Undergraduate Honours Thesis
*updated October 2019*
Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Psychology
PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis I [0.50 credit] Under individual faculty supervision, students plan, develop, and write a research proposal and prepare an extensive review paper on their area of research. Group sessions are held on research ethics, subject protocols, and applying to graduate school.
PSYC*4880 Honours Thesis II [1.00 credit] Students conduct research and write an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty member, present a poster, and reflect upon their work.
Once your application has been confirmed, you and your supervisor will complete a course outline for your project.
- Template Fall 2019
- Upon completion, forward to Sharon Helder at firstname.lastname@example.org located in MCKN 4015.
APPLICATION FORM: Request to Enrol
- Fall/Winter 2019/2020: be sure that you are completing all prerequisite requirements for PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis I AND PSYC*4780 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics.
- Prerequisites include: completion of PSYC*3000, PSYC*3250, PSYC*3290 and minimum 75% Psychology cumulative average
- While the minimum PSYC average is 75%, be aware that the actual average of those accepted tends to be higher. In F19 the minimum PSYC average of successful candidates was 83%.
- Fall/Winter 2019/2020: Contact potential supervisors.
- Link to: Psychology labs and projects.
- Obtaining a supervisor's agreement greatly increases the possibility that you will be approved for the honours thesis, however be aware that it is still a competitive process.
- You can find out who is accepting students by clicking on their profile at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/psychology/directory/faculty
- You can not do an honours thesis without a superviosr. Applicants who have not identified one will be added to the pool of candidates that will be reviewed each summer.
- If you are waiting to be matched with a supervisor, you should choose your fall courses as if you will not be doing an honours thesis in order to ensure that you get a spot, since the 4th year courses fill up quickly.
- The course size is limited to 50 students. (Each year, some qualified students are not accepted.) Students with an average below 80% are not usually accepted because demand for the class exceeds class size.
- Only consider the Honours Thesis if you intend to pursue a post-graduate degree.
- Complete the Request to Enrol.
- Submit to Sharon Helder at email@example.com or MacKinnon 4015.
Fall 2020/Winter 2021 Honours Thesis:
Application process and timeline
"Soft" deadline for submission application package. This should include:
Add period for Fall'20: IF the following has occured you will receive a course waiver allowing you to register in PSYC*4870:
|June 30||Students who have not found a supervisor on their own will be notified whether or not they have been accepted.|
|August||-Ensure course outline has been signed and you are registered in the course.
-All students registered in PSYC*4870 must also register in PSYC*4780 (NEUR students may register for NEUR*4000 instead of PSYC*4780)
Tips for contacting a potential supervisor:
- Before you contact them, familiarize yourself with their work: read their papers, know what type of work they do.
- Be flexible in balancing your own ideas to fit within the research.
- Be prepared to provide intellectual contribution to the project even if the work is already underway.
- Be considerate: drop in during office hours if possible or set up an appointment.
Sample posters from the class of 2018:
Bailey Bingham, Claire Coulter, Dr. Karl Cottenie, Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs
Metacognition and exam performance: Tools for effective learning
Sarah Hollywood, Rachel L. Driscoll and Dr. Mark Fenske
Mood killer: Response inhibition reduces the capacity of erotic stimuli to elicit feelings of sexual arousal
Jonah Stub and Dr. M. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales
The Effect of Conversation Topic on Dominance Behaviour
Sample posters from the class of 2017:
Aleece Katan and Dr. Heidi Bailey
Self-Compassion as a Moderator of Reactions to Social Rejection
Brianne Gayfer, Jasmine Mahdy (MA) and Dr. Stephen Lewis
Peer Reactions to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disclosure