Ucla Honors Program Essay 2013 Dodge

--The 2017-2018 application is closed. The 2018-2019 application will open in Spring 2018.--

2018-2019 Program Faculty Coordinator -- Naomi Eisenberger, Ph.D.

Departmental Honors is a year-long program with two components:

1) Individual research under the guidance of a psychology faculty advisor, culminating in a full thesis and
​2) Weekly seminars (Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00pm, every quarter) with the Program Faculty Coordinator, serving as support for the research and writing processes and introduces students to graduate school options, research presentation methods, and career paths.

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an "Honors" or "Highest Honors" notation on their diploma. Departmental Honors Students will earn 12 units of credit toward graduation for completing this program. If the entire series is completed, the last of these 4-unit courses can count as a Psychology Elective. Psychobiology and Cognitive Science majors may petition for elective credit if their research aligns with their major.


Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.50 as of Winter 2018. Applicants with an overall GPA between 3.30 and 3.49 will be considered, but must submit a letter of support from their prospective advisor in addition to their application. Applicants must be Psychology, Psychobiology, or Cognitive Science majors and must have all of the preparation courses for their majors completed by the end of Summer 2018. Accepted participants must begin their projects during Summer 2018, with the assistance of a faculty advisor (however, there is no summer class enrollment).

Apply for the 2018-2019 Cohort

  • The application will available at the beginning of Spring Quarter.
  • Find a Psychology Faculty Advisor who will sponsor your research project for the 2018-2019 year. They must be Psychology Department Faculty. Your sponsor needs to be available during Summer 2018 to provide assistance with the IRB process. You must secure a Faculty Advisor prior to submitting your application.
  • You do not need to have a full project organized when applying, but you should have a general topic in mind, a tentative plan, and you should select a faculty member in an area related to your topic. The following list can help you get started: Psychology Faculty
  • Part of the application includes a projected time line for the completion of your project and thesis paper. Your advisor will help you estimate these dates before you submit your application.

Selection Process

Applicants are selected based on their research experience and their overall GPAs. Probability for selection depends on the competitive level of the applicant pool, which varies each year. We will select between 20 and 22 students for next year's cohort.

For more information, drop by the Psychology Advising Office (1531 Franz Hall) for drop-in advising.

Psychology Departmental Honors Awards

Timothy Chheang Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Each Spring, one student receiving Highest Honors for his or her Psychology honors thesis project will be presented with the Timothy Chheang Memorial Scholarship Award.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 award.*

Nissim and Arlyne Levy Endowed Award

  • Each Spring, one student receiving Highest Honors for his or her Psychology honors thesis project will be presented with the Nissim and Arlyne Levy Endowed Award.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 award.*

*Students are not eligible to receive both awards.

    College of Letters and Science



College of Letters and Science undergraduate students who achieve scholastic distinction may qualify for the following honors and programs:

College Honors

The highest academic recognition the College confers on its undergraduate students is College Honors, which is awarded to graduating seniors who successfully complete the College Honors program and who have an overall University of California grade-point average of 3.5 or better. The program offers exceptional undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue individual excellence.

Dean’s Honors

The Dean’s Honors list recognizes high scholastic achievement in any one term. The following criteria are used to note Dean’s Honors on the student records: (1) a 3.75 grade-point average in any one term with at least 12 graded units and no grade of NP or I or (2) a 3.66 GPA and at least 56 grade points during the term, with no grade of NP or I. Dean’s Honors are automatically recorded on the transcript.

Departmental Honors

Individual departments and programs in the College offer departmental honors programs. Admission and curricular requirements vary according to the department or program. See the Curricula and Courses chapter of this catalog for details, and consult the departmental adviser about procedures and arrangements. Students who successfully complete the requirements graduate with departmental honors or highest honors.

Latin Honors

Students who have achieved scholastic distinction may be awarded the bachelor’s degree with Latin honors. To be eligible, students must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California and must have attained an overall grade-point average at graduation that places them in the top five percent of College graduates (GPA of 3.908 or better) for summa cum laude, the next five percent (GPA of 3.831 or better) for magna cum laude, and the next 10 percent (GPA of 3.713 or better) for cum laude. Coursework taken on the Education Abroad Program is applied toward Latin honors at graduation. The minimum GPAs required are subject to change on an annual basis. Required GPAs in effect in the graduating year (fall, winter, spring, summer) determine student eligibility. Students should consult their Degree Audits, or the Registrar’s Latin honors web page, for the most current calculations of Latin honors.

Departmental Scholar Program

Departments may nominate exceptionally promising undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) as UCLA Departmental Scholars to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Qualifications include completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution, the requirements in preparation for the major, and eligibility to participate in the College Honors program. Students must also have at least one term of coursework remaining at UCLA. To obtain both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, students must be provisionally admitted to the Graduate Division, fulfill requirements for each program, and maintain a minimum B average. No course may be used to fulfill requirements for both degrees. Interested students should consult their department well in advance of application dates for graduate admission. For more information, contact the Honors Programs Office in A311 Murphy Hall.


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