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  • 10/28/14

    Psych Scoop 10/28/14
    The inside scoop on staying engaged and up-to-date with the Psychology Advisor!
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    PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING
    --1.Psychology Diversity Expo!
    PISA - PSYCHOLOGY INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
    --2.PISA Bake Sale
    PSI CHI/PSYCHOLOGY CLUB
    --3.Potluck Halloween Party on Thursday!
    EVENTS
    --4.Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
    --5.Humphrey Preview Day, November 1
    --6.Masters in Human Resources Grad School Fair Virtual
    --7.Info Session for U of M Counseling Master's Program
    ENGAGEMENT
    --8.Volunteer with the Aurora Center
    LEARNING ABROAD
    --9.NEW! Psychology & Research in Madrid: Summer 2015
    COURSES
    --10.Practicum Course in ABA for Autism
    --11.WRIT 4431W Science, Technology, and the Law
    RESOURCES
    --12.University Libraries
    --13.Student Mental Health Resources
    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    --14.Mental Health Advocate Position in Eden Prairie
    --15.Work with Girl Scouts
    --16.Part Time Research Analyst Positions
    --17.Job Opportunities with Ramsey County
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    PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING
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    1.Psychology Diversity Expo!
    The Psychology Undergraduate Diversity Council is a student advisory group dedicated to engaging diverse perspectives and ensuring accessibility of services and programs within the psychology undergraduate program. The Diversity Council will be hosting the very first Psychology Diversity Expo next week Wednesday, November 5th. This event will feature programs and services that support students' academic success, engagement and goals. Students are welcome to come and go throughout the Expo. Speak with researchers in psychology labs, learn about summer research programs for multicultural and first generation students, become familiar with Career Services' resources, speak to Psychology grad program staff. Refreshments will be served, and students will have the chance to be entered into a prize drawing. Again, the event will be held Wednesday, November 5th 2-4pm in N219 Elliott Hall. No RSVP necessary. Hope to see you there.
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    PISA - PSYCHOLOGY INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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    PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in PISA activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!
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    2.PISA Bake Sale
    Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29th, the Psychology International Student Association (PISA) will have a bake sale! We will be selling cookie brownies, cinnamon muffins and much more! Please see us in front of Coffman marketplace on Wednesday from 10:15am to 6:00pm! We hope to see you soon.
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    PSI CHI/PSYCHOLOGY CLUB
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    PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psi Chi/ Psychology Student Association activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!
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    3.Potluck Halloween Party on Thursday!
    Happy Halloween! We will be hosting a scary movie night this Thursday from 4:30 to the end of the movie in Elliott Hall room N391. It's potluck style, so we'll bring some snacks, but feel free to bring your own to share too!
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    EVENTS
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    4.Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
    The Center for Spirituality & Healing is sponsoring The Wellbeing Lecture Series. They have invited experts in various fields of health and wellbeing to share the latest science as well as new knowledge and tools to help you find your own path to wellbeing. The Series' next speaker is Social Psychologist, Dr. Ellen Langer who will be presenting: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Dr. Langer is the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has been described as the "mother of mindfulness" and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Dr. Langer has been a guest speaker all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Argentina and China. Her websites can be found at www.langermindfulnessinstitute.com and www.ellenlanger.com. The presentation will be held Monday, November 10th from 2:00-4:00pm in The Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. Go to the Wellbeing Lecture Series Website for more information.
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    5.Humphrey Preview Day, November 1
    If you would like to learn more about how a Humphrey School education can prepare you for a lifetime of impact, we invite you to attend the Humphrey Preview Day on Saturday, November 1. During this half-day event at the Humphrey School on the UM-Twin Cities campus, attendees will learn about our five master's degrees in public policy, urban and regional planning, and international development as well as science, technology, and environmental policy.
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    6.Masters in Human Resources Grad School Fair Virtual
    Are you considering a career in Human Resources? Looking to get ahead in this growing field? A graduate degree in HR can provide you with just the advantage that you need. The Virtual Fair will allow you to have your admissions questions answered by representatives from graduate institutions nationwide in this live online event on November 5th. Register NOW to attend the FREE virtual fair to learn more about HR Grad Schools. Save your valuable time by meeting school representatives in live chat sessions online and have your questions answered without ever leaving the comfort of your computer. Only a one-time registration is required to meet multiple schools.
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    7.Info Session for U of M Counseling Master's Program
    The Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (CSPP- Department of Educational Psychology) program at the University of Minnesota would like to invite you to attend an information session, held on Thursday, October 30th from 2:30-3:30pm in the Education Sciences Building, Room 10. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and current students in the program, learn about the CSPP program requirements and possible career paths and licensure options and ask about the application process. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP online. To learn more about the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program, please visit the website.
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    ENGAGEMENT
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    8.Volunteer with the Aurora Center
    The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education (TAC) is currently accepting applications for Violence Prevention Educators. You can contact aurora@umn.edu for an information packet. Training space is limited so early application is suggested. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Jerie Smith, with questions.
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    LEARNING ABROAD
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    9.NEW! Psychology & Research in Madrid: Summer 2015
    The Learning Abroad Center, together with the Department of Psychology and the Fundacion Ortega-MaraƱon in Madrid, will be launching a new study abroad program in Madrid, Spain this summer. On this program, students will earn 6 credits of PSY Credit in just 6 weeks! Students will take Psy 3061 (taught by Professor Jonathan Gewirtz, Department of Psychology UMN-TC) and work in one of 2 world-famous research labs in Madrid, earning 3 credits of Psy 5993. Students on the program will have the choice of living in local dormitories or with a Spanish host family. In addition to spending 6 weeks in Madrid, students will also take a study trip to Toledo, Spain. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad! Best of all, this program is extremely affordable. To find out more, take a look at the Learning Abroad Center's Website. If you're thinking of applying, you will first need to complete a Learning Abroad Center first step meeting () and then apply through the Apply tab. If you have questions about this program, or how it would count towards the Psychology major (BA or BS), please contact Psychology Advising, or Sarah Reuben from the Learning Abroad Center.
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    COURSES
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    IMPORTANT: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology, and you will need to meet with your college advisor to find out how they will fit into your academic program.
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    10.Practicum Course in ABA for Autism
    We're entering our 17th year of offering a practicum in ABA for autism at the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota (Psy 4012 - Behavior Analysis and Autism). We typically have room for about 12 undergraduates each spring, who participate in 7 hours per week of introductory practicum work in family homes and ABA centers in the Twin Cities. This is part of a four-course sequence in the Psychology Department including: Psy 3011: Introduction to Learning & Behavior; Psy 4011: Applied Behavior Analysis; Psy 4012: Behavior Analysis and Autism; and Psy 3996: Undergraduate Field Study/Internship in Psychology. A handout with full descriptions of these courses can be found on the Course Catalog online or picked up in Psychology Advising (N108 Elliott Hall). If you are seeking credits in autism or ABA, then please contact Dr. Eric Larsson and request a prerequisites questionnaire. He will be able to provide you with all of the necessary information.
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    11.WRIT 4431W Science, Technology, and the Law
    Learn about areas of the law that are greatly affected by technology and scientific discovery: privacy, intellectual property, and health law. Using case reading and discussion, the course begins with a survey of what actions by business, government, and private individuals constitute invasion of privacy as well as what limits are placed on the right of privacy. For example, students discuss The Wiretap Act and The Patriot Act, and how the Fifth and Fourth Amendments affect such laws. Students then discuss intellectual property, in particular music downloading, filesharing, and electronic books. The final section of the course centers on health law--how medical science and the law have affected each other. Students will find this course prepares them for the legal issues they will encounter in future careers in industry, government, and media. Students interested in law school should find this course of particular value. For more information, contact instructor Brian Larson at 612.464.8660 or lars0642@umn.edu.
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    RESOURCES
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    12.University Libraries
    The U Libraries are a great resource for students! They have free workshops, tutorials and services! There are Peer Research Consultants who provide one-on-one assistance to students to help them develop academic research strategies. The Libraries also sponsor an Online Assignment Calculator that allows students to put in due dates and get research and writing steps for assignments like a research papers, speeches, videos, lab reports, UROP proposals and more. If you aren't sure where to start with conducting research in the library system, there is also an online tutorial to walk students through the basics of using the University Libraries, the website, and finding academic sources. These are just a few of the resources the libraries have to offer, check out their website for more information.
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    13.Student Mental Health Resources
    As fall semester is now in full swing, this time of year can also be a time of transition, increasing demand, and heightened stress. It can sometimes be difficult to find the right balance. In addition to friends and family, we want to make sure that you know that the University has a number of resources available to help students through tough times. If you go to the Student Mental Health Website you will find information about the various University of Minnesota mental health resources available to students. These resources may be of assistance to you, as well as friends who may be experiencing emotions and/or displaying behavior that concerns you.
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    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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    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.
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    14.Mental Health Advocate Position in Eden Prairie
    GradStaff is the leader in providing college graduates with great career opportunities. We are currently seeking a Mental Health Advocate with a National independent behavioral health care company, located in Eden Prairie, MN. This company specializes in management for all behavioral health problems and mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. The Mental Health Advocate will provide resources to employees of the organizations who are covered under the behavioral health program. This position has provided an excellent opportunity for a Psychology/Sociology graduate to get their foot in the door and use their degree in a supportive business setting. Interested candidates can email their resume to mqueenan@gradstaff.com.
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    15.Work with Girl Scouts
    Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys are hiring. In partnership with 17,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys helps 43,000 girls each year--in all or portions of 49 counties in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin--to discover new abilities, connect with new friends, and take action to improve their communities. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. See open positions online.
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    16.Part Time Research Analyst Positions
    The Tobin Project is seeking part-time research assistants to work on a variety of important social science issues within and across our four research areas: Government & Markets, Economic Inequality, Institutions of Democracy, and National Security. Our ideal candidate is an undergraduate or graduate student in the social sciences with excellent writing skills and independent research experience. If you are interested in this opportunity, please have send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to opportunities@tobinproject.org. The full job posting can be found online.
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    17.Job Opportunities with Ramsey County
    The Ramsey County Human Resources Department has updated the list of job opportunities on our website for which Ramsey County is currently seeking applications as of Monday, October 20, 2014. One great new job posting (Child Protection Worker) has also been added to our list. We encourage and invite you to take a look at this great, new list of job postings! You can file your application online using our easy-to-use, secured website. Our updated Job Opportunities list is available online. If you are not able to access the URL (web address), go to the main Ramsey County website at www.co.ramsey.mn.us, and click on the link that reads "Job Opportunities" from the left hand menu bar to get to our job postings.
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    October 27th, 2014

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