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1 Psychology Honours Thesis Information Session Written by: Prof. Geoff Navara Presented by Prof. Fraser Bleasdale Feb. 7th, 2014 Presented by Prof. Fraser Bleasdale Feb. 7th, 2014

2 Contact Information Honours thesis co-ordinator: Fraser Bleasdale Psychology dept. coordinator: Trudy Kirschner

3 Agenda Introductions What is an honours thesis? Why do an honours thesis? Admission requirements Application process Finding a potential supervisor Timeline

4 What is an honours thesis? Coursework vs. thesis option for the Honours degree It is more than just a ‘big paper’ The workload is high! (PSYC 4020D = approximately 20 hours per week for two semesters) Thesis requires the students to: Search and read relevant literature Plan an empirical study Write a substantial thesis proposal Collect and analyze data Report the results via written, oral and poster presentations

5 PSYC 4010Y vs. 4020D PSYC 4010Y is only for those students doing a Joint Honours Thesis with Psychology and another program (one credit from Psychology, the other comes from the other program) If you are interested in PSYC 4010Y please see Trudy Kirschner in the Psychology Office

6 Why do an honours thesis? Good: If you are planning to go on to a graduate program in psychology (or many other social science based programs); Competitive edge in job market (demonstrates marketable skills); Are unsure of future goals (issue of limiting options); Networking with professors; better letters of reference Believe it or not, research can be fun, educational and stimulating; the best educational experience we offer Please see my presentation on getting into grad school (available on the Psychology Department’s website)

7 Admission Requirements For getting into PSYC 4020D Completed PSYC 3015 with 75% average required! At least 0.5 credit from each of the A2, B2, A3, and B3 categories 75% average over all Psychology courses required Permission of Psychology Department Several faculty supervisors have specific requests as far as content courses, etc. required to work with them (see student handbook)

8 Application process You must apply to be in the Psychology Honours Thesis Program! Forms are available from the Psychology Office and online Do not fill-in both sides of the application (one or the other) Space restrictions Application deadline: March 14, 2014 by 12:00 noon in the Psychology Office, DNA/LHS C 104.

9 Finding a potential faculty supervisor Your academic career begins in undergraduate studies, it is important to act professional and respectful to your colleagues and the professors (but you don’t need to ‘kiss butt’) Networking is an important skill (both in life and in getting into graduate programs) – start now Approach faculty whose research work interests you (see student handbook or online for faculty research interests)

10 Finding a potential faculty supervisor Identify which faculty members you are most interested in working with Look for a ‘good fit’ personally and professionally Contact potential faculty to see if they are taking on new students the student handbook is a good resource for you.

11 Finding a potential faculty supervisor If you have a faculty member willing to work with you, please complete, sign and have the faculty member sign the first page of the application form. If you do not have a faculty member lined up to supervise you, please complete and sign the second page of the application form. Please note: if you do not have a supervisor lined up to work with you, you may still be accepted into the program, but we cannot guarantee that you will work with any of your preferred choices. You may be paired with a faculty member whose research interests and thesis work do not match with your personal interests

12 Timeline Application forms are available as of today (in this meeting or later from the Psychology Office or online) Application deadline: March 14, 2014 by 12:00 noon (in the Psychology Office, LHS C 104) If you meet course requirements, you will be notified late May when your marks become available If you are completing course requirements in the summer, you may apply after the March 14 th deadline and your application will be considered when summer final grades are available.


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