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Department of PsychologyAwards & Honors

Honors Program in Psychology

The Honors Program affords the opportunity for qualified students to engage in supervised independent study in areas of their interest. The student designs and carries out an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty sponsor and the Honors Program Committee, culminating in a thesis written APA style and a defense of the thesis before the Honors Program Committee. Students attend a research seminar in which research proposals and final papers are presented orally.

Eligibility for the Honors Program in Psychology includes: Completion of PSYC 317, 318W, and 497; as well as nine additional hours in psychology (PSYC 487 & 488 are not included in these hours); a 3.50 GPA in the psychology major (with no grades of "Incomplete"); and a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Detailed guidelines regarding admission to the Honors Program are available in MGB 246.



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Undergraduate Student Awards


Alan L. Chaikin Psychology Honors Thesis Award

This award is given each year to the student in the Department of Psychology with the outstanding honors thesis. The student receives a plaque and a check for $200, and is included on the list of Award recipients posted in the Psychology Office.


Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Psychology Service Award

This award is selected each year by the Psychology faculty and given to the outstanding graduating senior in psychology who has excelled academicially and made significant contributions to the department and university. The student receives a plaque and a check for $200, and is included on the list of Award recipients posted in the Psychology Office.


Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Psychology Academic Award

This award is given each year to the graduating senior with the highest overall grade point average. To be eligible a student must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and 18 psychology credits at Old Dominion University. The student receives a plaque and a check for $200, and is included on the list of Award recipients posted in the Psychology Office.


Distinguished Graduate in Psychology Award

These awards are presented to students who do exceptionally well on the Psychology Department's Senior Assessment Examination.


Michael Greenspan/ODU Psychology Study Abroad Scholarship

This award is given each year for a selected Psychology Major to study psychology at one of ODU's partner institutions in the United Kingdom. Students interested in this opportunity should contact the ODU Study Abroad Office.


General Awards/Scholarships

The Old Dominion University catalog includes information on awards and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Receiving an award is not only financially helpful, but it also adds an impressive note to a student's resume.

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Graduate Student Awards


Department of Psychology Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

This award recognizes a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology who has demonstrated exceptional instructional quality as evidenced by students and faculty.


Department of Psychology Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor of Record

This award recognizes a graduate student instructor of record in the Department of Psychology who has demonstrated exceptional instructional quality as evidenced by students and faculty.


David Leigh Pancoast Memorial Prize

This award is given each year to the graduating Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student with the outstanding doctoral dissertation. The student receives a plaque and a check for $200.


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