INTRODUCTION

The Honors Program in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences is an advanced educational and research program for outstanding undergraduate students in these two majors.

The program emphasizes advanced competence in scientific research, and allows participants the opportunity to pursue advanced work in independent research in addition to earning honors upon graduation. While the program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study or seeking challenging research experiences as a capstone to their undergraduate experience, all Psychology and Cognitive Sciences majors who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are welcome to apply. 

The program has a limited number of openings and seeks to attract outstanding students who plan to undertake postgraduate education in some field of cognitive/psychological sciences. Admission to the program is based on a formal application submitted prior to the start of one's junior year. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.2 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses within their major. 

Students are encouraged to apply in the summer two years prior to graduation (A, below). In some instances, students may be accepted one year prior to graduation (B, below).

 

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS [A and B]

[A] APPLYING AT BEGINNING OF JUNIOR OR 4TH YEAR

For those matriculating into the program at the beginning of their junior year or 4th year (if taking 5 years to degree), the program ends in the spring quarter of your senior (or 5th) year.

The minimum eligibility requirements include:

  • Overall UCI GPA of at least 3.2
  • Overall Cognitive Sciences or Psychology GPA of at least 3.5

 

[B] APPLYING FOLLOWING JUNIOR OR 4TH YEAR

For those students wishing to enter the program at the beginning of their senior year or 5th year (if taking 5 years to degree), the minimum eligibility requirements include:

  • Overall UCI GPA of at least 3.2
  • Overall Cognitive Sciences or Psychology GPA of at least 3.5

In addition, these students must also:

  • Have completed PSYCH H111A-C (for Cog Sci majors) or PSYCH 112A-C (for Psych majors) with a grade of A- or better for each course;
  • Have experience in a research laboratory; and
  • Arrange for the supervising faculty member to provide a letter of support indicating the student's good progress as a member of the mentor’s lab.

 

Applications for FALL 2017 are now being accepted.
- Current Students: Submit by Monday, July 3, 2017.
- Transfer Students: Submit by Monday, July 17, 2017.

left bullet For Requirement A: Fall 2017 Application Packet [A]
left bullet For Requirement B: Fall 2017 Application Packet [B]

CV templates and examples: Sample CVs

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

[A] For those students entering the program at the beginning of their junior year, the Honors program is structured as follows:

Year 1:

  • H111A-B-C: Honors in Experimental Psychology.
    This sequence of laboratory courses emphasis experimental methods in psychology, application of statistical techniques, and writing skills.
  • H101A: Seminar in Experimental Psychology.
    This course provides an overview of potential areas of research which you can pursue at UCI. Several faculty members present their research interests.

Year 2:

  • H101B: Seminar in Experimental Psychology.
    This seminar provides the basics you need to know to start your honor's research thesis.
  • H101C: Seminar in Experimental Psychology.
    This seminar provides assistance to students in the completion of their thesis, and the preparation of the symposium presentations.

Years 1 & 2:

  • Students should meet with potential faculty advisors early in year 1 to find a research lab in which to complete their research. Accordingly, students will enroll in 190, 198, or 199 research units with their advisor.

 

[B] Students entering at the beginning of their senior year will have accrued substantial research experience prior to beginning the Honors program. For these students, the program lasts for one year and is structured as follows:

  • H101A - C: Seminar in Experimental Psychology.
    These courses provide an overview of potential areas of research which you can pursue at UCI and provide the basics you need to know to start and ultimately complete your honor's research thesis.
    In some instances, H101A may be waived. This must be discussed and approved by the Honors Program Director.
  • Students should continue to meet with their faculty advisors and enroll in PSYCH 190, 198, or 199 to earn research units with their advisor.

 

 

RESEARCH AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

left bullet UROP (http://www.urop.uci.edu)

UROP provides support for undergraduate research. This page is complex, and time spent exploring it is well worth it. For example, consider (a) clicking on the "events" link to review the calendar of workshops and (b) examples of past research projects.

left bullet SURP (http://www.urop.uci.edu/SURP.html)

SURP provides support for summer undergraduate research. Explore this page to take full advantage of potential summer opportunities.

 

 

COLLOQUIA AND CONFERENCES

Advanced undergraduate and honors students are encouraged to attend colloquia of interest. This includes the following:

 

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