Research Focused Honors Program

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 for the Fall semester in which they apply to the program (Fall 2017 for Spring 2018).: 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.

The deadline for submitting applications for the RFHP beginning Spring 2019 will be at noon on Friday, November 16, 2018.  You will find a link to the Application Packets below.

Application Packet (Word)

Application Packet (PDF)

The following faculty members indicated that they were willing to supervise an RFHP student beginning Spring 2019.

If you are 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. (This list is in the process of being updated. Please check back).

Ximena Arriaga - Professor, Social Psychology
Julia Chester - Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Yu-Chin Chiu- Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience Psychology
Greg Francis - Professor, Cognitive Psychology/Mathematical & Computational Science Psychology
Dan Foti - Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Ed Fox, Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Jeff Karpicke - Professor, Cognitive Psychology
Janice Kelly - Professor, Social Psychology
Kim Kinzig - Associate Professor - Neuroscience Psychology
Franki Kung - Assistant Professor, I-O Psychology
Terry Powley - Distinguished Professor - Neuroscience
Tom Redick - Associate Professor - Cognitive Psychology
Doug Samuel - Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Susan Sangha - Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Darryl Schneider - Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology
Susan South - Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Sang Woo - Associate Professor, I-O Psychology

This list will be updated periodically.

2018 RFHP Students

The 2018 RFHP students at the 2017 Mid-Western Psychological Association conference in Chicago.

L-R: Emmy Denison, Laura Long, Alison Yardley, Mackenzie McDonald, Madison Fansher, Vydhehi Shanker

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