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Apr 27, 2015

Don't forget to come out and support the PSYC 319 Team in the Do Good Challenge Tuesday 4/28 @ 7 pm in the Riggs Alumni Center!

Do Good Challenge
PSYC 319 Team
Tuesday, April 28
7:00-9:00 pm 
Riggs Alumni Center

The Psychology Department's PSYC319 Team “Help Kids Be Kids” was selected as a finalist in the
Do Good Challenge at the University of Maryland. The team was told that they “proved to be one of the most exciting, innovative and creative groups of change makers at the University of Maryland.”

The PSYC 319 "Help Kids Be Kids Team" now has the opportunity to win up to $7,500 for the children at the Family Crisis Center and they need your help.

The finals event will be held on Tuesday, April 28th from 7:00 until 9:00pm at the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland. Our Team will present a five-minute pitch of our efforts during the Do Good Challenge, followed by judge comments and questions. After presentations by the six finalists, the judges will decide on the rankings for both the ventures and projects awards, while the audience votes for the People’s Choice Award.

How Can You Help?
1- Please join us at the Do Good Challenge Finals Event on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00pm and vote for us to receive the People’s Choice Award.

2- Encourage your students to join us at the Do Good Challenge Finals Event on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00pm and vote for us to receive the People’s Choice Award. Perhaps your students can receive extra credit in your class for attending this event where they will learn about how Maryland students are making a difference in our community?

3-If you have not yet donated to help renovate the playroom for the children at the shelter, please consider making a donation before April 27th. These donations will be considered as the judges determine if our team should win additional money for the children in shelter. Here’s the link:

What Has Our Team Accomplished?
We have raised $8815.74 to renovate the playroom at the Family Crisis Center. (online fundraising $7292, bake sale $279.05, cupcake sales $122, in-person donations $972.20 – including $500 from the American Psychological Association, grilled cheese sales $83, and a children’s art/bake sale $67.49)

Our students have donated over 400 hours to provide playtime and psycho-educational groups to the children living in the Family Crisis Center.

Thanks for your support! We hope to see you on April 28th!

Dr. Karen O'Brien and the PSYC319 Students – The Help Kids Be Kids Team

Apr 24, 2015

Undergraduate Psychology Majors Earn UMD Research Awards!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of Psychology congratulate our three PSYC undergraduate students who were named among UMD’s Undergraduate Researchers of the Year for 2015: Abby Hsiung, Margaret Sundel and Jennifer Weinstein.

This honor includes an award of $1,000, a commemorative plaque and inclusion in the opening ceremonies for Undergraduate Research Day, which will be held 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Grand Ballroom of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. At the ceremony, they will have the opportunity to present a poster about their research and projects.

Hsiung (pictured above) and Sundel (pictured below right) were nominated by
Assistant Professor Tracy Riggins, who runs the Neurocognitive Development Laboratory. That lab focuses on providing a better understanding of memory development by examining changes in neural substrates supporting this ability. The empirical research conducted in her laboratory involves both typically developing children and children at-risk for cognitive impairments and uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies.

Professor Riggins and her collaborator, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Redcay, recently were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study on the structural and functional development of brain regions known to play an important role in memory during childhood. (See page 18 of the Be the Solution Newsletter.)  

Weinstein (pictured left) was nominated by Assistant Professor Alexander J. Shackman, who directs the Affective and Translational Neuroscience Lab. This lab focuses on affective and cognitive neuroscience; neural bases of threat processing, anxiety, and their application to psychiatric disorders; and more.

The College celebrates the achievements of these students, their faculty mentors and the Department of Psychology.

Apr 23, 2015

Summer Research Assistant position with the Lab for Early Social Cognition!

Research Assistant Position
Lab for Early Social Cognition
Summer 2015

The Lab or Early Social Cognition, directed by Dr. Jonathan Beier, is looking for a motivated undergrad Research Assistant to aid in essential lab duties starting in Summer 2015. The individual chosen for this position will start as a recruiter and gradually work their way to running studies, coding data, and assisting with study design. The lab investigates social and cognitive development in infants and young children using methods such as eye tracking and live-action behavioral assessments. The lab also conducts studies with adults to examine social and cognitive processes over time.

-Two semester commitment (includes summer)
-15-20 hours per week in summer; 10 hours per week during school year
-Contact families in the area to participate in studies
-Schedule families to come into the lab
-Update database
-Assist in eye tracking and behavioral studies
-Code data

-Strong academic standing
-Strong communication skills
-Completed PSYC 100 

How To Apply:
If interested, please email Emma Larson, the Lab Manager, at with completed lab application and resume/CV. The lab application can be found at 

Apr 22, 2015

Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab looking for new RAs to start this summer!

Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions
Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Dr. Edward Bernat

The CCNL conducts both basic and applied neuroimaging work with humans using EEG and MRI modalities. Basic work focuses on brain mechanisms underlying emotion and cognition using EEG, MRI, and other psychophysiological measures, as well as the development of novel time-frequency signal processing approaches to neuroimaging data analysis. The applied work focuses on understanding how functional brain activity is disrupted for clinical problems such as substance abuse, aggression, depression, and anxiety, with a strong focus on how behavior in these brain mechanisms be changed through treatment. This work can be relevant to students from a variety of diciplines, incluing psychology, biology, neuroscience, and engineering. We are looking for several new RAs for a series of new projects starting in the summer!

-EEG and MRI data collection training
-Signal processing training
-Statistical data analysis training
-Develop new experiments
-Prepare research presentations
-Course credit

-No previous experience required
-3.5 GPA
-Highly motivated for graduate study
-Two years available to develop a strong research record (1st and 2nd year students are encouraged to apply as well)

How To Apply:
Please email your resume and unofficial transcript to Matthew Bachman at

Open position for a Faculty Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Crustacean Neurobiology and Behavior!

Faculty Research Assistant Position
Laboratory of Crustacean Neurobiology and Behavior

This paid full time (40h/week) position for a post-baccalaureate will be in the Crustacean Neurobiology & Behavior laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. It requires experimental research (75% of work load), and general lab duties such as ordering animals and supplies, animal care, bookkeeping, and supervising undergraduate students as well as high school students in the lab (25% of work load). The position starts on July 1, 2015 as a one-year position with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The appointment is on a 12-month basis at a base salary of $29,000. Benefits are available. A bachelor's degree is required at the beginning of the appointment; research experience, excellent organizational skills, leadership skills, a high level of independence and reliability, as well as strong work ethics are expected from applicants.

-Experimental Research
-General Lab Duties
-Supervision of undergraduate and high school students

-Bachelor's degree
-Research experience
-Organizational skills
-Leadership skills 

How To Apply:
Email resume, cover letter, and a copy of your transcript to Dr. Jens Herberholz at

Upcoming Workshops with the University Career Center!

The following are upcoming workshops at the University Career Center and The President's Promise:

BSOS Career Lab: LinkedIn- networking and researching
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Now that you have completed your LinkedIn profile, you may be wondering what is next! Attend this Lab to gain tips for following organizations of interest, researching your major related skills, and obtain a template for crafting messages to potential contacts.
*Note: in order to participate in this Lab all students must have a completed LinkedIn profile and be a member of several groups (try the UMD College of Behavioral and Social Science group or the University of Maryland Alumni Official group)

Photo Friday - April Edition
Friday, April 24, 2015 • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Introducing Photo Fridays! The Center is offering free professional head shots! Arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your time slot. You will be directed to a room where you may change, prep, and wait for your moment in the spotlight. Each session will last roughly 5 minutes. Photos will be prepped and emailed to you by the end of the next business day. Scheduled appointments will occur between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. For additional information about this event: contact Michelle Lopez-Mullins at

Ice Cream & Internships
Monday, April 27, 2015 • 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Do you want to know how to get the most out of your summer internship experience? The University Career Center & the President's Promise invites UMD undergraduate students with summer internships to talk with our Peer Career Educators and enjoy Maryland Dairy ice cream! Come by anytime on Monday, April 27 between 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.! The Peer Career Educators will be available to answer questions on networking, professional dress, dealing with workplace problems, setting up informational interviews and more! This will be a relaxed discussion session designed to answer YOUR questions. RSVP for this event: Click here.

BSOS Career Lab: Salary negotiation
Monday, April 27, 2015 • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Learn how to research your worth and use that research to negotiate your salary. Attendees will leave with a salary range for their industry for the geographical area they are interested in working, talking points to use during salary negotiation, and knowledge of the cost of living in their area of choice. This event is part of the BSOS Career Lab for students in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Attend UMD's Undergraduate Research Day!

Undergraduate Research Day
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research invites students, faculty, and staff to join in celebrating undergraduates’ remarkable and varied research accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) poster presentation Wednesday, April 29, between 1:45 and 3:45 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the STAMP Student Union. There will be a record number of posters and presenters.

**This year URD will feature the work of the first cohorts of students participating in Maryland’s “First-Year Innovation & Research Experience” (FIRE) Program!**

URD is Maryland’s largest, most visible, and most diversified showcase for undergraduate research accomplishments – come and learn from hundreds of team and individual presenters!

Where: Grand Ballroom, STAMP Student Union

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Next week's 4/29 Psychology Professor Lunch: Dr. Jude Cassidy! Limited spots available so act now!

Student-Faculty Lunchtime Conversations  
Dr. Jude Cassidy
Wednesday, April 29

Psi Chi and the Department of Psychology are hosting a series of noontime lunches giving undergraduates an opportunity to talk with faculty about career paths, what the life of a professor is really like, how faculty view undergraduate teaching, and many other possible topics. At the same time, the professors can learn about what the life of a student is really like, how students view undergraduate teaching, and students’career goals and concerns. In other words, a conversation over a free lunch.

Each lunch group will be one professor and 6 undergraduate Psychology majors (3
Psi Chi and 3 non-Psi Chi Psyc majors). Students can sign up for as many lunches as they desire, but you are not allowed to attend more than one lunch during the semester. For Psi Chi members, attending a lunch can count as one of the three
required meeting points for the semester.

If you are interested in attending a lunch, please send an email to with “Student-Faculty Lunchtime Entry” in the
subject line and include in the text which lunch you are requesting, your name,
email address, phone number, and whether or not you are a member of Psi Chi.

Some rules before signing up:
1) Students may not sign up for lunch with a faculty member if they already work in his/her
2) The deadline to sign up for a lunch is Friday 11:59pm of the week before the lunch.
Students will be notified if they were randomly selected to join the lunch by Monday noon
(2 days before the lunch). In that email they will receive all the necessary details.
3) If you opt to attend the lunch, but do not show up, you will be charged the cost of your
plate at the lunch.

The schedule for the remainder of the semester is:

Wednesday, April 29th- Dr. Jude Cassidy (Developmental)
Wednesday, May 6th- TBA 

A short bio on Dr. Cassidy can be found at the following link: 

Apr 21, 2015

Summer and Fall Research Assistant positions in the Laboratory of Emotion and Psychopathology!

Research Assistant Positions 
Laboratory of Emotion and Psychopathology

Undergraduate Research Assistants needed in the Laboratory of Emotion and Psychopathology (LEAP)! LEAP is seeking undergraduates who are interested in schizophrenia, serious mental illness, and/or social functioning in psychopathology to work in the lab this summer and fall. Extended positions can be discussed. If you are interested in psychology research, clinical work, or graduate school in clinical psychology, this is a great option for you!

-Watching and coding videos of social interactions
-Data entry and management
-Running study visits

-Minimum 3.3 GPA
-Available 4-8 hours per week
-Responsible and motivated
-Strong interest in clinical psychology research 

How To Apply:
Please email resume/CV and unofficial transcript to Cristina Garcia (

Apr 17, 2015

Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences Program (SDOS) Lab Research Assistant opportunities!

Research Assistant Position
Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences Program (SDOS)

Undergraduate Research Assistants needed in the SDOS Lab! The Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences Program (SDOS) Lab is seeking bright, highly motivated, and hardworking undergraduates to join the lab as research assistants this summer and continuing through the fall semester. There are several projects related to diversity, negotiation processes, and other topics related to social or organizational psychology. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or related fields.

-Conducting literature reviews
-Recruiting participants
-Running studies
-Data entry

-Minimum 3.3 GPA
-Available 4-8 hours per week
-Responsible and motivated
-Strong interest in research (Social or Organizational Psychology)

How to Apply:
Please email resume, unofficial transcript, and the days and times you are available to Jasmine Wheeler at

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Jasmine Wheeler

Apr 16, 2015

NSF Graduate Fellowship Grant Writing Workshop!

BSOS 388N BSOS Summer Grant Writing Workshop: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Summer I (2015): Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 PM
(Brief Application Required) (1 or 0 credits)

Want to take a course this summer that helps you prepare your application for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Associate Dean and Professor Carl Lejuez is offering a summer 2015 workshop to walk you through preparation of an outstanding application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! This is an incredible opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Lejuez, who is an accomplished researcher and who has had great success mentoring students in preparing funded social sciences grants.

Please click here to apply for the summer workshop by May 1, 2015. You will be notified of your acceptance by May 15, 2015. If accepted, then you will have the option of registering of a 1 credit class in Summer I, if you wish. A non-credit option is also available, but you must still apply online to participate. Note that this opportunity is primarily for BSOS Undergraduate students. However, other students may inquire about a seat on a space-available basis.

For questions regarding registration, please contact, Blessing Enekwe at

DC Urban Education Program Summer Volunteer Internship!

DC Urban Education Program
Summer Volunteer Internship 
Full-time (minimum of 40 hours per week)  

If you are interested in a rewarding summer internship in education reform, consider applying for the DC Public Schools’ Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (UELIP)! Working at the district's central office, UELIP Associates have the opportunity to participate in mission-critical projects for DCPS and to be on the front lines to see the positive changes to close the achievement gap. The program is also offered during fall and spring semesters. This is a volunteer internship position, but applicants can apply for an economic hardship stipend for up to $2,000 for the summer internship!

How To Apply:  
Go to to submit your application or contact Lindsey Benjamin at 

Apr 15, 2015

Neurocognitive Development Lab research assistant position!

Research Assistant Position
Neurocognitive Development Lab
Dr. Tracy Riggins
Begins May/June through Fall 2015

The Neurocognitive Development lab run by Dr. Tracy Riggins is seeking undergraduate RAs to begin in May/June and remain through Fall 2015 to assist with our research on memory and brain development in childhood. RAs will assist with participant recruitment, data collection and analysis for projects that include a variety of methodologies including EEG, MRI, and behavior. Research experiences, such as this, can add value to a student's graduate school application, and provide an opportunity for students to earn a positive letter of recommendation. Credit for PSYC479 is also possible. If interested, please contact Liz Mulligan at request an application and to set up an interview.

-Participant Recruitment
-Data Entry
-Data Collection
-Data Organization
-Opportunity to perform Data Analysis 

-Minimum 3.3 GPA
-Strong communication and organizational skills
-Experience working with children
-Interest in developmental neuroscience 

How To Apply:
Contact Liz Mulligan at to request an application and to set up an interview.

Maryland ADHD Program Research Assistant position!

Maryland ADHD Program
Research Assistant Position 
Beginning Summer or Fall 2015

The Maryland ADHD Program is a clinical research program with a strong commitment to conducting clinical research that advances our knowledge about the assessment and treatment of ADHD, providing comprehensive, empirically-based assessment and treatment of ADHD and associated behavior problems, training the next generation of child clinical psychologists in evidence-based assessment and treatment practices, and educating parents, schools, and the community about empirically-based assessment and treatment for ADHD. A secondary line of research aims to examine the trajectories of young children displaying behavioral inhibition, including the development of psychopathology, and to intervene by targeting key moderators of outcome.

-Data Entry
-Phone screens and assessments
-Assisting with research visits
-10 hours per week
-Minimum commitment of 2 semesters

-High motivation
-Psychology major preferred

How To Apply:
To learn more about a research assistant position beginning Summer or Fall 2015 and how to apply please visit our website ( or contact Kelsey Woods at

Apr 13, 2015

Behind The Scenes Animation Presentation on "Inside Out" five emotions comedy/fantasy film!

Behind The Scenes Animation Presentation
Daniel Holland, Pixar's Sets Art Director 
Wednesday, April 15
5:00-6:00 pm
Biology-Psychology Building
Room 1250
Doors open at 4:30 pm

Inside Out is a comedy/fantasy film set in the mind of a young girl where five emotions (Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness) try to lead her through life. Great plot for psychology majors!  It will be released June 2015. This session will feature an animation presentation by Daniel Holland, Pixar Sets Art Director who has worked on the film. Don't miss this opportunity!