Honors Thesis - Course Information Psychology 4850, 4851, 4852


Prof. Debra Jared (djjared@uwo.ca)

The Honours Thesis is a culminating experience for many students.  It involves conducting independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.  This is a rewarding experience, but a lot of work.  If are interested in applying to complete an Honours Thesis in 2019-20 please consider the information below and complete the application procedures by the deadlines.  

General information will be posted here following an information session held on January 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. room 2028 SSC.

Thesis Information Presentation 2019

General Information

All honors psychology students registered in the 4th year of the Honors Specialization programs in Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience are required to take Psychology 4850E - Honors Thesis or Psychology 4851E – Honors Thesis (Science) or Psychology 4852E-DCN.

Psychology 4851E is reserved for students in the Honors BSc Psychology program who wish to count their thesis toward the 6.0 credits of "Science-approved" Psychology courses that the student must take as part of this module. Students enrolled in Psych 4851E must be conducting psychology research in cognition, sensation and perception, behavioral or cognitive neuroscience, or developmental cognitive neuroscience, and be supervised by psychology faculty members conducting research that would fall under the NSERC mandate.

Psychology 4852E is reserved for students in the 4th year of the DCN program. If you are a 3rd year DCN student you need to contact the head of the DCN program during your 3rd year to discuss plans for your honors thesis project and supervision.
All other students must register for Psychology 4850E (including HBSc students supervised by psychology faculty members who are conducting research that does not fall under the NSERC mandate, e.g., SSHRC research areas).

Course Prerequisites: Psychology 3800 is a prerequisite for Psychology 4850E and 4851E. In addition, Psychology 4850E students must have taken one of 3184F/G, 3185F/G, 3285F/G, 3480F/G, 3485F/G, 3580F/G, 3780F/G or 3840F/G, and Psychology 4851E students must have taken one of 3184F/G, 3185F/G, 3285F/G, or 3485F/G. Psychology 4852E students must be enrolled in the 4th year of the DCN program.

Who should apply?

All students currently in an Honours Specialization program in psychology should apply, and all students who are hoping to transfer to the HSp should also apply.

We will begin the process of matching students to supervisors concurrently with adjudication, so apply to the thesis course even if you are not sure you will be admitted.

Application Steps

STEP 1. Join the OWL Site 2019-2020 Psychology Thesis Match https://owl.uwo.ca/portal/site/e19680ac-8e3f-4079-aff3-c3eadc7a622c to download the Psychology Honours Thesis Supervisor Application Form 2019-20 and complete it.

STEP 2.  Upload your completed form to the OWL site by March 1, 2019. You should also send this form to any potential supervisors you want to work with.

STEP 3.  Explore potential supervisors.  Contact potential supervisors to discuss the possibility of supervising your thesis.  You should send them your application form. They wish to meet with you individually or in a group with other students.  
Potential supervisors are full-time faculty members in the Psychology Department.
Full time faculty and Cross appointed faculty may act as supervisors.  



If you would like to work with adjunct faculty, senior PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows you must have a Full Time faculty member act as a co-supervisor for the thesis course.

N.B. The following faculty will NOT be supervising students in 2019-20: Ansari, Goffin, Meyer, Sherry, Stanton, Zarbatany.

You should contact and consider working with multiple supervisors.  You must list at least 6 potential supervisors that you would be willing to be supervised by.

STEP 4.  Apply for a supervisor by completing the Rating form: STUDENT survey tab on the OWL site by March 29, 2019.

STEP 5. Between March 30th and the end of April, the matches will be generated. After Faculty have noted who they are prepared to take, your preference (i.e. the order in which you ranked potential supervisors on the supervisor ranking form) is the primary consideration in assigning students to supervisors – we will do the best we can to match you with a thesis supervisor as far up your list as possible. Some research areas are much more popular than others, however. Some people will not get their top choice, or maybe even their second or third choice, depending on who they have listed. It is in your interest to check out potential supervisors from a few different areas. We will never assign you to someone that you haven’t listed on your application – if a match isn’t possible given the list you’ve submitted, we will work with you to find an acceptable match.

STEP 6. You will hear sometime in April or May who your thesis supervisor will be, via e-mail. Note that this does not guarantee that you are eligible to take the thesis course.  Eligibility will be determined by the Undergraduate office through the adjudication process, and communicated to you via email by late May.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I already have supervisor who has agreed to supervise me. Do I need to do all of the applications?
A: Yes.  If you list the supervisor as your top choice, and they list you as their top choice, you will be matched.  We still require you to complete the application process so that we can match all students in a fair and organized manner.

Q: Can I do my thesis with Professor X? 
A: Full Time and Cross Appointed faculty can supervise thesis students.  If you would like to work with someone not listed  as Full Time or Cross Appointed faculty this is still possible but you would need a Full Time faculty member to act as a co-supervisor.  You should list both the person you want to work with and the co-supervisor on the Supervisor Preference Form.  Make sure you have discussed the potential co-supervision with the faculty member.


Q: I don’t know if I’ll get in to the Honours Specialization program. What should I do?
A: If you are applying to get in to one our Honours Specialization programs you should apply to the Thesis Course.  We will be matching supervisor concurrently with adjudication to the program (though having a supervisor will not be part of the adjudication process).

Q: I didn’t get into the Thesis Course! What can I do?
A: There are many other paths to getting research experience. These include working or volunteering as a research assistant, or completing an Independent Study course for credit.