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.
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 Honors Capstone Program has grown to include 38 students this year! The 2018 honors capstone students are:
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, 2018:
- Haley Benson (mentor: Dr. Tom Piasecki)
- Najeebah Hussain (mentor: Dr. Moshe Naveh-Benjamin)
- Kristin Thompson (mentor: Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr)
Mizzou MPA Psi Chi Regional Award Winners, 2017:
- Christiana Prestigiacomo (mentor: Dr. Denis McCarthy)
- Emily Hover (mentor: Dr. David Beversdorf)
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.