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  • 4/22/14

    The inside scoop on staying engaged and up-to-date with the Psychology major!

    The psychology undergraduate newsletter provides a weekly update on the latest course information, upcoming events, and currently available job, internship, and research opportunities relating to your major! Find past issues here. If you would like to start receiving the Psych Scoop directly to your inbox, send a request to: psyadvis@umn.edu.
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    IN THIS ISSUE:
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
    --1.Psychology Colloquium: Psychiatric Genetics: A Current Perspective
    --2.Psychology Colloquium: Forty Years Later: What Happens to Mathematically Precocious Youth
    EVENTS
    --3.Mental Health Awareness Day TOMORROW!
    --4.Now Hiring 2014 Grads!
    --5.WSAC'S Revolutionary Art THing: Spoken Word Featuring Frannie Choi
    --6.Text, Talk, Act - Support Mental Health
    --7.Business Careers for CLA Majors
    --8.What's Next? Job Search Strategies for Graduating Seniors
    PSI CHI/PSYCHOLOGY CLUB
    --9.End of the Year Social!
    --10.Psi Chi Graduates: Purchase Honor Chords ASAP
    RESEARCH
    --11.Opportunity for Undergraduate Research Assistants
    ENGAGEMENT
    --12.Volunteer in a Psychology Clinic
    COURSES
    --13.BTHX 5000 Topics - Bioethics, Psychiatry and Psychology (3 cr)
    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    --14.Hiring Psy Major to Lead Weekly Study Sessions F14
    --15.Unpaid On-Campus Internship - Gain Exposure to Counseling Psychology Work
    --16.Part Time Paid Psychology Tutoring Positions Available!
    --17.Reading Corps Literacy Tutor At March Open School 2014-2015
    --18.Summer Research Analyst Internship for Continuing Students
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    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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    1.Psychology Colloquium: Psychiatric Genetics: A Current Perspective
    Friday, April 25th 402 Walter Library from 9:00-10:15am the Psychology Colloquium presents special guest and invited speaker: Kenneth S. Kendler, MD. Dr. Kendler is a Rachel brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Human genetics; Director, Psychiatric Genetics Research Program; Director, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. This program is sponsored by Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research's (CSPR) Research Day in conjunction with the Biological Psychopathology (BP) & Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics (PIB) Programs.
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    2.Psychology Colloquium: Forty Years Later: What Happens to Mathematically Precocious Youth
    Wednesday, April 30th N119 Elliott Hall (NOTE: room change) 3:00-4:00pm. Findings from the first midlife follow-up of 1,650 participants from the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth's (SMPY's) two oldest cohorts will be presented. During 1972-1974 and 1976-1978, participants were identified at age 12 as in the top 1% in mathematical reasoning ability. They were surveyed from January 2012 to February 2013 on their accomplishments, families, and personal well-being. Particular attention will be devoted to their occupational attainments, creative accomplishments, and mate preferences, as well as how they invest their time currently and plan to in the future. Sex differences in occupational preferences, personal views, and life values will be reviewed and placed in a broader theoretical context. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of participants' satisfaction with their careers, personal relationships, and lives in general.
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    EVENTS
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    3.Mental Health Awareness Day TOMORROW!
    Roughly 1 in 4 Americans struggle with mental illness every year, and 1,1000 students die by suicide nationwide. The University of Minnesota is no exception. It's time to talk about it! Active Minds and USAP will recognize Mental Health Awareness Day tomorrow (April 23rd 9:00am-3:00pm) with an event on Northrop Plaza to encourage conversation and show support. Get out and support Mental Health!
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    4.Now Hiring 2014 Grads!
    Seniors and recent graduates, attend this event to meet and connect with 30+ employers who are looking to hire University of Minnesota seniors and recent graduates! Now Hiring: 2014 Grads! provides University of Minnesota graduating seniors the opportunity to gain personal connections, explore job opportunities, and learn creative job search strategies directly from employers. This will be held Tuesday, May 6th from 2:00-4:00pm in the Carlson School Atrium. The event is free and open to ALL graduating seniors from the U of M Twin Cities campus. This is not a job fair. Business casual attire is required. Refreshments provided by The Cookie Cart. To register visit GoldPASS or The Edge and search the event Now Hiring: 2014 Grads!. For more information, to register, and to see a list of attending employers search for 'Now Hiring' in the 'Career Events' section in GoldPASS.
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    5.WSAC'S Revolutionary Art THing: Spoken Word Featuring Frannie Choi
    Throughout the month of April WSAC has been hosting our annual WSAC's Revolutionary ArtTHing, or WRATH. WRATH focuses on a different art form each year, with this year's being spoken word. The spoken word-related events we host during this are intended to bring awareness to gender-based inequalities, along with intersections that occur with other parts of identity such as race, class, sexual orientation, etc. This week Thursday April 24th, (1:30-3:00pm) in Nolte 140, WSAC will be hosting SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truth. Refreshments will be provided! If you can't make it for the afternoon workshop, the conclusion of the WRATH series will be held from 6:00-9:00pm in the same place (Nolte 140). The evening will also feature Frannie Choi and other local artists. Food will be provided!
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    6.Text, Talk, Act - Support Mental Health
    Text, Talk, Act is a nationwide text-enabled dialogue on mental health on April 24. All you need is 1 hour anytime of the day, at least 4 people, and at least 1 phone. All you need to do is: 1. At any time on April 24th, gather 3-4 of your friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues; 2.Text "start" to 89800; and 3. Receive polling and discussion questions via text messaging while having face-to-face dialogue with your group. It is a great and easy way to get involved and talk about mental health! If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to wpuetz01@hamline.edu
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    7.Business Careers for CLA Majors
    Discover how a Liberal Arts major can prepare you for a successful career, what skills businesses look for and how to acquire them, and the importance of relevant work and internship experience. Business Careers for CLA Majors will be held this Thursday, April 24th from 2:30-4:30pm in 101 Walter Library. For more information search the 'Career Events' section in GoldPASS.
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    8.What's Next? Job Search Strategies for Graduating Seniors
    This week Wednesday and Thursday (Wednesday, April 23rd at 2:00pm and Thursday, April 24th at 3:00pm), GradStaff will sponsor a webinar to help graduating seniors best to prepare for the work force. Topics Outline: Identifying transferable skills and career interests: Where you fit in the workplace; Demographic trends: How an aging workforce can impact your job search; Where the jobs Are: Comparing Large vs. Small/Medium Employers; Target industries: Examples of industries that are hiring; 5 Entry-level career opportunities that you don't know about: Some examples to get you started; The importance of personal networking and useful tips; If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, please register and information on how to view a recorded version of the webinar will be sent at the conclusion of the presentation. Technology: Access is available from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Webinar Recording: The webinar may be replayed on our website within 24 hours of the live presentation. Questions? Email any questions to info@gradstaff.com or call (612) 339-5332 Ext.20.
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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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    9.End of the Year Social!
    Join us for our last meeting this Thursday 4/24 in Elliot Hall N639. This will be a less structured meeting- come for treats and meet your fellow Psychology Majors!
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    10.Psi Chi Graduates: Purchase Honor Chords ASAP
    Any graduating members of Psi Chi who would like an Honor Chord to wear at graduation can purchase them online from the Psi Chi website. Make sure to order them as soon as possible to ensure they arrive before graduation!
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    RESEARCH
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    11.Opportunity for Undergraduate Research Assistants
    We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students who can work in Dr. Ted Christ's research lab and help with data entry, organization, assessment development, and other lab activities related to School Psychology and reading and math assessment research during the summer. There are options to continue into the coming school year. Credit and volunteer options are available. Please contact Dr. Mary Jane White by email (whit0782@umn.edu) if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work and schooling experience, references, skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.), Camtasia and other audio/video editing software, SPSS, R and/or other statistical software.
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    ENGAGEMENT
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    12.Volunteer in a Psychology Clinic
    We are looking for individuals to volunteer at our psychology clinic. The work would be mainly administrative-scheduling clients, taking copays, making charts and various documents, but it would give volunteers an idea of the inner workings of a psychology clinic. Volunteers frequently talk to clients on the phone/including initial appointment intakes, and there are great opportunities to attend workshops for free and possibly sit in on sessions. This experience is a bit of a commitment, as we are looking for people to stay for about year because the training takes some time. If you are interested email b.shaheen@kenwoodcenter.org.
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    COURSES
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    IMPORTANT: Courses listed below are not 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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    13.BTHX 5000 Topics - Bioethics, Psychiatry and Psychology (3 cr)
    Explore philosophical and ethical issues in psychiatry and psychology. Potential topics include the moral responsibility of psychopaths/sociopaths for their actions, insanity pleas, the sociology of institutionalization, clinical trials of psychiatric drugs, cosmetics psychopharmacology, recent work in experimental philosophy; and class experiments in social psychology. Fall 2014, Thursdays 9:30am-12:00pm, Carl Elliot, MD, PhD. Prerequisite: Jr, Sr, or Grad. Contact Margie ONeill at bthxed@umn.edu for permissions. Go online for current courses in bioethics.
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    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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    14.Hiring Psy Major to Lead Weekly Study Sessions F14
    SMART Learning Commons is hiring an undergrad psychology major to lead weekly study sessions for students in PSY 1001 in Fall '14. Please see description, requirements, and the application online.
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    15.Unpaid On-Campus Internship - Gain Exposure to Counseling Psychology Work
    The Career Counseling and Assessment Clinic (CCAC) is seeking an undergraduate intern for the 2014-2015 school year (beginning in summer, 2014). CCAC is a non-profit career counseling clinic that has served the community for over 30 years. The intern is involved in administrative tasks that help the clinic run smoothly. The intern has the option to attend our biweekly case consultation meetings where counselors discuss their clients' goals and strategize how to best meet those needs. Finally, it may be possible for interns to take the career assessments offered by the clinic to gain their own self-knowledge. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please email Liza Meredith at lizameredith4@gmail.com for more information.
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    16.Part Time Paid Psychology Tutoring Positions Available!
    Tutor student-athletes who are seeking tutoring either one-on-one or in small groups in Psychology. Successful applicants: Must be at least a junior in good academic standing; Possess an overall Cumulative GPA of 3.0.; Have taken and passed with and "A" or "B" any course for which you wish to be considered eligible to tutor/or equivalent courses from other universities; Be able to provide three recommendations from professors/instructors; Capable of working flexible hours. Prior experience and training as a tutor or in education is preferred. Tutors must also: Demonstrate and model the highest degree of academic integrity; Assess and address student-athletes strengths and weaknesses as it pertains to the class and the material; Be reliable and punctual for every appointment; Possess subject-specific knowledge as well as the ability to present it in creative and effective ways; Have a contagious passion for Psychology and learning in general; Provide academic assistance to student-athletes who are seeking tutoring either one-on-one or in small groups; Be willing to learn and address learning styles and tutoring techniques; Thoroughly and accurately document every session; Create activities and drills to help student-athletes learn the material. NOTE: Hours will vary; graduate students may not work more than 14 hours per week. Pay is $11/hr for undergrads and $14/HR for graduate students. To apply: Send an email to Jamie Zamjahn, Coordinator of Learning Services / McNamara Academic Center at jzamjahn@umn.edu. Please attach a current resume, cover letter, list of references, unofficial transcripts, and hours of availability.
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    17.Reading Corps Literacy Tutor At March Open School 2014-2015
    Help our kids grow the skills they need. Whether you're looking to explore a new career in education, reenter the workforce or simply want to work with kids, you can make an impact on children's success. Become a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Marcy Open School to create meaningful growth. We are looking for people who are dedicated to our community. By joining Minnesota Reading Corps, you can be one of more than 1,000 trained tutors placed in schools across the state. Tutors are parents, grandparents, recent college grads, and mid-career professionals. You will guide students toward becoming successful readers by third grade, see real results and make a lasting impact in our students' lives, as well as in your own career. You'll not only tutor students who need extra support; you'll also make a meaningful connection with the school and our community. During your eleven month of service as a full-time / part-time tutor, you'll receive extensive training, support and professional development opportunities. In addition, you'll receive a living stipend of about $484 biweekly (full-time) / $250 biweekly (part-time) and an education award of $5,645 (full-time) / $2,882 (part-time). All necessary training is provided and no licensure is necessary. Pass the word on to friends and family members! Strong preference is given to tutors who can start serving August 10, 2014. Send questions to recruitment@servemnaction.org.
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    18.Summer Research Analyst Internship for Continuing Students
    Headquartered in Eagan, MN, Questar delivers business results. Our Customer Experience Management programs are designed to support each client's unique brand experience and business requirements. We integrate multiple sources of customer feedback and business data, and provide actionable insights through real-time, distributed reporting. Our analytics focus managers on improving the customer experience in ways that drive increased sales. Questar has been providing customer experience solutions to multi-unit restaurants, retailers and services companies for over 25 years. They are looking for a Research Analyst for their Summer Internship. The Research Analyst Intern will assist the VP of Product Innovation and Senior Research Consultants with research projects and presentations of research results. We are looking for someone who wants to gain real-world experience conducting research and who can work part-time (30+) hours weekly during the summer. The full posting is available on the company web site: http://questarweb.com/careers/research-analyst-intern
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    April 22nd, 2014

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