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Colloquium

For this week's Colloquium, on January 21st, we will be joined by Nicole Eddy. Please see the talk title and summary below:

Title: The Impact of Executive Dysfunction on the Mathematics Achievement of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Summary: Executive Function (EF) involves the neurological processes behind how we organize environmental information, plan, and direct behaviour. EF components have been found to be related to mathematical performance. Individuals on the autism spectrum often experience challenges with their executive functioning- what is referred to as “executive dysfunction”. Additionally, autistic individuals display a widespread pattern of mathematic achievement, with both below and above IQ-expected performance, and are significantly more like to be diagnosed with a math-based learning disability than the general population. Considering the relationship between EF and math performance, the present study intends to explore this relationship in an autistic youth sample.

Reminder: This Colloquium is virtual, meeting details below

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Information for Students Interested in Applying for a Major in Psychology/Behavioural Neuroscience

For students who are interested in applying to the BA/BSc Major in Psychology or BSc Major in Behavioral Neuroscience, please note that a new application form is currently being developed. You will need to complete this new form in order to be admitted into these major programs for Fall 2022. The new form will be available later this semester, probably by early March, and will be posted on the psychology department webpage. The deadline for application is June 1st, 2022. If you have any questions, you can contact me, Dr. Anju Anand, the Academic Program Officer for Psychology at psychundergradadvisor@mun.ca or psyugradadvice@mun.ca

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Call for Nominations for Two Additional Convocation Awards 2020-2021

The following awards are available to students who have or will be graduating in the 2020-21 Academic Year. Inquiries about these awards can be directed to Dr. Carolyn Walsh at psychdeputyhead@mun.ca

Captain Robert Bartlett Award

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Award

Click here for more information on how to apply

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Seeking nominations for The Rennie Gaulton Award for Excellence in Teaching

In 2009, the Psychology Department lost one of its most dedicated teachers, Rennie Gaulton, to cancer. During the 30 years Rennie taught psychology, he inspired many students to learn more about the field, many of whom went on to pursue a degree in psychology. He pioneered new methods of teaching and evaluating psychology, and his enthusiasm for teaching was shared with all those who took his classes. To honour Rennie’s commitment to teaching psychology, the department has created the Rennie Gaulton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

See the nomination form for further details

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Call for Nominations for The Dr. James L. Walker Convocation Award

The Dr. James L. Walker Convocation Award

This award was established in memory of Dr. James L. Walker, a Brandon University department head, psychology professor and research consultant whose innovative teaching, socially relevant research and integration of research into treatment programs for Alzheimer’s patients transformed the lives of students, colleagues and patients. Valued at $1,000, it will be awarded at convocation to a graduating undergraduate student in the Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience honors program who has demonstrated both academic excellence (a minimum of clear standing) and leadership within their community. The award will be conferred by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Head, Department of Psychology.

If you would like to be considered for this award please e-mail Carolyn Walsh (psychdeputyhead@mun.ca) with the subject line: Walker Convocation Award Application. Attached to your email should be a single pdf document which consists of: 1) your resume/cv and, 2) a one-page summary of how you have demonstrated leadership within your community. Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5 pm

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Four scholarships available to students majoring in psychology or behavioural neuroscience

The Memorial University Undergraduate Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Society is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students majoring in psychology or behavioural neuroscience.

To apply, students must submit a PDF application package to psychdeputyhead@mun.ca with the subject line “Award Application:” followed by the name of the specific award being applied for. Students who intend to to apply for multiple awards must submit a separate PDF application package for each award. Selection will be determined by the departmental awards committee. Please see below for award descriptions and required documents to include in the application package. The deadline for applications is March 26th 2021 at 5:00pm. Late applications will not be considered. Please note only successful applicants will be notified of the award decision. Questions about the application process can be directed to munpsychsociety@gmail.com.

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Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Virtual Formal

Saturday, April 3rd. RSVP by March 12th

See here for details

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The Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Career Night

Wednesday, March 10th @ 7:00p.m.

See here for details

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Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Winter Wellness Basket

The Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Society are selling tickets for a Winter Wellness basket valued at over $550.00! All proceeds from the basket are to raise money for student scholarships within our department as well as a community donation(s)! Tickets for the basket are $2 each or 3 for $5. The draw date is December 10th!

The basket includes :

-2 pairs of Beckem Clay earrings ($40)

-A 1-month Base Camp Membership for Mount Pearl Summit Centre ($50)

-Bespoke 2-week unlimited membership ($65)

-Lesters Farm gift card ($25)

-The Pantry Café gift certificates ($30)

-Piatto free pizza certificate ($35)

-Cinched gift certificate ($40)

-Booster Juice gift card ($25)

-nlsuave crewneck ($40)

-Saltwater Designs crewneck ($48)

-Student-made crewneck ($25)

-Goulds Pharmachoice Care Package and $50 Avalon Mall gift card ($80)

-Dream It Designs Reusable Cup ($15)

-Kent Care Package ($50)

-Two colouring books, colouring markers, beatable slippers, essential oils ($75)

Please contact munpsychsociety@gmail.com if you are interested in buying some tickets and someone from exec or the social/volunteer committee will contact you!

*Ticket buyers must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador and must be able to pick up the prize package in the St. John’s metro region, shipping will not be an option*

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Applications for PsyD Program Suspended

Because of complications with program delivery due to COVID-19, the Department of Psychology will not be taking any applications for the PsyD program this year. The earliest we would be taking applications would be Dec. 1st, 2021 for the program starting in Fall of 2022.

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A message to science students regarding the fall semester

The fall semester at Memorial University, including in the Faculty of Science, will continue to be primarily a remote teaching and learning environment for students. As previously stated, full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021.

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Recipients of the Bill McKim Honours Thesis Award

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Bill McKim Honours Thesis Award for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Olivia Dutton (supervised by Sue Walling): Behavioural staging of a pretangle rat model of sporadic Alzheimer’s Disease: Longitudinal effects of locus coeruleus htauE14 on odour discrimination.

Sarah Higdon (supervised by Scott Deibel & Ian Webb): Influence of a circadian rhythm disruption paradigm on hippocampal-dependent memory retention and hippocampal physiology.

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Call for Nominations for The Dr. James L. Walker Convocation Award

The Dr. James L. Walker Convocation Award

This award was established in memory of Dr. James L. Walker, a Brandon University department head, psychology professor and research consultant whose innovative teaching, socially relevant research and integration of research into treatment programs for Alzheimer’s patients transformed the lives of students, colleagues and patients. Valued at $1,000, it will be awarded at convocation to a graduating undergraduate student in the Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience honors program who has demonstrated both academic excellence (a minimum of clear standing) and leadership within their community. The award will be conferred by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Head, Department of Psychology.

If you would like to be considered for this award please e-mail Christina Thorpe (psychdeputyhead@mun.ca) your resume/cv and a 1-page summary of how you have demonstrated leadership within your community. All of these documents should be included as one pdf document. Deadline: 5:00 pm, June 22, 2020

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Changes to the Major Admission Process Due to COVID-19

This year there will be changes to the Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience majors application process due to the various grading options that have been introduced in response to the COVID-19 situation. Changes are as follows:

1. Students will be considered eligible for admission to the major if they receive either a passing numerical grade or a PAS in the required courses (i.e. the requirement for a min average of 65 in PSYC 1000/1001, and a min average of 60 in PSYC/Math/CRW will not be required)

2. The average used to determine admission will be calculated using an applicant’s numerical grades received this semester and any past numerical grades

3. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit the online application form before June 1 (even if they are waiting on deferred exams or are finishing the required courses over the summer). We will not consider any applications received after June 1. Applicants who will be writing deferred exams should note in the Comments field in which courses they will be writing a deferred exam.

4. We’ll reserve a portion of seats this year since some applicants will likely choose to have deferred exams in required courses. All applicants that aren’t accepted initially will be put on a waitlist with all applicants that have deferred exams for required courses. Acceptance from the waitlist will be confirmed after deferred exam grades are released (Sept). The number of seats that are reserved will depend on the number of applicants that choose to write deferred exams in the required courses.

Many students have asked whether they should go with a PAS/FAL grade or the deferred exam option—either are fine, you should go with whichever option you think will increase your chance of admission.

If you have any questions please direct them to Cathy Hyde (psyugradadvice@mun.ca).

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A message to science students regarding the fall semester

The fall semester at Memorial University, including in the Faculty of Science, will continue to be primarily a remote teaching and learning environment for students. As previously stated, full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021.

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