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Psych Scoop, 9/4/18

September 4, 2018

September 4th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Welcome!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to welcome you to campus for the start of Fall 2018! As you get back in to gear, keep our office's resources in mind. Advisors are available for appointments year-round to assist with psychology course selection and major progress, career and graduate school preparation and selection, and general engagement to make the most out of your time here. To schedule an appointment, visit fill out an online Appointment Request Form. We look forward to seeing you and wish you the best of luck in the coming semester!

2. Fall 2018 Psych Advising Drop-in Hours

Due to high student demand during the first 2 weeks of the term, we will have an advisor available for drop-in advising during office hours. Drop-in hours are intended for 5-10 minute questions; longer issues will be referred to schedule an appointment. Regular Drop-in Hours take effect after Monday, 9/17 and will be posted to our website next week. More information about Fall 2018 availability can be found on our website. Changes to regular availability will be posted in the Psych Scoop in advance whenever possible.

Psychology Student Group Announements

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. Association of Black Psychology Students

Looking to join a new student group and get involved on campus? Look no further because Association of Black Psychology Students is currently in the process of finding new officers to help lead the organization for the 2018-2019 school year. The organization's mission is to support the academic, social and career needs of students of African descent in psychology and related disciplines. This Association gives students of African descent an opportunity to develop a professional network geared towards social sciences. Please contact Muna Osman ( if you are interested.

Courses of Interest

4. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits - Elective)

If you are planning to complete or interested in an Internship during Fall 2018 semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits to count toward PSY Major Elective credit). In addition to your Internship Hours (average 6-8 hours/week for 15 weeks at your site).

PSY 3896 class meets weekly, Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Elliott Hall N227

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landers

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

5. PSY 3960: Careers in Psychology (1 credit - Elective)

Interested in exploring the vast career options in the field of Psychology? This fall's PSY 3960 course is an introduction to different career paths associated with an undergraduate degree in psychology (BA or BS). Students will gain an understanding of the major strengths and skills developed though study in psychology and how those strengths and skills can be applied in many different career settings. Emphasis will be placed both on careers that require further schooling (e.g., Ph.D, Master's) and careers that do not. The course format will feature guest speakers from a variety of careers and a final project in which the students conduct an in-depth investigation of a career path of their choice.

PSY 3960 class meets weekly, Tuesdays 10:10am - 11:00am

Elliott Hall N119

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

6. PSY 5960- 002: Coding for Psychology Majors (3 credits - Elective)

The goal of this course is to teach advanced undergraduate and first-year graduate students how to program computers for use in Psychology. The basics of programming will be covered first, followed by construction of computer-based experiments, and analysis of psychological data. No experience in programming is required, but general computer literacy is helpful, as are knowledge of experimental design and data analysis.

PSY 5960-002 class meets weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Elliott Hall N391

Instructor: Dr. Steven Engel


7. Community Involvement Fair

Monday, September 17, 2018, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Great Hall, Coffman

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. You can see more information here.

8. PSY and CPSY Career Exploration and Alumni Connections Event

Friday, September 21, 2018, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 312 Bruininks

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology or Child Psychology? You are not alone! Visit the Psy & CPsy Career Exploration & Alumni Connections Event to talk to alumni about various Psy/CPsy career pathways. Stop by as your schedule allows. Light refreshments provided! To register, click here.

9. CLA Internship & Career Fair

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium

Explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers from a variety of industries who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni. 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. Registration is open on GoldPASS. Search the Events section in ‘Fair Search’ for the CLA Internship & Career Fair. To register, click here.

10. 13th Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Monday, October 1, 2018, 1:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: McNamara Alumni Center

The 13th Annual Women's Health Research Conference will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018. The conference topic is "Determinants of Health" featuring a keynote address from Virginia M. Miller, PhD, who is the Director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Health Research Center. There will be several other speakers, poster presentations, and a panel discussion. The panel discussion titled, "Behavioral Health Perspectives to Determinants of Women's Health" will be moderated by Professor and Department Head Sophia Vinogradov, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry. Panelists include: Professor Lisa M. James, PhD, of the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry; Professor Marilyn E. Carroll, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry; and Associate Professor Carol B. Peterson, PhD, LP, of the Department of Psychiatry and Chief Training Officer of the Emily Program. You can find more information about the conference on our website. You can register online now for only $15!

11. Health Careers Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union

The HCF is both for freshman who are still exploring a variety of health career options, sophomores who are starting to narrow their interests and are looking to develop their student portfolio through meaningful experiences, and upperclassmen who are preparing to apply to a health degree program and want to network with admissions representatives, or secure a new volunteer experience. Learn more about this event here.

12. Breaking into The Public Sector

Thursday, October 16, 2018, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 114

Did you know that the public sector employs more Minnesotans than any private sector company? What about the fact that the public sector influences the lives of 5.5 million Minnesotans every single day, including you? Hosted by Hennepin County, this event will bring together the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County, and the State of Minnesota in an interactive evening of small table networking, Q&A, short-form presentations, and inspirational speakers. We will "pull back the curtain" on the public sector, giving you insight into what it means to be a public servant in 2018 and tips and tricks on how to go about landing your first public sector experience. Dinner will be provided to registered participants. Walk-ins welcome, but RSVP appreciated. Learn more and register online here.


13. SMART Learning Commons - Peer Led Study Sessions

Peer Assited Learning Sessions for Fall 2018 are on the website here. PAL is a great way to study with fellow students led by a trained undergraduate facilitator. Research shows hat consistent participation (10 or more times) can help improve grades by a half to a whole letter grade!

14. Special Education Major - New Track this Fall!

The Foundations in Special Education for Schools and Society track is a new, great path for students who are interested in occupational therapy. The new track allows for flexbility in personalizing the major to fit your interests. Pre-requisites include: EPSY 2601, WRIT 1301/1401, and College Algebra or higher math. Check out more information here.

Graduate School

15. USC Master of Science in Applied Psychology (I/O Psychology!)

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology Program at the University of Southern California has begun its admissions process for the 2019-2020 academic year. This accelerated, one-year degree program is at the intersection of psychology theory, research, and practice in business settings. All successful businesses and organizations need two things: loyal employees and loyal customers. The Master of Science in Applied Psychology focuses directly on these two crucial areas through studying both consumer psychology and organizational psychology, both of which are projected to be top occupational growth areas in the coming decade. This program is unique for its career preparation of liberal arts graduates. A required practicum in a business setting in Los Angeles is a highlight of the program. Students have held internships in market research, marketing, human relations, public relations, organizational development, and social media communications amongst other fields. For more information, check out the website here.

16. Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition

Registration is open for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo to be held on September 30 and October 1, 2018. Students will: Get an inside look at graduate school and the application process, Receive advice about funding opportunities, Network with representatives from almost 85 of the nation’s top graduate institutions, including Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Yale, and many more, and Attend a premier graduate school fair. The Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo awarded almost $70,000 in travel scholarships last year. All students, including women and members of underrepresented groups, are encouraged to attend. Visit our website for more information and to register. The deadline to apply for a travel scholarship is September 12!

17. Get your MA and become a board certified behavior analyst

Approximately one in every ten people is living with some kind of disability according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The new MA in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA), prepares you to meet this growing need by becoming a board certified behavior analyst. You’ll work with people with disabilities—such as autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities—to recognize and analyze problem behaviors and recommend actions to improve their daily lives. Apply by December 1st. Learn more by visiting the website or by emailing Jennifer McCormas,

18. Graduate School of Professional Psychology - Info Sessions

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas has scheduled some upcoming Information Sessions taking place this Fall 2018 for its graduate programs. There are in-person and online options. See the full list and register here.


19. Interested in learning how to get started with faculty-sponsored research?

"Think like a Researcher" is a workshop designed to help you become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities including the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) and more. Apply today at

20. Brain and Behavioral Processes Laboratory (Monica Luciana)

Dr. Monica Luciana (Department of Psychology) is seeking up to three undergraduates interested in directed research (PSY 5993, 3 credits) on a behavioral and neuroimaging study for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. The ability to make at least a two-semester commitment is required. Interested individuals should expect to contribute 9 hours per week including attendance at a weekly lab meeting. Primary activities will include online training in data privacy and human subjects protections, recruitment of participants for a soon-to-be-launched project focused on impacts of marijuana and alcohol use in college-aged individuals, assistance with participant behavioral testing, data management, and (if desired) the ability to learn the fundamentals of MRI data collection. This is an excellent opportunity for reliable detail-oriented individuals with interests in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience who wish to work on a project from the design and conceptualization stage to project completion. Strong communication skills are essential, and prior research experience is a plus. Most activities will take place in Elliott Hall or at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Luciana ( with the following information: name and email address, major and year in school, reason for interest in this laboratory.

21. Research Opportunity in MRI Research

We invite undergraduate psychology sophomores/juniors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) to apply for a research assistant position to conduct neuroimaging/MRI research at the Department of Pediatrics in the 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). 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 Psy4993/5993 research credit. Participation in our lab is an excellent experience for those interested in pursuing a career in research, neuroscience and future health professional students. 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 ( with the following information: A brief explanation of the reason for your interest and your background (1/2-1page) and 1 page CV; Science GPA; A list of the courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, or other related coursework.

22. Couples' Interactions Study Seeking Research Assistants

The Couples' Interactions study in the Social Interaction Lab under Dr. Jeff Simpson is looking for research assistants for Fall 2018 to run lab sessions with couples in a study on how people manage and express their emotions (both negative and positive) in romantic relationships. RAs will collect many different kinds of data, including survey, reaction time, video, and physiological data. Because we have many community participants, we have to be flexible in scheduling the lab sessions. That means sometimes working on nights or weekends, and the schedule will change from week to week (but sessions are scheduled around your availability). Successful applicants will have multiple chunks of 3.5+ hours available per week. For more information and a link to the application, please visit our website. Applications must be in by Saturday, September 8th, but please apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be scheduled and positions will be filled as applications come in.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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23. McNamara Academic Center is Hiring Subject Tutors

The McNamara Academic Center is hiring tutors for Fall 2018. Applicants must possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, have taken and passed with an "A" or "B" the course they want to tutor (equivalent course from other universities okay), and capable of working flexible hours. Undergrad tutors work as few as three hours and as many as twenty hours per week, and make $11/hour. Excellent communication skills, patience, professionalism, and reliability are musts. The following PSY courses are in need of tutors:

PSY 3001W, PSY 3011, PSY 3051, PSY 3206, PSY 3601, PSY 3711, PSY 3801, and PSY 4032

To apply, please fill out the online McNamara Tutor Application. Then, email the following items: Resume, Copy of unofficial transcript, and cover letter. From there, we will notify you via email if you have made it to the interview round.

24. Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hiring TA

Position opening for undergraduate instructional assistant (UIA) for Jour 3251, Evaluative Research in Strategic Communication. Find out more here.

25. ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring pre-health care students to become Direct Care Professionals! They work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for an average of 4 adults who have disabilities. You will get the chance to care 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 between $11 & $17.91/hr, offers paid training, customizable INTERNSHIPS, has locations near campus, and you don't even need to have a car! Contact Kayla Wildes if you are interested in applying,