Undergraduate Honours Thesis

Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Psychology

Applications for Fall 2022 are CLOSED. 

PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis I [0.50 credit] Under individual faculty supervision, students plan, develop, and write a research proposal and prepare an extensive review paper on their area of research. Classes are held on how to create a research proposal (oral and written), research ethics (REB) protocols, and applying to graduate school.

PSYC*4880 Honours Thesis II [1.00 credit] Students conduct research and write an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty member, present a poster, and reflect upon their work. Classes are held on how to create a poster and how to structure a thesis. 

Once your application has been confirmed, you and your supervisor will complete a course outline for your project. 

APPLICATION FORM (updated for Fall 2022):
Request to Enrol (Microsoft Word version)

Contact shelder@uoguelph.ca if you require this information in an alternate format.

 

F22 Applicant actions:

  1. Fall/Winter 2021/2022: be sure that you are completing all prerequisite requirements for PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis I AND PSYC*4780 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics or PSYC*4790 Qualitative Methods in Psychology.
    • Prerequisites include: completion of PSYC*3000, PSYC*3250, PSYC*3290 and minimum 75% Psychology cumulative average
    • While the minimum PSYC average is 75%, be aware that the actual average of those accepted tends to be higher. In F21 the minimum PSYC average of successful candidates was 85%
  2. Fall/Winter 2021/2022: Contact potential supervisors.
    • Link to: Psychology labs and projects.
    • Obtaining a supervisor's agreement greatly increases the possibility that you will be approved for the honours thesis, however be aware that it is still a competitive process. 
    • You can find out who is accepting students by clicking on their profile at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/psychology/directory/faculty
    • You can not do an honours thesis without a supervisor. Applicants who have not identified one will be added to the pool of candidates that will be reviewed each summer.
    • Thesis supervisors can be faculty members from the Department of Psychology OR another department. 
    • The course size for PSYC*4870 is limited to 50 students. (Each year, some qualified students are not accepted.) Students with an average below 80% are not usually accepted because demand for the class exceeds class size.
    • Only consider the Honours Thesis if you intend to pursue a post-graduate degree in Psychology or Neuroscience (i.e. MA/MSc/PhD). You do NOT need an honours thesis to apply to social work, law school med school, or teacher's college.
  3. Complete the Request to Enrol 
  4. Submit to Sharon Helder at shelder@uoguelph.ca

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Honours Thesis: Application process and timeline (BAH.PSYC students)

September 2021 - February 2022 Search for a thesis supervisor (Action #2 above). It is not possible to do a thesis without a supervisor.
February 28, 2022
  • Deadline to submit application package. This should include:
    • Completed "request to enrol form" (template above - Action #3)
    • Personal Statement (maximum 300 words)
    • UNOFFICIAL copy of your transcript
    • If you have confirmed a supervisor, you do not need to include the statement and transcript
June 2022

Add period for Fall'22:  IF the following has occured you will receive a course waiver allowing you to register in PSYC*4870:
-your application is accepted

-If you are waiting to be matched with a supervisor, you should choose your fall courses as if you will not be doing an honours thesis in order to ensure that you get a spot, since the 4th year courses fill up quickly.

June 30, 2022 -Students who have not found a supervisor on their own will be notified whether or not they have been accepted.
August, 2022 -Ensure you are registered in the course.
-All students registered in PSYC*4870 must also register in PSYC*4780  or PSYC*4790 (NEUR students may register for NEUR*4000 instead of PSYC*4780/4790)

There are some differences for BSCH.NEUR students. Contact a faculty advisor to discuss your application further. 

Tips for contacting a potential supervisor:

  • Before you contact them, familiarize yourself with their work: read their papers, know what type of work they do.

  • Be flexible in balancing your own ideas to fit within the research.

  • Be prepared to provide intellectual contribution to the project even if the work is already underway.

  • Be considerate: contact them during office hours if possible or set up an appointment.

Still have questions?

Sample posters from previous thesis students:

Bailey Bingham, Claire Coulter, Dr. Karl Cottenie, Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs
Metacognition and exam performance: Tools for effective learning
Poster

Sarah Hollywood, Rachel L. Driscoll and Dr. Mark Fenske
Mood killer: Response inhibition reduces the capacity of erotic stimuli to elicit feelings of sexual arousal
Poster

Jonah Stub and Dr. M. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales
The Effect of Conversation Topic on Dominance Behaviour
Poster

Aleece Katan and Dr. Heidi Bailey
Self-Compassion as a Moderator of Reactions to Social Rejection
Poster

Brianne Gayfer, Jasmine Mahdy (MA) and Dr. Stephen Lewis
Peer Reactions to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disclosure
Poster