Honors Project Guidelines
Students conducting Junior/Senior Honors Projects work closely with faculty mentors to develop and carry out original research. Upon successful completion of the honors project, students graduate with College Honors Distinction. The steps required to complete an honors project in Psychology are listed below.
The student selects a faculty advisor, and a departmental honors committee consisting of two additional professors. The committee approves the initial proposal and the final paper. The typical honors project is completed in two to three semesters. If additional time is needed to develop the thesis proposal, the student should consider registering for an Independent Study Course, PSYC 4993, for 1 SH, in the semester before they begin the actual formal research.
• First semester: Prior to being officially registered for honors project credits, the advisor meets with the student to discuss the project and select a Faculty Honors Committee. The student must present the proposal to the Department committee for approval. The signed approval and other paperwork are submitted to the University Honors Program Associate Director, Sheryl Mayuski, who then registers the student for the first Junior/Senior Honors Project PSYC 4970 (4 SH) in the semester that the research is formally initiated.
• Second semester: During the second semester, students finish conducting research, write up their results, and present them to their committee for final approval. During the final semester for the project, students should be enrolled in PSYC 4971 (four credits), Junior/Senior Honors Project 2.
• Thesis Completion: All students who complete a project are required to submit an Honors Program Transmittal Form, along with a PDF copy of their paper, to be posted on IRIS (Institutional Repository System). Instructions for this process are available on the Honors program website.
• In addition to a written thesis, the student is required to present a poster at the Honors Evening at the end of the Spring Semester in April. (If the student is not graduating in the spring, they should consult with the University Honors Program about an exemption from this requirement.)
Students are required to complete several documents during the semesters that they work on the honors project. Please see Honors Project Paperwork (PDF) to obtain copies of these documents.
Note: Students do not need to be official members of the University Honors Porgram in order to complete an Honors Project, but they do need to meet the Honors Program GPA requirement of 3.6, and they must have a faculty sponsor. In these cases, students should contact Sheryl Mayuski in the University Honors Program office for approval to conduct an Honors Project.