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Nov 21, 2014

Interested in a career in marketing, talent development, or human resources? Consider USC's one year MS in Applied Psychology!

Master of Science in Applied Psychology 
(Organizational Psychology & Consumer Psychology concentrations)
University of Southern California

USC's MS in Applied Psychology program is at the intersection of psychology theory, research, and practice in business settings. The program currently offers concentrations in both organizational psychology and consumer psychology, both of which are in the top occupational growth areas of this decade.

This program is unique for having an eye towards the career preparation of liberal arts graduates. A required internship in a business setting in Los Angeles is a highlight of the program. Students have held internships in market research, marketing, human relations, public relations, organizational development, and social media communications amongst other fields.

This highly selective program is growing and USC is now offering the degree in a part-time online format to meet the needs of students who must work full-time to finance their education.

For more information about USC's Applied Psychology MS go to:

Child Development Lab Research Assistant position!

Research Assistant Position 
University of Maryland
Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is currently seeking highly motivated and extremely dependable upper-level students for the Spring 2015 semester to help with our research on the development of the Mirror Neuron System. To do this, we collect EEG data from infants, preschoolers, and adults while producing simple motor acts, and while observing these actions performed by others. We are looking for students who are both detail-oriented and have great communication skills - must be comfortable interacting with infants, young children, and their parents. In addition, students will assist with data entry and detailed coding of behavioral data. Requirements: min 3.0 GPA, 9 hrs/week, 2 semester commitment. Prereq: PSYC 200. If interested, please contact MJ Heise at PSYC 479 credits available. For more info about this project, visit:

-9 hours per week
-Two semester commitment
-Data entry
-Running visits with children
-Behavioral Coding

-Minimum 3.0 GPA
-Successful completion of PSYC 200
-Experience with young children 

How To Apply:
Please email MJ Heise ( your CV/resume, Unofficial Transcript, and tentative Spring 2015 schedule.

Health Services Research Internships at Georgetown University!

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University have openings for unpaid research interns to work on the Measuring Your Health (MY-Health) study. The project measures the symptoms and function of cancer patients. Responsibilities include: entering Medical Record data, and conducting literature searches.

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates interested in attending nursing/medical school or health science graduate studies. Applicants enrolled in a psychology, pre-med, or public health-related program are preferred.

The schedule is flexible but interns are expected to stay through the Spring semester. Please email cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (fewer than 3 pages) to Charlene Kuo at

Location: Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC

Nov 17, 2014

The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium Presents

Financial Planning for Children with Special Needs
-With Mark Friese (CSNA, CRPC) & Chase Phillips (CSNA)
-Saturday December 6, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lefrak Hall

Current Brain Research in Autism
-With Professor Elizabeth Redclay
-Saturday February 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lefrak Hall

Responding to Disruptive Behavior in the Home Setting
-With Dr. Andrew Egel
-Saturday March 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lefrak Hall

UMARC Movie Event & Guest Panel for Autism Awareness Month!
-Presenting The Story of Luke followed by a guest panel
-Saturday April 11, 2015, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Lefrak Hall

Apply to Join the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab!

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Maryland Child & Family Development Lab

Project Overview: Parenting Intervention This study is a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of an attachment-based intervention called Circle of Security. The intervention is a 10-week parenting program for mothers of preschool children attending Head Start, which teaches the basics of attachment theory, as well as strategies for recognizing and responding to children's needs. The intervention also encourages parents to share their thoughts and feelings about parenting and their own childhood experiences in a therapeutic setting as a way to reflect on how those experiences relate to their current parenting practices. Data collection is ongoing, and will be continued until Spring 2015. Research Assistants would assist with a variety of tasks, depending on availability and interests. Some students may have the opportunity to accompany graduate research assistants to the Lab's playroom in Baltimore in order to assist with running participants, if interested.

-6 to 9 hours per week
-data entry and management
-data collection with mothers and children
-coding videotaped interactions

-3.0 minimum GPA
-Someone with a car is preferred

How to Apply:
If interested, please go to to complete the online application. The link is located on the right hand side under the heading "Research Opportunity."

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Jason Jones

Become a Research Assistant in the Social and Moral Development Lab!

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Social and Moral Development Laboratory
Dr. Melanie Killen

The Social and Moral Development Laboratory has several active research projects involving children and adolescents. Research Assistants learn about the process of research, read the literature in developmental psychology, meet with a research group once a week (with the supervising professor), and learn how to enter and analyze data from interviews and surveys! This lab's projects involve topics related to social and moral development such as children’s understanding of social inequality, fairness, merit, ethnic and racial identity development, social exclusion, peer relationships, intergroup relations, prejudice, bias, and stereotyping.

-10 hr/wk (3 units)
-attend weekly lab meeting
-data collection
-transcribing interviews
-coding transcriptions
-data entry

-3.2 GPA minimum
-Interest in developmental and social psychology
-2 semester commitment (preferred, not required)

How to Apply:
If you are a University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduate student interested in joining our lab as a Research Assistant, please fill out the application and email it to along with a copy of your unofficial transcript and your resume. The application form is located on our website:

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Michael Rizzo

Apply to Work in the Child Development Lab with Dr. Fox!

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is currently seeking a highly motivated and extremely dependable student for the Spring semester. PSYC 479 credits available. This student will work on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which is a randomized control trial of foster care involving infants and young children in Romania. For more info about this project, visit:

Requirements and Responsibilities:
-Prereq: PSYC 200
-3.0 GPA
-9 hours per week
-4 semester commitment (including paid summer 2015 internship)
-Data entry and review

-Organizational skills
-Attention to detail
-Commitment to the accuracy and completeness of data
-Familiarity with SPSS Statistics preferred
-Sophomore or junior status

How to Apply:
If interested, please send your resume, unofficial transcript, and Spring 2015 class schedule to Leanna Papp at Application deadline: January 1. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Leanna Papp

Lab of Early Social Cognition Research Assistant Position!

Research Assistant Position  
Lab of Early Social Cognition

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 immediately. 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. Preference will be given to students who can commit to working in the lab during Summer 2015. 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.

-10 hours per week
-Commitment to working Summer 2015
-Start immediately (Fall 2014 semester)
-Contact families in the area to participate in studies
-Schedule families to come into the lab
-Update database
-Keep track of study qualifications criteria

-Strong academic standing
-Attention to detail
-Professionalism and strong communication skills

How To Apply:
Download an application on the lab’s website ( and email the completed application to the Lab Manager, Emma Larson, at

Nov 14, 2014

Build your scientific skills as a Maryland Summer Scholars Researcher!

Francis DuVinage, Director – Elizabeth Mackenzie Tobey, Coordinator –

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research or artistic projects. Maryland Summer Scholars research may take place in College Park or anywhere in the US or abroad as required by the nature of the project. For the summer of 2015, the program will provide awards of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding, competitively selected applicants. [Please note: if your proposed research requires travel outside of the College Park area, you may apply for a supplementary travel award of up to $1,000.]

Students who carry out Maryland Summer Scholars projects gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, employment and other competitive opportunities. Many Summer Scholars turn their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their junior or senior year.

Who can apply: You are eligible to apply if you will have completed at least two full semesters (and 30 credits) by the end of Spring semester 2015, if you have a GPA of at least 3.4 at the time of application, and if you will be enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Fall 2015. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2015 awards will be midnight on Sunday, February 8, 2015. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous information sessions about the summer 2014 MSS program. Please note: All information sessions will be held in 2100 D in McKeldin Library. Click on this link for a list of information sessions:  Please reply to
indicating the session you plan to attend as space is limited (if you are interested but cannot attend reply to the same address to be notified about additional sessions).

Nov 13, 2014

Become a Research Assistant for the Center on Young Adult Health and Development!

The School of Public Health’s Center on Young Adult Health and Development is looking for a paid hourly research assistant to help with the operations of two projects: a large-scale, NIH-funded research study on the health-related behaviors of young adults during a critical life transition (The College Life Study) and a statewide collaborative project on reducing drinking and alcohol-related problems among college students. We are looking for a motivated, responsible student who is able to commit to working with us for at least the next two semesters.


Literature review and management, online research, communication with study participants, quality assurance, document scanning, data entry, cleaning, and verification, and other tasks as assigned. There is the potential for collaboration with the center’s Director, Dr. Amelia Arria, on peer-reviewed academic publications. The student will work 10-15 hours per week.

How to Apply:
Submit your resume and a brief letter of interest by Sunday, November 23rd to Brittany Bugbee, Recruitment Coordinator, at

For more details about the Center, visit our websites at,,

Come hear PSYC Professor Dr. Wessel speak at the BSOS Brown-Bag Event on Monday, November 17!

Dr. Jennifer Wessel 
Monday, November 17, 2014 
10:00am - 11:00am (Complimentary Breakfast) Location: 2141K Tydings Hall (Dean’s Conference Room)
RSVP Here!

The next event in our Brown-Bag Event Series will be happening Monday, November 17 with PSYC professor Dr. Jennifer Wessel. If you're interested in learning about research opportunities, pursuing a PhD, or just want to grab some breakfast while getting to know your UMD faculty, then this is the event for you!

Dr. Wessel will be available to answer a wide range of questions, from her path to becoming a professor of psychology, to ways of maximizing resources allotted to make one a more satisfactory graduate school candidate, to what areas of psychology to specialize in, and much more. Dr. Wessel is an assistant professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on diversity in the workplace and has been published in journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and others. She currently teaches undergraduate Social Psychology and a graduate course entitled Diversity in Organizations.

Want to give your Grad School applications a boost? Publish your research in UCLA's Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology!

Have you conducted in-depth research as an undergraduate psychology major at the University of Maryland? Consider
submitting your research for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology! Publishing a scientific manuscript brings you into a conversation happening between many members of the scientific community throughout the world every day. Everyone has a different opinion and unique perspective to share in this conversation, and together we are aimed at learning step by step to understand and predict the human and non-human world. This is science. The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP at UCLA) encourages you to join this conversation by publishing clear, inspiring, and accessible scientific content that expresses your unique, objective perspective. As you publish your submissions, also consider that you are writing to welcome your peers, and people of all ages and backgrounds to join the conversation as well.

For more information on the submission criteria for the Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology go to the following link: