Psych Scoop, 10/31/17

October 31, 2017

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Psychology Advising Featured Events

1. Graduate School: Mental Health Info Session

Thursday, November 30th, 2:30-4:30
N219 Elliott Hall

Wondering about graduate programs that lead to mental health related professions? Join Psychology Undergraduate Advising and Child Psychology Undergradate Advising at the Graduate School: Mental Health Info Session on Thursday, November 30th.

You will have the opportunity to hear from admission representatives from 4 local universities. Each will discuss their degrees & career fields in a large group setting. Following the panel discussion, students will have a chance to interact with program representatives individually at tables. Our panelists will represent master's degree programs in Social Work, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Marriage & Family Therapy. Learn about the differences between various grad programs, how licensure works, what various career paths within mental health look like, and more! Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP by November 22nd at

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!

2. Psych Club Meeting: Registration Night

Wednesday, November 8th, 5:30-6:30pm
Location TBD - check next week's Scoop

Not sure what classes to sign up for next semester? Join Psych Club next week for our first ever Registration Night. We will use our time to talk with other psychology students about classes they've taken and recommend as well as potential minors courses that have helped students specialize their psychology interests. Come get to know the people in your major and some potential classmates next semester. Academic Advisor Mary Simonsen will be there to answer specific questions you might have on specific requirements for completing the major and Insomnia Cookies will be served.

3. Last Chance to Apply to Psi Chi, the International Honor in Psychology!

Psi Chi is the International National Honor Society in Psychology. It's a great way to improve your resume and become eligible for new opportunities within the field of psychology. We are taking applications now, and they are due at 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 1st. Follow this link to find out more about becoming a member. 


4. Interpreting & Translation Careers Event

Wednesday, November 1st, 11:30am-1:00pm
315 Nicholson Hall

Attend a drop-in event to learn about Interpreting and Translation training at the University of Minnesota! Explore how to earn a certificate in interpreting while you complete your undergraduate degree, how to declare a minor in translation, and how to maximize your study abroad experience. Also, find out more about career opportunities in translation and interpreting. Pizza will be provided. For more information, search the 'Career Fairs/Events' section on GoldPASS (ID# 3552).

5. Interested in a Career in Teaching? DirecTrack Info Session

Friday, November 3rd, 11:30am-1:00pm
355 Peik Hall

DirecTrack to Teaching provides UMN undergrads with opportunities to get on the pathway toward earning a teaching license. DirecTrack students examine the culture of schools and teaching, work first-hand with K-12 students, and gain a competitive advantage when applying to licensure programs and grad school in education. Learn more at this Friday's Info session - lunch is provided! Please RSVP online.

Research Opportunities

6. Deadline Extended! Submit Your Research Paper to UCLA Undergrad Research Journal

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? The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA is now accepting submissions of original undergraduate research papers to be published for its Spring 2018 issue. 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 publishes undergraduate psychological research. The deadline to submit papers is October 30th, 2017. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. For information and a full description of the submission process, please email More information regarding our submission criteria and types of articles accepted can be found on our website,

Learning Abroad & Study Away

7. Study Social Change in an Off-Campus Setting this Spring!

HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, is a non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN, partnered with the Center for Community Engaged Learning. HECUA's off-campus study programs address some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work. The following programs will be highlighted: Making Media, Making Change, Environmental Sustainability, Inequality in America, and Race in America. You can learn more about HECUA's off-campus + internship programs in the Twin Cities here: Center for Community-Engaged Learning (UMN) or HECUA website. The spring semester application deadline is December 1st, and early applications are encouraged! 

Engagement & Leadership

8. SUA Program Board Leadership Positions Available

Make an impact on campus! Join the 2018-19 Student Unions & Activities Program Board and plan campus events such as concerts, exhibit openings, concerts, as well as Homecoming and Spring Jam! This PAID leadership opportunity will begin January 2018 and run through May 2019. Complete an application by November 17th at 5pm. For full aplication and details, visit

9. Seeking Board of Regents Student Representatives - Get involved with student advocacy!

Interested in getting involved with student advocacy? Enjoy doing research and outreach? Want to help uplift marginalized and non-traditional communities on our campus? Apply for the Minnesota Student Association’s R2R Fellowship! This is a great opportunity to learn more about student advocacy as well as the work of the Board of Regents who govern over the entire University system. The application is available at and will close at Sunday, November 5th, at 11:59 PM. Email Mina Kian ( or Apoorva Malarvannan ( if you have any questions!

10. Leadership in Careers Program Opportunity

Leadership in Careers (LinC) is a 6 week long professional development program with distinct approaches to integrating leadership into personal branding, public speaking, networking, interviewing and professionalism. The program runs from January 27th - March 6th, 2018. For more information, visit The deadline to register is Dec. 1st and spots will fill up quickly!

Campus Resources

11. Take time to PAWS!

PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, chickens and other therapy animals. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community. You can Pet Away Worry & Stress at several locations on the East Bank, West Bank or St. Paul campuses Monday through Thursday during spring and fall semesters. Find more information and a calendar of events at

12. Have a University Related Concern? Student Conflict Resolution Center Can Help

The Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) is great resource for undergraduate and graduate students who have a University-related conflict or concern. SCRC is a confidential, neutral, and an informal resource for your students to help resolve such concerns. SCRC staff can assist students with a variety of issues, including but not limited to: grading or instructional complaints, financial and billing conflicts, graduate advising concerns, scholastic or behavioral misconduct and academic incivility. Their services are confidential and free. You can contact the SCRC at: /, by phone at: 612-624-7272 or email at

Scholarships & Awards

13. Social Developmental Neuroscience Research Fellowship for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering three fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, and the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2018 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2018, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details at: and

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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14. Senator Amy Klobuchar Spring 2018 Internship

The Washington office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is currently considering interns for the spring 2018 session. An internship with the Senator’s office is a terrific chance for students to gain first-hand experience with both the legislative process and constituent services in the United States Senate. The spring internship runs from January to May and is available both part time and full time. If you will be attending classes during the internship we ask that you note that on your internship application, as well as what days and times you are available to work. We are happy to coordinate with educational institutions and students to develop internships for academic credit.  To learn more and apply, visit Senator Klobuchar's website. The deadline to apply is November 1st. 

15. Internship with Fruitful Fertility Mentorship Program

Fruitful is a free fertility mentorship program that connects those struggling with infertility with a mentor who’s been through it firsthand and is now on the other side. We’re looking to partner with students who want real world experience in the fields of mental health, family therapy or social work to help create a curriculum that will equip our fertility mentors with the resources they need to best support those struggling with infertility. To learn more, please visit, or to submit your application please contact Elyse Ash at

16. Personal Care Assistant/Mentor Position

This Personal Care Assistant (PCA)/Mentor position is to support a 14-year-old young woman with special needs in the areas of self-care, educational activities, physical activities, and daily organization. More information can be found on the job posting

17. Part Time Job at Indigenous Peoples Task Force

The Navigator position for the Indigenous Peoples Task Force will assist the coordinator in the implementation and organization of the Native Connections Grant program, focusing on community and tribal collaboration, outreach, referral and training/presentations. Bachelor's degree required, and experience working with Native populations is preferred. Please contact Brenna Depies at to obtain a full job description.

18. Full-Time Clinical Interviewer Position at Minneapolis VA

Dr. Sponheim’s research laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has a full-time opening for an individual interested in working with US military veterans who have experienced mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and/or PTSD while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal of the study is to understand changes over time in memory and thinking, as well changes to the structure and function of the brain, following exposure to combat. These data may eventually allow clinicians to better diagnose and treat veterans with one or both of these conditions. This position requires the applicant to conduct one-on-one interviews with veterans and assess their cognitive performance, mental health, and life experiences – including traumatic experiences. Other responsibilities would include participant recruitment, data entry, and assistance with physiological assessment measures (e.g. MRI and EEG).

The applicant must possess a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Psychology or other health science) and be eligible for federal employment, which involves a full background check and drug screen. Applicants should have completed coursework in psychopathology, biopsychology or fundamental neuroscience, and statistics. Preference will be given to applicants with clinical interviewing experience. This is a full-time salaried position at the GS5 level and is eligible for benefits. If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is fine) showing a conferred undergraduate degree to by November 13, 2017. Please put “Clinical Interviewer Application” in the subject line of your email. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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