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Honors Program

If you enjoy research and would like more first-hand experience we invite you to become involved in department research through research assistantships (Psychology 401). You might also consider joining our departmental honors in psychology program.  To be eligible to apply for Psychology’s honors program, students must have completed PSY 302 and 303, with a grade of B+ or higher in PSY 303.

See “How to Apply to the Honors Program” below for directions on what you need to do for your application to be considered.

Students in Psychology 401 and honors in psychology students work closely with department researchers.  Honors students obtain valuable experience in designing, carrying out, and writing up a substantial project for the senior honors thesis. Both experiences lead to stronger faculty recommendations for future training.

How to Get Involved in Research as a Research Assistant

Please look at the faculty profiles on our People page, and at the Psychology Canvas page for openings for research assistants.  Working in a research lab is good experience and also an excellent way to find a supervisor to advise you on an honor’s thesis.

How to Apply to the Honors Program

We strongly recommend you first become a research assistant in one of the many research labs in the department (see above).  Faculty or other researchers in the lab may be willing to be your advisor for an honors project once they get to know you as a research assistant.  To formally apply to the program:

  • Find a psychology faculty member who agrees to serve as your adviser, and provide the potential advisor with a copy of your unofficial transcripts.  Most honors students recruit a faculty member as their primary adviser.  However, it is also possible to have a graduate student in the psychology doctoral program or another psychologist affiliated with the department as primary adviser.  In this case, you still need a psychology faculty member to sponsor you.  The psychology faculty member must either sign the application form or email Lou Moses ( to confirm their willingness to advise you on the project.
  • Complete the application form and turn it in to Cindy Salmon ( or 346-4952) in the department’s main office (139A Straub Hall).  The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is April 17, 2017.
    We will begin accepting applications to the program on February 15, 2017 and will send out announcements via Canvas.
  • Remember, you must have a primary advisor’s approval for full consideration of application.  If your primary advisor is not a faculty member, you must also have a faculty member serve as your secondary advisor and give approval upon submission of application.
  • Note that to be eligible to apply for Psychology’s honors program, students must have completed PSY 302 and 303, with a grade of B+ or higher in PSY 303.
  • If you apply to the program, you must attach a printout of your transcript to the application form.  You may use the unofficial transcript you can print from DuckWeb.

How to Complete the Honors Program

If you are admitted into the honors program the next steps for completion are:

  1. Register for PSY 412 (Intermediate Data Analysis) which is offered fall term only.
  2. Register for three consecutive terms in the 1-credit honors seminar (PSY 490-492).
  3. You will need an advisor and a second reader for the honor’s program. As noted above, one of your  advisors must be a psychology faculty member. You need to have a second reader recruited at least two terms prior to completion of your project.
  4. Design and complete your honors project. (See our list of prior honors project abstracts). The final version of your paper needs to be approved by your adviser, your second reader, and the honors program director.  There is also a required poster presentation for honors projects each spring term and a required oral presentation.  These requirements are discussed in detail in the honors program seminar sequence PSY 490-492.

Note for Clark Honor’s College (CHC) Students

Some of our psychology honors project students are also in the UO’s Clark Honor’s College (CHC). The psychology honors project can also double as the CHC senior thesis, so long as both sets of criteria are met.