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  • April 14, 2015

    Department of Psychology

    1. Psy 3206: Health Psychology - Online this Summer
    2. Psychology Colloquium Series - Dr. Chris Chabris

    Psi Chi/Psychology Student Organization

    3. Apply to be an Officer for Psi Chi

    Events

    4. Free Upcoming Composer Conversation Series
    5. What’s Next? Job Search Strategies for Graduating Seniors & Recent Alumni
    6. Market Your International Experience Workshop
    7. Animal/Human Connection: Roles of Service, Emotional Support, & Therapy Animals

    Research

    8. Research Opportunity
    9. Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Scholarships

    10.Scholarship Opportunities for Black Students

    Learning Abroad

    11. Psy & Research in Madrid this Summer – 3 Additional Spots!

    Courses

    12. Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy (DNCE3334/5334)

    Jobs/Internship Opportunities

    13. Paid Internship with National History Day
    14. TRIO Upward Bound is Hiring Summer Positions
    15. Entry Level Position with Behavioral Dimensions
    16. Principal Accounts Specialist Position
    17. Volunteer at Kenwood Therapy Center
    18. Summer Internships with the Minnesota Literacy Council
    19. On Campus Internship – Counseling Psychology

    April 14, 2015
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    Department of Psychology

    1. Psy 3206: Health Psychology - Online this Summer
    If you are interested in taking an online course in your Psychology major this summer, then check outPsy 3206: Health Psychology. This summer will be the first time that the department offers an online version of this course. Psy 3206 fulfills an Area B: Clinical, Personality & Social Area requirement for the Psychology Major (BA or BS).
    2. Psychology Colloquium Series - Dr. Chris Chabris
    Next Monday, April 20th from 11:30am-12:30pm, the Department of Psychology will host Dr. Chirs Chabris from Union College (N219 Elliott Hall). He will speak on "Collective Intelligence, Individual Intelligence, and Social Intelligence." Dr. Chabris writes this about his talk: Aristotle wrote: "For each individual among the many has a share of excellence and practical wisdom, and when they meet together, just as they become in a manner one man, who has many feet, and hands, and senses, so too with regard to their character and thought." If a group is indeed "in a manner" like an individual, then the collective intelligence of small groups may be subject to principles similar to those that have been discovered over the past one hundred years of research on individual intelligence”. In this talk I will discuss the parallels and divergences between several recent findings about the nature of collective intelligence in small groups and the mechanisms that explain individual differences in cognitive ability. I will suggest that intelligence, in the psychometric sense of correlated variation in cognitive abilities, is a property of all types of complex information processing systems in nature, whether they are individual humans, individual animals, or different human groups. I will also suggest that in order to understand the collective intelligence of groups, we must improve our understanding of social intelligence (also known as "mentalizing" or "theory of mind") in individuals, and I will present some steps toward that goal. Come listen on Monday.

    Psi Chi/Psychology Club 

    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!
    3. Apply to be an Officer for Psi Chi
    Apply now to be an officer in Psi Chi and Psychology Club! We are looking for a treasurer for fall of 2015. Apply here!

    Events

    4. Free Upcoming Composer Conversation Series
    Fred Lerdahl is a composer and academic who is widely acclaimed for his work as a musician as well as his contributions to the field of cognitive science of music. The Composer Conversation Series allows audiences to engage directly with the most original, prominent and prestigious voices in composition. Psychology students may have a special interest in Lerdahl’s discussion and his unique insights into the relationship between cognitive science and music. Fred Lerdahl – April 22, 7pm. This event is FREE and will take place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown Saint Paul and feature time devoted for audience Q&A and informal post-show receptions.
    5. What’s Next? Job Search Strategies for Graduating Seniors & Recent Alumni
    This webinar is for seniors who have pushed off their job search until after graduation, those who have been unsuccessful to date in on-campus interviewing, and those undecided about grad school.GradStaff's CEO Bob LaBombard will offer advice about what industries to look at and how to tailor previous experience to a variety of positions. He will be joined by Melissa Gurewitz, a GradStaff Account Manager, who will talk about her own job search and offer tips to those about to follow in her footsteps. The webinar will cover some of the following information: Identifying transferrable 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. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation, where attendees can get answers to any specific job search questions they have. This presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:30pm Central time. Pre-registration* is required in order to reserve your spot – if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, please register and information on viewing a recorded version of the webinar will be sent at the conclusion of the presentation for your convenience. The webinar will be replayed on our website within 48 hours of the live presentation. Email any questions to jschlaikjer@gradstaff.com.
    6. Market Your International Experience Workshop
    If you studied abroad, ths workshop is perfect for you! On April 17th from 12:00pm-1:00pm in 125 Belgen Hall, Darren Kaltved, Assistant Director of Career Services in the School of Public Health will lead a workshop on Marketing your International Experience to future employers. This workshop, Branding and Networking Your Way to Career Success, will help students learn how to identify specific skills learned abroad, how to articulate their experience and skills gained abroad on resumes and in interviews and how to utilize best practices for personal branding.
    7. Animal/Human Connection: Roles of Service, Emotional Support, & Therapy Animals
    For millennia, humans have had complex relationships with animals. They have served humans as a source of food, tools, clothing, and scientific research; they have provided labor, transportation, and companionship, and in certain cultures, they are seen as inspirational, even sacred. This conversation explores animal/human emotional, physical, and cognitive connections and addresses specific questions and issues involved in the use of service animals that work with people with disabilities. It also provides important information about the differences among service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals. Join us for a conversation that expands our understanding of animal roles, care, and relationships with their human owners and handlers on April 17 from 1:30 - 3:00 pmin the Givens Conference Room, Andersen Library. Information about more conversations like this one can be found online.

    Research

    8. Research Opportunity
    The Karatekin Research Group is currently looking for volunteer students interested in a research project on health care utilization of maltreated children. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Center, as well as two pediatricians and a professor in public health. The job involves coding certain types of information from electronic health records of maltreated and comparison youth. This would be good opportunity for students interested in learning about the health care system, and about maltreated children and adolescents. Once you are trained, the hours are completely flexible. We are looking for very meticulous and reliable students who will be able to read, understand, and pay A LOT of attention to the details of coding instructions and electronic health records. Other requirements include respect for patient confidentiality, a computer on which you can install the necessary software to access secure data, basic familiarity with Excel, and a commitment to work at least 6 hours/week during both the summer and fall semesters (and beyond, if you like). If you are interested, please contact Canan Karatekin, Ph.D. (karat004@umn.edu).
    9. Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Students across all colleges will showcase their research to the University community during the Undergraduate Research Symposium, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union on April 22nd. More than 250 undergraduate students will present on a range of topics, deepening the understanding of undergraduate research across the University. Learn more about this event online.

    Scholarships

    10. Scholarship Opportunities for Black Students
    The mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc (CBCF) is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. One of the many ways CBCF works to achieve this mission is through its scholarship program. Each year. This is an excellent opportunity for black students. The following scholarships are available: CBCF Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship (deadline May 1st); CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship (deadline May 1st) and CBC Spouses Education Scholarship (deadline May 22nd). Find out more information and apply online. Call 202.263.2800 or email scholarships@cbcfinc.org with any questions. Questions can also be directed to the interns in the Office of Congressman Keith Ellison, Dash Tuthill or Sarah Sanchez.

    Learning Abroad

    11. Psy & Research in Madrid this Summer – 3 Additional Spots!
    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. For more information, take a look at the Learning Abroad Center's Website. The application for this program closed several weeks ago, however, the Learning Abroad Center has recently been able to accept 3 additional applicants (preference will be given to students with Spanish experience, preferable high level). Due to the systems upgrade the application is currently unavailable online, but students who are interested should write to Holly Zimmerman-LeVoir (zimme001@umn.edu) as soon as possible. If you have questions about this program, or how it would count towards the Psychology major (BA or BS), please contact Psychology Advising.

    Courses

    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.
    12. Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy (DNCE3334/5334)
    Dance/movement therapy is mind/body form of psychotherapy that uses body and movement to facilitate psychological goals of self-awareness growth and change. No previous movement experience is required. The course, DNCE3334/5334 is appropriate for anyone interested in the relationships among body, movement, creative expression and psychology and is particularly relevant to the fields of Psychology, Education, Music Therapy, Art and Drama Therapy, Counseling, Family Social Studies, Social Work and Movement Studies. The course also complies with DMT Alternate Route requirements. Check it out this Fall. Click this link for a permission number (and to register). Questions can be directed to the instructor Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb (Loebx001@umn.edu)

    Jobs/Internship Opportunities

    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.
    13. Paid Internship with National History Day
    National History Day in Minnesota is looking for undergraduate students interested in history, history education, or community service! The History Day Mentoring Program is a PAID internship where undergraduates have the opportunity to mentor middle school and high school students as they create original projects. Working with the History Day program will help you build your resume, introduce you to career opportunities in education and public history, and support connections between the U and the community. A short application for prospective mentors can be found online. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 22nd. If you have any questions, please contact Matt King atkingx957@umn.edu.
    14. TRIO Upward Bound is Hiring Summer Positions
    We are accepting applications (on the UMN Employment Website) for both students and non-students for several positions for our summer services including: Teachers (Req #197135); Classroom Assistants (Req. #197131), and Residential Youth Counselors (Req #197136). These are great opportunities for future educators/youth workers and/or people who are just interested in doing IMPACTFUL work. &Classroom Assistant positions can contact Tricia Wilkinson at 612-625-3369 orwilk0151@umn.edu, and questions about the Residential Youth Counselor positions can contact to Max Hollenback at 612-625-6626 or mhollenb@umn.edu.
    15. Entry Level Position with Behavioral Dimensions
    Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities. We are currently hiring students from junior and community colleges and undergraduate students from universities. This entry level position teaches employees many valuable skills to use when working with children with unique learning needs. There are excellent promotion opportunities within the company. The qualifications required to apply for the position are also listed. Part time and full time positions are available. If you are interested, Behavioral Dimensions is available to talk to classes about the work we do using applied behavioral analysis, the treatment of autism and challenging behavior, and job opportunities. We have presented to multiple college classes on a variety of topics including: Autism, How to prevent and respond to challenging behaviors, An overview of applied behavior analysis and how it is used with people with disabilities, The use effective teaching techniques with children who have unique learning needs, and Research related to applied behavior analysis UMN Employment Website, but also please feel free to contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278 or by email atjoneill@behavioraldimensions.com with any questions.
    16. Principal Accounts Specialist Position
    Student Unions & Activities is now hiring a Principal Accounts Specialist. The full posting can be found on the UMN Employment website Principal Accounts Specialist, Requisition #197653. This would be a great opportunity for a student that who is finishing their degree, looking to work before graduate school, or who is looking for their first professional job.
    17. Volunteer at Kenwood Therapy Center
    Kenwood Therapy Center is a 12-therapist psychology clinic and training center in Minneapolis, MN. We currently have an opening in our volunteer program to assist in the front office as administrative support. Duties include scheduling clients, insurance benefit checks, confidential phone intakes and referrals; light cleaning, filing, data entry, and special projects. Parts of this opportunity include the chance to speak to real people about real problems, and will provide context to further positions and graduate work. Experience, compassion, maturity, good judgment, and interest in working with clients with emotional, relational, sexual, and other serious life issues are important. This position is ideal for upperclassmen or individuals contemplating going on to graduate school in Psychology, Family Therapy, or other mental health fields; or someone interested in general work in a mental health and family therapy clinic. We are looking for applicants that are able to commit for at least one year for approximately two four-hour shifts per week. We currently need volunteers during weekday evenings. Administrative experience preferred, but not required. We are looking for someone to start ASAP. If you are interested, please email a resume and cover letter with your experience and interest to Becca Shaheen, Volunteer Coordinator, at b.shaheen@kenwoodcenter.org . You can find out more about theKenwood Therapy Center online.
    18. Summer Internships with the Minnesota Literacy Council
    The Minnesota Literacy Council has two summer internship opportunities. Though the website may indicate "Spring 2015," the summer opportunities will be the same. The two open positions are: Community Outreach Intern and Technology Assistant Intern. There will also likely be a Storytelling Internship announced soon. These internships are unpaid, but CLA students who do unpaid internships can apply for the CLA Internship Grant Scholarships ($1,500), as well as funds through theDepartment of Psychology, to help support their experience. The application date is June 10 for summer scholarships. By September 2015, they will be seeking a variety of interns (managing editor, co-editor, marketing intern and graphic design intern) to compile their annual adult learner anthology "Journeys.”
    19. On Campus Internship – Counseling Psychology
    Counseling and Assessment Clinic (CCAC) is seeking an undergraduate intern for the 2015-2016 school year (beginning in summer, 2015). 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 Kelly Jordan at kjordan@umn.edu for more information.



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