Opportunities for Psychology Majors

Email Archive - Fall 2018


Interested in Practicum?

Reminder: Practicum applications due Oct. 19! If you are interested in doing a practicum (similar to an internship) during Spring 2019,please fill out the application and return it to Dr. Jeppsen.

Upcoming Events
  • NEW event! Psychology Open House at USD, Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-7:30pm. During the open house, students will have the opportunity to learn about the graduate programs the department offers, meet with faculty, and tour the clinical area and human factors labs. If you are interested in pursuing graduate education in psychology in one of the areas they offer (Clinical and Human Factors), this event is for you. The event will be held at: The University of South Dakota, South Dakota Union Building, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069. If you have any questions about this event please contact feel free to contact Levenae.Buggs@usd.edu or the psychology department at: Phone: 605-677-5351 or email: psychology@usd.edu.
  • Reminder: ABLE: The Disability Chronicles Coming to Sioux Falls! Chronicles will be at the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 PM. TICKETS:$10 Adults, $5 Students available through: www.usiouxfalls.edu/tickets
  • Need to learn how to use Academic Planner (or even just brush up on how it works)? We'll have a Psychology tutor available to help you with this at the Academic Planner lab on Oct. 23, 7-9pm, in the Madsen Computer lab. Can't make it on the 23rd? No problem! There's lots of other labs. You can check out the full schedule here: http://www.augie.edu/academics/success-events
  • Interested in a career in a Nonprofit Organizations? Join two successful professionals on Oct. 29 @ 10:30 in FSC 113A as they discuss their educational trajectory and career paths in nonprofit organizations. 
Doctoral Program in Psychological Science

The Department of Psychological Science at University of California, Irvine is looking for graduates to join faculty in conducting cutting-edge psychological science research in one of four specialized tracks. The Department is uniquely situated in within the School of Social Ecology which views human behavior in a larger social and institutional context, and that seeks to disseminate knowledge to the community. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019 through December 1, 2018. See https://ps.soceco.uci.edu for more information.


Master of Social Work Program Online Information Sessions (Monday Oct. 15 & Tues. Oct. 16):  https://mailchi.mp/cb4853544612/master-of-social-work-program-information-session?e=0f72cb5e63


Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, October 7, 6:00pm: NAMI Sioux Falls, an affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), is sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil and 8-block candlelight walk at First Lutheran Church, 12th & Dakota Ave.  The evening begins with Prayer and Scripture in Christ the Victor Chapel.  This is a free, educational event. The optional 8-block candlelight walk follows the program! There are no pledges to collect for the Walk. All are welcome. Invite your family and friends!
  • Friday, October 12, 2:00pm: Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, will be a guest lecturer at USF in our Salsbury Science Center’s Z-Hall. Ms. Kerger will be speaking about trust in the media; she is a national expert on this relevant and timely topic.
  • Tuesday, Nov 6, at 3pm: USD will be visiting campus to talk about their grad program in mental health counseling. They will be available in the Madsen Center, location TBD. 
  • Thursday, November 15th, at 3:00 : SDSU will visit campus to talk about their various programs in the counseling field.  Location TBD (somewhere in Madsen Center). 
Summer 2019 Research Program in Psychological Sciences

In summer 2019, Rice University will host the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program "Translational Research in Psychological Sciences: Human Factors" that will seek to engage undergraduates studying behavioral sciences in research that solves real-world problems. Applications are encouraged from students from underrepresented groups. The application deadline is January 9, 2019. LEARN MORE AND APPLY: http://pd28.blogs.rice.edu//p>

Aging Studies Minor

The Aging Studies (AGES) minor explores how aging affects individuals, organizations, and communities. Also known as "gerontology," this content area draws on theory and research from many disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Business, and Exercise Science. Why study Aging? Like many nations, the USA is experiencing a "gerontological explosion" of adults. One out of every seven persons in America is now age 65 or older, and this is the fastest growing segment of the population. An older and more diverse elder population will demand creative responses, making Aging Studies a fast-growing and exciting field to be in. If you are interested in this minor, please contact me to learn more: elizabeth.babcock@augie.edu

Upcoming courses that serve the AGES minor:

  • AGES 220-Social Gerontology will be offered spring 2019, MWF at 1:00 (typically offered odd-year springs)
  • AGES 120-Aging and Society is planned for July 2019 [online] and Fall 2019 [traditional Face2Face] (typically offered odd-year falls and some summers)
  • SOCI 230-Medical Sociology will be offered Fall 2019 (typically offered once every two years)


Graduating in the next year (January 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019)? Your application to graduate is due in less than a week (Monday, Oct. 1). If you haven't submitted it yet, please do so--you will find a link to apply on your my.augie portal.

Save the date! Here are some important dates for psychology majors to keep track of:

  • October 19 - Practicum applications for Spring 2019 due
  • November 8 - Directed Research applications for Spring 2019 due
  • March 22 - Practicum application for Fall 2019 due
  • April 6 - Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium
  • April 11 - Directed Research applications for Fall 2019 due
  • May 7, 6-8pm - End of the year party for Psychology Majors

Student Research Opportunities with the Augustana Research Institute- see ARI opportunities attachment. These are often paid positions (usually around $10/hr) and are great for getting applied research experience.

Volunteers needed: Rock Steady Boxing, The Inn on Westport, Sioux Falls -  Looking for some guys or athletic girls that would love to help in my boxing class and more specific help with doing focus mitt work with the boxers. The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant. Contact Lisa Howard at  lisa.howard@innonwestport.org.

The Developmental Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Miami invites applications for fall 2019 from talented and motivated students interested in earning a Ph.D. in developmentalpsychology. Deadline is November 15. Students are typically fully funded and receive excellent training for careers in research and teaching.   Please see our brochure and visit our page for more information about our program.

Psychology-related web resources:

  • psysci.co examines the latest research as well as discussion of topical stories, concerning the areas of psychology and science that contribute to our understanding of health and well-being, as well as offering an in-depth guide for psychology students covering how to do well as an undergraduate, tips for applying to graduate school, and succeeding in graduate school.


Thinking about graduate school?--please check out this new library book: Graduate Study in Psychology, 2018, by American Psychological Association.

"This book is an essential resource for future psychologists looking to find their ultimate career path. The chapters describe 30 exciting graduate-level careers in academia; clinical and counseling psychology; and specialized settings such as for-profit businesses, nonprofits, the military, and schools. Each chapter explores a different career, including typical daily activities, range of compensation, advantages and disadvantages of the career, opportunities for employment and advancement, and how to prepare for this specialty." Mikkelsen Library Reference BF77 .G73 2018

Need to make a change in your class schedule? Tomorrow is the last day to add a class without an instructor's signature, and Sept. 12 is the last day to drop a class without an instructor's signature!  

Planning on taking statistics this year? If you've got room in your schedule, you are encouraged to think about taking it this Fall. There are still seats available in the fall PSYC 270 Statistics courses at 8:00 and 9:00. PSYC 270 will also be offered in the spring, but there will be fewer sections so classes may fill up quickly!

Jterm 2019 PSYC courses: If you're looking for a Psychology course for January 2019, we've still got openings in the following courses:

  • PSYC 197 The Greek Connection (study abroad; Dr. Lima)
  • PSYC 332 Psychological Measurement and Diagnosis (on-campus; Dr. Trainor)
  • PSYC 345 Sensation and Perception (on-campus; Dr. Babcock)

Interested in Neuroscience? There's open seats in Dr. Kloth's Neurobiology (BIOL 397) class this fall, as well as his Neuroscience and Society (BIOL 215) scientific intersections course being offered Jterm 2019. See course descriptions below.

  • BIOL 397: This course is an exploration of the cellular and systems physiology of the brain. Topics will include the structure and function of neurons and synapses; the coordination of populations of neurons for sensory and motor function; the biological substrates underlying learning and memory; and special topics related to neurophysiology. The course will include reading of primary literature that will occasionally touch on human disease. The laboratory component will acquaint students with simulations of neurons and neural systems, analysis of neurobiological data, and techniques in animal and human neurophysiology.
  • BIOL 215: A recent explosion of discoveries in neuroscience has attracted attention from all corners of society, from doctors and scientists who want to treat mental illness and advance technology to individuals who seek to improve themselves, our way of life, and our species. Still, the promise that lies in studying the brain comes with an important caveat—that we still know very little about the mysterious organ inside the human skull. Using case studies, popular media, readings from lay and scientific literature, and a visit to a neuroscience laboratory to stimulate discussion and writing, students will acquire an understanding of modern neurobiology and skills in scientific literacy that will allow them to interpret reports of new findings in the field, evaluate common beliefs about the mind and the brain, and grapple with the implications of brain science in their lives. This is a course for non-majors who have taken a lab science.

Save the date! Here are some important dates for psychology majors to keep track of:

  • October 19 - Practicum applications for Spring 2019 due
  • November 8 - Directed Research applications for Spring 2019 due
  • March 22 - Practicum application for Fall 2019 due
  • April 6 - Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium
  • April 11 - Directed Research applications for Fall 2019 due
  • May 7, 6-8pm - End of the year party for Psychology Majors

Flutter Productions will be performing ABLE: The Disability Chronicles on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the University of Sioux Falls. Tickets are now on sale through USF. Flutter (an all-ability dance and theatre performance group based out of Rapid City, South Dakota) is committed to creating opportunities for all performers to soar, to challenge the perception of people with disabilities; while creating a new creative community in which performers with and without disabilities come together to celebrate the human spirit. ABLE is a series of didactic vignettes written by individuals with disabilities, and those that support them, about disabilities and disability culture. Several pieces speak directly to those involved in the medical, educational, social work, arts, and support services industries. 

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices (such as medication and wheelchairs) and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish or have frustrating side-effects.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • Specific diverse abilities such as Down syndrome and Autism
  • The joy of freedom. 
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • Identity and the acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities. 
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.   

South Dakota Corrections Association Fall Conference in Rapid City, Sept. 11-13: description from the organizers; see attached flyer for more information: 

"This is a great conference for all avenues of corrections.  Our Agenda may look a little intimidating but it is packed full of information for Parole, Probation, Corrections, Counselors, Institutions, etc.  Search is a leader in their field and will not only have contact with you on the 11th but will be there if you need help at any time in the future.  They will teach us how to use common commands and how to use our basic services to gather information.  They will be able to share technical information that will fit any organization. Interview and Interrogation is one of the most useful and interesting trainings I have ever been to.  Learn how to determine if somebody is being deceitful, learn skills to gather information, learn ques to look for.  This is yet another training that I feel should be spread and hope that each of your organizations can see the benefits.  No matter your level or position this training is for you. "