Honors Program

The Honors Research Experience in Psychology

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Honors research permits students to actively pursue questions and interests in a supportive and collaborative environment. Students develop lifelong skills in critical thinking, written communication, and intellectual independence. Recent Bradley University Psychology honors students are accepted into top graduate programs in clinical psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, school psychology, neuropsychology, and other allied fields.

Research Topics

Faculty members in the Psychology Department serve as mentors for honors research projects. Professors have broad-based research expertise in psychology and students develop honors theses on a variety of topics.

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Honors student Marybeth Southard now attends graduate school at the University of Chicago.

Bradley honors students are well-prepared to excel in research competitions.

  • Two honors research projects recently won prestigious research awards from the Midwestern Psychological Association. Less than 7 percent of the hundreds of eligible student projects across the midwest earn this award.
  • In 2012 three honors students each won $5,000 in a national competition to support the completion of their honors theses.
  • An honors study that helps young children improve their self-control recently won the $1,000 President’s Award at the Bradley Student Research Expo.

Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund  

The Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund provides support for research expenses and an annual Honors Colloquium where students present their findings in a public forum. This unique colloquium features an exciting, internationally-known speaker who delivers a keynote address about the societal and intrinsic value of psychological research.

What Students are Saying about their Honors Research Experience

Alexandra Bluell ‘12

Whitney FoscoThe Psychology Honors Program enabled me to synthesize my interest in working with children with ADHD to empirically based research. My professors encourage me to take full advantage of the opportunities my honors project presents, such as receiving a summer research grant to collect my data, collaboratively preparing a manuscript that will hopefully be published, and presenting my results at a professional psychology conference. These experiences have given me the skills and preparation to succeed in graduate school.  

Stephanie Andel ‘12

Stephanie AndelThe honors research process helped me understand the mechanisms of carrying out psychology research and the true value of psychology research in general. I have learned, with the help of the Bradley psychology faculty, how much impact that we can have on the science through our research contributions. The honors program is a truly unique and esteemed program, and has provided me the tools to pursue a research-oriented career in psychology, along with a passion to continuously contribute to psychology with my future research projects.