- Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Course Requirements
- Research and Funding Opportunities
- Colloquia and Conferences
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 studies 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 the junior year. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.2 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).
[A] APPLYING FOR THE TWO-YEAR PROGRAM (AT BEGINNING OF JUNIOR OR 4TH YEAR)
For those matriculating into the program at the beginning of the junior or 4th year (if taking 5 years to degree), the program ends in the spring quarter of the senior (or 5th) year.
The minimum eligibility requirement is having an overall UCI GPA of at least 3.2.
[B] APPLYING FOR THE ONE-YEAR PROGRAM (AT BEGINING OF SENIOR OR 5TH YEAR)
For those students wishing to enter the program at the beginning of the senior year or 5th year (if taking 5 years to degree), the minimum eligibility requirement is having an overall UCI GPA of at least 3.2
In addition, these students must also:
- Have completed three (3) research methods courses (approved for their major)
- 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.
*FALL 2021 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. The deadline to apply is TUES, 8/31/2021.*
To apply, complete the 2021 Online Application (Google Form restricted to UCI users) and attach the following items to your application:
[A] For those students entering the program at the beginning of their junior year, the Honors program is structured as follows:
- H101A: Honors Seminar in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences I
This course provides an overview of potential areas of research which you can pursue at UCI. Several faculty members present their research interests.
- Plan to complete three (3) research methods courses over this year. Example lab courses
include: Experimental Psychology, Psych Research Methods (for BS PSYCH majors only),
Intro to FMRI, Perception Research.
- H101B: Honors Seminar in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences II
This seminar provides the basics you need to know to start your honor's research thesis.
- H101C: Honors Seminar in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences III
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 faculty mentor.
[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: Honors Seminar in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences I-II-III
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 faculty mentor.
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.
SURP provides support for summer undergraduate research. Explore this page to take full advantage of potential summer opportunities.
Advanced undergraduate and honors students are encouraged to attend colloquia of interest. This includes the following:
- Department of Cognitive Sciences
- Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
- Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory