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Psych Scoop, 9/6/16

September 9, 2016

September 6, 2016

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Psychology Advising

1. Welcome to Fall 2016!

Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to welcome you to campus for the start of Fall 2016! As you get back into gear, keep our office's resources in mind. Some of you are returning from exciting summer experiences such as study abroad or internships or, for others, the less-than-exciting coursework and GREs. No matter what your summer consisted of, we can likely help you in moving forward! Advisors in our office 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: We look forward to seeing you and wish you the best of luck in the coming semester!

2. This Semester's Drop-in Advising Hours

Due to high student demand during the first 2 weeks of the term, we will have an advisor available for drop-in advising M-Th 8:00-4:30 and F 10:30-4:30. 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, 9/19. More information about Fall 2016 availability can be found on our website: in availability will be posted in the Psych Scoop in advance whenever possible.

Job/Career Related Events

3. Find a Campus Job at the Student Job Fair - Tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 7th, 9:00am-1:00pm, Mississippi Room, Coffman Union

The Office of Student Employment Programs is holding a Student Job Fair for on-campus employers to hire students on Wednesday, September 7 from 9a.m. to 1p.m. There will be over 20 on-campus hiring units present. The event is free. Be prepared with a resume and be sure to dress professionally. Contact the Student Employment Office (; 612-626-8608) with questions.

4. Student Veterans Career Workshop with General Mills

Tuesday, September 13th, 6:00-8:00pm, 518/520 Bruininks Hall 
RSVP Required by 12pm, September 9th (link:

Join us for a resume, interviewing, job search and career fair prep workshop just for U of M student veterans. A variety of reps from General Mills (several are veterans themselves) will be available to assist student veterans with translating skills and experiences into meaningful language. Attend the workshop and set yourself up for success with future career and internship applications, and upcoming career fairs! Bring a few copies of your resume! Refreshments will be provided. Brought to you by a partnership between General Mills, University Veterans Services, and U of M Career Services. Questions? Please contact Liz Hruska at

5. Save the Date! PsyCareer Exploration Fair

Wednesday, September 21st, 6:00-7:30pm. RSVP Here. 

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology? You’re not alone! Visit the PsyCareer Exploration Fair on Wednesday, September 21st 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 - 7:30pm in Elliott Hall N219. Stop by as your schedule allows! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided - please let us know if you plan to


IMPORTANT: Not all research 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. Seeking Research Assistants for Political Psych & Intergroup Interactions Study

The Social Interaction Lab run by Dr. Jeff Simpson is looking for research assistants to work this fall on studies on conflict in romantic couples, prosocial behavior, parenting, and evolutionary psychology. If you are interested in any of these positions, apply online via this link: Social Interaction Lab Application. Please note that simply applying will not guarantee a spot in the lab. We will follow-up with qualified applicants directly. Email Ethan Young ( with any questions about these positions or the application process.

7. Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed – Political Communication

The Political Communication Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants to start work during the Fall semester, earning research credit for PSY 5993. RAs will be assisting with coding and data analysis in a study examining the relationship between different types of verbal accounts (e.g., excuses or denials) and political scandal. Responsibilities include coding verbal accounts taken from a large news archives database, and attending a weekly team lab meeting, which will be scheduled based on lab members' availability. Opportunities to run research studies and interact with participants may also be available. The position runs during the Fall semester, with the opportunity to continue into the Spring. RAs will be expected to work approximately 9 hours per week (may vary across weeks). If you would like to apply for an RA position, send an email with the subject line “Political Communication Research Assistant Position” to Ally Williams ( and Pierce Ekstrom ( by 1pm on Friday, September 9th, containing the following information: A. Name; B. Email; C. Class Year; D. Cumulative GPA; E. Reason for applying (no more than one sentence, please). Only students who respond accordingly will be sent the full research assistant application and considered for this position.

8. Research Assistants Needed for Political Psych and Intergroup Interaction Studies

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to start work during the Fall semester, earning research credit for PSY 5993. RAs will assist primarily in the administration of an intergroup interaction experiment involving two individual participants. Responsibilities include scheduling timeslots, running subjects through the experiment, and working with supervisors to navigate any complications that emerge in the course of these tasks. RAs will have the opportunity to attend our Political Psychology lab's weekly meetings. Topics discussed in these meetings vary from week to week, so RAs stand to learn a great deal about projects in addition to our own. RAs will be expected to work approximately 9 hours per week (may vary across weeks). If you would like to apply for an RA position, send an email with the subject line “Intergroup Interaction RA Position” to Pierce Ekstrom ( by 1pm on Friday, September 9th, containing the following information: A. Name; B. Email; C. Class Year; D. Cumulative GPA; E. Reason for applying (no more than one sentence, please). Only students who respond accordingly will be sent the full research assistant application and considered for this position.


9. Seats Still Available in PSY 5960: Science Fair Mentoring!

Do you want to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed in science, and get credit for doing it? It's not too late to sign up for 3 credits of PSY 5960 with Professor Cheryl Olman and spend from3-4:15 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons learning how to create a supportive learning environment centered around cool science demos and related art projects. Stop by N391 Elliott Hall tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/7) at 3pm to find out more, or email ... or just register for class #34498 and come join us.

Campus Resources

10. Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Sessions

Peer-Assisted Learning Sessions begin the week of September 12th. PAL sessions are offered for a variety of courses and allow students to study and practice in an informal, social, and productive environment. They are most effective if you attend early and often - so mark your course's PAL sessions on your calendar! The schedule can be found at PAL Session Schedule F'16. Learn more about the PAL program here:

11. International Student Professional Mentor Program

Are you a second-year international student? Join this program to be paired with a professional mentor and explore career pathways in industry and graduate school! This program combines a non-credit seminar focusing on exploration, decision making, understanding U.S. work culture, and developing parallel plans for the future with the opportunity to meet and work with a mentor who was once an international student as well. The International Student Professional Mentor Program meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30 from October 11-December 6. The fall program is limited to 15 students. An additional cohort of 30 students will be accepted in the spring. Submit your application by September 28th!


12. $500! Apply for a Fall 2016 Psychology Engagement Award

Deadline is Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this fall 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 two awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2016. Fall 2016 application deadline isSeptember 21st, 2016. Notification of Award Date: October 10, 2016. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Materials must be submitted electronically to Mike Houlahan at

Jobs/Internship/Volunteer 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.

13. Paid Internships with History Day Mentoring Program

National History Day in Minnesota is looking for a diverse group of undergraduate students interested in history, history education, or community service! The History Day Mentoring Program is a PAID internship where undergraduates have the opportunity to mentor middle school and high school students as they create original projects. Working with the History Day program will help students build a resume, introduce them to career opportunities in education and public history, and support connections between the U and the community. A short application for prospective mentors can be found online at The deadline for applications is Friday, September 23rd. If there are any questions, please contact John Little at

14. Jobs with Youth & Families (Work-Study & AmeriCorps)

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) is dedicated to serving individuals and families struggling with poverty, limited education, and other complex barriers to self-reliance. PPL is recruiting U of M students for off-campus work study and AmeriCorps positions! We welcome students from all majors (Youth Studies, Psychology, Family Social Science, Social Work, Education and Business are especially good fits) and all class years. We provide not only a wage but strong professional development and real-world application of their education in a nonprofit setting. Work study positions include Community Engagement Specialist, Youth Program Assistant, Child Enrichment Assistant, and more. Find PPL openings on GoldPASS. PPL is also also recruiting for a CTEP (Community Tech Empowerment) AmeriCorps, a great alumni or part-time student position:

To learn more about PPL and our opportunities, please contact Julie Huck at or 612-455-5111.

15. ACR Homes is Hiring

ACR Homes is currently in need of additional staffing for a direct care position titled "Direct Care Professional," which involves working with individuals that have physical/or developmental disabilities. Some roles of a PC include escorting residents to appointments, administering medications, providing care for daily activities, preparing meals, documenting legal health information, taking residents on community outings such as movies, concerts, parks, etc. There are no specific qualifications for this job and all training is paid. ACR Homes requires a minimum of 12 hours a week (around two shifts), and we prefer staff to commit for at least 6 months. If you do not have a source of transportation, we have a car program available for all employees. The Direct Care Professional position pays $11.00/hr during weekdays, $12.75 if working an awake night. During weekends, you would make $12.81 for day and evening shifts, and $15.00 for awake nights. This year ACR Homes was voted #1 workplace in Minnesota, and it is a phenomenal company to be involved with. We also have an internship program for any employee planning to pursue nursing, pharmacy, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-based careers. We can even create a new internship based on your interests, as long as you are an employee. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Caitlin Fortin at or 952-261-7038.

16. Full-Time Human Resources Position with US Department of State

The US Department of State is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Human Resources Officer (HRO) positions. Human Resources Officers are responsible for recruitment, employee training and development, performance management, employee relations, salary and benefits administration, employee policies and procedures and position classification. All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. When you are ready to begin the online application process, visit theForeign Service HRO vacancy on USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is September 14, 2016.

17. Open Student Interviewer Positions at OMS

The Office of Measurement Services (OMS) is hiring 30 student interviewers to conduct telephone interviewers on a statewide omnibus telephone study in the fall and to do data entry and assistance with mail data collection in the spring on a nutrition study. Paid training is provided. Pay starts at $10.50/hour. Find the complete job description and application by searching Job ID# 312614 on the U of M Job Board. For more information, please contact Deb Grillo at, 612-625-3892.

18. Spanish-Speaking Interpreters Needed at Walk-in Counseling Center

The Walk-In Counseling Center is Looking for Spanish-Speaking Student interpeters (volunteer basis). As a volunteer interpreter, you would work together with our counselors to interpret live counseling sessions for our growing number of Spanish speaking clients. Interpreters need not have any prior interpreting experience and the time commitment is minimal. The only requirements are a good understanding of Spanish and the professionalism to maintain strict confidentiality. Our clients often reveal very personal information about themselves. It is important this information be kept confidential. This is a great way to gain direct experience in the mental health field while improving communication skills. For more information, please contact Alex Ludescher