What’s New in the Psychology Department

Save the Date – MAUPRC

(Posted 9/22/2014)

The 34th Annual Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference will be held Saturday, April 18 at Franklin College. MAUPRC exists to recognize and encourage research by undergraduate psychology students.

Undergraduates are invited to present their research and ideas in a convention format. Empirical, theoretical, and review papers are eligible for submission. Each paper must be sponsored by a faculty member. Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline is April 4, 2015.

Information about submission, registration and highlights from last year’s conference can be viewed at www.eiu.edu/psych/mauprc. For more information, e-mail Marcel Yoder (myode1@uis.edu).

Volunteers needed for After School Program

(Posted 9/18/2014)

Compass is a free after-school program held at Faith A.M.E. Temple. The program is a partnership between Washington Middle School’s AVID program, 4-H through the U of I Extension, and the Family Service Center.

As a Volunteer, you will:

-Build relationships with at-risk and homeless middle school students who need positive role models
-Learn with the students all about robotics, cinematography, and photojournalism
-Gain valuable experience in how to tutor, teach, and mentor
-Receive a full dinner prepared by a local church

Schedule (Tuesday and Thursday starting October 7):

* 2:30-3:00 – Walk students to Faith Temple/Snack
* 3:00-3:30 – Accelerated Reader time
* 3:30-4:00 – Homework tutoring
* 4:00-5:00 – 4-H Tech Wizards Program
* 5:00-5:30 – Full dinner

Volunteers and students work together on laptops and tablets to build land robots, underwater robots, flying droids, solar cars, movies, and Photoshop.  Volunteers do not need any previous training in robotics – they will learn along with the students.

Volunteer Requirements:

1. Attend Training – Sign-up available on www.service2families.org/ or contact Molly Berendt mberendt@service2families.com
2. Volunteer at least once per week Tuesday/Thursday – Must arrive at least by 3:30 to help tutor and assist with Tech Wizards Program.
3. Should commit to 1 year as a volunteer (talk to Amanda if this is a problem).
4. Volunteer must be professional in how they work with the students.

Compass Contacts:
Amanda Millen
730 E. Vine St
Springfield, IL 62703

4-H Contact:
Felecia Freeman

Welcome to a new semester!

(Posted 8/25/2014)

Welcome to a new semester at UIS! Whether you are a returning or new student, the faculty and staff of the department are glad that you are here! Please make sure that you visit our department’s website: www.uis.edu/psychology, like us on Facebook: UIS Psychology Department, and follow us on Twitter: @uispsychology. You will find much important information on those pages and they will keep you up to date on important events and deadlines in the department and on campus. Make sure that you find answers to questions that you have: http://www.uis.edu/psychology/contact/ On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of the department – Have a great semester!

Internship 0pportunity at Davidson College, NC

(Posted Feb. 20, 2014)

For sophomore and junior psychology majors:

Davidson College sponsors an eight-week summer academic program for undergraduates at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, N.C., a state psychiatric facility serving western North Carolina. The program is an internship in clinical settings at the Hospital; students earn credit for one course from Davidson College as Practicum in Psychology (PSY 290). This course is taught by the Internship Training Director at Broughton Hospital who is an adjunct instructor for Davidson College.

Besides working in the hospital, students have periodic discussion sessions with the instructor and attend a weekly seminar with presentations by clinical staff at the Hospital.

Because these times are arranged once the class arrives in Morganton, students should plan on being on site five days a week for the duration of the program.  The program will run from May 27 – July 18, 2014.

Participants work with hospital professionals as observers and assistants in patient treatment programs. Students may have the opportunity to participate in other hospital trainings and/or field trips to settings where activities relevant to clinical psychology are occurring. Service to the hospital is an important aspect of all placement options. In past years placement options have included the Adult Admissions Division, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Division, or Specialty Services Division, which includes the adolescent, geropsychiatry, and medical units.

Program size is 6-8 students.  The number of applications for the program has progressively increased over the last several years.  Criteria for admission, therefore, are driven in part by the number of applicants and can become competitive. Applications from students enrolled at Davidson College will receive some preferential weighting. Applicants should have completed Abnormal Psychology prior to the program’s start.

Tuition and room fees total $800.  No financial aid from Davidson College is available; students needing financial help should inquire at their home institutions.

For detailed information, visit the Davidson College Department’s webpage: http://www.davidson.edu/academics/psychology. The application form is also there. Deadline: APRIL 1,  2014. Visiting the Broughton Hospital web site at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dsohf/broughton/ may be helpful.

Important news from the Registrar’s Office

(Posted Feb. 10, 2014)


Students graduating in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 must submit an online Graduation Application via Student Self-Service (https://apps.uillinois.edu/ – “Graduation” tab) by the deadlines listed below:

  • Spring 2014 Graduates – February 21, 2014
  • Summer 2014 Graduates who DO wish to participate in the Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony – February 21, 2014*
  • Summer 2014 Graduates who DO NOT wish to participate in the Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony – July 7, 2014 

*A student petition signed by your adviser and department chair approving your participation in the Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony is also required by February 21, 2014, in order to participate.

Students MUST be sure to verify that all curriculum information is listed accurately BEFORE submitting an online Graduation Application (including major, minor, concentration, etc.).  If you have any questions or concerns, please email registrar@uis.edu or call 217/206-7730.

Graduate program advertisement

San Diego State University (posted 1/24/2014)

The Department of Child and Family Development at San Diego State University is now accepting applications for admission in Fall 2014. Their department offers two graduate-level programs:

Early Childhood Socio-Emotional and Behavior Regulation Intervention Specialist (EC-SEBRIS) Graduate Certificate Program: The EC-SEBRIS Graduate Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program focusing on professional preparation and skills enhancement of early childhood professionals who work with young children who demonstrate socio-emotional and behavioral concerns, and their parents. This is a one-year eighteen-unit certificate program.

Master of Science Degree in Child Development: The focus of the program is on the early years and prevention with an emphasis on parent-child intergenerational relationships to enhance school readiness and prepare teachers to work with families with a focus on socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes. Taken independently, this program can be completed in two years (four academic semesters). Students who complete the EC-SEBRIS program can continue to the M.S. in Child Development and complete the M.S. in as few as two academic semesters.

Admission is accepted in the fall semester only. Applications will be available October 1, 2013 – March 1, 2014 for admission in Fall 2014. To apply, applicants need to complete an application to San Diego State University and an application to the Department of Child and Family Development. Dr. Yoder has extensive information about both programs and the application process for your reference.

If you have any questions about these programs or the application requirements, please feel free to contact Cassandra Conboy, M.A. at (619) 594-2149 or EarlyChildhood@mail.sdsu.edu.

Important news from the Registrar’s Office

(posted 1/22/2014)

Spring 2014 GRADUATION:

  • Last day to file spring graduation application – Feb 21, 2014
  • Commencement ceremony (for Summer and Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 candidates) – May 17, 2014

Spring 2014 LAST DAY TO:

Drop without financial obligation:

  • First-half course – Partial withdrawal: Jan 27, 2014; Complete withdrawal: Jan 20, 2014
  • Full-term course – Partial withdrawal: Feb 3, 2014; Complete withdrawal: Jan 20, 2014
  • Last-half course – Partial withdrawal: Mar 30, 2014; Complete withdrawal: Mar 23, 2014

Withdraw, change grade option, or change to audit for:

  • First-half course – Feb 28, 2014
  • Full-term course – Apr 18, 2014
  • Last-half course – May 2, 2014

Change curriculum (program/major, minor, certificate) for spring semester – Apr 18, 2014

Employment opportunity

The UIS Cox Children’s Center (posted December 11, 2013)

The UIS Cox Children’s Center is currently looking to hire a few individuals for the spring semester who have an interest in working in a career with children and families. They will also be looking for individuals who will be living in Springfield and available to work over the summer. The Center is a resource for university students, faculty, staff, alumni and community clients.  Their programs are designed to provide early childhood care and education for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. During the academic year they enroll children ages 6 weeks to 5. In the summer, they add a school age summer camp for those ages 5-12.  The Center also serves as a site for practicum experiences for university students seeking hands-on learning in the field of early childhood education. The Center is an NAEYC accredited program and that also holds a Star Level 3 certification through INCCRRA-both of these agencies being associated with high quality programs. The Center has full-time teachers that work with the children and also hires part-time UIS students to assist the teachers in their daily work with children and families. If interested, please apply for the Child Care Assistant position on the Career Connect website.

Employment opportunity

The Autism Program Therapy Assistant (posted December 9, 2013)

The Hope Institute for Children and Families in the future seeks to hire a part-time therapist to provide direct on-site therapy under the supervision of licensed/certified clinicians with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for The Autism Program (TAP).  The Autism Program Service Network includes over 30 organizations, and twelve training and service centers. Essential functions of this position will be to teach children with ASD using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Qualified candidates must have a positive attitude and a desire to learn!

The Hope Institute offers competitive hourly rates as well as the opportunity to encourage and enhance an environment that promotes independent living for the youth we serve.

Qualified candidates, please submit resume to:

The Hope Institute for Children and Families
Attn: Human Resources; TAP
15 East Hazel Dell Lane; Springfield, IL 62712
(217) 585-5437
E.O.E.  m/f/h/v

Brain Dissection Lab

Students in Dr. David Towers’ Introduction to Biopsychology course had the opportunity to dissect sheep brains, which are very similar to human brains. Students typically do not have this kind of opportunity until they get to graduate school. Dr. Towers and Dr. Reminger put this lab together with the assistance of several faculty in the biology and chemisty departments.

Brain dissection

Studying cancer’s impact on the brain

University of Illinois Springfield Assistant Professor of Psychology Sheryl Reminger studies the impact of cancer on the brain.

The impact of stereotypes on Asian Americans

Dr. Frances Shen, assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois Springfield researches the impact of stereotypes on Asian Americans.

Graduate School Seminar:

We are planning a seminar focused on the graduate school application process (we’ll post a time and location soon). We will do a brief presentation and take your questions. If you have questions like these then you should plan to attend:

  • How can I improve my changes of getting in?
  • What degree do I need (M.A., Ph.D., Psy.D., or M.D.)?
  • What are schools looking for in my appliation materials?
  • How do I write a personal statement?
  • What is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)?

Click here for some useful information

Employment Opportunities:

Job Openings: Part-Time Instructors
Openings for part-time instructors occur on a semester-by-semester and as-needed basis. Qualified individuals interested in part-time teaching opportunities within the Psychology Program at UIS may submit a letter of interest to:

Psychology Department
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS UHB-3144
Springfield, IL 62703-5407