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Psych Scoop, 9/29/20

September 29, 2020

September 29th, 2020

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1. Psychology Junior/Senior Check-In

Do you have between 75-90 credits this semester? If so, it's time for your Junior/Senior Check-In! This one-on-one appointment with a psychology advisor will check your progress towards your major to make sure you're on the right track to graduate on time, connect you with career and grad school resources to begin making your post-college dreams a reality, and allow you a chance to give us feedback about your experiences as a psychology major. To set up your appointment, fill out the Appointment Request Form.

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. PISA: Global Study Buddy Kickoff Event

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom Link

Are you struggling with the transition to online learning? Dreading your first online exam? Does R not make any sense to you? Do you want to connect with other Psych Majors? if you answered yes to any of those questions, join our Global Study Buddy Event to get help and discuss your courses with other psych majors! Join study groups full of other motivated peers striving for academic achievement, or just come to chill our board members or ask questions about anything psych related! PISA's Global Study Buddy event kicks off on October 8th at 3:00 pm. Don't worry about hopping on late! The Board Members will be answering any questions and providing information on future GSB events until 4:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

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. Psych Club/Psi Chi: Upperclassmen Panel Event

Cost: Free
Location: Online

Hello everyone! We hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves this Fall semester. For those looking to get involved with the Psychology club, we will be hosting an Upperclassmen Panel next week! This event will be an opportunity for underclassmen to get to know more about how to get involved with research, advice for coursework, and any other questions or topics you may have. We will be hosting this event TBA during the week of October 5th via Zoom, and the link will be provided through our newsletter. If you would like to stay in the know and receive our newsletter for more information if you have not already, please feel free to email us at and we will add you to our mailing list!


6. The Past, Present & Future of Accelerating Success for Black Children

Today, September 29, 2020, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join iconic Minnesota educator Katie Sample in conversation with two gurus she credits for having inspired her own works: Dr. Josie Johnson and Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati. Together these three highly acclaimed community elders will reflect on Black history and identity, teacher preparation, what's needed to create and sustain equity in education, and what is missing that prevents the successful education of Black children in our schools. Following this conversation and a performance by local poet Maya Beecham, participants will go into smaller group discussions hosted by insightful visionaries in education for equity. RSVP and learn more information.

7. 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.

8. Ask a Recruiter: LinkedIn

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

In this webinar, a moderator will interview a panel of recruiters on their perspective of how to effectively utilize LinkedIn and how candidates can make themselves more marketable for employers. During the last 20-30 minutes, participants have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the steps that can be taken to improve their LinkedIn profiles. RSVP and learn more.

9. Health Careers Fair

Now through 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.


10. *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.

11. *Volunteer* 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. Individuals with experience using data analysis software such as SPSS or R are encouraged to apply. This position is temporarily remote and requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. 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

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

12. 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.

13. 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!

14. 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.


15. International Military Leave Support Program - Online Webinars

The International Military Leave Support Program normally offers a pre-departure workshop in mid-semester for students who are from countries with mandatory military services but haven't served yet. Instead of offering an in-person workshop, we have two new resources available on our website this semester including a pre-departure workshop video and an option to fill out a Google Form to be connected with a veteran student. You can email with any questions.


16. Minnesota Undergraduate Research & Academic Journal Reviewer Position

Launched in 2016, MURAJ brings together students, the University Libraries, and the Office of Undergraduate Research to produce a peer-reviewed journal that celebrates the breadth and depth of undergrad research on the Twin Cities campus. Students can learn more about us and read our annual issues and connect with us on Facebook. Currently, MURAJ is seeking motivated undergraduate students to join our reviewer team for the 2020-2021 academic year. As peer reviewers, students would be reviewing original undergraduate research from their fields in a double-blind, multi-step process. With support from the University Libraries, students have the opportunity to interact directly with a professional journal interface, receive training on how to provide constructive reviews and engage with the broader UMN research community. Reviewers are expected to commit approximately 15 hours of work per semester, including attendance at hour-long biweekly meetings; reviewing commitments are anticipated to be at their highest around January. All meetings and reviews will take place virtually for the foreseeable future. Interested students can apply for reviewer positions by 11:59 pm CT on Friday, October 2nd. If students are interested in submitting research of their own this year, we invite them to join the submission interest mailing list and watch for more news in the coming weeks. Please note that students may be both reviewers and authors. Email with any questions.

17. Become a Mentor with YMCA

Mentoring can benefit college students just as it benefits mentees. The growth and impact do not stop there, it permeates into many relationships within communities (i.e. education, families, extracurricular activities). Truly mentoring creates many ripples with many reciprocal impacts, often felt life long by mentees and mentors! Be prepared to learn and grow through this process, being a mentor is a role and you will be challenged to improve your skill and be held accountable for your interactions with your peers, the young people, and your team leader. Read about the positions. Contact Patti Neiman with any questions at and application instructions.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. 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!

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 The application deadline is October 9th, 2020.

21. Outpatient Psychotherapist - VA Hospital

A funded VA intervention study is seeking a part-time (15-30 hours/week) psychotherapist to provide individual psychotherapy services to individuals who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. Interventionists will offer 12 sessions of either Adaptive Disclosure or Present Centered Therapy. Services will be offered through telehealth. Training will be provided and the incumbent will participate in weekly supervision calls with licensed psychologists and consultation meetings with study therapists. The position will last for 1 year. A Master's degree in social work or a doctoral degree in psychology is desired. Experience working with veterans with PTSD and manualized interventions is required. Email Tasha Nienow at for more information.

22. Student Admin/Support Services - Law School Career Center

The Career Center assists the University of Minnesota Law School students and graduates in finding professional success. Our office reviews resumes and cover letters, conducts practice interviews, provides job search resources, and hosts networking events to help introduce students and employers. The Career Center team is currently working remotely due to COVID-19 but we continue to provide all of our services to our students and employers. We are currently seeking an additional student worker who can work approximately 2 hours per day/8 hour per week during the school year but can accommodate more or fewer hours as well. The student worker may set their hours (within the business day) with prior approval from their supervisor. This position is remote and mainly focuses on posting jobs in our law school database, Symplicity. Training will be provided. There may be future opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and hours. Past student workers have remained with our team until graduation. Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Simona Suen at In your cover letter, please provide your daily/weekly availability. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early!

23. Cognitive Skills Trainer - LearningRx

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm or three weekdays from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $15/hr plus signing and performance bonus. Training is provided. For more information and to request an interview, email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to Nate Maus at