Psych Scoop, 1/9/18

January 9, 2018

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1. Start of Semester Psych Advising Availability

Due to the high student demand the first two weeks of the term, Psychology Undergraduate Advising will have a drop-in advisor available from 8:30am – 4:00pm M., W., Th., F. and 10:30am- 4:30pm Th. for quick five – ten minute issues. Our normal drop-in hours will take effect after Monday, January 29th. 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 outside of these times. This semester's drop-ins can be found adt

2. Congratulations to Sharon Borine Winners!

Sharon Borine awards are given each semester to acknowledge undergraduate seniors whose final submissions for their major project course are of the highest quality. Congratulations to the Fall 2017 winners!

1st place: Nova J. Bradford/Implications of Transnormativity in Transgender Identity Development: Social Support, Gender Determinism, and Intracommunity Border Wars

2nd place: Stacy A. Alme/Prevalence of Gendered Words in Tech Job Advertisements and Their Impact on Women Enrolled in STEM

3rd place: Catherine Richards/Grammatical Gender’s Effect on Inferences of Biological Sex in Spanish Speakers

Scholarships & Awards

3. $500! Apply for the Spring 2018 Psychology Engagement Award

Application Deadline is February 14th, 2018

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this spring 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 Spring 2018. Application deadline is February 14th, 2018. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage. Materials must be submitted electronically to Mike Houlahan at   

Courses & Programs of Interest

4. FSOS 5150: The African American Family: Exploring Social Contexts, Positive Assets, & Cultural Health

Spring 2018: Tuesdays, 10:15am-1:00pm, 375 McNeal Hall, 3 credits. Taught by Dr. Tabitha Grier-Reed.

This seminar is designed to orient students to the African American experience and understand African American families more deeply. Utilizing legal sociopolitical scholarship and sociohistorical ethnographic research students will explore the lives, narratives, and contexts of African American families, with an emphasis on positive assets and reslience. Students will also reflect on their own social positionality and community assets. To register, students must request a permission number from Dr. Grier Reed; please email

5. TESL Minor & Certificate Program - Explore a career in teaching ESL

The TESL field is expanding as the population of English learners (ELs) grows. Demand for qualified candidates who can teach English as a second language, both at home and abroad, is extremely high. Explore a career in teaching ESL and get hands-on experience in a community education setting to find out if teaching and learning languages is your career path through the TESL minor or certificate program. To learn more about the program, visit

Research Lab Opportunities (for credit)

6. Two RA Positions: Resilience and Children's Motivated Speech to Self

Our lab at the Institute of Child Development is seeking two Research Assistant to help with a research project on children's speech to themselves while carrying out a magnetic fishing game task and how this relates to resilience. The positions are available immediately and open to students in any major. While these are unpaid positions, we can work with you to get research credit or Honors experience for this position. We would like RAs to commit anywhere from 4-8 hours per week, but are definitely flexible within those limits.

RA Position 1 - Coding: The RA will be asked to watch the videos of young children engaging in a life-size magnetic fishing game on their own. You will review completed transcriptions of the children's speech to themselves and then you will code the speech into different categories (self-motivated speech, planning speech, etc.). This is an advanced coding system, and you will receive training on the coding process in order to achieve reliability with the anchor coder, as well as ongoing support throughout the project.

RA Position 2 - Transcription: The RA will be asked to watch the videos of young children engaging in a life-size magnetic fishing game on their own. You will review the already transcribed speech of children talking to themselves during the task for accuracy, and make corrections if there are any mistakes. This position requires significant attention to detail.

To apply: Please send the following: A. Resume; B. Unofficial transcript (can be downloaded from MyU); C. 1-2 Paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this position (feel free to include it in the body of your e-mail). In the e-mail Subject Line, please write "Application for Child Speech Project." Send this material to Jyothi Ramakrishnan at Also, feel free to e-mail me any questions you might have prior to applying!

Additional Research Opportunities

7. TRIO McNair Scholars Program - Summer Research Opportunity for Qualified Students

Are you looking for paid and grad school preparation? The federally funded TRIO McNair Scholars Program seeks to increase doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by first generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented college students. During the the 10-week summer research program, students will: develop a great relationship and conduct research with a professor that is essential to applying for graduate school; receive a $3,500 stipend; receive guidance through the graduate school process, and present their research at a poster session on campus.

Qualifications: must be a first generation college student and low income, or from an underrepresented group; have 2.75 GPA or above, be a full-time sophomore or junior and a US citizen or permanent resident.

Please visit for more information, and to sign up for an Information Session. Deadline to apply is January 22nd, 2018!        

8. Save the date! 2018 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 21st, 2018, University of St. Thomas

The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium prepares undergraduate students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter. Psychology students are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. To learn more and register, visit

9. 2018 Latino Mental Health Research Training in Mexico

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT) is an 11-week summer research training program designed to prepare undergraduate and pre-doctoral researchers to address disparities in mental health care of U.S. Latinos with serious mental illness. The program is comprised of an intensive one-week training seminar at USC, and a 10-week training program in Puebla México. The first phase will take place at USC and consists of research workshops by some of the top Latino Mental Health Researchers in the country. The one-week intensive seminar will serve to help trainees develop research and professional skills to reduce disparities and to motivate them to pursue advanced research degrees. In addition the seminar will provide them with a cultural orientation to facilitate a smooth transition to living and working in Mexico. Applications are due February 1, 2018. For more information, including eligibility requirements and application, visit the MHIRT website.

Graduate School

10. UVA Psychology Visit for Underrepresented Undergrads: Apply by Feb 1

This event is for research-oriented, junior and senior undergraduate students and recent graduates from underrepresented groups (e.g., students who identify as a historically underrepresented ethnic/racial minority or who are the first in their family to attend college) who want to learn more about getting a doctoral degree in psychology and the Psychology Department at the University of Virginia. Accepted students will have their travel, meal, and hotel costs covered to spend the day visiting the department on April 20th, 2018. For more information and application instructions, please email Dr. Bethany Teachman at or Jason Sumontha at

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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11. GSC is Hiring!

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life has 2 undergrad student positions we're trying to fill. Undergrad positions are for a Social Media and Web Coordinator ($13/hr) and Student Education & Tongues Untied Coordinator ($13/hr). Undergraduate students MUST be eligible for Work Study Funds. 15hrs/wk. Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, gender nonconforming, people of color, and women are highly encouraged to apply! Contact with any questions.     

12. Social Media Intern for Movement In Motion (unpaid)

Movement in Motion is a community organization started by a U of MN Psychology Alumni. It seeks to promote health by encouraging all types of movement instructors (dance, fitness, martial arts, personal trainers) to provide an environment free of body and food shaming. For more information on the organization, visit The organization is looking for an intern (or two) to grow its social media following to help spread the mission of Movement in Motion on Facebook, Instagram, and any other social media channels as appropriate. Responsibilities will include: finding and posting relevant content, and responding to questions from individuals, and advertising the group/website in appropriate ways to increase following. Time commitment is approximately 3-5 hours/week. Initial in person meeting with the founder of the organization, then check ins as needed will be provided. There may be opportunities to get involved in other ways with the organization as well, including developing trainings and events to promote the mission of the organization. Please send letter of interest and resume as soon as possible to Jessica Barker at .  

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