09/20/17

Volunteer Opportunity!

Frontier College Literacy Program at U of T St. George

Downtown Area Program Sites – Fall 2017

Email: utoronto@frontiercollege.ca; Website: http://utfrontiercollege.wordpress.com

After-School Learning Programs for Children

A) Newcomer Homework Club
What: Homework support program for elementary children (grades 3 – 8) of newcomer families living in
Regent Park.
Where: Lord Dufferin Public School, 350 Parliament St. between Gerrard and Dundas.
When: Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Site Coordinators: Stephen Hong: stephen.hong@utoronto.ca

B) Scadding Court Community Centre After-School Homework Help
What: Homework support, reading, and other learning activities for elementary school children.
Where: 707 Dundas West at Bathurst
When: Mondays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Site Coordinator: Alexandra Jundler: alexandra_jundler@hotmail.com
Learning Programs for Preschoolers/Toddlers

Alexandra Park Community Centre
What: An Early Years learning program for preschoolers and toddlers involving story time, arts and
crafts, and teaching basic literacy and numeracy concepts.
Where: 105 Grange Court (Dundas St. West and Spadina Ave.).
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 to 2:30 pm – Volunteers act as Reading Buddies for
preschoolers (3 year olds)
Mondays to Fridays 10:30 to 11:30 am Volunteers lead story time, teaching basic literacy and numeracy
to toddlers (2 year olds)

Learning Programs for Preschool/Toddlers

Alexandra Park Community Centre
What: An Early Years learning program for preschoolers and toddlers involving story time, arts and
crafts, and teaching basic literacy and numeracy concepts.
Where: 105 Grange Court (Dundas St. West and Spadina Ave.).
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 to 2:30 pm – Volunteers act as Reading Buddies for
preschoolers (3 year olds)
Mondays to Fridays 10:30 to 11:30 am Volunteers lead story time, teaching basic literacy and numeracy
to toddlers (2 year olds)

Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 am Volunteers develop and lead literacy programming including: story time,
arts and crafts, circle time with songs, activities that help preschoolers (3 years old) develop basic
literacy and numeracy concepts
Saturdays 10 am to 12 pm Volunteers lead story time, teaching basic literacy and numeracy to
preschoolers (3 year olds)
Site Coordinator: Sophie Cation: sophie.cation@mail.utoronto.ca

Tutoring for High School Students

A) Heydon Park Secondary School
What: Heydon Park is a career focused high school for girls who have special learning needs.
Volunteers provide one-to- one tutoring and/or in-class support to students.
Where: 70 D’Arcy St. at Beverley (just north of Dundas)
When: Minimum 1 school period, any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Site Coordinator: Robin Fisher: robin.fisher@mail.utoronto.ca

Adult ESL Programs

A) Newcomer ESL
What: Adult ESL program helping newcomers in Regent Park meet their personal learning
goals. Tutors work with learners one to one or in small groups.

Where: Parliament and Gerrard
When: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
No prior teaching experience required but ideal for those in TESL programs or other teacher
education programs. Programs begin in October and continue to the following May.
B) Alexandra Park ESL
What: Adult ESL program helping newcomers in the Alexandra Park community meet their
personal learning goals. Tutors work with learners one to one or in small groups.

Where: Dundas and Spadina
When: Mondays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Site Coordinator: Jenny Shao: jingyu.shao@mail.utoronto.ca

No prior teaching experience required but ideal for those in TESL programs or other teacher education programs. Programs begin in October and continue to the following May.
Additional Information:
A total of 6 hours of tutor training is provided in two 3 hour segments (mandatory), followed by other
professional development opportunities. All training is free. The next training sessions will be in early fall
2017 at the Frontier College main office, specific days and times to be announced.

09/18/17

Research Volunteer Position!

Job Description: The Helwig Lab of the Psychological Department at theUniversity of Toronto is currently recruiting research volunteers to assist 2 cross-cultural psychological research projects. Project 1 examines Chinese adolescents’ views about parenting and their psychological well-being and academic achievement. Duties may include assisting with data organization, data entry, and supervised assistance
with data analysis. Project 2 is an exploratory and comparative study which took place this summer in Beijing and rural Xi’an. The format of the study consists of in-depth interviews on high school graduates’ perceptions towards the examination as well as the Chinese higher education system in general. Duties include transcribing the interviews which are conducted in Mandarin Chinese. Each interview is approximately 45 minutes in length.

Commitment and Qualifications:

•Volunteers should be able to commit up to 8 hours per week;
•Attend regular lab meetings;
•Fluency in understanding and writing Mandarin Chinese is required for
Project 2;
•Ability to read Chinese is an asset for Project 1.
•Detail-oriented, reliable, and responsible.

If you are interested in this position, please email your CV and cover letter to helwiglab.psych@gmail.com before September 30th, 2017.

09/16/17

Research Assistant Opportunity for Native German Speakers

The Tactical Decision Making Research Group of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool (UK) conducts research on decision making during critical and major incidents in law enforcement contexts.
We are looking for two (2) research assistants to code video and audio files as independent raters, as part of a project investigating the dynamics of crisis negotiations in light of self control and corresponding challenges.
Duration: Each rater is expected to spend about 14-18 hours on the assignment.
Location: Our principal investigator will be available to meet in the Greater Toronto Area for the time required (number and duration of meetings as agreed upon). Due to the sensitivity of the data, the opportunity does not allow remote access to the data.
Requirements: The video and audio files have been recorded in German language. Therefore, we are looking for native German speakers. In addition, assistants with prior research experience (coding video and audio files) are preferred.
Compensation: The research assistants will be compensated with an hourly rate.
Contact: Interested native German speakers can contact bzaiser@liverpool.ac.uk.
09/16/17

Join the Inkblot Team!

Hello everyone!

Inkblot is the undergraduate psychology journal at the University of Toronto. We are recruiting editors, layout editors, and a marketing manager* to help with the seventh issue of Inkblot! Some benefits of being part of an undergraduate editorial board include:

  1. Helps improve your writing and research skills. As an editor, you will learn to critically evaluate your peers’ literature reviews and primary research papers. This will in turn help improve your own skills in writing coherent and engaging research papers.
  2. Become familiarized with the publication process. If you are considering graduate school, writing and publishing research papers will make up a significant portion of your work. Familiarizing yourself with the process makes it less daunting for when you have to publish during graduate school.
  3. Develop desirable skills for the workplace or for future education. Being an editor for an undergraduate journal demonstrates your knowledge of good writing, time management skills, leadership, initiative, familiarity with the publication process, and your support of research endeavours. Being a marketing manager also demonstrates your ability to contribute to the growth of an organization and to work well in a team, and is great for individuals seeking future roles in promotional work.
  4.  A great way to appreciate and support undergraduate writing, and to be more engaged with the psychology community at UofT!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing editorial opportunity, please follow the appropriate links to your application of interest:

Editor application (due Sept. 30): https://goo.gl/forms/xLtH9dNLZe0L36Kt1

Layout editor application (due Oct. 15)https://goo.gl/forms/SJrxKoGR7nQwWKBz1

Marketing manager application (due Oct. 7): https://goo.gl/forms/dCB9mHXYzqcO115f2
*No past marketing experience necessary.

For each position, please fill out the appropriate application form and follow the detailed instructions within each form (each position has different, unique instructions for  applicants).

More information regarding each role can also be found within the respective application forms!

Please visit our website for more information, along with past Inkblot issues: inkblotuoft.wordpress.com. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to email Kayla at inkblotjournal@gmail.com.

Kayla Liu

Editor-in-Chief

Inkblot: The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology

http://inkblotuoft.wordpress.com

09/15/17

Looking for Research Assistants!

The Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management is currently looking for volunteer research assistants for this term (starting immediately) to help design and run studies on gender and self-presentation in the job search process. They are looking for students with strong academic records, and who are reliable, conscientious, and capable of independent work. Relevant lab experience (e.g. running participants, knowledge of Qualtrics) is an asset but not required. Applicants should be able to commit at least six hours to lab work each week, and will have the opportunity to engage with multiple stages of the experimental process (e.g., study design, programming and running studies, data structuring and analysis). If interested, please send your CV, unofficial transcript, and any other questions to joyce.he@mail.utoronto.ca.
09/15/17

Recruiting Research Assistants!

The MacDonald Social Psychology Research Laboratory at the University of
Toronto St. George is currently seeking reliable and conscientious
volunteer research assistants for the 17-18 school year.

Students interested in this position must:

– have a strong academic record (cGPA of 3.5 is preferred)
– be available to volunteer 6-8 hours a week (starting immediately) and
into the 2017-2018 school term
– be attentive to detail and able to work independently
– previous lab experience an asset but not required

If interested in volunteering, please email your CV and unofficial
transcripts to Kaz Laird at maclab.manager@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

https://www.macdonaldlab.ca/

09/12/17

Research Assistant Needed!

The Psychology of Emerging Adulthood Research Lab (PEARL) is seeking an undergraduate Research Assistant to assist with a multi-site SSHRC-funded study on family relationships, risk, wellness and well-being in emerging adulthood. The RA will assist with participant recruitment,
screening, and scheduling; data collection with parents and young adults using an online survey and a daily survey app; database management; and preliminary data analysis (using SPSS). In addition, the RA will provide some support around knowledge transfer using social media.

Applicants should:
– Be able to commit to up to 8 hours per week, with some flexibility in times (e.g.,
checking and responding to emails; checking data compliance from home)
– Have excellent organizational abilities
– Be able to work independently and as part of a research team
– Have a good understanding of research ethics and standards and the importance of
maintaining confidentiality of participant information
– Have working knowledge of various methods of recruitment, including social media
– Previous experience with SPSS is an asset

Starting base rate of pay is $18.00 to $22.00 per hour (depending on student level and experience). Interested students should send a letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and cv to Dr. Abby Goldstein at abbyl.goldstein@utoronto.ca by. Priority will be given to early applicants. An informal interview will follow successful applications.

09/12/17

Research Assistant Needed!

We are looking for motivated Cognitive Science students who are interested in obtaining research experience in computational cognitive modeling.

What are we studying? Languages differ in how they express the same situation. Where English has one preposition on (the cup is on the table, the coat is on the hook), Dutch uses two: op and aan (the cup is *op* the table, the coat is *aan* the hook). Having the same text translated into multiple languages (a parallel corpus) gives us a rich source of information about the between-language variation in how objects and events are labeled. In our research, we explore computational linguistic and cognitive modelling techniques to address questions in linguistics (how do languages vary in how they carve up the world?) and cognitive science (how do people learn word meanings in various languages?).

What do we expect? The student is expected to be able to program in Python, as well as sincere interest in computational linguistics and/or psycholinguistics and/or human cognition. The student’s tasks consist of programming parts of the parallel-corpus pipeline, helping to set up web experiments, and data visualization. The workload will be 8-10 hours a week.

What can you expect? The student will participate in an ongoing research project and interact with a team consisting of at least two other members: the supervisor (Suzanne Stevenson) and a postdoctoral fellow (Barend Beekhuizen). Weekly activities include developing computational models, attending one-on-one and group meetings with the supervisor and her team, and writing progress reports. Participation in this project gives the student an opportunity to get an actual research experience, to improve their programming skills, to gain new knowledge in the fields of computational linguistics and psycholinguistics, and to establish connections with the faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in the Department of Computer Science.

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CONTACT Barend Beekhuizen <barend@cs.toronto.edu>