Ψ PSYCHOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE NEWSLETTER
Psychology Advising Offices
S102-S107 Elliott Hall
Inside this issue:
Careers and Grad. School 2
Website: Scholarships and Grants 3
www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad Study Abroad 4
Advisors in psychology for Fall 2007: Holly Hatch-Surisook, Becky Grad School Info Session:
Mooney and Amy Kallenberg. To schedule an appointment in S105 Wednesday, October 17th
Elliott Hall, call 612/625-8520, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall 4:00pm-5:30PM, in N639 Elliott
Semester’s Walk-In Hours will be; A panel of graduate students from
• Holly: Wednesdays between 8:30am-10:30am (Elliott S106) psychology share insights into
• Becky: Mondays between 12:30pm-2:30pm (Elliott S103) graduate school with undergraduate
psychology students. Learn what it
The Psych Scoop: takes to be a graduate student, how
The Psych Scoop is the weekly electronic newsletter that keeps you up-to- to choose a program, what the
date on what’s happening in the Psychology Department. E-mail us at application process is like, and how
to best prepare yourself for
email@example.com and we will add you to the list of recipients.
Fall Open House & Info Session: Check out:
Wednesday, September 19th from 1:00pm – 3:30pm
♦ Our office makeover!
First floor lobby of Elliott Hall
♦ Study Abroad: Student
We look forward to welcoming both current and new psychology students
questionnaire binder in
to the 2007-2008 academic year during our annual Fall Open House. We S107 Elliott Hall
will have advisors on hand to greet you and answer any quick questions ♦ Psychology Website:
you may have. Be sure to stop by for cider and cookies. www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad
Special congratulations to our new officers for 2007-2008!!!
President: Tara Langsdorf
New University online resources!
Vice President: Alyssa Erickson
Treasurer: Alex Nelson *GoldPass: to find open employment opportunities!
Secretary: Vui Ung https://goldpass.umn.edu/goldpass/Initialize.do
Social Chair: Steve Khazon
*Grad Planner: for help in planning your academic
Technology Chair: Pamela Nesham
For the 2007-2008 school year, events will be spread periodically https://onestop2.umn.edu/gradplanner/home.jsp
throughout the semesters in N639 Elliott Hall. Watch for notices in the
Psych Scoop. Past events have ranged from faculty members speaking Check out our updated advising offices!
about their research/teaching interests to graduate student panels giving
advice on how to apply to and get accepted to graduate school. Meetings Psychology Advising has gone through a summer
are informal and open to anyone who is interested in psychology-related of changes. We are altering our website and have
topics. Furthermore, since the events are planned by students, your input altered the look of our offices. Our hope is that
and ideas are always welcome and needed. Events are planned according we feel more student friendly.
to your interests, so if there is something you are interested in, don't Come in and take a look! While you are here, set
hesitate to contact us by phone at 612/625-2328, E-mail at
up a time to meet with your advisor to talk about
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by S104 Elliott Hall and voice your opinion.
your coursework, study abroad, research or
Please watch for more updates and information on the Psi Chi website at
http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/psichi. internships! email@example.com
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Are you giving some thought to what you'd like to do with your major in psychology after graduation?
Psychology Advising resources and advisors can help introduce you to many of the options open to you.
Talk with an advisor about how to go about doing informational interviews with members of the
community involved in a particular career. Ask about how to prepare yourself for many different career
options in psychology! The Psychology Advising resource library also contains many helpful books and
handouts to guide you as you explore your career options. Come in any time between 8am and 4pm to use
materials and ask general questions. Set up an appointment with an advisor at 612/625-8520 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more individualized, in-depth career assistance. Also, be sure to check out the
careers area of our website at: http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/hb5.htm
CCLC in 135 Johnston Hall is a wonderful resource to help you find your career path. Check out their
website for workshop schedules as well, at: http://www.cclc.umn.edu/workshops/index.html
It's never too early to start making career plans!
Directed Studies/Research Lab/Internship: If you are interested in graduate studies in psychology, would like
the opportunity to work with a faculty member, or are curious about the research process consider taking advantage of
psychology’s special courses. Check out the options for Psy 3993, 5993, and 3996 on the web at:
http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/hb3.htm#dept, or pick up an information sheet in S105 Elliott, for details about
how to receive credit for participation. Be sure to check out Faculty information online at
http://www.psych.umn.edu/faculty/index.htm, as well as the Adjunct Faculty interest information at
http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/adjunctfaculty2006.pdf. These sites should help you to get started.
Closed Courses: The Department of Psychology does not give out course permission numbers for closed courses. We
will keep a waiting list for students who are interested in enrolling in a course in future terms if they were unsuccessful
in registering for that course in a previous term. Other options for entering closed courses include checking on-line for a
seat to open up or attending the first day of class to claim the seat of a registered student who does not attend the first
class meeting. For details, contact Psychology Advising at 612/625-8520 or email@example.com
GRADUATE SCHOOL INFORMATION
GRE: The general GRE is currently offered only as a computer based test. This will continue, but the format is changing
November 2007. Check with the Test Prep Center in 109 Eddy Hall. Score reports are mailed to schools approximately
10-15 working days after you complete the test. Schedule one to three weeks in advance of the proposed test date. To
register, call 1-800-473-2255, the U of M Computer-Based Test (CBT) Center in Eddy Hall at 612/624-5520, or simply
register online at: http://securereg3.prometric.com/Dispatch.aspx See the GRE website at www.gre.org for more
information. The GRE Psychology subject test is paper-based. Sign up well in advance of published test dates!
Grad School Preparation Courses: The College of Continuing Education offers several courses to prepare students
for graduate study including online options. The courses range from deciding to attend grad school to preparing for the
GRE. For more information, call 612/624-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Compleat Scholar Program on the web at:
Grad School Info Session: Graduate School Information Sessions are held each term for students thinking about
graduate studies in psychology. A panel of graduate students from the Department of Psychology will discuss their
graduate school admissions process. This is an excellent opportunity to hear what to expect from grad school, and how to
make yourself a competitive applicant. Fall semester’s event will be on Wednesday, October 17th, in N639 Elliott Hall
from 4-5:30pm. RSVP online at: www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/upcomingevents.htm , or by calling 612/625-8520 or e-
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APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS!
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP): The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate
Research Opportunities Program offers financial awards twice yearly to full time undergraduates for research,
scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. UROP applications are judged on
both the quality of the proposed project and the educational benefit to the student; awards are not based on financial
need. NEXT DEADLINE: October 8, 2007 for projects beginning on or after January 1, 2008. CLA students
should check http://www.urop.umn.edu/ or contact Rebecca Rassier call (612)624-8006 in 345 Frasier Hall, or email
at: email@example.com for more details.
CLA Internship Grant Program: Students who are involved in an unpaid internship program for credit of at
least 10 hours per week for the semester are eligible for this non-renewable grant. The program was established to
enable students to enhance their academic experience with meaningful internships in the community. Grant
recipients receive $1200 each. For more information and application forms, contact the Career and Community
Learning Center (CCLC), 135 Johnston Hall, 612/624-7577 or visit
Thesis Grants: Seniors, before you begin work on your Honors Theses or Projects, consider making application for an
Honors Thesis/Research Project Grant. The maximum award for such grants is $500. Applications are due by the end of the
second week of Fall Semester in 20 Nicholson Hall, 612/624-5522.
NEW - Psychology APA Engagement Awards:
If you are participating in an internship here or abroad during Fall semester, or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside
of the classroom for a unique experience, the Department of Psychology's APA Engagement Awards 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 each will be offered Fall 2007 (and each semester through Spring 2009). The
Fall 2007 Application Deadline is September 7, 2007. Notification Date: September 21, 2007. For details about these awards and
application materials, visit http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/apaawards.htm.
SPRING SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FROM THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT!
Junita J. Mortensen Scholarship & Award Recipients:
Introduction to Psychology Mortensen Awards 2006-2007: Jesse Fark & Aleksandar Knezevich
Mortensen Travel Awards 2006-2007: LeeAnn Heim & Nicholas Ketz
Mortensen Study Abroad Scholarship Spring 2008: Kirsten Newman
Mortensen Academic Scholarship 2007-2008: Alyssa Erickson, Marniasha Ginsberg, Siri Scott & Janette Wilsey
Mortensen Research Awards 2006-2007: Jenny Ostergren, Victoria Schneider & Maggie Wilkie
Waller Scholarship 2007-2008: Winners will be announced soon…
Waller Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support for approximately 130 CLA undergraduates and transfer students.
Recipients will receive approximately $2,500 for the 2007-2008 academic year. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic
merit, with some consideration given to co- or extra-curricular involvement. Financial need is not a consideration. Applicants must have
completed at least 45, but normally not more than 75, semester credits by the end of fall term 2006. They must have a cumulative grade
point average of 3.5 or better in all college coursework, including transfer coursework. They must also have an officially declared CLA
major by Fall 2007 and intend to pursue a degree from the College of Liberal Arts.
Selmer Birkelo Recipient 2007-2008: Beth Dicks
The Selmer Birkelo Scholarship, the College’s most prestigious scholarship award, is named for Selmer Birkelo, who donated funds to
endow annual scholarships for the most talented and highest achieving students in the College of Liberal Arts. Each year departments
from the fields of history, social sciences, modern languages, and the classics nominate their best students for this award.
Fulbright Grant Recipient 2007-2008: David Ansari
Established in 1946 by USA Congress, this is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students,
scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary
and secondary schools worldwide.
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Ψ Study Abroad In Psychology! Ψ
AMY KALLENBERG’S INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE IN ECUADOR
Amy Kallenberg is a recent graduate of the Psychology department and a recent addition to the Psychology advising team. As
a student, Amy spent the 2005-2006 academic year abroad in Ecuador through the MSID (Minnesota Studies in International
Development) program. The MSID program is unique in that it allows for the completion of an internship within the student's
individual interest areas, in combination with a broad range of interdisciplinary coursework. Amy chose to complete her
internship working with high school students on issues related to sexual and mental health. Some of her time was focused on
assisting with educational programming, while the remainder was spent collecting data for an ethnographic study on the high
incidence of early pregnancy among high school students in rural Ecuador. "It was by far the most eye opening and
transformative experience of my life... It was never a given that somebody like me would be able to do something like this.
There were many things standing in my way, but I'm so overwhelmingly glad that I put the effort into making it happen."
Like many students, one of the barriers that Amy needed to overcome in order to make study abroad a reality in her life was a
financial one. She was surprised to receive a scholarship from the Learning Abroad Center and recommends that all eligible
students apply for those. Amy encourages anyone who is even remotely interested in study abroad to at least check into it.
"It's one thing to gather the information and then make an informed decision to not go abroad, but it's another thing completely
to rule it out before even having the necessary information." Amy would be happy to talk with anybody interested in study
abroad in general and the MSID program, in particular. If you'd like to set up an appointment to discuss study abroad with her
or another advisor, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-625-8520.
Please watch our website for details concerning the upcoming $1,000 Junita J. Mortensen Study Abroad Scholarship which
will be available for the academic year 2008-2009. The deadline for application will be late January 2008.
Be sure to contact us for exciting Study Abroad opportunities and check out our “Study Abroad in Psychology” worksheet
For any questions you have regarding studying abroad, contact Learning abroad Center at (612)626-9000, stop by their offices in Heller Hall, or visit their
website at http://www.umabroad.umn.edu
FALL CALENDAR & EVENTS
RSVP for events online at: http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/upcomingevents.htm
Fall Semester 2007
DATE EVENT RSVP TIME PLACE
Mon, 9/3 Labor Day Holiday- Campus offices closed
Tue, 9/4 Fall Semester Classes Begin
Tue, 9/18 Last day to apply for Fall Semester Graduation!
Wed, 9/19 Fall Open House and Information Session 1:00-3:30 Elliott Foyer
Wed, 10/3 Study Abroad 1st Step Meeting (612-625-8520 2:15-2:45 Willey Hall
Wed, 10/17 Graduate School Information Session (612) 625-8520 4:00-5:30 N639 Elliott
Wed, 10/17 Premajor Session (612) 625-8520 2:15-2:45 Willey Hall
Tue, 10/30 Let’s Talk About Counseling (612-625-8520 4pm TBA
Fri, 11/6 Spring Registration Begins!
11/22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday- Campus offices closed
Wed, 12/12 Last day of Fall courses
Thu, 12/13 Study Day
12/14-20 Final Examinations
12/24, 25 & 1/1 Winter Holiday- Campus offices closed
For questions about any of the above events sponsored by Psychology Advising, call (612) 625-8520 or email: email@example.com
This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Holly Hatch-Surisook, Psychology Advising Office, S106 Elliott
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