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Honors Program

The Honors Program allows advanced students to collaborate directly with a faculty mentor to complete an original research project. Results from honors projects have been reported in scientific journals and presented at professional conferences. The honors research program includes two terms of independent study courses with the mentor, culminating in a written thesis report and a poster presentation. Successful program participants are awarded an honors designation at graduation (B.A. or B.S. degree “with honors”). 

For students with strong academic records and an interest in research, the honors program can serve as a capstone for their undergraduate studies, and as important preparation for graduate studies.

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What Do Psych Honors Graduates Say?

Class of 2014

"I learned a lot about research and my own enjoyment and competence for different parts of the research process. I developed more knowledge and skills about my topic and how to conduct an independent research project. I would definitely recommend an honors thesis to others, especially if they plan to do research after graduation."

"This was a wonderful experience. I formed a great relationship with my mentor and this experience will definitely help me as I continue research during medical school next year."

"I learned a great deal about research and feel better prepared to apply for graduate school in the Fall!"

Class of 2013

"The professors within the Psychology Department are absolutely amazing. Not only are they world renowned leaders in their field, but they are willing to be more than just professors. They are willing to mentor students and help them to achieve their future oals by providing individual attention and advice to those that seek it out. If you are seriously interested in having a future career in psychology, the University of Michigan Psychology Department is one of the best in the world to help you do that."

"Provides you with a novel learning experience that goes far beyond the classroom environment." 

Class of 2012

"The best part about the Honors experience was becoming a member of a research team, and experiencing the camaraderie and teamwork that make the University of Michigan Department of Psychology great. I would highly recommend this experience to others!"

"I would definitely recommend this process. It was amazing to start a research project from the beginning and see it all the way through."

"You will never have quite the same experience of autonomous and simultaneously well-guided learning that is challenging like you do with the Psych Honors Program."

LSA Honors Program

Once admitted to the Psychology Department's honors program, you are admitted to the LSA Honors Program, located in 1330 Mason Hall. They maintain official student files, provide individual general advising*, and offer special opportunities and programs available only to honors students.

(*RC Honors students still receive general advising from RC Advisors)

Honors Graduation

Steps to Graduate

In order to graduate, you must do the following:

  1. Meet with the Honors Academic Advisor the term before you plan to graduate to have your major release completed (Sept/Oct for Winter term grads and Mar/Apr for Summer and Fall term grads). Be aware appointments fill up to 3 weeks in advance. 
  2. Apply for Graduation through Wolverine Access.

Psychology Commencement

The Psychology Department hosts a Commencement Ceremony for all Psychology Department majors before the main University Commencement Ceremony in April/May. We strongly encourage our graduating Honors Students to attend this event to be recognized for all their hard work. Students are individually named and walk across the stage. Graduates wear their cap, gown and honors cords for this event.

LSA Honors Commencement

Honors students are also invited to participate in the LSA Honors Commencement Ceremony. LSA Honors Graduation Information

Program in Neuroscience Honors

 The Program in Neuroscience manages and advises all Neuroscience Honors projects for Neuroscience majors (even those with a Psych Dept faculty sponsor).

Honors Poem Competition

Our Honors Program trains students to think and write like scientists, but we also wanted to give them a chance to communicate their research like a poet. Below are the three finalists and their work.


Winner: Corey Jackson, rap (AKA Coco Fuego)
This study is about the blend of identities, the mix of different selves creates a whole entity. Roses are red, violets are blue, but it takes a rainbow to paint the true you.  Marginalization is feeling lonely, for the times when your friends are acting phoney, and nobody knows the conflict inside, but if they open their eyes they can see the disguise. We hypothesize, that identity is correlated, with marginalization, such that, feeling seperated, makes the true selves become less integrated. The second hypothesis is that identity, will show a positive relationship with CSE! Third we expect to see, that there is a relationship with CSE, Marginalization and Identity, such that, marginalization moderates CSE! We took Fifty-Seven students from the subject pool, they did tasks on the computer and a survey too! One survey measured the campus climate, and the other identity with a scale from Hanek. We did not panic, we kept it cool, althought we found results that went against the rules. Results supported hypothesis one, marginalization means our identities have less fun! Hypothesis two was also significant, it broke the rules, there’s  no way it was innocent. Contrary to what we would expect, marginaliztion helps adapt to conflict. Last but not least we found identity moderated, the relationship between marginalization. Like a poker face identity is a bluffer, meaning it hides the truth when it acts as a buffer! Future studies will adjust participation, as we measure marginalization in a normal population. This is the end of our Honors thesis rhyme, we hope you learned something, and didn’t waste your time!

Runner up: Monica Arkin
Community violence is very bad.
Exposure to it makes Latino adolescents feel sad.

Your chances at safety are not too good,
If you live in a poor, urban neighborhood.

I stole that “good” – “neighborhood” rhyme from Applebee’s,
I don’t know how to write poetry, so cut me some slack please.

But now I want to share some exciting news:
There are 3 moderating factors that attenuate community violence blues!

Having a good relationship with one’s mama,
Can help alleviate depression symptoms that occur post-trauma.

Gender also moderates the relation between violence and depression,
Such that males display fewer depressive symptoms in response to aggression.

Religiosity is important—it protects against depression, PTSD, and anxiety.
Thus, future research and interventions should focus on the role of piety.

Wow, typing this poem was a lot easier than typing 60 pages.
That’s good, because writing my thesis took ages.

Runner up: Melissa Durante, poem "Deep-Sea Lucidity"
Blindly reading,
readying myself
so I can see
where to touch
minds offered to us.
Seeking to know
if elementary school years
could leave us with more
than half-finished crafts
and arithmetic drills.
What if we were gifted
prescription lenses
to help us see
a shade deeper,
a tint more critically?

1. I recode
past numbers
and minds.
like young beachcombers,
can't see past
blue-green crests
and washed up jellyfish.
How to make them see
the plankton
and angelfish
beneath the horizon?

2. I begin to try
different lenses
in the mind,
acting like a gentle undertow
tugging at their reason.
"Is there another way?"
Do you see it now?


How about now?