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1 What is it? Is it for you? How to apply See for additional information about the program. Winter Session 2015-2016

2 What is it?

3 Each honours student completes an original research project Supervised by a regular faculty member OR co- supervised by an sessional/adjunct faculty member and a regular faculty member Project reported in a written thesis and poster, due in April of honours year Honours seminar meets twice a week to develop professional skills Honours students take two advanced statistics courses

4 Honours = all Major requirements PLUS PSYC 499 (thesis & seminar) PSYC 400A (stats)* PSYC 401 (psychometrics)* 400A & 401 in fall; 499 is year-long Total of 63 units for Honours (vs. 60 for major) Major requires one 400-level seminar-style PSYC course Psyc honours requires two such courses* in addition to 400A, 401, & 499 but one fewer 300-level course than the Major. *not required for joint BIO/PSYC honours

5 Is it for you?

6 A gold star beside your degree, signaling you met selective criteria and undertook advanced training. Enhances impression you make on prospective employers. A major plus if you seek admission to grad school in experimental or clinical psychology. More on other types of graduate school later!

7 Your Grad School Application Courses/Grades Research Experience GRE scores Life Experience Letters of reference Personal Statement

8 Feedback from the 2012 Honours Class

9 It is a lot of hard work, and work you have never done before! Self-directed work Long-term deadlines Uncertainty and changing plans in the project Less structured feedback about performance But you will learn things you wished you had known years ago! Career options and planning Communicating in writing and in oral presentations Self-awareness and insight The “inside scoop” about research You will form friendships with your honours peers that are deep and meaningful and fun!

10 Students who are interested in conducting research and might want a future research career Can achieve the same goal without doing honours Directed studies project Research assistant work Students who want to work in psychology disciplines when they graduate BUT your time may be better spent volunteering and becoming involved in the community

11 An honours degree will not guarantee a place in a graduate program It is neither necessary or sufficient! An honours degree is not weighed heavily for: Medical school Counselling programs Social work programs An honours degree certainly doesn’t hurt students interested in these career paths, but it is not required or as beneficial as other uses of your time: volunteering, studying to increase your GPA, working in the community, developing other personal interests…

12 How to apply?

13 Honours year is the last full year of your degree — September to April. Can’t quite finish all requirements by end of next Winter session? Then you may join Honours (if qualified) if you can finish all courses by end of following summer. Planning to finish in December 2015? To do Honours you must extend your program to April 2015. You don’t have to take full course load during Honours year as far as our department is concerned; some providers of loans/scholarships require students to have “full time” status.

14 PSYC GPA of 6.5 or higher & non-PSYC GPA 5.0 or higher PSYC 300A and 300B completed (or to be completed in summer before honours) with a minimum grade of B+ Supervisor on board Honours Advisor’s permission About that GPA ….

15 Your average grade earned for the last 50 credits taken in the previous 10 calendar years, plus any other courses taken concurrently (i.e., in the same semester) with the 50th credit. Less than 50 credits? Then all credits count. 9-point system, A+ = 9, A = 8, etc. Add up and divide by number of courses (assuming each course worth 1.5 units; count double for any 3- unit course). Calculate the average across all psych courses and, separately, the average across all other courses.

16 Visit from March 1 to learn… Which faculty are accepting students? What type of research do faculty conduct? Reflect on courses you took Which instructors did you like? Which topics were exciting? What area grabs your interest? Ask current honours students PsiChi honours info session each year.

17 Register at http://honours.uvic.ca Opens Mid-February each year Submit a transcript, brief statement of interests, and qualifications Select 2-3 potential supervisors from the list provided If some turn you down, you can reapply to others! Prospective supervisors will e-mail you If you don’t hear back in 2 weeks, you should follow up with the supervisor by e-mail

18 Step 1: Apply online and wait to hear from your desired supervisor(s). They will schedule a meeting. Step 2: The meeting … come prepared:  Visit prospect’s website and learn a bit about his/her work.  Be enthusiastic, prepare questions.  Bring transcript (unofficial OK).  Bring sample of your written work.  If you can, come prepared with a research idea to talk about, but don’t insist on pursuing that idea. Typically the supervisor, not student, sets the thesis topic; be open to anything.  Leave with clarity re: what next? Step 3: Thank & reflect  Send a thank-you email; reflect on impressions

19 Your supervisor will guide you and evaluate your work one-on-one for a full year. Before you commit to the relationship, meet in person! Ask yourself: Do you seem compatible? Do you like this person? Will s/he inspire and motivate you? Can you get excited about the research you will be doing?

20 Limited number of potential supervisors A few supervisors have extra requirements, such as having worked in their lab already Honours class is limited in size So, get going!

21 On the website, it will say “No status” or “pending” as prospective supervisor is deciding Status changes to “accepted” if the prospective supervisor has agreed to supervise you, “Not available” if prospective supervisor declines. When accepted, you may then accept the offer Once you accept it is a binding agreement You can wait to see if another prospect agrees, but until you commit a prospective supervisor can withdraw an offer. Of course, you can be talking to the supervisor as well, but the website is the official version, so others know what is happening. You must accept on the website even if you have heard in person or by email, etc.

22 Ask your supervisor and current honours students how to prepare—usually at least some prep reading in the summer. Attend the Honours Poster Session (April 9 2015 from 2 to 5pm in the Michele Pujol room of the SUB) Check out a few of the prior years’ posters at Consider take a course or two during the summer (to free up time next year) Maybe take a PSYC 390 (independent study) course with your supervisor in the spring or summer before your Honours year. Don’t assume you are in honours until you receive confirmation from Honours Advisor. If not heard by mid- June, contact Honours Advisor.


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