Research Focused Honors Program


The purpose of the Research-Focused Honors Program (RFHP) is to provide instruction and guidance to exceptional undergraduate psychology students on how to conduct an independent empirical project. Each project will be designed and carried out under the close supervision of a faculty member. Students will write a senior honors thesis and will showcase their research in a departmental poster session. Students who complete the RFHP and who continue to satisfy the GPA requirement will receive a notation on their transcript that they have earned Departmental Honors – Psychological Sciences Research Focused Honors Program.


The program consists of 13 credit hours of coursework across three semesters:

Spring semester Junior year:

  • PSY 40400 (3 credits), Honors Research Seminar I
  • PSY 39100H (1 credit), Readings in Psychology (with faculty mentor)

Fall semester Senior year:

  • PSY 40500 (3 credits), Honors Research Seminar II
  • PSY 49800H (3 credits), Honors Thesis Research (with faculty mentor)

Spring semester Senior year:

  • PSY 49800H (3 credits), Honors Thesis Research (with faculty mentor)

For students in the Honors College, the Research-Focused Honors Program fulfills the Scholarly Project requirement. 


All psychology majors (PSYS or BBS) who meet the eligibility criteria below are encouraged to apply. You do not need to be a participant in the Honors College or any HHS Honors Program to participate in the Research-Focused Honors Program.

To be eligible, students must meet these prerequisites by the end of the Fall 2021 semester:

  1. Junior standing
  2. Credit for PSY 12000, PSY 20100, and PSY 20300 (grades of B- or higher are preferred)
  3. Credit for two other 3-credit PSY courses (excluding PSY 39000 or PSY 39100)
  4. Psychology index of at least 3.5
  5. Graduation index of at least 3.0
  6. PSY 39000 experience is highly recommended.

Application and Due Date

The application deadline is noon on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Instructions about how to complete the application are included within the Application Packet. The completed application should be emailed to Dr. Colin William, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Links to the Application Packet are below:

Application Packet (Word)

Application Packet (PDF)

Faculty Mentors

The faculty members listed below have indicated availability in their labs for students in the Spring 2022-23 RFHP cohort:

Julia Chester - Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior
Sebastien Helie - Associate Professor, Mathematical and Computational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Neuroscience and Behavior
Erin Hennes -Assistant Professor, Social
Sarah Karalunas - Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Brandon Keehn - Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior Psychology (Joint with SLHS)
Franki Kung - Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Sean Lane - Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, Mathematical and Computational Psychology, and Social Psychology
Robert Proctor - Distinguished Professor, Cognitive
Tom Redick - Associate Professor, Cognitive
Doug Samuel - Associate Professor, Clinical
Chelsea Song - Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Sydney Trask - Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior
Kip Williams - Distinguished Professor, Social Psychology

This list will be updated periodically.



Psychological Sciences, 703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-6061 FAX: (765) 496-1264

2020 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Psychological Sciences

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact Purdue Marketing and Media at