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Mar 27, 2015

New "LING 449E Biology of Language" course!

Biology of Language Course
Fall 2015 
TTH 2:00 pm-3:15 pm
Instructor: Chris Heffner

What defines human language? Are other animals capable of using language in the same ways that humans can? These questions and more will be discussed in the interdisciplinary seminar “Biology of Language” (LING 449E), which will be held from 2pm-3:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Marie Mount Hall. This will be a small interdisciplinary seminar, bringing together insights both from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, and animal behavior. The course is intended to bring together students from many different fields, so no specific background is required. Instead, interested students should be willing to go outside their comfort zone and learn about topics they might not have heard much about, topics like the definition of language, animal studies of human language learning, mirror neurons and theories of speech perception, and category learning are all potential topics. There will be opportunities to try out experimental design and construction.

Are personal or family circumstances impacting your future at UMD? Apply today for a Maryland Parents Association Scholarship Award!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Maryland Parents Association Student Scholarship
Awards. The scholarships provide assistance to current undergraduate students in good standing who may be unable to continue their education at the University due to extenuating personal or family financial circumstances. Thanks to the generosity of Chatham, T. Rowe Price Foundation, and parent donors, scholarships of up to $2,000 per student will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. A minimum of 12 scholarships will be awarded.

Award criteria, instructions, and an online application are available at Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Questions? Contact the Office of Parent and Family Affairs at 301.314.8429 or

Have research you want to disseminate? Plan to attend the Create a Research Poster Workshop!

Creating a Research Poster in the Humanities and the Social Sciences Workshop 
Knowing how to present academic research is an important skill for undergraduates that may be applied to future academic and career experiences. The research poster session has been a staple of presenting research in the STEM fields yet is still little known in the humanities and some social science disciplines. The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research is hosting workshops for undergraduate students in the humanities and social sciences on creating a research poster.

This workshop should be helpful to students planning to participate in Undergraduate Research Day, which will be held on campus on April 29, 2015. The workshops will cover principles of good poster design, organization of information, and strategies for printing and presenting your poster. Please RSVP to with the subject line “Poster Workshop” and the date/time you wish to attend. Workshops will take place in the MCUR office, 2100D McKeldin Library, across from the Learning Commons. More information can be found on the MCUR website at

To register for Undergraduate Research Day, download the application form from the MCUR website at Applications are due by April 13, 2015.

Upcoming Sessions:
· Wednesday, April 1, 5-5:30 p.m.
· Thursday, April 2, Noon to 12:30 p.m.
· Thursday, April 2, 4 to 4:30 p.m.
· Friday, April 3, 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Apply to become a BSOS Peer Mentor for Fall 2015!

The BSOS Peer Mentor program is a great way for students to gain leadership experience, build public speaking skills and gain elective credits.

The Peer Mentor Program is a component of the student services offered by the BSOS Advising Center. The primary role of Peer Mentors is to teach the BSOS Graduation Planning workshops each semester and conduct various presentations in BSOS UNIV100 sections. Through the services they provide to fellow students, Peer Mentors gain leadership, presentation, and public speaking skills. In preparation for their required tasks, all Peer Mentors are expected to attend weekly class sessions and serve for at least two semesters. Students will earn 1 academic credit after successful completion of each semester.

-Primary major must be in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
-Must be a BSOS major for a minimum of 2 semesters
-Sophomore, junior, or senior standing with intentions to return for Spring 2016
-At least a 2.5 GPA within major
-Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5+ (Required Submission of Unofficial Transcript)
-Must be in good judicial/academic standing

How To Apply:
-go to
-Complete the application
-Print and submit to Brandon Clark at the BSOS Advising Office 2148 Tydings Hall
-Priority Deadline: May 20, 2015
-Final Deadline:  June 26, 2015

For More Information:
Go to

Ivy Zheng at or Brandon Clark at
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
University of Maryland
2148 Tydings Hall
College Park, MD 20742

Mar 26, 2015

Summer Internship: Hotline Call Counselor with the Montgomery Mental Health Association!

Hotline Call Counselor: Summer Internship
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County (MHA) promotes mental wellness and supports those with mental illness by sponsoring and implementing education, advocacy and community service programs. MHA currently manages 8 major direct service programs focused on the mental health and wellness of children, teens, families and senior adults.

Attendance at a six day training that is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. 36 (4 hour shifts) before September 1st.

-Must have a high school diploma
-Must be at least 18 years of age
-Empathetic individuals, good listeners
-Must maintain confidentiality of calls

To apply for a summer internship with Montgomery County Hotline, email or call (301) 424-0656 ext. 541.

Scholarship opportunity through the Department of Women's Studies!


The Department of Women’s Studies invites applications for the Rodler-Wood Scholarship.

Full-time undergraduate or graduate students returning in Fall 2015 are eligible to apply for this $1000 award. The award will be made on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:

* demonstrated financial need;
* hardship based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
* academic interest in LGBT Studies;
* extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.

Applicants should submit:

1) a brief written statement outlining their qualifications and interests;
2) an unofficial transcript; and
3) one letter of recommendation.

Materials can be sent by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by Monday, April 27 at 5pm to<>. Put “Rodler-Wood Scholarship” in the subject line of your message. Or, hard copies of materials can be submitted to the Department of Women’s Studies, 2101 Woods Hall, attn. JV Sapinoso.

A list of past recipients of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship can be found at

For further information, contact JV Sapinoso Assistant Director, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, 2101 Woods Hall, College Park, MD 20742, 301-405-6827

Pursue a Washington DC Internship for credit through the Federal or Global Semester program!

Want college credit for a Washington internship? Interested in global or domestic issues? Apply now to the Federal Semester Program or Global Semester in Washington, D.C.! Apply by April 6 for first round consideration!

Join a lively, engaged student cohort group! In both programs, students take a fall-semester seminar from industry practitioners in one of several concentrations covering foreign policy, health, homeland security, diplomacy, energy and environment, and science in a global context. In the spring, students intern at federal agencies, congressional offices, think-tanks, nonprofits, and other related organizations. Past internship locations include Department of State, embassies, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Middle East Institute, Department of Energy, White House, U.S. Helsinki Commission, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Aerospace Industries Association, and many more. Activities include trips to Capitol Hill and to agencies and organizations headquartered in DC, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers from the domestic and international arenas. The programs also include one-on-one assistance in writing resumes, obtaining internships, etc.

Students who successfully complete program requirements will earn a notation on their transcript!

For details and an application form, go to and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Dr. Joan Burton, Director. Applications preferred by Monday, April 6. Rolling admissions thereafter.

Workshop at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in DC!

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Washington, D.C. Campus 
Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Appreciation for Stress Reduction and Increased Well-Being for The Global Community 
Tuesday, March 31
9:00 am-5:00 pm
901 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Rooms 2L03A&B (2nd Floor)

For more information and to register go to

Mar 24, 2015

Paid Undergraduate Position with the Office of Undergraduate Studies

Position: Undergraduate Program Manager
Application Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 at 5:00pm

Job Description:
The Department of Psychology is looking for two undergraduate psychology majors to work with the Office of Undergraduate Studies staff this summer and for the 2015-2016 academic school year in order to assist with a variety of Departmental programs. Specifically, Undergraduate Program Managers:

- Greet students, answer phones, and schedule appointments and events
- Lead orientation sessions for new Psychology students and assist Academic Advisors
during transfer orientation events
- Conduct research and develop proposals for new Departmental programs
- Scan course examination answer sheets and generate detailed reports
- Digitize documents and maintain electronic records records
- Assist office staff with various tasks as needed

Who is eligible?
- Current psychology majors with junior or senior standing in Fall, 2015
- Record of strong academic performance (cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0)
- Must be available to begin in Fall 2015 and work at least 10 hours per week.  If you are also interested in the summer position, please indicate this in your cover letter.  The summer position will require at least 20 hours per week for the majority of the summer.

Who are we looking for?
Students who are a good fit for this position enjoy interacting with others and speaking publicly in a wide variety of contexts. Maturity and professionalism in written and oral communication are essential, as is the ability to handle confidential information with a high level of discretion. Task requirements often require proficiency in Microsoft Office, Qualtrics, SPSS and new software, so preference will be extended to those who can demonstrate their expertise or the ability to learn technical programs quickly. Ideal matches are students who are highly involved in the program (research, teaching, student organizations, internships, service, etc.) and are passionate about the school and major.

How to Apply:
Please compile your professional Cover Letter and Resume into a single PDF document.

- Attach the file to an email and send it to Christine Cook at Subject line should read: Undergraduate Program Manager Application
- Your cover letter should discuss your interest in the position and why you believe you would be a good fit. Please also specify if you would like to start in the summer or fall.
- Your resume should highlight your academic and professional experiences.

A committee of staff and students will review applications and contact applicants by early April.

Fall 2015 Internship with the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office!

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Internship Opportunity with the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office

Thinking about a legal or client services career? Would you like to earn credit while obtaining direct experience?
Graduate Student Legal Aid Internship Flyer

If so, visit: to download the application and learn further information about the internship.


Please note:
1. Applicants must have completed 56 credit hours by the start of the internship, 12 of which must have been at UMCP.

2. If you are affiliated with the Office of Student Conduct, please contact us before completing your application to determine eligibility.

Graduating in May and interested in Biomedical Research? Consider the University of New Mexico's PREP Postbac Program!

University of New Mexico 
PREP Postbac Research Program
Biomedical Research 

The University of New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 PREP Biomedical Research Program.

*Research support for one to two years with a faculty mentor of your choice
*Annual Salary of $27,200, health/dental benefits
*GRE preparation
*Tuition remission for academic courses up to 8 hours per semester
*Travel support to attend TWO National conferences
For further questions or comments, please contact our Program Specialist, Antonio BaƱuelos at or by telephone: (505) 610-1725.

Great entry level research opportunity with Georgetown's Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab!

Full-Time Research Assistant Position 
Georgetown University- Washington, D.C. 
Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience 
12-15 months
40 Hours per week
Start Date:  May 4, 2015 

The Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience at Georgetown University is seeking a temporary, full-time research assistant to coordinate subject recruitment for behavioral and neuroimaging studies. This position is intended to be an entry-level research assistant position.

The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate who is looking for research experience before applying to graduate school. To learn more about the research being conducted in our laboratory, please visit our website at

-Recruit study subjects for an online behavioral study and an in-person
behavioral/neuroimaging study
-Organize and maintain study subject databases (MS-Excel)
-Assist with coordinating study subjects’ travel to the lab
-Perform data management including importing data from a website to
MS-Excel and quality checking the data
-Assist coordinating study logistics and maintain communication with collaborators

Education: Bachelor’s degree required (preferably in psychology, neuroscience, public health, or a related field). Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Experience: No special work experience is required.

Skills required include:
-Ability to work independently
-Proficiency in MS-Word and MS-Excel
-Professional communication with study subjects via phone and email
-Perform duties efficiently and in a timely manner

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should apply to the position using the following link:

Direct all questions to Emily Robertson at

Mar 20, 2015

PSYC Major Lindsey Benjamin Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grant!

A huge congratulations to senior PSYC major, Lindsey Benjamin, who was just informed that she
received a Fulbright grant to teach at a secondary school in Madrid, Spain next year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the nation's largest study abroad fellowship program, and is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. There are two main types of Fulbright grants: one for academic study abroad and one for teaching abroad. It is quite rare for an undergraduate
student to be awarded a Fulbright grant, and it is a very competitive application process. Lindsey started preparing her application package during the end of her junior year, and went through several rounds of interviews.

Lindsey has a near-perfect G.P.A. and will receive her Bachelor of Science in May, 2015, with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. Lindsey studied abroad in Seville, Spain during the Spring 2014 semester. She has amassed an impressive amount of teaching experiences at such a young age. Lindsey has worked for several summers as a Teaching Fellow with Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, an organization which focuses on improving teaching in urban environments. Lindsey even created a psychology club for the students at the middle school! Lindsey also tutors and mentors students in Washington, D.C., and has served as a tutor for student athletes at University of Maryland. This past year, Lindsey was awarded membership in the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars program, which honors Maryland’s most successful seniors. Outside of classes in her final semester, Lindsey currently works as a Junior Associate in the Division of Bilingual Education with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

On her Fulbright appointment in Spain next year, Lindsey tells us that her central responsibility will be to lead and prepare the students for the Global Classrooms: Model United Nations Program. This is an innovative, international program that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to step into the shoes of U.N. ambassadors and attempt to tackle complex global problems through simulations, discussions, debates, and other activities. In addition to leading her particular school in the Model U.N. program, she will also be responsible for assisting the permanent teaching staff with different classes throughout the school day. She will help with English Language courses as well as with various other subject matters, including History, Geography, Science, and Physical Education.

Way to go, Lindsey! We are so proud of you!

More information about applying to the Fulbright program, as well as other scholarship opportunities, can be found at:

Knowledge and interest in Human Factors? Consider these positions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission!

The U.S, Consumer Product Safety Commission has two openings for Engineering Psychologists. Up and coming and recent psychology graduates with an interest and knowledge of human factors are encouraged to apply. 

Please click on the links below for a full job description.

Mar 19, 2015

Available now! Research Assistant positions with the Motivated Cognition Lab!

Research Assistant Positions
Motivated Cognition Lab
Spring 2015  

The Motivated Cognition Lab is seeking highly motivated, passionate, and hardworking undergraduates to join the lab as research assistants.

-research design
-data collection
-subject running
-literature reviews
-data entry

Please email resume, unofficial transcript and days/times you are available to work to