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Undergraduate Program: Robert J. McLaughlin Honors Academy


Purpose of the Honors Academy
The Honors Academy provides experiences for the highly motivated student that will broaden and enrich the student's perspective of psychology.


Selection of Participants
During the fall and spring semesters, eligible students may apply to the Academy. To be eligible to apply to the Academy the following are required:

1. A declared major in psychology.
2. At least a 3.50 GPA overall and in Psychology.
3. Completed at least 6 credit hours in Psychology at SIUE.
4. A grade of 'A' in either PSYC 220 or PSYC 221 and at least a 'B' in the other of these two courses.

Interested and eligible students should contact Dr. Chris Rosnick, coordinator of the Honors Academy. The application form is available in here in .doc format.

Requirements for Graduating with Psychology Honors

1. Complete the Honors' section of PSYC 494 (Capstone in Psychology). This involves developing, completing, and presenting an independent research project supervised by a faculty member.

2. Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall, and in Psychology.

3. Participate in research under faculty supervision for at least one semester (this must be done for at least 3 hours course credit under PSYCH 491 - Research in Psychology) before graduating.

4. Complete at least one semester of field study (must be done for at least 3 hours course credit under PSYC 493 - Field Study in Psychology) before graduating.

Evaluation of Academy Members

Members of the academy who successfully complete the above four steps, as well as all other requirements for graduation, will be recommended for graduation with honors in psychology. Students granted these honors will have the distinction permanently registered on their transcripts.

Recommended Courses for Academy Members

Members of psychology's honors academy are often interested in graduate study. For students planning to attend graduate school, PSYC 422 - Data Analysis with SPSS, and a technical writing course are recommended.

Recent Honors Theses

Carlee Beth Hawkins. The Role of Religiosity and Need for Cognition in the Acceptance of Evolution
  • Presented at the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium, Thinking about Religion, 3/31/06
  • Presented at the 38th Annual SIUE Psi Chi Paper Presentation, 4/11/06 -- Awarded Third Place, Undergraduate Division

Phil Ruppert. The Effects of Interlist and Extralist Interference on Recall of Auditorally Presented Words

  • Presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago IL, 5/4/06

Erin Solomon. Convservatism and Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help: An Exploratory Study

  • Presented at the 38th Annual SIUE Psi Chi Paper Presentation, 4/11/06

Bryan Cummiskey. Gender and Selective Attention in Relation to Change Blindness.

  • Presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, 5/1/09

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