Honors Thesis

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UNDERGRADUATE THESIS MANUAL [PDF]

 Last Updated August 2020
 

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Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Thesis Writers! 

[IMAGE: A photo compilation of all our Class of 2021 thesis writers.]

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Past & Current Theses

Current Approved Thesis Proposals


2021-22 Approved Thesis Proposals
2020-21 Approved Thesis Proposals

Lists of Past Theses


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List of Prize-Winning Theses, 2001 - Present


Reading Sample Theses


As you prepare for your thesis, you might want to get a sense of what you can accomplish in your finished product. Reading past theses can show you the scope and nature of well-done undergraduate projects. Because theses in different areas of psychology often look quite different, it will help you to examine several in the same general area you plan to conduct your research in.

The Psychology Undergraduate Office has hard copies of several prize-winning theses from the past five years that you may sign out to see what the best undergraduate work looks like. Above, you can browse the titles of past undergraduate theses to give you an idea of the topics of theses students typically write.

Only hard copies of recent prize-winning theses are currently available.

Please note: Recent theses stored in the Social Relations Library (which recently closed) are unavailable. Inquirers needing a thesis that is not listed in HOLLIS should contact the authors of theses directly to attempt to obtain a copy.
 

Thesis Deadlines by Graduation Year

2021 March Thesis Deadlines

Note: These are the official deadlines for students completing their thesis in Fall 2020. Whenever possible, we recommend that these students try to follow along with the May 2020 class by enrolling in junior thesis tutorial (PSY 985) in Spring 2019, and sitting in on the first semester of senior tutorial (PSY 991) in Fall 2019.

 

Oct. 25, 2019 Primary consideration deadline for thesis application due to UGO by 4 PM.*
Dec. 3, 2019 PSY 985 Grade Recommendation Forms & Junior Progress Report due.
Feb. 7, 2020 Thesis prospectus due to UGO and commitee by 4 PM
Feb. 21, 2020 Thesis prospectus meeting must be completed; Prospectus Evaluation Form due to UGO by 4 PM.
Apr. 29, 2020 PSY 991A Grade Recommendation Forms & Senior Progress Reports due to UGO by 4 PM.
Oct. 22, 2020 Theses due by 4 PM.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 2, 2020 Thesis Defense / Poster Presentation Period.
Dec. 2, 2020 Thesis Defense Grade Sheet due to UGO by 4 PM.
Dec. 5, 2020 Printed copy of thesis due to the UGO by 4 PM.

*Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

 

2021 May Thesis Deadlines

Mar. 13, 2020
Mar. 20, 2020

Primary consideration deadline for thesis application due to UGO by 4 PM.* (Revised deadline for Spring 2020 only)

Apr. 29, 2020 PSY 985 Grade Recommendation Forms & Junior Progress Report due.
Sep. 18, 2020 Thesis prospectus due to UGO and commitee by 4 PM.
Oct. 2, 2020

Thesis prospectus meeting must be completed; Prospectus Evaluation Form due to UGO by 4 PM.

Dec. 3, 2020

PSY 991A Grade Recommendation Forms & Senior Progress Reports due to UGO by 4 PM.

Mar. 11, 2021

Theses due by 4 PM.

Apr. 12 - 16, 2021 Thesis Defense / Poster Presentation Period.
Apr. 13, 2021

Thesis Poster Session / Honors Thesis Reception.

Apr. 16, 2021 Thesis Defense Grade Sheet due to UGO by 4 PM.
Apr. 29, 2021

Printed copy of thesis due to the UGO by 4 PM.

*Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

 

2022 March Thesis Deadlines

Note: These are the official deadlines for students completing their thesis in Fall 2021. Whenever possible, we recommend that these students try to follow along with the May 2021 class by enrolling in junior thesis tutorial (PSY 985) in Spring 2020, and sitting in on the first semester of senior tutorial (PSY 991) in Fall 2020.

 

Oct. 23, 2020 Primary consideration deadline for thesis application due to UGO by 4 PM.*
Dec. 3, 2020 PSY 985 Grade Recommendation Forms & Junior Progress Report due.
Feb. 5, 2021 Thesis prospectus due to UGO and commitee by 4 PM
Feb. 19, 2021 Thesis prospectus meeting must be completed; Prospectus Evaluation Form due to UGO by 4 PM.
Apr. 28, 2021 PSY 991A Grade Recommendation Forms & Senior Progress Reports due to UGO by 4 PM.
Oct. 21, 2021 Theses due by 4 PM.
Nov. 22 - Dec. 1, 2021 Thesis Defense / Poster Presentation Period.
Dec. 1, 2021 Thesis Defense Grade Sheet due to UGO by 4 PM.
Dec. 3, 2021 Printed copy of thesis due to the UGO by 4 PM.

*Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

2022 May Thesis Deadlines

Mar. 12, 2021

Primary consideration deadline for thesis application due to UGO by 4 PM.*

Apr. 28, 2021 PSY 985 Grade Recommendation Forms & Junior Progress Report due.
Sep. 17, 2021 Thesis prospectus due to UGO and commitee by 4 PM.
Oct. 1, 2021

Thesis prospectus meeting must be completed; Prospectus Evaluation Form due to UGO by 4 PM.

Dec. 2, 2021

PSY 991A Grade Recommendation Forms & Senior Progress Reports due to UGO by 4 PM.

Mar. 10, 2022

Theses due by 4 PM.

Apr. 11 - 15, 2022 Thesis Defense / Poster Presentation Period.
Apr. 12, 2022

Thesis Poster Session / Honors Thesis Reception.

Apr. 15, 2022 Thesis Defense Grade Sheet due to UGO by 4 PM.
Apr. 28, 2022

Printed copy of thesis due to the UGO by 4 PM.

*Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

2023 March Thesis Deadlines

Note: These are the official deadlines for students completing their thesis in Fall 2022. Whenever possible, we recommend that these students try to follow along with the May 2022 class by enrolling in junior thesis tutorial (PSY 985) in Spring 2021, and sitting in on the first semester of senior tutorial (PSY 991) in Fall 2021.

 

Oct. 22, 2021 Primary consideration deadline for thesis application due to UGO by 4 PM.*
Dec. 2, 2021 PSY 985 Grade Recommendation Forms & Junior Progress Report due.
Feb. 4, 2022 Thesis prospectus due to UGO and commitee by 4 PM.
Feb. 18, 2022 Thesis prospectus meeting must be completed; Prospectus Evaluation Form due to UGO by 4 PM.
Apr. 27, 2022 PSY 991A Grade Recommendation Forms & Senior Progress Reports due to UGO by 4 PM.
Oct. 20, 2022 Theses due by 4 PM.
Nov. 21 - Nov. 30, 2022 Thesis Defense / Poster Presentation Period.
Nov. 30, 2022 Thesis Defense Grade Sheet due to UGO by 4 PM.
Dec. 2, 2022 Printed copy of thesis due to the UGO by 4 PM.

*Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

2023 May Thesis Deadlines

Mar. 11, 2022

Primary consideration deadline for thesis application due to UGO by 4 PM.*

Apr. 27, 2022 PSY 985 Grade Recommendation Forms & Junior Progress Report due.
Sep. 16, 2022 Thesis prospectus due to UGO and commitee by 4 PM.
Sep. 30, 2022

Thesis prospectus meeting must be completed; Prospectus Evaluation Form due to UGO by 4 PM.

Dec. 1, 2022

PSY 991A Grade Recommendation Forms & Senior Progress Reports due to UGO by 4 PM.

Mar. 9, 2023

Theses due by 4 PM.

Apr. 10 - 14, 2023 Thesis Defense / Poster Presentation Period.
Apr. 11, 2023

Thesis Poster Session / Honors Thesis Reception.

Apr. 14, 2023 Thesis Defense Grade Sheet due to UGO by 4 PM.
Apr. 27, 2023

Printed copy of thesis due to the UGO by 4 PM.

*Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.