Possible Awards and Honors

Psi Chi Membership

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, "founded . . . for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to . . . women and men who are making psychology one of their major interests and who meet the . . . qualifications" listed below:

1. Completion of at least 3 semesters of college work
2. Completion of 9 semester hours of psychology
3. Registration for major or minor standing in psychology
4. Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 and cumulative psychology GPA of at least 3.00
5. Ranking in the upper 35% of their class
6. High standards of personal behavior
7. Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter

Major Honors in Psychology

The principal objectives for the Major Honors candidate in psychology are extensive reading preparation, completion of a scientific project, production of a fully documented research paper, and passing an oral examination on the research by a three-member honors committee and guest examiners.

A student is eligible for Major Honors work if both the cumulative academic and major GPAs are at least 3.50. Prior to April 10 of the Junior year, in consultation with a faculty sponsor who serves as Major Honors Chairperson, the student prepares and submits an application to the Academic Review Committee.

After approval, the student submits to the Chairperson a general outline of the program and enrolls for two (2) credits of Honors Study in the Fall of the Senior year. If continuation of the project is approved at the end of that semester, four (4) units of Honors Study are taken the Spring of the Senior year.

The project must be completed by April 15 of the Senior year, followed by a public, oral defense and presentation. An A grade earns an Honors in Psychology designation on the permanent record and is announced in the commencement program.

Full details and procedures of this program are described on the Academic Policies and Procedures webpage.

Willard F. Harley Outstanding Senior Award

This award is presented annually to the graduating psychology major who performs outstandingly in the following categories:

1. Overall GPA, Westmont College only
2. Independent research, in progress or completed
3. Psychology courses GPA, Westmont College only
4. Honors work in Psychology
5. Spiritual maturity and a lifestyle reflecting Christian faith

C. Eugene Walker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology

This monetary award was established in 2000 to encourage psychology students to attend a psychological convention, meeting, or trianing session. The award monies must be used for expenses incurred during attendance at professional meetings. Get more information about this award, including the application form.

Summer Research in Psychology

It is possible for students to engage in intensive research during 10 weeks of the summer, supervised by a psychology department faculty member. Housing allowances and small stipends may be available for eligible students. Please contact the department chair for more information.