Honors or Independent Research Capstone Program

Research Capstone Program General Information

Psychology majors who complete the Honors Lab sequence (PSYCH 4976HW and PSYCH 4977HW) and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at graduation will graduate with departmental honors.  This is the only way to obtain departmental honors in Psychological Sciences.  To fulfill the requirement of graduating with departmental honors, students in the Honors Lab sequence are expected to develop an independent project with the assistance of a faculty mentor, create a journal-length honors thesis manuscript, and present a research poster of their project at both the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago and an on-campus event. 

Independent Research Capstone students must fulfill all of the same requirements, but do not have to have a 3.5 GPA in order to participate.  They will not graduate with departmental honors, however.

More information can be found in the downloadable documents to the right.  Updated information regarding Psychology faculty availability to serve as a mentor can be found here.

For more information about the Honors Lab, please contact the Director of the department’s honors program, Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr (CampionebarrN@missouri.edu).

Honors Program News

The 2018-2019 honors capstone students are:


Damien Beck 

Alex Carranza

Levi Doyle-Barker

Olivia Fahr

Lorena Fernandez

Sai Gajagowni

Georgi Gnibus

Luke Guerdan

Regan Hill

Dana Kelsey

Yujing Lin


Joshua McEwen

Ashley Meierhofer

Molly Michaels

Luke Mouton

Sara Myers

Sumin Nam

Tawnie Nelson

Bella North

AJ Ponte

Sarah Schlote

Kira Schneider


Tiffany Shadrick

Ezra Soidum

Briann Sutton

Naya Sutton

Megan Teehan

Elise Tidwell

Rachel Wesley

Lexi Wilkinson

Allison Womack

Julie Youngers

In the past two years, FIVE of our Mizzou Psychology Honors Capstone students have won the Psi Chi Midwest Regional Award!

Mizzou MPA Psi Chi Regional Award Winners, 2019
  • Lorena Fernandez (mentor: Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr)
  • Riley McCarty (mentor: Dr. David Beversdorf)
  • Luke Mouton (mentor: Dr. Jamie Arndt)
  • Rachel Wesley (mentor: Dr. Chuck Borduin)
Mizzou MPA Psi Chi Regional Award Winners, 2018:
  • Haley Benson (mentor: Dr. Tom Piasecki)
  • Najeebah Hussain (mentor: Dr. Moshe Naveh-Benjamin)
  • Kristin Thompson (mentor: Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr)

Congratulations to these students for their hard work and MPA success! 

The vast majority of our Honors Capstone Program students go on to graduate programs related to psychology, medical school, or law school.  The research, presentation, and networking opportunities they receive through the honors capstone greatly improve their chances of being selected for these competitive programs.

The department incurs significant expenses to ensure students can afford the travel associated with the program.  Alumni giving to this program goes directly towards off-setting the costs of these experiences. If you want to give a gift to support the honors program, go to our Give Direct website: https://mizzougivedirect.missouri.edu/Item.aspx?item_id=195.    

Honors Research Capstone students in Chicago for the 2018 Midwestern Psychological Association meeting

Honors Research Capstone students in Chicago for the 2018 Midwestern Psychological Association meeting

Grace Data Blitz Presentation MPA18

Grace Data Blitz Presentation MPA18

Haley Benson MPA18

Haley Benson MPA18

Najeebah Hussain MPA18

Najeebah Hussain MPA18

Kristin Thompson MPA18

Kristin Thompson MPA18