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Psych Scoop, 9/5/17

September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Welcome!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to welcome you to campus for the start of Fall 2017! 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 2017 Psych Advising Drop-in Hours

Due to the high student demand the first two weeks of the term, Psychology Undergraduate Advising 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, 9/18. After this date, drop-in hours are held by each advisor during a specific time once a week. We are not able to address drop-in questions (including research contract signatures) outside of these times. This semester's drop-in hours can be found on our website at the following link:

Psychology Advising Featured Events

3. PsyCareer Exploration Fair

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. 


4. Get Engaged! Attend the Community Involvement Fair

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

5. 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. 

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.

6. Research Opportunity Investigating Romantic Partner Health Risk Perceptions

We are looking for research assistants who will help pilot and run a study about individuals' perceptions of their partners' health risks and flu vaccinations. We are looking for research assistants who are interested in romantic relationships and health psychology, as this study is at the intersection of those areas. This position also offers the opportunity to learn more about the process of applying for graduate school and what the graduate school experience is like for social psychology students. Several lab meetings will be held during the semester that will focus on how to develop study ideas, graduate school applications, and other topics RAs are interested in learning about. If you are interested in applying for this study, please email Chloe Huelsnitz ( for more information.

7. Research Assistant Volunteers Needed for Brain Injury and PTSD Research at VA Medical Center

We are currently looking for one or more Research Assistant volunteers, beginning in Fall or Winter 2017, to assist with our research studies at the Minneapolis VA. Research Assistant volunteers will assist with PROTECT and FOCUS studies; examining the potential impact of military training and deployment (i.e. stress, concussion, etc.) on thinking and cognition, and if this trajectory can be seen in the structure and function of the brain. The ideal applicant is a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who has completed courses in psychopathology, biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Applicants must be able to commit 8-10 hours per week for a minimum of 10 months. Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Responsibilities will depend on the applicant's interests and current needs of the study, but will begin with data entry and participant recruitment and may expand into administering cognitive assessments, EEG/MRI assistance, and clinical interviewing. This is a volunteer position.

If interested, please send a resume/CV, a description of your current availability and educational/career interests, and a current transcript (unofficial is fine) to by September 25th, 2017. Please put "Research Assistant Application" in the subject line of your email.

8. Research Assistants Needed for Studies about Music, Negotiation, and Romantic Relationship!

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to work on projects about music, negotiation, and relationships. This position would be for 3 credits of 5993 and would require a time commitment of 6-9 hours/week. These projects would involve running participants, coding music and couple’s interaction videos, managing data, and discussing research. No prior research experience is required and these projects are great for people just starting out with research! Other opportunities may arise throughout the semester to work on different projects as project needs and RA interests vary. To apply or ask any questions, please email Jami Eller (

9. Couples' Interactions Study Seeking Research Assistants

The Couples' Interactions study in the Social Interaction Lab is looking for conscientious research assistants to work running lab sessions with couples in a study on emotion regulation and interactions in romantic relationships. RAs will collect survey, reaction time, video, and physiological data. We are also looking for other RAs to code videos (watch videos and rate behaviors, emotions) of couples interacting in both serious and fun tasks. Please visit the Social Interaction Lab website for more information and the link to the application, and email Rachael Jones at with any questions. Applications are due by 9/17 at the latest, but interviews will begin as applications come in.

10. 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:


11. Transfer Student Groups

Are you a transfer student interested in getting involved and making friends on campus? University Transfer Student Board and Tau Sigma National Honor Society are student organizations specifically for transfer students. They create community and recognize the academic excellence of our U of M transfer students.

Campus Resources

12. Campus Study Space Finder

The Study Space Finder helps students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities find campus study spaces. You can use Study Space Finder to find a study space clsoe to your location from your mobile device; locate specific kinds of places like computer labs, coffee shops, and group study rooms; and view detailed features of each study space. Also, don't forget about the study spaces in Elliott Hall! The community room (N120) and study room (N118) in the Psych Advising hallway are open M-F, 8AM-4:30PM to psychology students. 

13. Sign up for Weekly De-stress Tips!

De-stress is a student group at Boynton that promotes healthy stress management and works to connect students to mental health resources on campus. This year, we are sending out a weekly newsletter that will highlight one aspect of mental well-being and offer students practical advice on how to integrate new healthy habits into their life. Some examples include developing routines, establishing healthy sleep habits, and maintaining friendships. Sign up for weekly emails here

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.

14. Asian Pacific American Resource Center Hiring Student Ambassadors

The Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) is committed to supporting the success of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student students at the University of Minnesota. Student Ambassadors will play a vital role of the center by engaging and developing community for AAPI students. The position will consist of supporting the resource center by staffing the welcome desk to greet and ensure sign-in of all visitors, monitor activities, and assist students. Student Ambassadors will also assist with developing marketing materials for events, maintaining APARC web presence, program recruitment, assist with program development, setup of activities/events, and other duties as assigned. Candidates must be able available to staff the center during the hours of operations: Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm. Open to coordinating staffing schedule to fit class schedule. Ability to maintain assigned staffing schedule is essential. The position may also require some evening and weekend hours depending on programming and event schedule. Read the full Student Ambassador position description for more information and to apply. 

15. UGRAs Needed in CSOM Department of Work & Organizations

Undergraduate student (UG) research assistants (RA) will join one or multiple research teams at the Department of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School of Management, including research team led by Professor Elizabeth (Beth) Campbell, Professor Le (Betty) Zhou, and Work Well Research Team led by Professor Theresa Glomb. Research topics include team dynamics, leadership, and workplace interactions. This position would be a great fit for students interested in I-O psychology! To obtain a full position description, please email Professor Betty Zhou at Applications are due by Friday, September 15th.

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. Full-Time Job Openings at Capella University

Capella University is an online university based out of downtown Minneapolis offering graduate and undergraduate degrees. Currently, Capella is looking for a full-time Associate Enrollment Counselor and full-time Associate Financial Aid Advisor. These are both entry level positions that offer great benefits. A bachelor's degree is preferred but not required, along with some past experience working in similar environments, preferably at a university. If anyone is interested, please don't hesitate to email Sydney Langaas at As a UMN psychology alum, she is happy to share her experiences at Capella as well as answer any questions. If you apply, be sure to mention that Sydney Langaas referred you!