30 at 6 p.m. CDT. The event will be presented virtually. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Attendees are able to submit a question for consideration when they register.

10. 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.


11. *Volunteer* Remote TNTLAB Undergraduate Research Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for a team of motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project in Professor Richard Landers' TNTLAB (Testing New Technologies in Learning, Assessment, and Behavior). The mission of TNTLAB is to understand the role and potential of the Internet and related technologies to improve organizations in relation to their employees. We incorporate rigorous experimental and psychometric methods to address questions of interest, which involves a range of technologies, including big data, gamification, virtual reality, video games, handheld devices (e.g., smartphones), online social networking, and web-based training, among others. We are looking for 12-15 research assistants that meet the following requirements: 1) Students with interest in conducting psychological research, 2) Students willing to watch and rate short videos of mock employment interviews, 3) Students willing to volunteer for at least one semester, and spend 5-10 hours/week on research tasks. All research will be conducted remotely and project meetings will be virtual. Prospective URAs should submit an application through the TNTLAB website. Be sure to indicate that you are interested in working on the “interview coding project.” We are not able to offer 5993 credits for the fall 2020 semester but there may be spots available for spring 2021. Please contact Elena Auer at with any questions or for more information.

12. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Assistant in Stress Laboratory

The laboratory of Dr. Justin Anker is looking for an undergraduate research assistant to assist in an ongoing stress and psychophysiology study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to identify markers of recovery for alcohol use disorder and other stress-related mental health conditions. Primary duties initially include the maintenance of experimental protocols (e.g. data entry, literature searches) with the opportunity for growth into greater responsibilities. This position is temporarily remote and is eligible for PSY 4993 credit. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week, and those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. If you are interested, please send a brief introduction and copy of your resume to the study coordinator, Kelly Ochocki, at

Graduate School

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13. UMN - Twin Cities Graduate Admissions Virtual Info Sessions - Available Now!

The Graduate School Admissions Office will be hosting virtual information sessions about the graduate school application process every Thursday at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm CST throughout the fall. Information sessions are for all prospective students who are interested in the graduate school. More information is available on our website.

14. Family Social Science Graduate Program Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, September 30, 9:00 am- 10:30 am CST
Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Department of Family Social Science will host two virtual information sessions for prospective MA, MA/Ph.D., and Ph.D. applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to our graduate program and answer any questions you may have. The last half hour of each program will focus on the FSOS Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. specialization. Find more information and Zoom links through the website.

15. Virtual Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Find the grad program that's right for you! Connect with admissions reps and faculty from over 60 Psychology Schools and Programs from across the nation in real-time.  This virtual event is free for all prospective students to attend. The online fair offers group chat settings as well as one-on-one private chats. Learn more about each program from the comfort of your home or on the go between classes. Sign up for an account and RSVP today!

16. Educational Psychology Graduate School Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Attend our virtual information sessions to learn more about earning your graduate degree in educational psychology, including an M.A. in counselor education, an M.A. or Ph.D. in psychological foundations of education, and an M.A./specialist certificate or Ph.D. in school psychology. Learn more and RSVP.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING 30 min FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. Get some experience and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even winter break)! You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car! We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist! Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

18. Student Research Support Assistant - LATIS

This position is located in the Research Unit of the Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) team. LATIS provides research support to students, faculty, and staff in the College of Liberal Arts. We are looking for an undergraduate employee to join our team. During the COVID-19 pandemic, work for this position will be done remotely. This employee will help with many aspects of research support services, including testing and troubleshooting experiments, and assisting with internal data collection and preparation, and when applicable, staffing our Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory (SBSL). The employee will work with the Research Support Coordinator and professional staff on the Research Support team. Training will be provided, although candidates should be familiar with and/or interested in research in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Read application information and contact Alicia Hofelich Mohr at with any questions.

19. Global Gopher Influencer - ISSS

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is looking for a social media strategist to join its Global Gopher Influencer team in mid-October! The intern will be responsible for social media promotion and content marketing to elevate ISSS's Global Gopher branding. This is a scholarship-based (not an on-campus job) internship open to International students (undergraduate and graduate) on an F-1 or J-1 visa. A detailed job description can be found here. Email your application and questions to by Saturday, October 3, 2020.

20. Research Assistant - Potential for Funding - Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Jeff Wozniak, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota, is interested in addressing the dearth of people of color (POC) in Psychology and Neuroscience research by offering a research experience in the FASD Research Lab. Research assistants participate in cutting-edge projects investigating: 1) the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain development, cognition, behavior, and social/ emotional functioning in children and adolescents and 2) neurocognitive and nutritional interventions in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure. Tools used in the lab include neuroimaging (MRI), neuropsychological tests, neuromodulation (i.e., tDCS), cognitive training, and a novel nutritional supplement paradigm. The experience will require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. This will potentially be a paid opportunity, dependent on NIH Diversity supplement grant funding, beginning Spring semester 2021. Candidates must identify as a member of groups underrepresented in graduate training in psychology, including ethnic and racial minority groups, LGBTQIA+, low-income backgrounds, persons with a disability, and first-generation college students. When applying, please include a copy of your unofficial transcript, cover letter, and resume/CV (tips for writing resumes and cover letters). If you are interested or have any questions, please contact lab member Alyssa Krueger at