Research Focused Honors Program (RFHP)
The Department of Psychological Sciences has a research focused honors program for students interested in developing their independent research skills beyond what is currently required for majors. Students will complete a bachelor’s thesis and will showcase their research in a departmental poster session. Participants in the RFHP will be eligible to compete for an award presented to the student with the best research project. Students who complete the RFHP and who continue to satisfy the GPA requirement will receive a notation on the transcript that they have earned " Departmental Honors –Psychological Sciences Research Focused Honors Program."
The program consists of 13 hours of coursework across three semesters. Beginning the spring semester of a student’s junior year and continuing to the spring of the senior year, the courses combine seminars (PSY 40400 and 40500 - 3 credits each) with independent study courses (PSY 39100 - 1 credit; PSY 49800 - 3 credits per semester in the fall and spring of the senior year). Students are also encouraged to augment their quantitative and statistical skills in upper-level courses beyond those learned in PSY 20100 and PSY 20300 (for example PSY 30600). Your academic advisor has more detailed information about the courses and when they should be taken.
To be eligible to participate, students must meet these prerequisites by the end of the Fall 2015 semester: a) Junior standing; b) Credit for PSY 12000, PSY 20100, and PSY 20300 (grades of B- or higher are preferred); c) Credit for two other 3-credit PSY courses (excluding PSY 39000 or PSY 39100); d) Psychology index of at least 3.5; e) Graduation index of at least 3.0; f) PSY 39000 experience is highly recommended.
Application packets below were for the Spring 2016 program, however they provide a general guideline of what the application will look like. Forms will be updated in Fall 2016. The deadline for submitting applications for the RFHP begining Spring 2017 will be Friday , November 11, 2016.
The following faculty members indicated that they were willing to supervise an RFHP student beginning Spring 2016. The list will be updated in Fall 2016 with faculty who have space for Spring 2017 but you are encouraged to identify a faculty member well before the deadline.
If you're interested in participating and have not already identified a faculty member with whom to work, those listed below with active links have indicated availability in their lab. If the link is not active, that means the lab is already full for RFHP.
- Ximena Arriaga, Associate Professor, Social Area (Lab is Full)
- Julia Chester, Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Area
- Christopher Eckhardt, Associate Professor, Clinical Area (Lab is Full)
- Edward Fox, Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Area
- Jeffrey Karpicke, James V. Bradley Associate Professor, Cognitive Area
- Margo Monteith, Professor, Social Are (Lab is Full)
- James Nairne, Reece McGee Distinguished Professor, Cognitive Area
- Terry Powley, Distinguished Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Area
- Robert Proctor, Distinguished Professor, Cognitive Area (Lab is Full)
- Thomas Redick, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Area
- Douglas Samuel, Assistant Professor, Clinical Area
- Susan Sangha, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Area (Lab is Full)
- Darryl Schneider, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Area
- Susan South, Associate Professor, Clinical Area
- Kate Thomas, Assistant Professor, Clinical Area
- Bridgette Tonnsen, Assistant Professor, Clinical Area
- Kip Williams, Professor, Social Area
This list will be updated periodically.