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Participation in research is an important component of Eastern’s Psychology Program.
Students have opportunities to work on research with a faculty mentor and sign up for credit as PSY 401 (variable credits). Typically, a student will spend about 3 hours per week during the term for each credit of research in PSY 401. Students should consult individual faculty members to discuss opportunities for this type of research experience.
As part of their capstone requirement, students will have opportunities to conduct supervised research or to review the published literature on a topic.
There are three possible options for the capstone. One option involves the capstone course (PSY 461), which has a prerequisite course (PSY 460). A second option is the course PSY 450. The third option, which has a GPA prerequisite, is PSY 403, Honors Thesis. The 403 research is typically completed over the course of a year.
Psychology 403, Honor Thesis, requires a significant individual research accomplishment by the student. These projects involve an extensive literature review demonstrating a command of previous, related research. The methodology employed should also represent a novel approach to a research problem, not merely a replication of prior work. Students completing an Honors Thesis are expected to work independently, but closely under the supervision of at least one full-time faculty member in Psychology. The project should be viewed as a collaboration with faculty to ensure that the literature review is complete and accurate, that the methods are carefully thought out, and that the results are appropriately analyzed and interpreted. Students completing an Honors Thesis are expected to write a full-length journal-style paper, submit their results to the EOU Science Journal, and should consider submitting a poster for a national or regional conference. Honors Thesis students must also defend their research thesis in a presentation to the psychology faculty.It is expected that students will work on their thesis project for more than one term. The options for this include (a) enrolling in PSY 403 for one term and then carrying a grade of “I” over until the project is finished, or (b) enrolling in PSY 401 Research for the first term, or terms, and then enrolling in PSY 403 during the term the project will be completed. Students should meet frequently with their adviser to ensure they are meeting deadlines and faculty expectations.
Prof. DeAnna Timmermann
Program Chair, Psychology
Badgley Hall, EOU
One University Blvd.
La Grande, OR 97850