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  • Psych Scoop 7/22/14

    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:
    PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING
    1.Undergraduate Internship Coordinator Position in Psychology
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
    2.PSY 3960: Stress & Trauma - 3 credits
    EVENTS
    3.Basic fMRI Design and Analysis Using SPM Workshop
    RESEARCH
    4.Wanted: Paid Research Assistant
    5.Part Time Research Assistant Position with Law Professor
    6.Submit an Article to JIRIRI
    ENGAGEMENT
    7.CAPE and The Major Network Looking for Major Mentors
    COURSES
    8.Register now for EPSY 5401 - Counseling Procedures
    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    9.MN Population Center Admin Core is Hiring
    10.Cognitive Trainer Positions Open
    11.TRIO Upward Bound College Access Advisor & Residential Coordinator
    12.EMPaCT Program is Hiring a Community Health Coordinator - Patient Navigator
    13.Fall Internship Opportunity with Congressman Ellison
    14.Full-Time Assistant Director for Camp Sunrise

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    PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING
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    1.Undergraduate Internship Coordinator Position in Psychology
    Psychology Advising is seeking an undergraduate psychology student for our newly developed Internship Coordinator internship opportunity. The intern will investigate fieldwork opportunities and resources (both on and off campus) in psychology; work under an advisor in Psychology, and with the entire advising staff, to investigate possible internship opportunities; help design curriculum for a possible online internship course; assist in setting up protocol for a possible internship program; and write a manual for Psychology Advising. The full position description can be found here. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to psyadvis@umn.edu by Friday, 8/1/2014. Applications will be reviewed the following week. Applicants can expect contact after 8/13/14 and not before.
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    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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    2.PSY 3960: Stress & Trauma - 3 credits
    This new course is an introduction to the psychological aspects of stress and trauma. Students will gain understanding of the major theories and research findings related to stress and trauma, including the effects of stress and trauma on mental and physical health, factors related to more effective coping with stress/trauma (e.g., social support). and interventions designed to decrease the negative effects of stress and trauma (e.g., stress management training). Students will practice analyzing and critiquing the scientific methods used to study these topics and will have the opportunity to apply stress and trauma research to their own lives through reflection and personal application assignments. Sign up today!
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    EVENTS
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    3.Basic fMRI Design and Analysis Using SPM Workshop
    Basic fMRI Design and Analysis Using SPM is a 5-day workshop designed for investigators having familiarity with the fundamental principles of fMRI measurement and design, with some experience in functional neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis. The strongly interactive workshop will focus on using SPM12 and its extensions for preprocessing, statistical modeling and visualization of data associated with a range of basic and clinical fMRI experimental designs. The fundamentals of analyzing both task-related and resting state data will be covered. While the primary emphasis will involve using the core SPM12 programs for these purposes, there will also be extensive discussion of a variety of software tools that extend the power of SPM12. Some of these tools facilitate fMRI quality assurance through artifact detection and mitigation at various analysis stages. Other tools support a variety of data visualization methods, including MRIcron, xjView, FSLview, and FreeSurfer. This course is appropriate for investigators who have had some experience with previous versions of SPM.) The workshop will be hosted in September, costing $1500 for regular participants, $1000 for students. Go online for more information.
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    RESEARCH
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    4.Wanted: Paid Research Assistant
    Native, fluent speaker of Spanish needed to help with data collection in a language development study in Maria Sera's Language and Cognitive Development Lab for fall and possibly spring semester(s). Psychology, Child Psychology, or Education majors who have experience working with children, and have taken statistics and research methods preferred. Primary duty will involve testing children and adults in a word-learning task for approximately 10 hours per week. Please contact Maria Sera with questions or with a resume and statement of interest.

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    5.Part Time Research Assistant Position with Law Professor
    Law Professor Francis Shen is looking to hire a part-time research assistant for several empirical legal research projects related to psychology, neuroscience, and law. The position will run for the duration of the summer and then into the 2014-15 academic year. This position is for either an undergraduate or graduate student. Alumni and recent graduates who will not be enrolled at UMN in Fall 2014 are not eligible to apply. No previous exposure to law or legal research is required for this position, but preference will be given to applicants who have experience with psychology research. It is estimated that during the summer, this will require 10-15 hours per week, and during the school year between 5-10 hours per week. The hourly compensation will be the standard departmental hourly rate. To apply: please send (1) a cover letter/email, (2) an updated C.V, and (3) an unofficial copy of all undergraduate (and if applicable graduate) transcripts to: fxshen@umn.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Information about Dr. Shen and his work can be found online. Feel free to contact Dr. Shen if you have questions about this opportunity, email: fxshen@umn.edu, call: 612-625-5328, or stop by the Law School, room 330.
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    6.Submit an Article to JIRIRI
    The Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity (JIRIRI) is an international scientific psychology journal published annually with the goal of promoting creative and original ideas relating to identity, interpersonal relations and intergroup relations. The JIRIRI offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience the complete process of publication through a peer review system. Undergraduate students from any university are invited to submit their articles in French or English. Articles can have been co-written with a professor or a graduate student, but the undergraduate student must be the first author. No prior experience of publication is necessary for the submission of an article. Indeed, the JIRIRI team provides guidance and support to the authors throughout the publication process in order to help them reach scientific standards. The peer review system for volume 8 of the JIRIRI (Winter 2015) will start the review process as soon as the article is submitted. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the review process, we suggest the articles be submitted before August 15th, 2014. Any undergrad or graduate students wishing to participate in the review process or submit an article can do so by contacting the Editor in Chief, Jérémie Dupuis. Here, you may find a web copy of volume 7. For any additional information, please visit our website.
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    ENGAGEMENT
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    7.CAPE and The Major Network Looking for Major Mentors
    The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) provides personalized services to help undergraduate students like you develop an Action Plan to aid in your major and career decision-making process. The Major Network is a University of Minnesota cross-college network that connects upper-level students who are passionate about their majors, with students who are exploring different major options. Exploring students are paired with an upper-level mentor in a low-key and time-commitment-friendly environment where students can receive a firsthand look at what it is like to be a student in a particular major. Exploring Students and Mentors collaborate to ask questions and share information about their major(s) of interest in a variety of ways. Upper-level Mentors are students who have been identified as excellent peer resources in particular areas of study. Mentors should be passionate about their major and need to have completed a significant amount of upper-division coursework within their particular major. If you are an upper-level psychology student, consider applying to be an upper-level mentor! More information can be found online.
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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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    8.Register now for EPSY 5401 - Counseling Procedures
    EPSY 5401(Counseling Procedures) is designed as an introduction to counseling. Students will learn about the types of issues that clients bring to counseling, counseling and interpersonal skills that can be used with clients and in students' own lives, case studies, role playing, and demonstrations will be used. Multicultural counseling topics will be covered. For individuals who are interested in exploring the field of counseling and for individuals whose professional work may include counseling and interviewing. Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to enroll.
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    JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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    9. MN Population Center Admin Core is Hiring
    The MN Population Center Admin Core is currently conducting a search for 3-4 undergraduate office assistants to join our front desk student team. This is an immediate opening but we would like to find individuals who would be able to work during the academic year as well. We're looking for someone who is hard working, has good attention to detail, and has great customer service skills. In this role, you will function as part of a reception and administrative support team and provide service to staff and visitors to the Center. Your duties will include the following: general office support: typing, filing, errands, faxing, and copying; mail distribution: incoming and outgoing mail, deliveries, and courier services; operations and facilities support; special event assistance: setup and cleanup; conference room scheduling and monitoring; and HR and financial support tasks. The full posting can be found online, Req # 192407.
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    10.Cognitive Trainer Positions Open
    We have part-time positions open for Cognitive Trainers in Chanhassen and Maple Grove. Come join the LearningRx cognitive skills training team and help change lives by improving cognitive ability! Our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work one-on-one with individuals utilizing clinically-proven procedures to improve areas such as memory, attention, auditory processing and IQ. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree or are graduating soon. Hours are flexible but we require at least four days with availability between the hours of 3PM-8PM. For more information and to request an interview give us a call at 952-949-6900. After calling - resumes can be sent to nate.maus@learningrx.net.
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    11.TRIO Upward Bound College Access Advisor & Residential Coordinator
    The Student Services unit at the College of Education and Human Development is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for a College Access Advisor & Residential Coordinator to assist in the execution of our long-standing federal grant program -- TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB). TRIO Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for low-income and educationally disadvantaged high school students. TRIO UB works with students, parents, schools and communities, on a long-term and intensive basis to help generate both individual and systemic change. Services are designed to help participants build the skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education. This position is responsible for academic advising and student caseload management to achieve student development in all facets including academic, personal, social, and cultural. Includes program operation including developing, implementing and managing program initiatives, projects and events. Also includes serving as an instructor in post-secondary education, the Residential Coordinator, and the school and community liaison. This position contributes to the professional growth of students through programs, courses, and events. To learn more about and/or apply to the TRIO UB College Access Advisor & Residential Coordinator position, go to employment.umn.edu and search Requisition #192485.
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    12.EMPaCT Program is Hiring a Community Health Coordinator - Patient Navigator
    Navigators are "natural helpers" who will provide information and support to racial/ethnic minority patients to ensure they have equal access to clinical trials. Navigators help patients move through the healthcare system and help them overcome barriers to enrollment, treatment protocols, and continued participation in clinical trials. Navigators provide general information about how clinical trials are conducted, patient rights and protections, and work with research staff to ensure patients concerns are addressed. Navigators then link patients to institutional services, community resources, and provide support to enhance enrollment and retention of patients in clinical trials. Information about the EMPaCT program and the full job posting (Req #192318) can be found online. Please follow up with Lisa Rogers at roger031@umn.edu for any questions.
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    13.Fall Internship Opportunity with Congressman Ellison
    Congressman Keith Ellison is looking for the next group of smart, hardworking, and dedicated students for a fall internship opportunity in his Minneapolis office. Internships are offered for individuals interested in learning the operations of a Congressional office: current events as they relate to Congressional activity, federal legislation and legislative issues, constituent services, and events research and planning. Interns must work at least 15 hours per week. Unfortunately, due to House ethics guidelines, we are not able to offer compensation to interns. People of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Though this internship demands high-quality work and investment, we are seeking applicants who are passionate about social justice and in need of experience. Applications are due by August 15, 2014, and may be emailed to nicky.leingang@mail.house.gov. Please see the full posting online for more information. If you have any questions, please email Nicky Leingang via email (nicky.leingang@mail.house.gov) or telephone (612-522-1212).
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    14.Full-Time Assistant Director for Camp Sunrise
    YouthCARE is currently looking to hire a new full time Assistant Director for Camp Sunrise. See the full job description online.
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    July 28th, 2014

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