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May 29, 2020

Research Opportunity for Gender Minority Young Adults!


M Pease, from UMD’s Gender Culture and Health Lab, is recruiting participants for an IRB-approved study examining transgender mental health. Anyone ages 18-29 who identifies with a gender identity different from their sex assigned at birth is eligible to participate.

Participation involves completing a 20-minute confidential online survey comprised of questions covering experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, discrimination, gender dysphoria, and general psychological distress, among other topics. Participants will receive an entry into a raffle for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards for their time.

To participate, either visit If you have any questions, please contact the researcher, M Pease, at their email: Thank you!

May 28, 2020

Don't Miss These Upcoming Virtual Career Events! Register today!

The University Career Center invites current UMD students and recent alumni to join us for the workshops below. 
RSVP for each event through your Careers4Terps account to receive the Zoom link details. 

Employer Advice: Standing Out in a Tough Job Market, June 16
Creating a Memorable Online Presence, June 24

Review more events by visiting the University Career Center's Calendar of Events.

Attend the UMD Virtual Career Fair!

UMD Virtual Career Fair  
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Virtual Event

Our virtual career fair offers the opportunity for current students and alumni to connect with diverse employers seeking to hire for full-time, internship and part-time opportunities across a variety of industries. The event will take place using the CareerEco virtual fair platform.

Review tips for making the most of virtual events.

May 27, 2020

Post-Bac Research Opportunities @ UC Davis!

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology 
and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified research assistants to fill two open positions for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at UC Davis Medical Center. This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. 

The goal of the study is to use tools from cognitive neuroscience to explore how disruptions in a person’s ability to distinguish external versus self-initiated actions may influence visual perception and contribute to positive symptoms of psychosis (e.g., hallucinations and delusions). The incumbent will benefit from the opportunity to take part in research that spans two laboratories with expertise in sensorimotor integration and psychosis. 

Two positions are being offered, a study coordinator position that focuses primarily on patient recruitment and clinical assessments ( and a technically oriented position that focuses on neuroimaging data collection and analysis ( Please apply to one or both positions depending on your interests and career goals.

Psychology Majors: Locating and Navigating Your Remote Internship Zoom Workshop!

Psychology Majors: Locating and Navigating Your Remote Internship Zoom Workshop!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Virtual Event

Are you seeking a summer or fall internship? Many organizations have switched from in-person internships to offering virtual/remote opportunities. The UMD Psychology Department and The University Career Center will be hosting several organizations who offer such opportunities to share their insights. Our panelists will highlight their opportunities and provide tips for making the most of the experiences.

We will also offer search tips and open the event up for your live questions. Get started researching remote opportunities with the resources below. 

Finding a virtual internship links and tips
Job/Internship search strategies during COVID-19 | BSOS Majors
Internship search options

This session will be facilitated online via Zoom. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to attend. RSVP through Careers4Terps (linked above) to access the log in information. If you have trouble accessing the webinar, please email Kristen Marsico at Please note that this event will be recorded. The video will be available for viewing on the Psychology Blog shortly after the session. 

For additional information about this event:

Contact Steve Young at

May 26, 2020

How To Be A Successful Virtual Intern Workshop!

How To Be A Successful Virtual Intern Workshop 

Interning virtually this summer? Get tips and insights on how to maximize your experience and make a positive impression. 

Register HERE

May 22, 2020

Letter Grade Option for Spring 2020 Coursework Extended Until May 31st @ 11:59 pm!

The website for making your grading choices will open
again at noon May 22, 2020, to give students another opportunity to choose to receive letter grades; it will close again at 11:59 pm, May 31, 2020.

If you are satisfied with your current grading choices, you need not do anything. If, however, you wish to receive a letter grade for a course and have not yet successfully made that choice electronically, you will need to visit the website: before the May 31 deadline and designate that choice for each course for which you have not yet indicated your wish to receive your earned letter grade. There will be no further extensions beyond that time so please make your selection carefully and in time to check and be sure that all changes were successfully made as you intended.

Please note also that extending this deadline means that availability of transcripts and diplomas will be delayed slightly after the end of the semester.

May 21, 2020

Interested in serving as a Virtual RA this Fall? Apply to the Family Involvement Lab!

FALL 2020
Virtual Research Assistant Interns
Family Involvement Lab

Interested in gaining research experience this fall working with families and young children from
diverse backgrounds? 

The Family Involvement Laboratory is
looking for bilingual (Spanish and
English) research assistants for FALL 2020!
Virtual research assistants are able to work
from home while gaining valuable research
experience helping with Baby Books 2.

Baby Books 2, an NIH-funded experiment led by Dr. Natasha Cabrera, embeds educational information into baby books as a way to educate low-income first-time parents about child development, injury prevention and optimal parenting. Phone Visits are conducted with families. 

What will you learn from the internship? 
• Attend online team meetings
• Data collection and entry 
• Transcribe and code videos 
• Conduct phone interviews with parents

What are the internship requirements? 
• Must be able to commit to 6-9 hours per week for 8 weeks 
• Must be incoming sophomore, junior, or senior 
• Research Assistants can earn course credit

How To Apply:
Please send an email to Marina Kerlow ( and describing your interest in this position. Please attach your resume/CV, unofficial transcript, & contact information for two references.

New Human Development Major! Begins FALL 2020!

Human Development Major
Beginning FALL 2020
Recorded Information Session:

In the human development major, you’ll explore the fundamental questions that underpin education and society. Students will learn about biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes of human development in diverse contexts. Students in the HD Major will participate in an integrated set of educational experiences to acquire a comprehensive body of interdisciplinary scholarly knowledge in human development, learning, and research methodology. Introductory and advanced coursework, as well as laboratory research apprenticeships or field experiences are essential components of the proposed curriculum.

-Establish a knowledge base of human development across the lifespan ranging from cognitive, social-emotional, and physiological perspectives and including the influences of the environmental, historical, and cultural contexts 
-Develop skills of scientific inquiry and critical thinking 
-Foster an awareness of the diversity of cultures, contexts, and abilities within which humans develop and how these differences impact development across the lifespan 
-Achieve mastery in the art of communication related to scientific inquiry and theoretical analysis with a critical awareness of the variety of audiences with whom they may be interacting

For more information email

May 20, 2020

Looking for a great hands on service opportunity? Consider becoming an AmeriCorps Member!

In-School Mediation Coordinators 
(40 hrs/wk).
There are other opportunities throughout the state of Maryland. Apply for Maryland Positions at website and search for
"Community Mediation Maryland"

AmeriCorps Advantages:
● A profound and fulfilling experience, through service!

● 50 hours of Basic Mediation Training, with advanced training opportunities
● $13,992 Annual Living Allowance
● $6,095 Education Award
● Residency Waiver for In State Tuition
● Health Coverage including vision and dental
● Mental Health Coverage
● Child Care Allowance, if eligible
● Student Loan Forbearance/deferment, if eligible
● SNAP/Food Stamps Benefits, if eligible
● Valuable professional and networking opportunities

Application and Selection Process: 
To be considered for the Community Mediation Corps – CMM’s AmeriCorps Program, Please send a resume and cover letter to Cover letters should include the applicant’s service site preference. Resume’s will be reviewed, and if appropriate, the applicant will be invited to the first of two interviews. If you need more details about this process, community mediation, or the status of your application, please contact or 301-802-9659.

Congratulations Graduates! Please complete the First Destination/Experiences Survey!

Share Your Experiences
The link above directs you to the UMD First Destination/Experiences Survey.
The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

We realize this is a bittersweet moment, with the campus vacated and graduation celebrations relegated to the online environment. However, we are reaching out to all UMD graduating seniors to find out more about the out of classroom experiences you completed as a student, as well as your immediate post-graduation plans. We look forward to hearing from you!

Are you planning your next steps? Check out the University Career Center's tips for job searching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UMD First Destination/Experiences Survey is coordinated by the University Career Center & The President’s Promise. If you have already completed the survey, THANK YOU!

May 19, 2020

What Can You Do If Your Internship Gets Cancelled?

COVID-19 may have disrupted your internship plans for summer or fall. There are a number resources you will find HERE to assist you searching for a Virtual or Remote Internship Experience. You can bounce back from this set back and put your resiliency skills into action!

Need further assistance? Contact Steve Young, Academic Advisor @ 

PSYC Department Scholarships! Application deadline is June 15th!

William G. Johnson '63 Endowed Scholarship:
This scholarship was endowed by William G. Johnson' 63, Psychology alumnus, to be awarded to Psychology undergraduate majors based upon academic achievement in their major and financial need. One recipient will be selected and the monetary award for this scholarship is $1,000.

The Psychology Undergraduate Scholarship:
This scholarship will be awarded to one Psychology undergraduate based upon academic achievement in their major. One recipient will be selected and the monetary award for this scholarship is $1,000. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Link to application:

Application deadline is June 15, 2020. 

May 15, 2020

Interested in the I/O Psychology Field? Don't miss the Organizational PSYC/Applying PSYC to the Workplace Lab this fall!

PSYC 450 Organizational Psychology/
Applying Psychology to the Workplace Lab
FALL 2020
Instructor: Dr. Ben Jones
Prerequisites: 85 credits earned; PSYC 300 and one of the following: PSYC 221 or PSYC 361. 

This course will provide you an opportunity to apply theory, experimental design, and data analysis techniques that you have learned in prior coursework as a psychology major in order to answer real-world questions. Specifically, in this course, you will be asked to offer data-driven solutions to real-world problems that an I/O psychologist might be tasked to solve. Through this process, you will learn about I/O psychology and practice applying data analyses. This course will help you decide if you could see yourself pursuing a career as an applied I/O psychologist, while also advancing your understanding of I/O psychology in both a theoretical and practical way.

May 13, 2020

Great new course: UNIV 362 Designing Your Life After College!

UNIV 362 Designing Your Life After College
Tuesdays 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

UNIV362 is an innovative course that is designed to help students navigate the transition out of college. Students taking the course will receive support in navigating the job search, understanding the various types of benefits that may or may not come with their job offers, developing and refining their post-graduate plans, and they will gain introductory knowledge in the stock market and investing.

-How do I accumulate the wealth I need to live the life I want?
-What is a FICO score, IRA, 401k?
-What are all those documents they give me when I get my first job?
-How do I know it's a good job offer?
-What if I hate my first job? What if I don't know what I want after college?

This is a 2 credit, elective course that will be offered from 4:30-6:30 on Tuesdays.