Psych Scoop, 12/13/17

December 13, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Advising Hours Adjustments

Friday, December 13th: Our office will open at 9:00am, and we will have minimal front desk coverage in the morning.

Monday, December 18th: Due to a staff event, Monday's Drop-in hours will be held from 1:30-2:30pm.

As always, please feel free to direct any questions to


2. Save the Date! UMN Job & Internship Fair

Monday, February 26th, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center - FREE!

Connect with potential employers at the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 300 companies and organizations will be in attendance recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. This year, the fair is FREE to all students! For more information and to preregister, visit

Courses & Programs of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

3. EPSY 5200: Community Engaged Research Experiences in Educational Psych - Seats still available!

Spring 2018: Tuesdays, 2:30-5:25pm, Instructor: Dr. Keisha Varma

Are you interested in gaining research experience working with school aged children, teachers, and families? Would you like a chance to learn new research skills as you conduct a community engaged project? Are you interested in how students learn? Do you want to consider the role of culture, ethnicity, and family in teaching and learning? If you answered YES! to any of these questions, then this is the course for you! In this new, three-credit course, you will work with your peers and faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development to engage in community-based participatory research experiences in diverse K-12 classrooms in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public School Districts. For more information, please contact instructor, Dr. Keisha Varma, at

4. Interested in a career in healthcare of nonprofits? Take ABUS 4571W: Intro to Grant Writing

Nonprofits and health care entities will continue to be challenged by limited resources and increased needs in communities they serve. This reality also results in an increased need for these groups to find additional financial support. This fully online course will provide an understanding of ways to find, research, and write proposals for grants offered by government and private entities. Students will become familiar with various sections of the proposal by drafting, editing, and seeking feedback, and by revising a needs assessment, goal statement, budget justification, and statement of organizational purpose. By learning how to write well in the field, students will increase their chances of being employed by a nonprofit and securing funding for their organization.

5. CPSY 2310: Career Exploration in Child Psychology

Spring 2018: Wednesdays, 4:15-5:55pm, Instructor: Dr. Michele Mazzocco

Interested in working with children? This course includes career development activities and connections with speakers/professionals in various areas working with children. There will be speakers from fields such as early childhood public policy, museums, pediatric healthcare, toy design and production, and more! The course is open to all majors - anyone with an interest in exploring child psychology careers!

Research Opportunities

Please note: Research opportunities listed below may be volunteer, for-credit, or paid. Not all these opportunities 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 Assistant Positions in Political Psychology

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to help code political interviews. Students will receive course credit for PSY 5993. You will be asked to code television interviews with politicians about climate change; these interviews will come from six different television stations (e.g. MSNBC, Fox News, ABC) and we will be investigating the differential ways politicians discuss climate change depending on their perceived audience. There will be weekly lab meetings, but other working hours are flexible and there is no dress code. We require approximately 8 hours per week. Contact Lexi Scharmer at for an application.

7. Research Assistant Positions Available in the DSCN Lab (Child Psychology)

The Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, directed by Drs. Stephanie M. Carlson and Philip D. Zelazo, is looking for undergraduate research assistants for the spring semester. Research assistants in our lab have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the research process, from recruiting families to coding data and running sessions with children. Research in our lab broadly examines the development of executive functions – the set of neurocognitive skills that allow for flexible, goal-directed behavior. Learn more about current projects we are exploring. Research assistant positions are available both for directed research credit (CPSY 4994) and on a volunteer basis. For most studies, preference is given to students who are willing to commit at least 6 hours per week and who are interested in continuing to work in the lab during the summer and/or subsequent semesters. Interested students should visit our website or email for an application. The application deadline for the spring semester is January 5th, 2018.      

8. Mazzocco Math and Numeracy lab Research Opportunity

Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interested in participating in developmental research for Spring. Our projects may be of particular interest for those pursuing research experiences in developmental, educational, or cognitive psychology. Students who can commit to 6 to 9 hours a week with a minimum of 2 semesters are preferred. Lab responsibilities may include but are not limited to coding, data collection and entry, attending lab meetings, and recruitment. For more information, please visit To apply, please email Taylor Praus-Singh (research coordinator) at to request the application form. Interviews for research assistant positions will be held before the winter break.

Campus Resources

9. Finals Resources and De-stress Activities

Feeling underwater? Decompress with the Stress Busters events at libraries across campus and #GetThoseGrades with extended hours – including 24/7 library access and free snacks! Learn more about Library hours and upcoming activities. In need of a study space? Check out the Study Space Finder!              

De-stress with PAWS or free yoga, tai chi, and pilates classes at Boynton. Want more de-stress tips? Sign up fo the De-Stress Weekly Newsletter! 

Job & Internship Opportunities

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10. Super Bowl Student Intern & Volunteer Opportunities

The 7th annual NFL Honors is being hosted at Northrop on the University of Minnesota Campus and will be televised on NBC Saturday, February 3 at 8:00 pm CST. It is a large production that takes place over a full week and the NFL and Northrop are excited to invite U of M students to apply for internships where they will be able to experience the multi-faceted production process from the inside. A wide range of volunteer and paid positions are available, and students should feel free to apply to specific positions that appeal to their specialties, or can apply to all. To learn more about available positions and apply, visit All applications and resumes are due by Noon on Wednesday, December 20.              

11. Military & Veteran Summer Internship Program at Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is launching a new a 12-week paid Military and Veteran Internship Program with our Inside Sales Team in Eagan, MN. This is a great opportunity kick-start a successful career in sales and receive outstanding training from industry experts. Qualified individuals will have been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces OR are current military members serving in the Reserve or National Guard. In addition, individuals must be currently pursing OR have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major or concentration in Professional Sales, Business, Communication or related field. Learn more and apply at Applications must be received by January 7, 2018 at 11:59pm CST.

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