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.
In order to graduate with honors, members of the Academy must:
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).
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).
Evaluation of Academy Members:
Members of the academy who successfully complete the above six 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. The following courses are not requirements, but are recommended for anyone interested in attending graduate school:
Recent Honors ThesesCarlee Beth Hawkins. The Role of Religiosity and Need for Cognition in the Acceptance of Evolution
Phil Ruppert. The Effects of Interlist and Extralist Interference on Recall of Auditorally Presented Words
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