Friday, September 21, 2012
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THIS ISSUE:
--1.Reviewers Needed for Sentience! Great Experience for Grad School Prep
--2.Info Session: Study Abroad in Florence! ....and Earn Psych Credits - in English!
--3.Study Psychology in Thailand: Winter Break 2012-13! Learn More at the Info Session
--4.Make Learning Abroad Happen! Short-Term Loan Program for Winter Break Seminars
--5.Want to Pursue a Future in Industrial/Organizational Psych? Attend MPPAW!
--6.UGRAs for Educational Psych Reading Comprehension Lab--Course Credit Option
--7.UGRAs Needed for Educational Psych Research in Elementary School
--8.Make a Difference for High Schoolers! Full-Time Positions with College Possible
--9.Full-Time Positions for Alumni as a Mental Health Advocate!
--10.Cognitive Trainer Positions Open for Recent Grads/Alumni: Attend Info Session & Apply!
--11.Part-Time PCA Opportunity - Gain Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis!
--12.Part-Time In-Home Family Supports Needed! Apply today!
--13.$500-$600! Apply for a Fall 2012 Psych Engagement Award! Deadline TODAY
1.Reviewers Needed for Sentience! Great Experience for Grad School Prep
We have an urgent need for peer reviewers for our online undergraduate psychology journal, Sentience. We received many more manuscript submissions than we have ever received before, and we must begin the review process very soon in order to complete it by the end of the semester. Please consider serving as a reviewer on our Editorial Board. To apply, download and complete an application so that we have some information about your experience and interests. Download an application at www.psych.umn.edu/sentience/editorial.html and send the completed application to us email@example.com. What's in it for you? You will gain valuable experience in an important part of the scientific publication process. This is experience that will set you apart from other students when you are applying for grad school or for jobs. Your name will be published in the journal online as an Editorial Board member and you will be recognized for your efforts at the Psychology Undergraduate Awards ceremony in the spring. If you have questions, please contact Mark Stellmack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.Info Session: Study Abroad in Florence! ....and Earn Psych Credits - in English!
Monday, October 1st; 2:30 - 3:30pm
N120 Elliott Hall (Community Room)
RSVP to email@example.com with "Florence" in the subject line.
The U of M's Study Abroad in Florence program offers students the opportunity to complete two psychology courses - in English! - while studying in one of Europe's most beautiful and historically rich cities. On October 1st, take advantage of a unique opportunity to meet and speak with the program's director from Italy. The Department of Psychology is hosting Coffee & Snacks with Michelangelo to give you the opportunity to learn first-hand about the many opportunities the Florence program has to offer. For background and program details, see http://umabroad.umn.edu/programs/europe/florence.php. Don't miss the chance to meet Michelangelo on campus!
3.Study Psychology in Thailand: Winter Break 2012-13! Learn More at the Info Session
Thursday, September 27th; 3:00 - 4:00pm
N639 Elliott Hall
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 9/25 with "Thailand" in the subject line
If you've been hoping to go abroad and study psychology, but don't have a whole semester to do it, this winter break is your chance! Dr. Angus MacDonald, clinical psychology faculty member, is leading a winter break global seminar to northern Thailand. If you are interested in the study of addiction, clinical or biological psychology, cultural context, happiness or spiritualism, don't miss this excellent opportunity. Using Chiang Mai as a backdrop, you'll explore the psychology of desire and craving as well as Buddhist techniques used in understanding and overcoming addiction. How do we find purpose in our lives and cope with suffering? On this global seminar, "Golden Triangle: Addiction, Power and Buddhism in Thailand," you will discover a Golden Triangle that encompasses three choices about how to find happiness: acquire status (power), use chemicals (addiction), or reduce the influence of desires (Buddhism). Psychology will be hosting an informational event where you can learn more about the seminar/travel experience, hear directly from Professor MacDonald, receive practical information from Learning Abroad Center staff, and taste authentic Thai cuisine! Space is limited, so RSVP today! Program application deadline: October 15th.
4.Make Learning Abroad Happen! Short-Term Loan Program for Winter Break Seminars
The Learning Abroad Center is pleased to announce a new pilot program to assist students pay for the up-front costs associated with learning abroad by providing short term loans. Developed in close consultation with UofM faculty and staff from advising, student services, office of student finance, TRiO, MLK, MCAE, ATS and others, the Bridging Loan Program allows students to delay the payment of their program deposit and covers the cost of their flight until their financial aid funds are available to them. The hope is that this will make learning abroad accessible to more students. Student must have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $10,000 or less to qualify. Program is in pilot mode currently and available only for Winter Break 2013 programs run by the Learning Abroad Center (Psychology's Thailand program applies!). The hope is we will be able to extend this to other program time periods next academic year. Full details and eligibility can be found here: http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/students/finances/bridgingloan.php. If you have other questions or comments, please email Brook Blahnik: email@example.com
5.Want to Pursue a Future in Industrial/Organizational Psych? Attend MPPAW!
Interested in psychology, business, and communication? Then Industrial/Organizational Psychology may be a great fit for you! Learn more at the Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work meetings. This year's events are held on the following Tuesdays:
October 16th, Sharon Arad (Cargill), Roxanne Laczo (Cargill), and Rose Hansen (PDRI), Performance Management
November 13th, Cindy McCauley, 70-20-10: From Research to Rules to Real World Development Practices
January 15th, Michael Cullen Sr. Scientist (HumRRO), Practical considerations in using SJTs
February 19, Speaker/Topic TBD
March 19th, Nathan Kuncel, Professor of I/O Psychology (UofM-TC), Topic: TBD
May 21st, Dianne Nilsen, COO Questar, Employee Surveys
For more information visit MPPAW.org and watch future Psych Scoops!
6.UGRAs for Educational Psych Reading Comprehension Lab--Course Credit Option
The Department of Educational Psychology is looking for six to ten upper level undergraduate students to help with a grant-funded research project. In this second year of the grant, the research team is continuing development of a teaching intervention to improve reading comprehension by struggling fourth graders. Applicants should be interested in working with student's learning data and experiencing educational research. Tasks that selected undergraduates will provide include transcribing recordings of student's spoken thoughts during a reading exercise, scoring, coding, and other data-entry tasks, and producing teaching materials. Selected undergraduates will also attend a bi-weekly lab meeting. Most of the work will be performed in the Education Sciences Building during M-F daytime hours. Spring semester there may be opportunities to tutor elementary school students. Undergraduate research assistants may receive course credit (Psy4993) or volunteer 3, 6 or 9 hours per week. The study continues into spring semester, if the undergraduate research assistant is interested and available to continue. To apply, email Bonnie Janda (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will reply with an application and the schedule for group information sessions and individual interviews.
7.UGRAs Needed for Educational Psych Research in Elementary School
I am a graduate student working with Dr. Ted Christ and am looking for 3-4 reliable students who can help me collect data for my master's thesis in a local elementary school. Tasks include attending a brief training, administering a questionnaire, collecting reading fluency data one-to-one, and entering data. I prefer people who are available at the same time 2-3 days per week for 4 weeks, but we can work around scheduling conflicts if need be. This can be for credit or a volunteer opportunity. Please contact Greta Fenske at email@example.com with any questions or if you are interested.
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8.Make a Difference for High Schoolers! Full-Time Positions with College Possible
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Nationwide, College Possible's innovative and award-winning model is serving nearly 12,000 Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin students in 2012-13 with plans to reach 20,000 students annually in 10 locations across the country by 2020. According to a recent Harvard study, the program more than doubles a student's chances of enrolling in college. College Possible is currently hiring for full-time positions in both Portland, OR, and St. Paul, MN. For job descriptions and to apply, please visit http://collegepossiblelt.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Learn more about College Possible at www.CollegePossible.org.
9.Full-Time Positions for Alumni as a Mental Health Advocate!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
10.Cognitive Trainer Positions Open for Recent Grads/Alumni: Attend Info Session & Apply!
LearningRx has part-time positions open for Cognitive Trainers in Chanhassen, Maple Grove, and now in Vadnais Heights. Come join the LearningRx cognitive skills training team and help change lives by improving cognitive ability! The 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. Hours are flexible but at least four days with availability between the hours of 3PM-8PM are required. We will be on campus for an information session and interviews or you can give us a call if you are unable to attend the event. The information session will be held in 518/520 STSS Building on Wednesday, October 3rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Quick 15 minute drop-in interviews to follow the information session. For more information contact Nate Maus at email@example.com or 952-949-6900.
11.Part-Time PCA Opportunity - Gain Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis!
We are looking for an energetic individual to work as a PCA with a 6-year-old girl with autism in St. Paul's Mariam Park Neighborhood. This fun position would include training with the child's home-based Applied Behavior Analysis team! You would assist the child when she is not actively engaged in therapy sessions, implementing language, play, and self-care targets in her natural environment. The part-time hours would be primarily late afternoon or early evening as well as some weekend hours but we also need someone for Thursday mornings. You do not have to have previous experience, just a positive attitude and lots of energy! If interested, please call Nick at 309-868-1521.
12.Part-Time In-Home Family Supports Needed! Apply today!
Dependable Home Health Care has part-time Direct Care Counselor positions available working with men or women with developmental disabilities. The men and women are all very active and like to stay busy going out for movies, visiting attractions in the community, playing sports, and other activities. Preferred candidates will have experience working with young people or with people with disabilities. All job offers are contingent on a cleared background check and clean driving record. Positions are available for either weekdays 3pm- 8pm (3 shifts weekly) OR weekdays 8am - 2pm (4 shifts weekly). Compensation is $13/hour plus mileage reimbursement. Please email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in a weekend position.
13.$500-$600! Apply for a Fall 2012 Psych Engagement Award! Deadline TODAY
Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this fall? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship or research component, etc.). Up to two awards of $500 will be offered Fall 2012. A third candidate will be selected to receive the named Natalis Award of $600. The Fall 2012 application deadline is Sept. 21, 2012. Notification Date: Oct. 5, 2012. For details about the awards and application materials, visit www.psych.umn.edu/ugrad/engawards.html.