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Feb 25, 2015

Gain research and leadership experience through the PULSAR Interdisciplinary Language Science program!

The Language Science Center is currently accepting applications to join PULSAR, the new interdisciplinary language science program for undergraduates, for Fall 2015.


PULSAR Flyer:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-WK1jWUo8h2SkZZY09lOFZ2cFE/view?usp=sharing

PULSAR (or the Program for Undergraduate Language Science Ambassadors in Research) is a 4-semester program for students interested in language science — a uniquely broad field that cuts across many different areas of study, including social and biological sciences, computer science and engineering, as well as humanities, education, and clinical fields. PULSAR students select a diverse program of language science classes, engage in research and outreach projects, and become part of a strong interdisciplinary community of language researchers at Maryland. PULSAR is open to students in all majors who have taken one of several suggested prerequisite courses or have some comparable background in a language science field. Students earn a transcript notation for completing the program.

Applications for Fall 2015 are due April 3rd.  Application link: Fall 2015 PULSAR Application There will be two informal information sessions held in the Language Science Center, 0121 Taliaferro, on:

Wednesday March 11th, 1-2pm

Friday March 27th, 12-1pm

Students who are interested in the program can drop by at these times and ask questions, or can email questions to: pulsar@umd.edu

SDOS Lab Research Assistant positions!

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

Description:
The Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences Program (SDOS) Lab is seeking bright, highly motivated and hardworking undergraduates to join the lab as research assistants. 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.

Responsibilities:
-Conducting literature reviews
-Recruiting participants
-Running studies
-Data collection and entry

Qualifications:
-Psychology GPA 3.0+
-Available 4-8 hours per week
-Responsible and motivated
-Enthusiastic 
-Strong interest in research (Social or Organizational Psychology)

How To Apply: 
Please email resume, unofficial transcript, and days and times you are available to Jasmine Wheeler at jwheele5@umd.edu  

Feb 24, 2015

Paid Part-time Office Assistant position with Zimmer Psychiatric!

Zimmer Psychiatric
Part-time Office Assistant Position 
Tyson's Corner, VA

Medical office assistant needed for an established psychiatry practice in Tyson’s Corner, Va. The basic responsibilities are: scheduling patients and patient management, pharmacy communication, basic administrative duties, assisting the doctor in patient communication. Willing to train the right person. Candidates must be dependable, responsible, reliable, compassionate, enthusiastic and personable. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Excellent pay. We currently have one vacancy. Must be able to work in the Tyson’s Corner office on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm. The office has free parking and is walking distance from the new Tyson’s Corner Metro. Additional hours are flexible and can be done from home. Anticipate approximately 10-12 hours per week. P

Please email your resume to Michael Bunting at buntingm@gmail.com 

FREE Tutoring through Peer Assisted Learning! 10 PSYC courses offering tutoring for Spring 2015!

The Peer Assisted Learning Program through Learning Assistance Service is offering FREE Tutoring in a wide variety of courses for the Spring 2015 semester. Tutoring is being offered for the following PSYC courses: PSYC 100, 200, 221, 289D, 300, 336, 341, 355, 420, and 436.

Please visit the following link to sign up for a PAL Tutoring Session: https://lasonline.umd.edu/TracWeb40/Default.html

Directions: sign in with Directory ID and password
On the left of screen click on Search Availability
In the form: Choose Peer Assisted Learning for Center, Choose the needed subject, under Subject
Click search. The PALs available for that subject will pop up. Set an appointment by clicking on the appointment you want.
OR contact Katie Koo (katiekoo@umd.edu) if having difficulties figuring out how to search or sign up for an appointment.

Feb 20, 2015

Become a Paid Research Assistant for the Smith School of Business!

Paid Undergraduate RA Position (Temp)
Smith School of Business
University of Maryland

Description:
The Smith School of Business is looking for undergraduate students with transcribing and coding experience to work with experimental data. Research assistants will transcribe 20 to 30 minute videos of team interactions and then code the interaction based on a coding scheme.

Responsibilities:
-Video Transcribing
-Coding

Qualifications:
-Proficiency in English

How to Apply:
Please contact Anubhuti Mishra (amishra@rhsmith.umd.edu) with your resume.

Questions and More Information:
Name: Anubhuti Mishra
Email: amishra@rhsmith.umd.edu

Feb 19, 2015

Great opportunity for recent grad! Cognitive Trainer position!

COGexcel 
Cognitive Trainer 
COGexcel

COGexcel offers customized, in-person programs to improve cognitive abilities. The skills we strengthen determine how effectively we process, analyze, store and retrieve information. Our programs are designed around each client’s needs and revolve around real-life results. No other program is as personalized or focused on generalization while holding itself accountable to our client’s goals, as we do. We define our success by our ability to deliver meaningful real-life goals to each client we serve. We don’t represent cookie-cutter programs or make false promises. We are upfront about our prices and understand the limits of what we can offer. We seek to understand the root of a struggle as well as an individual’s holistic needs to better serve them. Our certified professionals personally sign an oath, which acknowledges our ability to honor your goals.

Responsibilities:
-Flexible schedule 
-Located in DC, Maryland, Virginia area
-Availability four days per week
-Ability to complete certification 
-Mastery of COGx methodology (training provided)

Qualifications:
-Track record of academic excellence
-Passion for helping others become effective and independent learners
-Reliable and mature
-Possesses excellent cognitive skills
-Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
-Proven ability to work well with others (one on one) 
-BA/BS Degree required
-Relevant fields of study: education, neuroscience, psychology, speech therapy

How to Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter to taylor@cogx.info 

Little Leaves is hiring ABA Therapists in the Metro DC Area!

Little Leaves Behavioral Services 
ABA Therapist Positions 
Silver Spring, MD
Recruitment Flyer

Are you looking for training and field experience in Applied Behavior Analysis? Do you enjoy working with young children? Are you looking for Part-Time work?

If so, then join Team Little Leaves!! We are looking for motivated, dependable people who have a passion for children with special needs to join our home or school based ABA therapy teams. No ABA experience needed, we provide all of the training. For more information about us, visit Little Leaves then email your resume and cover letter to jobs@littleleaves.org.

Feb 16, 2015

Summer Internship with the Boston College Infant and Child Cognition Lab!

Summer Internship 
Boston College Infant and Child Cognition Lab 

Description:
Dr. Sara Cordes' Infant and Child Cognition Lab (http://www.cordeslab.org/), located on the main campus of Boston College, is looking for motivated and enthusiastic undergraduates interested in participating in a summer internship in developmental psychology. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain valuable research experience and to expand their knowledge in the fields of infant and child cognition. The lab's main focus is examining how infants and children keep track of number and other quantities, including time and space, and how language and social factors may play a role in affecting these early abilities.

Responsibilities:
-Each intern will have a primary research project to focus on.
-Interns will gain valuable experience in experimental design.
working with infants and children
-Subject recruitment
-Data coding and analysis will take place over a 10-week period beginning in June 2015

Qualifications: 
-Open to any undergraduate interested in cognitive developmental research
-Students from primarily undergraduate institutions are strongly encouraged to apply

How To Apply:
To apply, please send your resume and a letter describing your interests and experiences to Emma Lazaroff (bcdevcoginternship@gmail.com) with the subject line: BC Infant and Child Internship.

Paid Temp RA position with the Smith School of Business!

Paid Temp RA Position 
The Smith School of Business 

Management & Organization Department is seeking two bright, highly motivated and hardworking undergraduates for the role of research assistants. The individuals selected for this role will help to translate two 7 page long surveys from English to Chinese (and back). The job requires fluency in English and excellent knowledge of Tradition and Simplified Chinese. Since this job is urgent and sensitive in nature, M&O department is willing to pay much higher than the regular hourly Research Assistant pay.

Responsibilities:
-6-8 hours (per RA)
-Translating surveys
-Note-taking 

Qualifications:
-Should be currently enrolled as a student at UMD
-Excellent knowledge of English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese
-Conscientiousness and reliability
-Background in psychology preferred 

How To Apply:
While applying for this position please mention your language proficiency of English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese (Reading, Writing & Speaking) and the level of proficiency (basic, intermediate, fluent & expert). Please send your CV and availability to Dr. Marko Pitesa at mpitesa@rhsmith.umd.edu and to Insiya Hussain at insiya.hussain@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Help under-resourced middle school children as a Summer Teaching Fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative!

Breakthrough Collaborative
Summer Teaching Fellows
http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/apply
Application deadline is February 24, 2015 

Breakthrough brings together passionate undergraduates from all majors as well as high-school students to teach hard-working, under-resourced middle-school students during the summer. Breakthrough teaching fellows help to close the opportunity gap by leading core classes that prepare students to be successful in the most academically rigorous environments while simultaneously providing teaching fellows with a rigorous professional summer experience.

For more information go to:  http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/

Feb 12, 2015

Don't miss the Spring Career and Internship Fair! Be sure to check out the list of employers who are a good match for psychology major knowledge, skills, and abilities!


SPRING CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR

February 18, 19 and 20
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Grand Ballroom


Sample list of employers recruiting Psychology major knowledge, skills and abilities: 

Day 1:
Aflac
· Community Residences, Inc
· CVS/pharmacy
· Kennedy Krieger Institute
· Maryland Community Connection
· U.S. Department of State
· University of Maryland – National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
· Wolf Trap Foundation For the Performing Arts

Day 2:
2U
· Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
City Year (and Day 3 as well)
· Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Teach for America
· UMBC’s The Choice Program
US Census Bureau

Day 3:
· American Psychological Association
· Aristotle International, Inc.
- Baltimore Corps. 
- Compass Inc.
· Cornerstone Montgomery Inc
· Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
· Grassroots Campaigns
· Hogan Lovells US LLP
· Human Rights Campaign
· Montgomery Child Care Association Inc.
- NIH
- Peace Corps
· Public Citizen
· Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

· And many others over 3 days!

To see a full listing of the employers and more details about the positions they will be recruiting for, please see the Spring Career & Internship Fair 2015 Participants listing. Download the App! Need help preparing for the fair? Attend one of the upcoming prep events.

BSOS guide to Career Fair Prep
htp://ter.ps/BSOSFairPrep

Showcase your research project at UCLA's PURC Conference!

2015 Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
Friday, May 8, 2015
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

The Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) will take place on the campus of UCLA on Friday, May 8, 2015. If you have conducted strong undergraduate research considering presenting this as a poster session or paper talk session at the conference.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Application and details are available at http://psych.ucla.edu/undergraduate/purc

Career Exploration Services you can't afford to miss!

Career Exploration Services
Counseling Center
Shoemaker Building


Majors Walk-In is held weekly on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm. No appointment is necessary. Majors Walk-In is a great way for students to get started with their career questions and concerns. Students are oriented to a computerized career exploration system, SIGI3, to help them with choosing majors and career path options that are suited to their interests, values, personality and goals. SIGI 3 helps students learn more about hundreds of occupations, and the majors most commonly associated with those occupations, using the most up-to-date career information available. Students should plan to spend at least 30 mins. becoming familiar and working with SIGI3, but then can continue work on their own computers through a secured access portal, which allows students to store information and come back to SIGI3 throughout their at Maryland. This service is mostly used by undergrads (freshmen through seniors), but can even be helpful to graduate students who are unsure of career direction. Students should check in at the Main Reception desk on the 1st floor of the Shoemaker Bldg.

Career Exploration Group, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm, is designed for undergraduate students who want to connect with others, explore their decision-making process, and utilize their strengths in the career exploration process. Career assessments will be taken as part of the group. Group members will learn more about how to integrate their interests, values, and preferences into their process of choosing a major and/or a career and to identify and overcome barriers in this decision-making process. For more information or to express interest, contact Dr. Karen Egan at Kegan@umd.edu or call the Counseling Center at 301-314-7651.

Individual Career Counseling, of course, is always available and encouraged for any student with career concerns and/or decisions to make. Students should sign up for an intake and then will be assigned to a counselor who will work with the student for up to eight (8) appointments in an individualized and personalized way. Interested students should call the Counseling Center as soon as possible to schedule an intake and get started: 301-314-7651.

Feb 11, 2015

Taking some time off before going to Grad School? Consider this professional research position with Children's National Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders!


Research Assistant Position at Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children’s National Medical Center is seeking applications for a full time Research Assistant.

Description of Research: 
The goal of the research program is to describe non-social cognitive deficits in high functioning autism spectrum disorders and develop treatments to improve functioning in these areas. We aim to describe phenotypes in autism that may help identify the underlying genetic associations and causes of ASD. The primary focus of our treatment and phenotyping work is executive function: especially flexibility, organization, integration and planning skills. The goal of these investigations is to develop interventions that promote enhanced executive function in children with ASD (and ADHD for one current treatment trial) and to determine whether interventions create changes in brain functioning.

Responsibilities: 
The Research Assistant will manage and coordinate research studies, as well as work closely with the research team to manage participants’ experiences throughout the studies. Responsibilities include child testing, parent interviews, participant recruitment, data collection and management, IRB protocol management, grant preparation, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts. Applicants for this position should have their own car.

Qualifications:
A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts is required. A strong background in psychology, biology, and/or health sciences is preferred. Prior experience with research, statistics, and/or children with disabilities is strongly recommended. This position provides valuable experience and publication opportunities for candidates interested in pursuing degrees in psychology or medicine under the supervision of Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, Laura Anthony, PhD, John Strang, PsyD, as well as other George Washington University faculty members.

Applications are being accepted for a summer start date. We require at least a one-year commitment. Salary is competitive.

How to Apply: 
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Katerina Dudley
Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Children’s National Medical Center
15245 Shady Grove Road
Suite 350
Rockville, MD 20850 ph 301-765-5425
fax 301-765-5497
kdudley@childrensnational.org

PSYC Alumnus Monica Kearney living the Ph.D. student lifestyle in Maryland's Counseling Psychology program!

Monica Kearney earned her BA in Psychology and Family Science from the University of Maryland in May 2013. She is in her 2nd year as a Ph.D. student in the Counseling Psychology program here at the University of Maryland. The PSYC blog interviewed Monica to learn about her experience applying to Ph.D. programs.


*What factors influenced your decision to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology?
I knew I wanted a career as a therapist, and after doing some research, found out I would need an advanced degree. As an undergraduate student, I was involved in various activities on and off of campus, and realized I would want diverse tasks in my career as well. After doing even more research, I knew that I would have the most career options available to me if I pursued a Ph.D. rather than a Master's Degree (not to mention some Ph.D. programs fund their students. Hello virtually free education!). I began to look into the various programs out there (i.e., clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, etc.) and determined Counseling Psychology was the perfect fit for me due to the multicultural and social justice focus of the program.

*How did your undergraduate psychology experience at Maryland (or undergraduate experience in general) prepare you for Graduate School?
My undergraduate experience at UMD prepared me for graduate school in a number of ways. First, I met some amazing faculty who took me under their wings and really helped me develop as a researcher and scholar. Second, I love that the Psychology major at UMD allows you to tailor your experience by allowing students to choose which classes to take. I was able to really get a good feel for the basics of what I would be studying in graduate school. Finally, I was involved in various activities on campus, from different research labs, to working as the Undergraduate Program Manager in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, to numerous honor societies, to volunteering off campus and more. Having so many opportunities to be involved on and off campus allowed me to experience what it is like to have many different roles and be so busy! As a graduate student, you are incredibly busy with classes, personal research, team research projects, teaching/ being a teaching assistant or graduate assistant, and seeing clients (specific to counseling psychology). I was happy that I was basically prepared for the chaos!

*Can you discuss your experience applying to Ph.D. programs? What surprised you? What was particularly challenging about the process?
Applying to doctoral programs is no joke! The best way I can describe it is "it's like taking another 3 credit course on top of the classes you are already taking." Between researching programs, researching the professors in each program, and tailoring applications to each program, the time spent on applications definitely adds up. I would say the time commitment definitely surprised me. I was also surprised by the interview process. When other people told me I would be able to tell if the program was the correct "fit" for me, I did not really understand what they meant. However, after going on a few interviews and talking with the students at each program, the programs you can actually picture spending 5-6 years of your life completing become crystal clear. Seriously, talk to other students and trust your instincts!

The most challenging part for me was selling myself and my experiences, and making it clear what I could bring to the program. It is not enough to be a stellar student, most people applying are qualified in one way or another. You must be comfortable telling the faculty why you are so spectacular and would make a great addition to the program. It can be challenging, if you are not used to bragging about yourself. This is one of the only times in life that it is completely acceptable and actually expected. Don't be shy!

*What tips might you provide current undergraduate PSYC majors who are looking to apply to Counseling Psychology Ph.D. programs?
Diversify your experiences. Make sure you are involved in research, teaching (as an undergraduate TA), and some type of helping work (e.g. peer counseling). Also, if you could complete an undergraduate thesis, that will definitely set you apart, while giving you a personal look at how to conduct research. Finally, talk to students already in the program to which you are applying. Ask them about their experiences thus far, what they love about their program, what the program is lacking, and how well they are able to balance being a student with having a life. All these factors are so important and could really influence the programs to which you decide to apply.