Psych Scoop, 5/18/21

May 18th, 2021

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1. Congratulations Seniors!

Congratulations to the CLA - Psychology Classes of Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and the upcoming Summer 2021! We join you in celebration of all that you have accomplished in your time while an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. Our office created a website to share some accolades and also to highlight some resources for recent alumni.
Psychology Undergraduate Celebration Website
For all students, please check out the brief video remarks from our 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Dr. Michelle Ellefson (BA, '96).

Psychology Honors Senior Student Speaker
Alonso E. Galvan-Ochoa was highlighted this weekend as the student speaker for the University Honors Program commencement activities. Congratulations, Alonso - and thank you for sharing your inspiring words with your graduating classmates, peers, and all of us. Watch Alonso's speech.

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! To learn more, visit our website.

2. ABPS Board Applications Now Open!

Are you passionate about equity, advocacy, and mental health? Are you a student of African descent pursuing Psych or a related discipline? The Association of Black Psychology Students may be a great fit for you! Our organization aims to support the academic, social, and career needs of Black students at the U and is in need of a driven group of students to join our 2021-2022 board. Applications are now LIVE and due May 25th at 11:59 pm CST–– please don't hesitate to reach out with any inquires. Find us on IG @blackpsyumn or via email at


3. Coffee and Career Connections: Nonprofit Industry

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, 8:45 am- 10:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

In this panel, we will meet with alumni from the field of nonprofit who will speak about their career paths and give advice for pursuing a career and/or advancement in their respective fields. We have about 20 minutes for QA from the Audience, followed by 20 minutes of networking in breakout rooms. Participants will have the option to turn their cameras on. We will end recording after the QA portion, the breakout rooms will not be recorded. RSVP and learn more.

4. University of Minnesota Entry-Level Job Fair

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The University of Minnesota Entry-Level Job Fair connects recent graduates with a broad range of employers who have current, full-time entry-level employment opportunities. Undergraduate students from all five U of M campuses who graduated between summer 2020 and summer 2021 are invited to attend. Learn more and register for this event!

Courses of Interest

5. PSY 4960-001: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods: R Programming - Fall 2021 (3 credits)

Conducting psychological research involves collecting data, but what happens next? Completing research projects involves more than just analyzing data! In this course, we will learn about the research pipeline and how to incorporate Open Science practices to generate reproducible and transparent analyses. Specifically, students will learn both basic and advanced R programming to carry out data cleaning, analyses, and visualization. Finally, students will learn how to share their code and data via GitHub. A large component of this course will involve hands-on programming that will culminate in an independent final project. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY3801: Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960-001 is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST, room TBD

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email us at about the course.


6. *Credit or Volunteer* Asian, Female RAs Needed for Online Race and Gender Study

Research assistant needed for an online study (for credit or volunteer). Positions open for Summer and Fall 2021 with the possibility to continue into Spring 2022. Preference is given to those that can be available for all three terms. PROJECT: My dissertation is focused on the psychophysiology of social evaluation. A component of this research concerns the role of race and gender in social interactions. As such, we are seeking, in particular, female-identifying RAs of color to facilitate some aspects of the study design. All work will be able to be completed virtually, provided some basic requirements, such as having a quiet, private place to work and stable internet connection. Must have afternoon availability. Because this experiment investigates the role of race and gender, female-identifying RAs of color are needed for several of the available positions, in order to ensure the scientific validity of findings. Please reach out to me with any questions. POSITION: Asian female-identifying student for data collection and participant interaction. Any interested applicants may email Keira Leneman at to get more information about the study and research assistant roles.

7. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Position with a Longitudinal Study of Resilience in Military Service Members

The Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) Project, under the direction of Drs. Melissa Polusny and Christopher Erbes at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, is looking for research assistants for the 2021-2022 school year! The current longitudinal study examines processes contributing to resilience in military personnel. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a large cohort study that utilizes evidence-based longitudinal tracking and survey methods. This is a volunteer position and requires a 10-12 hours per week commitment onsite at the Minneapolis VA and attendance at our weekly lab meeting. Students accepted to the lab can receive research credit for the course PSY 4993. Preference will be given to students who are available year-round, and those able to make a multiple-semester commitment. Veterans or those with experience working with veterans or the military may be given priority. To apply, send an email with “ARMOR RA Position” in the subject line to the project coordinator, Shelly Hubbling at Include your cover letter, resume/CV, and copies of your unofficial transcripts.

Scholarships & Awards

8. Quatrefoil Library 2021 Scholarship

The Quatrefoil Library College Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship open to all high school seniors or college students who are/will be attending college within the State of Minnesota. Quatrefoil is one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ+ lending libraries and also serves as a community center. The application is due June 30, 2021Apply and learn more.


9. Apply by June 1 for Camp Ignite

The Carlson School of Management will be hosting a virtual summer camp designed for professionals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, and first-generation students interested in applying to MBA programs. Applications are now live and open through June 1! Camp Ignite is a virtual summer boot camp designed for professionals with 1.5+ years of experience, focused on MBA preparation and readiness. While learning what makes the Twin Cities a truly unique learning environment, Camp Ignite participants will virtually participate in sessions that help them prepare for MBA applications and business school, including a resume workshop, interview preparation, STAR story practice, building your personal statement, GMAT/GRE support, networking best practices, and more. Apply now on our website or reach out to with any questions.

10. UMN Libraries Student Advisory Board

We are recruiting students to join the new UMN Libraries Student Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 school year. It will be the undergraduate student leadership team of the UMN Libraries and students will be paid a $500 stipend. Board members represent the student body and share feedback on library spaces, collections, and services. Board members also work with librarians and library staff on student engagement and outreach projects. We will recruit and interview virtually over the summer and the Board will start in the fall. Find more information and the short application.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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11. Behavior Technician

Behavioral Dimensions provides in-home early intensive behavioral intervention to young children with autism and related conditions. We are looking to hire energetic, caring students getting ready to graduate and head out into the workforce. We provide training and supervision that is geared toward providing graduates with career paths learning research-based effective teaching techniques while working with young children with autism. Promotion opportunities and support through graduate programs are available. For more information, visit our website.

12. Resident Assistant (non-certified, PCA, direct support caregiver)

Ebenezer is Minnesota’s largest senior living operator for over 100 years. We have rewarding jobs for psychology students at our locations near the U of MN; The Pillars of Prospect Park, Loren on Park, and Ebenezer Care Center. Build your resume with experience supporting patients/senior residents. Start and grow in your career with Ebenezer and our affiliate MHealth Fairview. We provide on-the-job training; No healthcare experience is required. Contact Gwen Powers at or 651-683-7264. Jobs include; Resident Assistants (Direct support professional/PCA) No CNA required. We provide extensive training! Support our assisted living/memory care resident(patients) with daily cares, med administration, transfers, meals/activities at either Pillars of Prospect Park or Loren on Park. $15.00 + hour and shift differentials. We’re looking for those who can work p/t or f/t regular scheduled shifts all year at Prospect of Pillars and we have part-time year-round positions at Loren on Park. Front Desk Attendant- Ebenezer Towers Apartments, casual hours -can pick up various shifts ahead of time or last minute. Receptionist- Ebenezer Care Center, Days, every Sat. 6 hrs and Sun 4 hrs. Nursing Assistant- CNA/MN NA registry req. or within 4 months. Personal cares, vitals, glucose checks, peri care for residents at Ebenezer Care Center LTC TCU. Apply on our website.

13. Biological Sciences Laboratory Technician in The Bunney Lab at the Minneapolis VA

The Bunney lab is interested in taking what we know about drugs of abuse and addiction to inform the treatment and understanding of obesity. The current focus of the lab is to evaluate minor tobacco alkaloids, which are similar in composition, neural activation, and behavioral effects to nicotine, as potential pharmacotherapies for obesity. The laboratory technician will conduct research on the behavioral, neural, and physiological basis of obesity and addiction. They will be involved in the daily operations of the laboratory, including miscellaneous administrative duties and the management of research project expenditures. They will be expected to independently perform a variety of standardized tests and routine procedures, many of which are covered by established methods, procedures, and techniques. The technician will learn to recognize and help solve problems that develop in the laboratory. All interested applicants should contact Patricia Bunney at with their CV.

14. CNA/Home Health Aide

Is 2021 the time to make a change? At English Rose, we believe in the simple but transformational power of relationships. We are here to make a difference. To acknowledge dignity and meaning in every person. We know that each connection has the potential to lift a spirit, brighten a day, and change a life. Guided by a spirit of openness and compassion, we bring sincerity and warmth to our daily interactions. Because at English Rose, building relationships is at the heart of everything we do. Pay starting up to $20 an hour, sign-on bonus up to $1,000, and much, much more! We promise strong leadership support and comprehensive training to ensure your success! Primary Responsibilities of our CNA's and Home Health Aides: Maintain compassionate and authentic relationships with Residents & Clients Provide direct care to Residents & Clients with dementia and complex medical conditions, assisting them with bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting Support Residents & Clients by providing housekeeping and laundry services, preparing and serving meals, and distributing medication Characteristics of a Successful English Rose Team Member Required Qualifications Lift a minimum of 50 pounds and be on your feet for 7-8 hours Strong verbal and written communication skills Professional and positive attitude Caregiving & Dementia Care experience a plus (but not required) For more information please contact Jane Geiger at 651-307-1116 or apply online at

15. Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Scientist Position

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has an immediate opening for a full-time Scientist – either at the Assistant or Associate level - to support preclinical research on drug addiction being conducted at Hennepin Healthcare. At the HHRI, we have been actively investigating the causes of and potential treatments for diseases since 1952. We support and oversee the medical research conducted at HCMC, an acute care research and teaching hospital located in downtown Minneapolis. In an academic environment that emphasizes patient care, research, and teaching, HHRI helps offer patients better care now and hope for improved healthcare in the future. HHRI is the third-largest medical research non-profit in Minnesota and ranks in the top seven percent nationally of all institutions receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. Typical qualifications for the Assistant Scientist level would be a Bachelor's degree with a major in a science-related field whereas the Associate level would also need a minimum of two (2) plus years of related experience. Learn more and apply.

16. Student Tech Support Services - Department of Psychology!

Set up Psy 1001 computer for lectures, maintain sound, lights, and computer functioning throughout lectures. (All professors have trouble starting videos, so the media aide will help them.) May be required to provide back-up for video-capture. Related tasks as assigned. The position is restricted to students admitted to an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota. Students must be registered and maintain the minimum number of UM required credits. Must be available M, W, and F from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Willey Hall (West Bank TC campus) during the Fall semester (with the option to continue in Spring). Apply on the UMN Job Search site and look for job ID 340726.

17. Research & Teaching Assistant for Professor Beth Campbell and Ph.D. Student Chris Winchester

We are looking for a motivated undergraduate to join the team of Professor Beth Campbell and Ph.D. Student Chris Winchester as a Teaching & Research Assistant. If interested, please review the details of the job below. Responsibilities: Research & Teaching assistant’s responsibilities might include: Searching, reviewing, and analyzing existing literature Cataloging and organizing literature Analyzing interview themes / qualitative data coding Organizing and prepping Canvas sites Grading written assignments consistent with evaluation rubric and instructions Generating personalized student reports to facilitate class execution Ideal Qualifications: An ideal fit would be an undergraduate studying management, psychology, or a related field who is interested to gain experience in the research process and to develop project management skills. The ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate: Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel Intellectual curiosity Strong quantitative skills a bonus Approximate Number of Hours per Week: 5-10 hours per week, preferably at least one afternoon per week. Pay rate, length of role, and exact time commitment to be negotiated, estimating $13.50-15/hour (based on experience). Preference will be given to qualified candidates who are available to make a multi-semester commitment. If you are interested, please complete the online application.

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