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  • 1/20/15

    PsychScoop 1/20/15
    The inside scoop on staying engaged and up-to-date with the Psychology Advisor!
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    PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING
    1.Welcome Back!
    2.Spring 2015 Drop-In Hours for Psychology Undergraduate Advising
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
    3.Department of Psychology Colloquium
    4.First Annual Diversity Weekend
    RESEARCH
    5.Research Lab in Psychology
    6.Developmental Psychopathology Research (Cicchetti Lab)
    7.Summer Research Institute @ Florida Mental Health Institute
    EVENTS
    8.Multi-Day Workshop for Pre-Health Native American Students
    LEARNING ABROAD
    9.Psychology & Research in Madrid this Summer
    SCHOLARSHIP
    10.NEW! Psychology Internship Scholarship
    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    11.Student Personnel Coordinator Position at the Humphrey School
    12.Looking for a Student Worker
    13.Roseville Parks and Recreation Summer Employment
    14.Part-Time Position at the Works Museum
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    PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING

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    1.Welcome Back!
    Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to welcome you back to campus for the start of Spring 2015! As you get back in to gear, keep our office’s resources in mind. Some of you are returning from exciting summer experiences such as study abroad or internships or, for others, the less-exciting coursework and preparing for the GRE. No matter what your break consisted of, we can likely help you in moving forward!  Advisors in our office are available for appointments year-round to assist with psychology course-selection and major progress, career and graduate school preparation and selection, and general engagement to make the most out of your time here. Schedule an appointment to check in with us.
    We look forward to seeing you and wish you the best of luck in the coming semester!
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    2.Spring 2015 Drop-In Hours for Psychology Undergraduate Advising

    Psychology Undergraduate Advising has designated drop-in hours during the academic year. However, due to the high student demand the first two weeks of the term, we will have an advisor available from on drop-ins from 8:00am– 4:30pm Monday-Friday for the first two weeks of the term. Drop-ins are a great time to have research contracts signed, and ask 5–10 minute questions; longer issues will be referred to schedule an appointment.  Our normal drop-in hours will take effect Monday, January 26th.  This semester’s drop-in hours for the Psychology Advisors can be found on our website. While other units may have advisors available at all times, each advisor in our unit holds drop-in hours once a week and cannot address walk-in issues outside of these.  While it may seem like a quick issue (such as signing a research contract), it often takes more time than expected and adds up when considering our large student population. To run efficiently and serve our students best, it is important that we recognize and respect these specified drop-in times.  
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    3.Department of Psychology Colloquium

    The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce the following colloquium event. On Tuesday January 27, 2015 from 2:00-3:00PM in N219 Elliott Hall, the Department of Psychology will host Rajendra D. Badgaiyan, M.D.. Dr. Badgaiyan recently joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota and is directing the CMRR's program in PET imaging. His presentation title is A novel approach to study human cognitive processing: Detection of neurochemical changes in real time. We hope that you can attend!

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    4.First Annual Diversity Weekend

    The Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce its inaugural Diversity Weekendscheduled for April 8-10, 2015, on the Minneapolis campus. Diversity Weekend is designed for individuals who are historically under-represented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. This program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate-school applications, and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our department. The deadline for receipt of these materials is February 18, 2015 at 5 pm (CST). Applications will be reviewed during the last two weeks of February and selection notifications will be sent in the first week of March. Applicants are encouraged to review the graduate program areas, including faculty profiles, prior to submitting their applications. Find more information about the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota online. Please direct any questions about the Diversity Weekend application, the application and evaluation process, or Diversity Weekend to Richard M Lee, Ph.D. at richlee@umn.eduor 612-625-6357. Online application form that can be found online.
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    ***** 5.Research Lab in Psychology
    A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is conducting treatment outcome research to examine how individuals with schizophrenia change as a result of participating in computer-based skills training.  There is an opportunity for 2 undergraduate students to become involved with this project as a Research Lab in Psychology experience. The students will learn about the assessment and treatment of schizophrenia, with emphasis on symptom severity, social functioning, cognition, and rehabilitation. Student will work as a part of a research team lead by a psychologist and will be involved primarily with scoring measures and entering data. As part of the research experience, students will attend a weekly lab meeting in which topics related to the project are discussed. In addition, students will write an APA-style paper on a related topic. All research activities are conducted at the VA Health Care System. Students must be able to commute to the VA.  Student will be asked to register for research credit and to commit an average of 9 hours each week between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. For more information, please send a resume to Tasha Nienow, PhD at Tasha.Nienow@va.gov.

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    Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interested in participating in developmental psychopathology research. Our project may be of particular interest for those pursuing research experiences in clinical or developmental psychology, with emphasis on caregiver-child relations, social-emotion and language development. Students who are native English speakers and can commit to 6 to 10 hours a week with a minimum of a 2 semester commitment are preferred. Lab duties include transcribing videos, coding linguistic and affective data, and data entry. Opportunities to be involved in professional presentations may be offered pending on the commitment of the student. Our project is flexible to the schedule of interested undergraduate. If you'd like more information please contact Michelle Brown at: brow4008@umn.edu
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    7.Summer Research Institute @ Florida Mental Health Institute


    The 2015 NIMH-funded Summer Research Institute at the Florida Mental Health Institute (SRI@FMHI) is designed for undergraduate students interested in building their research skills within the context of mental health to help them prepare for a Senior Thesis and/or graduate school. The Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida is dedicated to research and education related to mental illness and related disorders. The SRI@FMHI is a ten-week program beginning May 28, 2015 and ending August 5, 2015. Students can apply on-line. An official transcript and letter of recommendation from a faculty member are required. More information about the program is contained on the website, in the flyer, or by contacting Paul Stiles at

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    8.Multi-Day Workshop for Pre-Health Native American Students
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) and partners are offering a unique multi-day workshop for pre-health Native American students who are planning to apply to medical school within the next two years. During this workshop students will learn application tips, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about research, funding, and career advancement opportunities available to Native students. Workshop will be held on March 27-28, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applications can be found online. (Along with submitting this workshop application please also submit a copy of all college and university transcripts to nachp@hslc.wisc.eduwith a subject line of Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop.) Applications are due on February 1, 2015.

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    ***** 9.Psychology & Research in Madrid this Summer
    The Learning Abroad Center, together with the Department of Psychology and the Fundacion Ortega-Marañon 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 Reubenfrom the Learning Abroad Center.

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    10.NEW! Psychology Internship Scholarship
    Are you doing an unpaid internship this spring? Apply for the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship! The $1,500 internship scholarships are designated for CLA undergraduate students who are doing unpaid internships. Thanks to the generosity of Walt and Ginger Bailey, five awards are available specifically to support psychology majors. The application deadline is February 11th, so apply now!
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    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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    11.Student Personnel Coordinator Position at the Humphrey School
    I’m pleased to share that we are have recently posted a Student Personnel Coordinator position which will serve on the Humphrey School’s admissions team to assist with a range of admissions and recruitment-related activities. This position is a one-year, professional staff position, and the requisition number is 196146. In addition to managing recruitment-related activities and events, the position will broadly support communication planning and implementation, oversee the Student Ambassador program, assist with outreach to a range of internal and external groups, and work closely on all admissions-related efforts. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact me directly (Amy Luitjens, Director of Admissions, at luitjens@umn.edu)

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    12.Looking for a Student Worker

    The Office of International Programs CFANS is looking for a talented student worker to join us. The position is posted on the University's Employment web site, requisition #196340.
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    13.Roseville Parks and Recreation Summer Employment 

    The City of Roseville is looking for fun and energetic camp counselors and sports coaches for a wide variety of summer recreation programming opportunities. Opportunities include full day and half day school aged care camps, nutrition and fitness youth classes, exciting field trips, preschool camps, community special event programs and youth sports programs such as soccer, baseball, track and basketball. Roseville Parks and Recreation provides great planning and implementation experience for students who are looking to gain experience with youth and go into the youth work profession. Roseville is 10 minutes away for the UMN campus! Spend your summer gaining valuable experience with youth while having fun and providing positive engagement experiences for youth and community members in Roseville. Apply by March 12. GOLDPASS Job Posting information: 133426  Recreation Group Leader, and 133428 Sports Coach. To apply: 1. Go to http://www.cityofroseville.com/parks2. Click on the Jobs/internships tab on the left side of the page 3. Click on Apply for all jobs here link.

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    14.Part-Time Position at the Works Museum
    The Works Museum is hiring a part-time (10-30 hours/week) STEM Educator. The Works Museum makes learning about science and engineering interesting, engaging and fun. The Works’ unique exhibits and programs create memorable learning experiences for all children. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers and creative problem solvers. The Works is looking for educators to work with groups of elementary-aged children, teachers, and families delivering our Museum and Outreach programs. We are looking for people who share our passion for science, technology, and engineering. This educator will be dedicated to: Making engineering inspiring, relevant and accessible to elementary school children; Creating an environment that welcomes every child, parent and teacher, and Facilitating open-ended problem solving and experiential learning. Requirements include: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in Elementary Education or Secondary STEM; At least 1 year experience working with elementary-age children in an informal or formal setting; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Interest and/or background in a STEM field; Experience working with diverse communities; and Experience creating curriculum and activities for children ages 5-12 and families. We are looking for someone who has: Proven ability to work in a team setting but also work independently; Punctuality, attention to detail and excellent follow-through; Flexibility and a good sense of humor. Applicants must be able to work some evenings and weekends. To Apply: Please submit electronic cover letter and resume by January 23 to jobs@theworks.org. No phone calls, please.
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    January 22nd, 2015

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