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May 21, 2015

Congratulations to our Graduating PSYC Terps!

Congratulations to all of our PSYC Terps who are celebrating their graduation today and tomorrow.  Ahead of tomorrow's Department ceremony, we wanted to share a special congratulations to our award winners and distinguished participants:

2015 Student Commencement Speaker
Lindsey Benjamin

It is our tradition that a graduating senior speaks at commencement on behalf of the graduates. Selected from a pool of distinguished applicants, our student speaker represents the virtues and achievements that we are all celebrating.

Mark S. Harper Award for Excellence in Psychology
2015 Recipient: Jennifer Sloane

The Mark S. Harper Award for Excellence in Psychology honors the memory of Mark, who transferred to the University of Maryland in Fall, 1992. He was jointly studying psychology and social work, when during his senior year an earlier illness returned. He continued his studies at the pace that he could while receiving treatment and graduated in Spring, 1995. Sadly, however, he died from the illness soon thereafter.  The Harper family created this award for a student who best exemplifies Mark’s perseverance, intellectual curiosity, integrity, and dedication to others.

The Department of Psychology’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership
2015 Recipient: Agnes Varghese

The Department of Psychology’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership goes to a student nominated by his or her peers for an outstanding commitment to advancing the opportunities and achievements of fellow psychology majors, students and community members.

The Department of Psychology's Outstanding PSYC Terp Award

The Department of Psychology's Outstanding PSYC Terp Award recognizes undergraduate seniors who represent of the impact that our students have on the program, the field, and their communities.  The Undergraduate Committee reviews faculty nominations and selects recipients based on their records of academic accomplishments, scholarly contributions, and community service.

2015 Recipients:
     • Kemol Anderson
     • Abby Hsiung
     • Alison Gruber
     • Leon Li
     • Samantha Levy
     • Darren Loureiro
     • Pooja Patel

And again, congratulations to everyone receiving their degree tomorrow, go PSYC Terps!

May 20, 2015

Paid Social Skills Coach and Driver needed for high school student!

Social Skills Coach and Driver
Faye Berger Mitchell

This is a job for a single student to work one-on-one with a high school student.

-2 days per week
-9 am - 3 pm
-Tu Th preferred (some flexibility)
-Drive student to school
-Drive student home from school
-Teach social/life skills as assigned
-Supervise homework
-Must have car

-Psychology major
-Experience with challenging kids
-Good driving record
-Potential background check

How To Apply:
Please submit your resume with a paragraph or two describing your experience working with special need or challenging kids to

Neurocognitive Development Lab research assistant positions!

Research Assistant Positions
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.

May 19, 2015

Substance Abuse Prevention Fellowship positions!

Prevention Fellowship Program 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

The Prevention Fellowship Program is proud to announce OPEN RECRUITMENT for the 2015-2017 SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for the Prevention Fellowship Program.

The Prevention Fellowship Program invites qualified individuals who are seeking professional growth in the field of substance abuse prevention. Fellows receive a yearly stipend of up to $37,000, and will be required to work 32 hours per week. There are 15 Fellow positions available. These individuals will be assigned to a mentor from participating State agencies and National Organizations throughout the United States and U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. (Visit the application Web site at for a list of participating locations).

A fellow’s responsibilities may include designing, coordinating, implementing, or assessing the performance of substance abuse prevention coalition programs. The work may include participating in data collection and program evaluation; developing prevention plans to increase substance abuse awareness; developing prevention education programs; and preparing and maintaining reports, records, and documents pertaining to funding sources.

Individuals seeking selection into the Prevention Fellowship Program must meet the following criteria and provide associated documentation:

1. U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions residency;

2. Must meet at least one (1) of the following education/work experience:

a. At least two (2) years of college from an accredited academic institution and a minimum of two (2) years paid work experience in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas; or

b. a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas;

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference;

4. A detailed essay of 500 words or less on why the candidate should be selected for the fellowship and how becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist would support his or her career goals; and

5. A strong interest in the substance abuse prevention and behavioral health.

How To Apply:
Applications will be accepted from eligible candidates through Friday, August 14, 2015. To apply, candidates may complete and submit the online application, which is available at

Applicants will be notified of their selection status on or before Friday, September 4, 2015. Selected candidates are tentatively expected to begin the Prevention Fellowship Program on or after September 15, 2015.

For additional information, please contact the Prevention Fellowship Program at (240) 485-1700, ext. 3287 or e-mail

Congratulations May Graduates! Don't forget to complete the Grad Survey!

Graduation/First Destination Survey
May 2015 Graduates

CLICK share what your post-graduation plans include.
This information helps us to refine our programs and services to better serve students. The collected information is also used to demonstrate the success of our graduates to your college Dean, future students, prospective employers, and the public at large. The University is asked to report outcome data of its graduates for ranking, accreditation, state funding and other purposes. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

Please note that information provided in individual responses will be kept confidential. Survey results will be reported in aggregate.When you access the survey you will be prompted to login with your Directory ID and password.

Only those students reported as graduating in May 2015 will be able to access the survey - if you are unable to access and graduated in May 2015 please contact Adrianne Bradford at ASAP to receive access.

To start the Graduation/First Destination Survey - CLICK HERE.

Congratulations on your graduation and good luck in your future endeavors!

May 18, 2015

Summer RA positions with the Social and Moral Development Lab!

Summer 2015 Research Assistant Positions 
Social and Moral Development Lab
Recruitment Flyer:

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 hours per week (3 units)
-Attend weekly lab meeting
-Data Collection
-Transcribing interviews 
-Coding transcriptions
-Data Entry

-3.0 minimum GPA to apply
-Interest in developmental and social psychology

How To Apply:
If you are a University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate student interested in joining the Social and Moral Development 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 the lab's website:

Temp Research Assistant position with the Smith School of Business!

Temp Research Assistant Position

Data Coding
Smith School of Business

Short-term coding work that will require 15-20 hours in total. You will be paid $8/hour. Urgent requirement.

For more information contact Anubhuti Mishra at

May 15, 2015

Summer Research Assistant positions in the Interpersonal Relationships Lab!

Interpersonal Relationships Lab 
Summer Research Assistant Positions 
Summer 2015

The Interpersonal Relationships Lab (directed by Professor Ed Lemay) is looking for motivated undergraduate summer Research Assistants to aid in a variety of lab duties including video coding and possible data collection sessions. This lab examines social interaction, communication, perceptions and personality differences within close relationships including romantic couples and friendships. *Volunteer based only*

· 10 hours per week
· Commit from end of May-August
· Coding video recorded interaction
· Aid in running participants in data collection sessions

· Reliable and organized
· Interested in subject matter/research
· Strong academic standing
· Able to maintain professionalism in the lab

How to apply:
If you are interested in a summer research assistantship or have any further questions about the position, please contact Heather Muir (Lab Manager) for more information and an application at

May 14, 2015

Work for the APA as an Accreditation Research Assistant!

Full-time Position
Accreditation Research Assistant
American Psychological Association
Washington, D.C. 

For full job description click here: 
Qualified candidates should apply online Career Space.

Faculty Research Assistant position with Dr. Riggins Neurocognitive Development Lab!

Faculty Research Assistant 
Neurocognitive Development Lab, Dr. Tracy Riggins

Dr. Tracy Riggins in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a full-time (30-40 hours/week) Research Assistant beginning July 15, 2015. The focus of the research project is the development of higher order cognitive abilities (such as memory and executive function) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive electrophysiology (EEG/ERPs). See for more details about the lab. A 1-year minimum commitment is required, with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Elizabeth Mulligan at

-Conducting experiments with young children and adults (including: recruiting, scheduling, and data collection)
-Preprocessing and analyzing data
-Training and supervising undergraduate research assistants
-Performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems
-Programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli
-Assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance
-Conducting library searches and literature reviews to assist in manuscript preparation
-Providing general support for the PI and other researchers in the laboratory including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment

-Bachelor's degree in a related scientific field (e.g., psychology or neuroscience)
-Previous research experience with human participants (preferably using fMRI or EEG)
-The ability to work independently
-Keen attention to detail
-The ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children
-Strong computational, organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytical skills are essential

How To Apply:
Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Elizabeth Mulligan at

May 12, 2015

Give your future Grad School Applications a boost as a Research Technician with SUNY Binghamton!

Research Technician Position  
State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton 

A Research Technician position is available within the Translational Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton under the direction of Dr. Gregory Strauss ( The research technician will be involved in all aspects of the research program, assisting in the coordination of day-to day operations of one or more research protocols examining biomarkers for psychosis risk and reward processing abnormalities in schizophrenia. Duties will include recruitment, data processing/analysis, and administration of study protocols using multiple cognitive/affective neuroscience methods (e.g., electroencephalography, eye tracking, electrocardiography). Applicants should have a bachelors degree or higher and relevant research experience. The city of Binghamton is located in the southern tier region of central New York, close to the Finger Lakes and about three hours from New York City. The full-time paid position comes with excellent benefits and is a great opportunity for graduating seniors or individuals taking a gap year to become more competitive for graduate school.

Interested applicants can apply here:

Please contact Dr. Gregory Strauss with questions:

PEARL Lab Summer Research Assistant Positions!

Research Assistant Position 
The Prevention & Early Adversity Research Lab (PEARL)

The Prevention & Early Adversity Research Lab (PEARL) at the University of Maryland is seeking undergraduate research assistants to volunteer over the summer. The lab is currently conducting a study on at-risk pregnant women and their infants. The goal of the study is to understand how risk factors, such as prenatal depression, impact pregnant women and their infants. PEARL Research Assistants will participate in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology, human development, family science, community health, social work, or related fields. Students will get exposure to research issues pertaining to the prenatal period, infancy, mothers, environmental risk, and African American families.

-Must be available to assist with off-campus home visits throughout Prince George's County, MD and Washington D.C. 
-Must have flexible weekday schedules

-Interest in learning about families and children vulnerable to environmental risks
-Understanding of/interest in learning about diverse cultural and family practices

How To Apply:
If you are interested please send your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to Colleen Morrison at

May 11, 2015

PSYC Major wins scholarship to study abroad in South Korea!

Congratulations to PSYC major Taneisha Carter, who won a Gilman International Scholarship to
study abroad in Seoul, South Korea this summer! The Gilman program provides significant funding to support students who are interested in studying in diverse parts of the world (especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia). The scholarship also supports students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad. Taneisha is completing a minor in Korean Studies, and has great interest in the culture. Taneisha is also an accomplished PSYC major, with research involvements in the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab and volunteer experience in an after-school program for children with cognitive or physical disabilities.

Taneisha’s coursework at Korea University will focus on both culture and societal structure. She is interested in the differences in the application of mental treatment for children in Western and Eastern cultures. Outside of academics, she plans to attend various festivals, concerts, and museums. She says, “I am looking forward to the new adventures I will have while there!" We are very proud of you – congratulations, Taneisha!

Part-time Assistant Learning Specialist position working with student athletes!

Part-time Assistant Learning Specialist Position (Paid)
Academic Support and Career Development Unit 

ASCDU is actively seeking two individuals for a part-time paid position working as an Assistant Learning Specialist for the upcoming academic year. This individual would be required to conduct one-on-one learning support sessions with student-athletes on their assigned coursework. This individual will collaborate with the ASCDU Learning Specialist to provide individualized academic services for student-athletes and assist with the screening and reviewing of academic skill levels. The Assistant Learning Specialist will attend weekly meetings, as well as assist with the development and facilitation of Student Success Workshops through the delivery of learning support programming. This position is an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in the Education field and is open to Graduate Students, though seniors may be considered. 

How To Apply:
If interested, please email for more information and an application. 

Free Donuts and Ice Coffee 5/12 10:00 am-12:00 pm in BSOS Alumni Room!

FREE Donuts and Ice Coffee
Tuesday, May 12
10:00 am-12:00 pm
BSOS Alumni Room
2nd Floor Tydings Hall

Need a quick break from studying or some free food to recharge for finals? Stop by for some Dunkin’ Donuts and Ice Coffee tomorrow morning, May 12 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the BSOS Alumni Room, 2nd Floor Tydings Hall. BSOS’ Dean Ball, Undergraduate Dean Katherine Russell, and the Dean’s Student Advisory Council will be on hand to greet students.