Honors Program

Each fall semester, the Department of Psychology faculty members review the list of Psychology seniors who have completed a minimum of four psychology courses at Willamette University and who have a GPA of at least 3.70 in psychology to determine eligibility for honors. Other criteria are also considered such as the faculty members' perceptions of the student's potential for excelling in the senior year (and beyond) and service to the department. Thus, the 3.70 GPA criterion does not guarantee inclusion or exclusion of a student for consideration as an honors candidate.

Potential candidates for honors are sent a written invitation, including the guidelines the faculty will follow in determining which students will actually receive departmental honors when they graduate.

To participate in the honors program, selected candidates must:

  • Complete an original scholarly paper/research project in consultation with a Psychology faculty member.
  • Choose two faculty members in addition to the faculty supervisor of the above project to be members of an honors committee. One of the committee members may be a faculty member in another discipline or at another institution.
  • Present and defend the scholarly product for the honors committee.

To receive honors, the following criteria must be met:

  • The quality of the scholarly product and the presentation/defense must be deemed as being of "honors" quality by at least 2/3 of the honors committee.
  • The overall quality of the student's academic work, as reflected in the student's Psychology and cumulative GPAs, must remain at a level worthy of honors.
  • The student's demeanor throughout the honors process, both inside and outside the classroom, should serve as a role model for fellow psychology students.

Recipients of Honors in Psychology

2013

Paige Mullins
Nicolette Rickert

2012

Julia Ladner
Sari Matisoff
Kellie Menghini
Madison Niermeyer
Sarah Schroeder

2011

Molly Enzminger
Alia Yasen

2010

Kachina Kudroff
Lydia Marsalli
Leila Mitsunaga
Olivia Saccomanno

2009

Hayley Freedman
Stephanie Good
Kalia Gurnee
Acacia McGuire
Tara McLauchlan

2008

Thanh-Truc "Quyen" Nguyen

2007

Lauren Bucholtz
Jordan Charboneau
Cason Schmit

2006

Kari Proud

2005

Gale Lucas

2004

Miranda Scolari
Nathan Foster

2003

Allyson Neary
Leslie M. Radin
Matt Snodgrass
Lindsay Washington

2002

Erin Winterrowd
Emily Kern

2001

Jeff Golimowski
Lindsay Tuck

2000

Melissa Blanock
Debbie Joa
Anna Krauthoefer
Alexa Leinaweaver

1999

Jennifer Baker
AmyKay Boatright
Karen Sharp

1998

Jessica Baker
Amy Kahler
Lynsey Vogeltanz