Honors in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a range of honors opportunities for students, from undergraduate and graduate awards to departmental distinction and membership in local and national clubs. Many of these opportunities take you outside the traditional classroom, encouraging you to connect on-campus learning to the larger communities we serve through advancements in psychological science.

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Undergraduate Honors

Departmental Distinction

Joining the distinction program will train you to conduct scholarly research that can benefit your future work in graduate or professional schools. Our program meets the requirements for distinction in psychology for students in the University Honors Program, though you are not required to be in the University Honors Program to pursue distinction in psychology. Upon completion, your transcript will show that you have earned departmental honors, indicating that you have excelled in psychology.

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Latin Honors

Latin Honors designations for BA and BS degrees are cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Candidates for magna cum laude and summa cum laude must complete a thesis, culminating project or distinction in a major. To find out more about Latin Honors, you can complete the Latin Honors qualification form and have it signed by a psychology faculty member.

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Psi Chi National Honors Society and Psychology Club

The Psi Chi National Honors Society and Psychology Club have joint meetings and events throughout the year. Students can connect with faculty, learn from guest speakers, gain valuable information about career paths including graduate school, and discover research and volunteer opportunities in psychology.

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Shaklee Trowill Award

Named after two former psychology department faculty, the Shaklee Trowill Award recognizes an exceptional senior honors research paper. The awardee is selected based on the quality of the research project, particularly the student's contribution. Award winners are selected in May by the senior honors research seminar instructor, with input from the student's faculty mentor.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships Are Available for Psychology Students

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Graduate Honors

Harry Gollob Award

The Harry Gollob Award, named after the former faculty member and department chair, honors Gollub's memory and is awarded to a current graduate student for an exceptional first author publication describing work done at DU.

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Graduate Students Receive Tuition Waivers, Stipends and Opportunities for Additional Awards

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