Honors Program

The application for the honors program is now closed, we will reopen the application in Spring 2021. In the meantime, be sure to be in contact with a member of the Psychology faculty to confirm support for your research and read through all the information below before submitting your application. 


Students with strong academic records and an interest in psychological research are encouraged to apply for admission to the Psychology Department's Honors Program at the end of their sophomore year or the equivalent, such that they will be able to participate in the Honors program for two full years starting in the fall.

Typically, students are admitted to the two-year program in the first semester of the junior year, and continue through the senior year. To qualify for honors, students must take a total of six points beyond the number required for their major, maintain a GPA of 3.65 or higher, and satisfy all other requirements for the major. The additional six points will include the required honors seminar and research courses. During both years, students in the Honors program enroll in the Honors Seminar (PSYC UN3910x and y), a two-hour, one-credit course that meets bi-weekly, at which participants present and discuss their own ongoing research. They also attend the Psychology Department's Colloquium Series, which feature guests from outside the University speaking on a variety of topics in Psychology/Neuroscience. The seminar and colloquia always take place on Wednesdays from 4:10 - 6:00 p.m.

In both junior and senior years, all students in the Honors Program conduct research under the supervision of a Psychology Department faculty member. Students interested in working with an affiliate of the psychology department will also need to find a core faculty member to act as their official advisor. By registering for Honors Research (PSYC UN3920 x and y), students can receive between one and four credits per semester for their research experience. The actual number of credits is determined in consultation with the student's faculty research mentor, and depends on the amount of time spent working on research. (For every one point of credit, students should expect to spend at least three to four hours in the lab per week.)  

In the senior year, Honors candidates complete an original research project under the supervision of their faculty adviser. Senior honors students present their research orally at the last colloquium of the Spring term, and also submit a written Honors Thesis. 

The application for the Honors program opens in the spring of each year -- for entry in the following fall. If you think you might be interested in applying, you might want to start reaching out to faculty members in the Psychology department to see if they have research opportunities in their labs and if they’d be open to supporting your application to the program. Successful applicants are usually familiar with the research the core faculty is currently conducting, and can demonstrate how their own research interests fall in line with those of a potential Honors Advisor with the Department of Psychology.

Before submitting an application, please be sure that you have identified an area of research interest and an appropriate faculty member within the Psychology department who conducts research in this area. You'll want to reach out to that core faculty member before submitting an application, to make sure that your research interests fit with their goals and that they will be available to take Honors students in the following year.

Students interested in working with a faculty advisor outside of the Psychology Department will be considered under rare circumstances, but also need to find a core faculty member to act as their official advisor.

For 2020-21, Prof. Lila Davachi will lead the Honors program. You can direct any questions to Prof. Davachi or to our peer advisors who are currently Honors students.

While the Honors program can be a wonderful opportunity for students in Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior, many students find that it does not work in their schedules, e.g., because of other coursework, plans to study abroad, and so on. Many students get involved in research and even write thesis papers without being a part of the Honors program. If you’re interested in pursuing research and/or writing a thesis but you are not able to apply for the Honors program, please reach out to Prof. Caroline Marvin, who will be happy to help you connect with a lab and support your independent research.