Honors Program

2017 Honors Students.

The Psychology Honors Program enables senior Psychology majors to complete an individual research project (i.e., Honors Thesis) under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students work on completing their Honors Thesis throughout both the Fall and Spring semesters, then defend it in an oral examination at the end of Spring.

The Honors Seminar (PSY 497), which meets only during the Fall semester, helps students write and defend their Honors Thesis, develop professional skills, consider career options and prepare graduate school applications

Special Funding Opportunity!

The Department of Psychology will provide up to $500 in research funds for each Honors student.

What to Expect

The Psychology Honors Program is challenging, but highly rewarding. Students are expected to demonstrate the development of skills, not only in conducting research, but also in scientific writing and presentation.

Program Benefits

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  • Small enrollment of about 10-15 students each year, which means students get individualized mentoring and become acquainted with a small peer group
  • Hands-on experience with research, which allows students to put their learning into practice
  • Training in skills (e.g., technical writing, data management and analysis, professional presentation) that are sought after in a wide range of careers
  • Excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology or related fields (e.g., law, business, medicine, education, social work)
  • A highly valued experience to add to your CV/resume, which also allows you to build strong relationships with faculty who may serve as professional references
  • Successful completion (both the written Honors Thesis and the oral defense) results in graduation with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Psychology
  • Most outstanding Honors Thesis and oral defense in a given year is recognized with the Feldman-Cohen Award


Senior Psychology majors with a GPA of at least 3.0, both overall and in Psychology, who have secured a faculty advisor to supervise their work, are eligible for Psychology Honors. 

Please note: The Psychology Honors Program is completely independent of the UB Honors College.


  • Required: Prior or concurrent completion of PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods
  • Strongly recommended: Prior research experience (PSY 498) and completion of PSY 300 (previously PSY 295) Communicating for Psychological Sciences

How to Apply

  1. Seek out and secure a Department of Psychology faculty member to serve as advisor (see the application form for tips on finding an advisor).
  2. Complete the application and program interview prior to the start of the Fall semester of the senior year (junior year, spring semester is ideal). Students who do not complete BOTH the application and interview before the start of their senior Fall semester will not be admitted to the program.
Applying for the 2021-2022 Academic Year?

While UB is maximizing distance learning to mitigate the possibility for exposure to COVID-19, Honors applications will be accepted electronically and interviews conducted remotely. Details are provided on the application below. Please contact Dr. Quinton with any questions.

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