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Jan 27, 2015

Spanish Learners needed for paid language study!

The Language Learning and Cognition Study is recruiting participants! Sessions are being offered now and through the Spring semester. Participate in 14 sessions of 1-2 hours each at Taliaferro. You will be asked to complete cognitive tasks and questionnaires, as well as training tasks on an iPad. for full list): - 18-30 years of age - monolingual native speaker of English - currently enrolled in a 300-level Spanish course or completed a 300-level Spanish course within the past year - not started studying Spanish before age 12 - no immersion experience of longer than 1 month in a Spanish-speaking country.
Receive $240 for completing the study ($5 each for sessions 1-13, and $175 at the final session). After completing session 14, you will get a raffle entry to win one of 10 $200 gift cards! Eligibility criteria include (see

To take the pre-screen visit

PSYC Alumnus Matt Cuozzo helping low-income youth to realize their college dream!

Matt Cuozzo earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland May 2014. He also minored in Spanish Language and Culture as well as Leadership Studies. The PSYC blog interviewed Matt to learn more about his career with College Possible. 

What is your exact title? Where are you based? Can you talk a little bit about the mission of College Possible?
I am serving as a High School Senior Coach in Milwaukee, WI. College Possible helps low-income students gain admission to and graduate from college. Although the average 6-year graduation rate from college is 56%, low-income students only graduate at a rate of 11%. However, through the support and guidance of College Possible, our students graduate at a rate of 54%, equaling the playing field for the low-income students in our program.

How did you decide on working for College Possible? What do you enjoy most about your position?
I never doubted that psychology was the right major for me, but I discovered quickly into my undergraduate career that I did not want to pursue a career as a psychologist. Rather, my experiences at Maryland got me interested in the field of higher education. When I was searching the AmeriCorps database, in a desperate attempt to delay the “real world,” I stumbled across College Possible, and I knew the organization was perfect for me. The favorite part of my job is the relationships I get to form and maintain on a daily basis. All of my coworkers are between ages 21 and 26, and my students I serve are all high-school seniors. My staff is incredibly supportive, and my students are so determined to earn a college degree. I love knowing that my students need my so much and that my staff is so dedicated to College Possible’s mission.

What functions and responsibilities do you perform?
I work in a high school with 30 high school seniors. From August to December, we spent time on the college application process. We researched best-fit colleges, created resumes, wrote essays, and applied to college. (Our students are all required to apply to at least five 4-year schools.) My group of 30 students sent out over 190 college applications during that time. From January to March, it’s “money season.” We spend time applying to scholarships and filling out the FAFSA so they will get as much money to go to college as possible. Then, in April and May, we talk about transitioning to college. We cover the necessary skills that they will need to succeed as college students.

What psychology knowledge and/or skills have you utilized with College Possible?
My students are all very different in almost every way imaginable. My job is two-fold: 1) to respond to all of their individual needs and concerns, and 2) to present information in a way that will affect everyone. Psychology teaches you just that—how to understand your audience and cater to them individually and collectively. Dealing with high school students is an art that requires that correct balance of being quick to act and being observant of the situation. There is a reason that my school partner and my supervisor are both psychology majors; it prepares you for whatever comes your way.

How has your psychology coursework and background been helpful with this experience?
I often reflect back on the three-stage model of helping that I learned in PSYC433. Exploration, insight, and action… I think. I use this model on a daily basis. Whether my student does not want to write her scholarship essay, or whether I’m trying to understand why a student wants to apply to a school that will be too expensive for him, I need to be able to talk with my students in a variety of different ways to make sure they make the best decision possible. Furthermore, with the lessons I teach, I need to know students will perceive the information and how they will remember the information. I would say that I am a better Coach because of my psychology coursework at UMD.

What tips might you offer to any current students who are unsure about their career path?
Get out of your comfort zone! It is very rare to find someone who decides on a career in their senior year of college and then continues that same career for his or her entire life. Your early 20s, while you have minimal commitments, is a great time to explore those possibilities. For me, “outside of my comfort zone” was halfway across the country, but I know that moving 800 miles from home is not for everyone. Maybe that means taking a year off traveling before graduate school, or the dream career you’ve had since childhood, or doing a year of service, like me. Whatever it is, you don’t necessarily have the same freedom and luxury when you’re established in your career. Take advantage of this rare time in your life, and use everything as a learning experience!

For more information and questions you may contact Matt at 

Jan 26, 2015

Graduate Assistant position with the Pre-College Programs Office!

Project LIFT Assistant 
Office of Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies
12 Month Graduate Assistant Position 

-Plan and implement college preparation workshops and summer residential programming
-Implement the program's evaluation process
-Assist with website submissions, program marketing, and recruitment
-Coordinate program orientation and student registration
-Participate in meetings and staff development activities with the Office of Pre-College Programs staff
-During peak periods some Saturdays and evenings may be required
-Performing other administrative duties related to program development
-Responsibilities will require an average weekly time commitment of 20 hours

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year institution. Acceptance or good standing in a graduate program at the University of Maryland at the time of appointment is required. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Experience with the sensitivity to high school students of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds.


For more information go to:

Present your research at Morgan State University's Science Research Symposium!

22nd Annual Undergraduate & Graduate Science Research Symposium
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 am-3:00 pm
Morgan State University New Student Center

This is an all day event that features oral and poster presentations, a luncheon and a keynote speaker. All poster and oral presentations will be judged and are eligible to receive an award. 

More information regarding submission of abstracts and registration will be available in the beginning of February.  

Jan 23, 2015

Learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders through the UMARC Lecture Series!

University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium
Lecture Series

The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers from various departments on campus. UMARC's goal is to advance the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children and adults and to contribute to the development of effective treatments and interventions. UMARC also hosts a monthly lecture series in support of parents and children with autism! Our next lecture will be held on Saturday February 7, 2015 from 10am-12pm in 0135 Lefrak Hall. Dr. Elizabeth Redcay from the psychology department at the University of Maryland will present the Current Brain Research in Autism. Free childcare is provided for pre-registered attendees.

Recent grad interested in Social Policy Research? Consider applying to become a Program Associate with MPR!

Program Associate Positions
Mathematica Policy Research (MPR)

Mathematica is a nationally recognized research organization that conducts social policy studies on health care, disability, education, welfare, nutrition, and related topics. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, commercial organizations, and private foundations.

Mathematica currently has openings for program associates in the research division. As a program associate, you will be part of our research team in either our Princeton, NJ, Cambridge, MA, Ann Arbor, MI, or Washington, DC office locations. Mathematica offers employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.

-Work closely with project directors to manage projects by tracking project operations, finances, and logistics
-Record, monitor, and analyze project expenditures in preparation for monthly project reviews and progress reports.
-Related work includes monitoring subcontractor expenses and invoicing, conducting cost analyses, and forecasting project costs
-Serve as a liaison among technical project staff, researchers, internal business departments, external consultants, subcontractors, and client representatives
-Coordinate deliverables by tracking project progress towards critical deadlines and helping project staff maintain the highest standards for quality
-Develop and maintain SharePoint websites, Microsoft Project databases, Excel spreadsheets, and other collaboration tools
-Evaluate operational components of projects and programs and outline problems, options, and solutions for action by senior staff members or client agencies
-Ensure project adherence to data privacy and security requirements and other contractual stipulations -Coordinate and conduct qualitative research tasks, including supporting literature reviews, conducting qualitative interviews, monitoring survey operations, and organizing and taking notes for large panel meetings

-Strong educational background and a BA/BS in relevant field
-Interest in government contracting and/or evaluating government programs for quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and technological innovation
-Experience with (or interest and aptitude in learning) Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Microsoft Project
-0-3 years experience related to business analysis, government program operations, consulting, research, data analysis, or other relevant employment
-Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
-Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and work in a multi-disciplinary team setting

How to Apply: 
Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are okay), a short writing sample, contact information for three references and salary requirements. You will be asked to attach these materials during the online application process. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Please apply here:

Present your research findings in DC at the Gallaudet University Psychology Research Conference!

Second Annual Psychology Research Conference
Gallaudet University Psi Chi
Call for Abstracts
Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2015 @ 11:59 pm

The Gallaudet University Psi Chi chapter is hosting a Psychology Research Conference called “Exploring Psychology Tracks”. The purpose of this conference is support the development of ethically and socially responsible members and leaders in the psychology field and to educate one another about specific under served populations. This full-day event is targeted for Undergraduate and Graduate students in psychology and offers students from the consortium community in the DC metro area the opportunity to present their research findings, theoretical papers, and/or knowledge about working with specific populations with their peers at other local universities.

University of Maryland psychology majors are invited to submit theoretical papers and research projects in the following areas:

o Forensic Psychology
o Cognitive Psychology / Neuropsychology
o Lifespan Developmental Psychology
o Multicultural Psychology

The conference will be accepting both presentations and posters. Students with relevant projects from other academic departments will also be accepted. If you have an outstanding paper that they have submitted for a class that is relevant to these topics, please consider submitting it.

A panel of judges will select two awards: the Outstanding Presentation and Outstanding Poster award to two deserving Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Students from American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, Trinity Washington University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and University of Maryland have been invited to participate in this exciting conference.

Attendance is free and includes light breakfast and afternoon snack. Lunch will be on your own. If you’ve never been to Union Market (our neighbor on 6th St. NE), we recommend visiting! There is a lot of delicious fare to be had!

Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Please visit the conference website (click here) for all the requirements to apply and for the online application (click here).

Jan 22, 2015

Don't miss the Master's in Clinical Psychological Science Info Session Monday, January 26th at 4 pm!

Information Session
University of Maryland Master's in Clinical Psychological Science Program
Monday, January 26, 2015
4:00 pm-5:00 pm 
Biology-Psychology Building Room 1245

The Psychology Department at the University of Maryland is pleased to offer a Master’s in Clinical Psychological Science Program. The program is designed for working professionals who desire advanced knowledge in clinical science to enter, advance, or expand their career options in the mental health field. Classes are held on campus two days a week after traditional working hours. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall, 2015 semester. No GRE or previous experience in psychology is required. Information sessions, including more information on tuition remission, will be held MONDAY (1/26/15) from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Biology-Psychology Room 1245. Pizza dinner will be provided. More information, including application materials, can be found at our website:

For questions please contact the Program Director, Dr. Julia Felton, at
or 301-405-7190.

Ferguson developing research and teaching opportunities sessions!

Researching Ferguson: MITH's Twitter Archive & #BlackLivesMatter at #UMD 
Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 12:30-1:30pm 
MITH Conference Room 
0301 Hornbake Library North

Join us for a meeting of faculty and students from across campus who are interested in developing research and teaching opportunities using the huge and unique Ferguson Twitter archive. MITH is excited to announce the first of several sessions around 'Researching Ferguson.'

To RSVP, please complete this form. If you have any questions, write us

Interested in other #BlackLivesMatter Events at UMD?: