Psychology Honors Program

The Honors Program in Psychology is designed for Psychology majors who wish to pursue a full year of intensive supervised independent research during their senior year. Students in the program will acquire a broad background in psychology as well as a deep background in their chosen area. You can find out more about the program in this short video here.

Program Overview

Fall Quarter is devoted to learning new research skills, developing your career, and to getting started on your research project. We will meet twice a week during the quarter. The seminar will include guest presentations about resources at Stanford; panel discussions with current graduate students about how to apply for lab manager positions, graduate fellowships, and graduate school. The sessions on research skills cover a range of topics including project management with Github, statistical analysis in RStudio, and tools for academic writing. Students give a presentation about their research, write a grant project proposal at the end of quarter, and provide peer feedback.

Winter Quarter is devoted to learning more about each other's research through reading and discussion. We will meet once a week during that quarter. Each student will select one paper for the class to read that's particularly relevant for their research, and lead the discussion of that paper in class. Students will share reaction posts based on their reading, write a literature review at the end of the quarter (which will serve as the introduction for their thesis), and provide peer feedback.

Spring Quarter is devoted to finishing up and presenting your research. We will meet twice a week during that quarter. Students will provide updates on their projects, and we will spend time together writing the thesis. Students provide peer feedback on thesis writing throughout the quarter. We will discuss how to effectively present one's work in poster presentations, oral presentations (including a short elevator pitch), and in written form. At the end of the quarter, students will submit a short video recording of their research (elevator pitch), present their work as a poster during the psychology colloquium, and submit their written honors thesis.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will graduate with Departmental Honors.

All Honors students must have a research advisor. Honors students must be supervised by a Psychology faculty member. Any honors research supervised by faculty outside of the Psychology Department may be accepted with a Psychology faculty co-advisor or must first be approved by the Honors Faculty Director.

Honors Program Requirements

Students who graduate with Honors in Psychology will have completed the following by the end of their final year at Stanford:

  1. All regular major requirements
  2. Three quarters of Honors Research:
    • Psych 198 (Senior Honors Research) Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters
  3. Completion of the Honors Thesis
  4. Presentation at the Honors Convention

How to Apply

Students may apply to the program in their junior year. Admission to the program is based on academic performance, previous research experience, and faculty or graduate student recommendations. Applicants will be notified of acceptance during the spring quarter prior to senior year.

Applicants will need the following materials:

  • Honors Application, due April 14, 2023.
  • An unofficial transcript that includes your Winter 2022-2023 grades.
  • A brief summary of your research idea/project (1-2 pages max).
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • One must be from a Stanford Psychology faculty member who will be your Honors Advisor.
    • The second letter can be from anyone who has knowledge of your academic work or research experience.
    • Recommenders should email their letters to asims [at] stanford.edu.