The goal of the Honors Program is to acknowledge highly motivated students who excel both in the classroom and in research and to provide such students with special educational opportunities. This page describes the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Honors Program. Students interested in General Honors are referred to the University Honors Program.
Honors Council Members
- Eliana Colunga (Director), Eliana.Colunga@colorado.edu, 303-492-4282
- Mike Baratta, Michael.Baratta@Colorado.edu
Department Honors Council Representatives
- Cinnamon Bidwell, lcb@Colorado.edu
- McKell Carter, Mckell.Carter@Colorado.EDU
- Lauren Chun, Lauren.Chun@colorado.edu
- Andrew Grotzinger, Andrew.Grotzinger@colorado.edu
- Chelsea Kilimnik, Chelsea.Kilimnik@colorado.edu
- Akira Miyake, Akira.Miyake@Colorado.edu
- Eric Pedersen, Eric.J.Pedersen@Colorado.edu
- Alison Vigers, Alison.Vigers@Colorado.edu
Maintain a high GPA. Guidelines adopted by the Honors Council are a 3.3 GPA for graduating “cum laude,” 3.5 GPA for “magna cum laude,” and 3.8 GPA for “summa cum laude.” These are guidelines and the Honors Council occasionally awards an honors designation inconsistent with these guidelines depending on the quality of the honors thesis. Students with a GPA of less than 3.3 who are interested should contact the Honors Director. Completing a research thesis is a rewarding experience whether or not one graduates with honors. Conducting research in collaboration with a professor is one of the most important educational opportunities uniquely available at a research institution like the University of Colorado.
Honors Thesis. Honors students must conduct an empirical research project under the supervision of a faculty member, write a thesis based on that research, and defend the thesis before a committee of three faculty members. The examining committee includes (a) the student's thesis advisor, (b) one of the departmental representatives to the Honors Council, and (c) a faculty member outside the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. It is up to the student to form the committee and to schedule the defense date.
Students intending to graduate with departmental honors must complete a registration packet, which can be obtained online or in person at the Honors Program office (Norlin Library M400L). The university deadline for completing this registration packet is around the middle of the semester before you intend to graduate.
Students may also register for a maximum of 3 credits of Senior Thesis (PSYC/NRSC 4011) for the semester that they defend their thesis. To do so, students must complete a form available online or in the Advising Office (D260 Muenzinger). This form needs to be signed by your thesis advisor and by one of the departmental representatives to the Honors Council.
It is important that you inform us about your interest in graduating with honors as soon as possible. The university deadline for completing the application packet for graduation with Honors is around the middle of the semester before you intend to graduate. Note: Exact dates are available from the Honors Graduation Page (look under the Registration and Deadlines heading). The thesis defense may be completed anytime before the deadline.
Honors Thesis 1/Honors Thesis 2: Senior Honors Seminar
Note: This course is not being offered this academic year (AY 2020-2021), but it will be taught next year (AY 2021-2022). This is a 2-semester course in which students will design, conduct, and write an Honors Thesis, which will make them eligible to graduate with Latin Honors. This course is designed for psychology majors who are otherwise eligible to graduate with Latin Honors but who do not have a faculty member to mentor their Honors Thesis. Students must be seniors (or advanced juniors) in psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.3 to be eligible for the course, and prior research experience is preferred but not mandatory. Instructor consent is required.