Director of Undergraduate Studies
Psychology, MSB II 224
1. How is my honors degree program administered? Is there a specific person who acts as coordinator?
Is there a faculty committee?
An application for admission to the Cognitive Science honors program is
required and can be downloaded from the Cognitive Science Web page, or by
contacting the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Izabela Z. Kenney, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone: 812-856-0052. The advisor can also provide additional guidance. Then an appointment
should be made with the director of undergraduate studies in Cognitive Science for application
submission and approval. The honors thesis must be certified by a committee of at least three
faculty members. The committee coordinator and at least one other member must be Cognitive
Science Program faculty.
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How
are students recruited for your program? May students recommend
For admission into the honors program, the department requires a minimum
GPA of 3.3, and a minimum 3.0 College GPA and a strong interest in a specific area of study. Students
should start thinking well in advance about their research field(s), their honors research idea(s), and
they should identify faculty members they want to work with on their thesis project. Students must make
a formal request to the director of undergraduate studies in order to be considered for departmental
honors. In some cases students can approach faculty with an idea for a thesis, or they can be asked
to participate in honors research by their professors.
3. How does a student graduate with honors from your
Students need to complete most of the major before undertaking an honors
thesis, but should begin planning for the thesis one year in advance (i.e. at the start of their
junior year, preferably by working with a cognitive science faculty member on a research project
that will ultimately lead to the student's own honors project).
Students must enroll in at least three credit hours of COGS-Q 499, Honors Research Project in
Cognitive and Information Sciences. This may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours. Students who wish to combine honors
projects in cognitive science and another program may apply to both areas, and every attempt will be made to accomodate such a plan.
4. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
The honors thesis consists of an independent research project that is
organized, developed, and undertaken by the student. The honors thesis
must be certified by a committee of at least three faculty members, of
whom the committee director and at least one other member must be
Science Program faculty. A presentation of the research results in both
written and oral formats is required. These submissions must be made no
later than one week prior to the student's intended graduation date.
5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
Most projects are supported through the sponsoring laboratory.
may be eligible for funds through an Undergraduate Research
Scholarship or an Honors College award. Student may be
eligible for support through an Undergraduate Research Scholarship or an Honors College award. Students may also be eligible for support
through individual faculty grants. For more information about the Cognitive Science Program's
Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship program, please visit:
6. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
Students who participate in the program gain research skills, in-depth
knowledge of a particular cognitive science area, and close contact with
individual faculty members. Completion of an independent project and an
honors thesis prepares students for study beyond the undergraduate level,
allowing them to transform their research interests into focused
investigation, original project development, and coherent presentation of
research results. Successful participation in the departmental honors
program also communicates student commitment and motivation to graduate