Psychology and Brain Sciences | Honors Thesis Research
P499 | 13752 | Sengelaub

P499 is a two semester sequence course designed to assist those
students engaged in Honors Thesis Research.  The student and their
research sponsor will bear the main responsibility for the research,
but this class will provide both an administrative structure as well
as an opportunity to present, discuss, and refine each student's
research project.  The research sponsor will help the student select
a project that has scientific merit and can be completed given the
available time and resources. However, students must take the major
initiative in developing the background for the project, designing
it, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the data, and preparing
the research presentations and the written honors thesis.

Class will meet only on prearranged days at the scheduled time.  At
those meetings, students will make oral presentations of their
research projects, or submit sponsor-approved drafts of sections of
the prospective thesis on scheduled dates.  A poster presentation of
the completed research project will also be required.  When the
thesis reaches its final form, the student will defend it orally
before a committee including the research sponsor, and two other
faculty members.  Once successfully defended, bound copies of the
thesis are required for the Psychology Department and the Honors

Grading:  Most students take the two semesters of P499 for 3 to 6
credits per semester, for a maximum of 12 total credit hours.  A
grade of "R" (grade deferred) will be assigned for each semester
until the thesis is completed and defended.  When the student's
committee accepts the thesis, the "R" will be converted to a letter
grade, which will depend on the completion of class requirements,
sponsor's evaluation, and research presentation.  The department
will then certify the student to Graduate with Honors in Psychology.