Honors Program - Psychology
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The Honors Program is designed for exceptional senior psychology students who wish to pursue intensive and independent psychological research. The Honors Program offers students the closest contact and consultation with faculty they will likely experience while at Cornell. Successful participation serves as evidence of the two most important skills required of an academic psychologist: the capacity to integrate theoretical and factual material and to devise and execute a creative empirical research project. Conducting honors research and completing a thesis requires a significant investment of time and effort. Students who successfully complete the Honors Program graduate with honors noted on their diplomas. Qualified majors who are planning postgraduate work in any field (academic or otherwise) should consider applying.
Admission to the program is in part based on the applicant’s GPA (3.5 or greater in Psychology courses is typical), the extent of the student’s prior research experience (i.e., previous semesters of independent study), and the feasibility of the proposed project, as described in a 350-word preliminary “synopsis of the proposed project”. This information should be provided by the student on the Application Form.
The research project is conducted under the close mentorship of a Faculty Mentor. Students typically have at least 2 semesters of previous independent study with the proposed mentor, at least one semester is required. The Faculty Mentor must support the student’s application to the program, complete the Faculty Commitment and Recommendation Form, and email it to the Honors Program Director(s). The Faculty Mentor should approve the student’s Application Form. The Program Director(s) will evaluate application packages.
Students admitted to the program must be registered for 3 or 4 credits of Psychology 4710: Independent Study with their (Psychology) Faculty Mentor in both Fall and Spring semesters of their senior year. Students with Faculty Mentors in Human Development (and other relevant fields on approval), should take the equivalent courses.
Students who successfully complete the program will propose and conduct an empirical study, analyze the data, and interpret the results. They will produce a professional research report and present their project at an Honors Poster session and an oral defense which is assessed by their faculty committee (see details in the Handbook). Find important deadlines listed here: Important Deadlines
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Research & Travel Awards
The Department of Psychology offers awards to Cornell undergraduate students engaged in research to facilitate conducting empirical research and/ or the dissemination of that research.
Undergraduate Psychology Awards
The overall goal of these awards is to promote undergraduate research in psychology at Cornell. Our awards aim to provide funds to help motivated and talented undergraduate students undertake independent empirical work and take part in the dissemination of the work via attendance at national conferences. Although students from all majors/minors are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to psych majors and minors.
This 2020-2021 year, the funds are generously provided by the Halpern and Rosevear families.
Individual awards can be requested up to a maximum of $500 for the purposes of research support or attendance at conferences. More information on each award and purpose is provided below.
Undergraduate students will need to download, complete and submit a nomination form. For each nominated undergraduate, a Psychology department faculty member must send a brief statement of support for each student, including the amount and purpose of the award. Please, send all materials to Department Chair, Felix J. Thoemmes (email@example.com) and Lisa Proper (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students may apply for these awards between Sept. 1 and April 30. Funds must be spent during the 2021 -2022 academic year.
Importantly, these awards are only given to undergraduates who have already applied for the College Research Awards, including the Einhorn and Undergraduate Research awards. For more information about theses awards and other undergraduate research opportunities at the College level, please visit https://as.cornell.edu/undergraduate-research
The Cornell Psychology Undergraduate Research Award:
Research funds can be used for participant payments, equipment, or other approved research related expenses. Awardees will work with staff in the Psychology Department to process their research awards and will be responsible for a business purpose, IRB information, and/or participant payment logs, depending on the purpose of the award. In most cases, the department will purchase the research items directly for the students.
The Cornell Psychology Undergraduate Travel Award:
Travel funds can be used for research-related conference expenses, such as hotel costs, conference registration costs, and travel expenses. Due to the current COVID19 Travel Advisory, only virtual conferences will be supported at this time. Awardees will need to submit receipts for all expenses for reimbursement. Awardees can discuss the possibility of having the department pay directly for conference fees and should consult with Psychology Department staff before booking travel/registering for conferences. Costs for food/beverages will not be reimbursed. This year we are making a special exception to help support virtual conference attendance for our undergraduates - if your request is under $100 you may apply for this department award without applying for a college-level award first.
Research & Fellowships
The Psychology department has established a Google group, Psychology Internships and Positions, to disseminate information about psychology research assistant positions, summer internships, full-time positions in research labs, clinical opportunities, etc. If you would like to join the group, please visit https://groups.google.com/d/forum/psychopportunities and click the “apply for membership” link using your Cornell email address. The list is open to Cornell undergraduates only.
Once you are in the group, you can choose how you receive information. You can receive all the emails as they post, or get a digest once a day, or only view it as a web site. You will need a Google account to join the group.
Psychology Summer Research Program
The Psychology Summer Research Program provides support to a limited number of undergraduates (3-4 per year) who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Psychology. Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on (or virtual) lab research under the direction of a faculty mentor as a Student Research/Lab Assistant in the Psychology Department. An hourly stipend will be provided, commensurate with level of experience. The summer appointment period will fall within June 3, 2021- Aug 12, 2021 and students may apply for part-time or full-time support.
Interested students should reach out to their faculty mentor to initiate the application process. The application deadline for summer 2021 was May 5th and the portal is now closed.
A complete application will include:
-Application form with personal statement
-Letter of recommendation from faculty mentor
Students may submit their material using the above link. Faculty mentors should submit a letter of recommendation to email@example.com by May 5, 2021. Reference letters submitted by students will not be accepted.
Who should apply?
Any Cornell student interested in Psychology Research! You must have the approval of a Psychology Department faculty mentor in order to be considered for this program. Students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must be at least 18 years old and eligible for employment in the US.
Contact us at Psychology@cornell.edu