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Psych Scoop, 9/3/19

September 3, 2019

September 3rd, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Drop-Ins Schedule

During the first 2 weeks of Fall 2019, an advisor will be available for drop-in advising at the following times starting today, Tuesday, September 3rd:

Tuesday 9/3 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday 9/4 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday 9/5 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday 9/6 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Monday 9/9 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Tuesday 9/10 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday 9/11 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday 9/12 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday 9/13 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Monday 9/16 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

2. *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 Wednesday, September 18th at 12:00 pm (Noon) CST.


3. JCPenny Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: free to attend
Location: Mayo Memorial Building Meditation Space

Are you looking for professional attire for upcoming career fairs and interviews? Come and take advantage of an additional 30% discount at the JCPenney Suit-Up event hosted by the University of Minnesota in partnership with your local JCPenney store. The 30% discount is in addition to any other sales and promotions for up to a total of 60% off savings, so this is a great chance for you to update your wardrobe for recruiting season at a reasonable price. JCPenney will be closed to the public for this special event. Bus transportation will be provided to and from Lily Plaza on the East Bank (outside of Northrop). Buses will leave every 20 minutes, starting at 5:40 pm. The last bus will depart Lily Plaza at 8:40 pm. The final bus will leave JCPenney at 9:20 pm. Alternately, you may arrange your own transportation. The event entrance is on the north side of JCPenney (look for signage). RSVP on GoldPASS.

4. Twin Cities Undergraduate Student Jobs Fair 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: free
Location: Great Hall in Coffman Memorial Union

Are you an undergraduate student looking for an on-campus or work-study job? Join us for the Twin Cities Undergraduate Student Jobs Fair on Tuesday, September 10th from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm at the Great Room in Coffman! Here's what you can expect at this event:
-Meet with University departments hiring student workers
-Learn more about off-campus work-study opportunities
-Get help with your résumé
-Find out if you have work-study and how to use it
-Video interview for open student positions

5. Fall Activities Fair

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Front Plaza

Looking to find your community on campus? Connect with student groups at the Fall Activities Fair on Wednesday, September 11th from 12 to 4 pm. The Activities Fair showcases many student involvement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

6. Pre-Law 101

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 230

Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any UMN student considering it. We'll talk about the skills you need and how to decide if law school is a good fit for you. We'll also provide basic tips about getting into law school and what you can do to prepare. Register on GoldPASS for this event.

7. University of Delaware Psychological & Brain Sciences Doctoral Programs Visit Day

Friday, October 4, 2019, applications due Monday, August 26th!
Cost: Free, with travel, lodging, and meals provided

The inclusion of diverse viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences is critical to the success of psychological and brain sciences. The University of Delaware Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is hosting a Visit Day for all four of our Ph.D. programs. We invite research-oriented undergraduate seniors and recent graduates from underrepresented groups to apply to visit our campus and learn more about doctoral training in Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. For more information and application instructions, visit here.

Additionally, find other similar programs and opportunities here! (This document is maintained by the Psych Undergrad Advising Office)


8. Have a research position lined up? Fill out the Online Contract

Students participating in a PSY 4993/5993 experience during Fall 2019 should complete and turn in the Undergraduate Research Contract before the drop-add deadline (Monday, September 16th). Students participating in CPSY 4994 experiences who would like to receive credit towards their Psychology Major must also have a Psychology Undergraduate Research Contract signed before the end of the day Monday. The online research contract can be found by following this link: Scroll down the page to the "How to Register" section and look on step 4. You will be able to fill out the contract there. The contract will then be sent to the faculty member. If you have any questions, please email If you have already submitted your contract for Fall and signed up for your course, you do not need to submit another contract.

9. *Credit or Volunteer* Social Interactions Lab

Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab is seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students for a wide variety of projects this Fall. We will be hiring research assistants (RAs) for projects about romantic relationships, parenting, health, and political attitudes. These projects will involve a variety of tasks including data collection, video coding, data management, and participant recruitment. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the summer. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs are also expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology. Other expectations may vary by project and can be seen on our lab website. Apply today! If you have additional questions, please contact Jami Eller at or visit our website.

10. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuroimaging Research Opportunity

We invite undergraduate psychology sophomores/juniors to apply for a research assistant position to conduct neuroimaging/MRI research at the Department of Pediatrics in Dr. Igor Nestrasil’s lab (M.D., Ph.D.). We research neurodegeneration mostly in rare genetic diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy, Gaucher disease, and mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) but also in cytomegalovirus (CMV) encephalopathy in infants. We are looking for students with a strong aptitude for learning scientific concepts and technical computational skills for brain MRI analysis. This research opportunity may be used for PSY 4993 research credit. Participation in our lab is an excellent experience for those interested in pursuing a career in research, neuroscience and health profession. Individuals with a science GPA of 3.0 or better are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have extenuating circumstances that have caused your science GPA to be lower than a 3.0, please attach a letter of explanation. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Carol Nguyen at with the following information: (1) a brief explanation of the reason for your interest and your background in a 1/2-1 page cover letter and 1 page CV/Resume, including your science GPA; and (2) a list of the courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, or other related coursework.

11. *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

12. *Credit* Minority Stress Lab

The Minority Stress Lab will be run by Dr. Richard Douglass and is seeking undergraduate research assistants to begin in the Fall 2019 semester. Projects will focus on examining how discrimination is associated with well-being outcomes among underserved populations with an emphasis on sexual and racial and ethnic minorities. Tasks may include literature reviews, data collection, and quantitative data cleaning and analysis. Please complete an application and e-mail Dr. Douglass at with the subject line "Directed Research." Preference will be given to applicants that can commit to 2-3 semesters and those that complete the application by 12:00 pm on September 6th.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Opportunity with Adolescent Depression MRI Studies

The Health and Emotions in Adolescents: Research and Trajectories (HEART) Lab is a neuroimaging lab focusing on the brain function of adolescents – with and without depression – while they complete fMRI tasks designed to examine emotion regulation and cognition. We are currently in the data analysis, writing, and publishing phase so the up-side for you is that you will likely get your name in a paper if you stick with us! We are looking for students willing to commit to 5-12 hours/week with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Opportunity for directed research or UROP as well. Contact: If interested, please email the Principle Investigator, Karina Quevedo at and the Research Coordinator, Maggie Engstrom at engst263@umn.eduwith a copy of your CV and unofficial transcript and subject line "HEART LAB Student."

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Volunteer Research Assistant

The Minnesota Aging & Technology Lab (MINTECH) is currently looking for new Research Assistants. The volunteer position supports the execution of research projects in the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) under Dr. Adriana Seelye, which contribute to national efforts to understand cognition and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and to develop and evaluate innovative technologies for cognitive assessment and patient support. Research assistant duties include entering behavioral and neuropsychological test data into the REDCap study database, verifying accuracy of data entered, assisting the study coordinator and PI with recruiting research volunteers, determining eligibility, facilitating study enrollment, making telephone calls to research volunteers, participating in regulatory compliance (IRB, HIPAA trainings), and attending weekly lab meetings. There are also opportunities to learn and administer assessments to research volunteers depending on one’s interest, time commitment, and skill level. Due to the training burden, Dr. Seelye expects research assistants to commit to at least 9 hours per week to the lab (internship for credit) and to start in September or any time after. Interested parties should send a cover letter addressing qualifications, a current resume or CV that includes any relevant psychology or research methods coursework and current GPA, and a list with the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who can address the applicant's qualifications for the position. Questions should be addressed to Jessica Klinger at


15. New Advising Resource!

As the new academic year is here, be sure to check out this new advising resource. will help students optimize relationships with their advisors. This site brings together information in one place for students about undergraduate advising. From learning how to prepare for an advising appointment to better understanding the variety of advising and advising-like services available on campus, students can use this site to navigate advising across the Twin Cities campus.

16. UCLA - Call for Undergraduate Research Papers

Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work? If so, The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP) WANTS YOU to submit your papers for our annual publication, expected to be released Spring 2019. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publish undergraduate psychological research. Find more information and how to submit on this website.

17. ULibraries Makerspace Workshops

Libraries Makerspaces are open to UMN folks from all majors, programs, and skill levels. Equipment and materials are always free for UMN students, staff, and faculty. You'll find 3D printers, smart cutters for vinyl stickers and other materials, soldering irons, sewing machines, VR headsets, rotary tools, and software for 3D modeling and embroidery design. Plus, basic supplies for prototyping and crafting. We know that you need a wide range of resources and materials to be successful at the U. We believe in helping you access the tools you need to be creative, entrepreneurial, involved, and excited about your education. Drop-in hours available or check out the various workshops throughout the semester.


18. 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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19. Making A Difference, It’s What We Do

Alternatives for People with Autism Inc. is a non-profit, family-founded organization committed to creating life options for adults disabled by autism and other developmental disabilities. We are hiring for part-time and full-time positions for both students and college graduates. The Living Skills Instructor position provides a unique balance between direct care hours and psychology-based programming. There is ample opportunity for exploration and growth within our organization and beyond. Visit to view the job descriptions and fill out an online application. For additional information and to schedule an application appointment, please contact Chase Sobania, HR Coordinator, by email at or by phone at (763) 560-5330.

20. MHS is currently hiring for FULL-TIME mental health practitioners and professionals.

Since 2002, Mental Health Services (MHS) has been specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adults and adolescents as well as another specialty programming for individuals with dual disorders, chronic pain, cancer, and developmental disabilities. Clinicians provide individual and group therapy. Supervision, CE opportunities, and many other benefits are offered. Please visit our website to learn more about MHS. If interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to You will be contacted via phone to schedule an interview. Please only apply if you meet the minimum education and experience requirement.

21. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Part-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for one part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) position. To view the full job posting, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions. Click "Students," then search for the Job ID. The Job ID is 331406.

22. International LGBTQ+ Student Intern Position

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life is hiring for two international LGBTQ student leadership positions: International Student Advocacy Intern and International Student Outreach Intern. These intern positions will develop programming, outreach, and advocacy for LGBTQ international students at the University of Minnesota. This position is 5-10 hours a week for approximately 30 weeks. Each intern will receive a $1,250 award upon completion of the first 15 weeks (January) and $1,250 upon completion of the second 15 weeks (May). This is NOT considered as employment and these hours do NOT affect max employment hours for international students. Eligibility: Student must be on an F1 or J1 student visa (scholars are not eligible) If you are a sponsored student, you must check eligibility with Sponsored Student Director of ISSS. See more information and details on how to apply.