Taking on a Cognitive Science honors thesis can afford you the opportunity to learn how to put together a major research paper that contributes to existing knowledge in the field. Writing an honors thesis takes a lot of time and effort... but it can be an exciting challenge!
Good reasons for writing an honors thesis:
- Enjoy the pride that comes with creating something new and wholly your own
- Develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills employers and grad schools love
- Develop a meaningful intellectual relationship with a professor
Before deciding to embark on an honors thesis you may want to start thinking about the following:
- Do you have the time and energy to put into it? Consider your schedule and other goals for your junior and senior year…will you need to make sacrifices complete the project? Is that ok with you?
- Do you have, or can you get a Cognitive Science Affiliated Faculty Member to allow you to work in their lab during your Junior year, and to commit to support your project (this person will act as your First Reader)? If you don’t already have a relationship with a Cognitive Science Affiliated Faculty Member, start going to their office hours to build a relationship before asking them to help you.
- Do you have an idea? A spot in a lab to help your ideas come to fruition? Start thinking about concrete research questions and bring those into discussions with your (potential) honors advisors.
Honors Program Requirements differ based on the term you first attended UC Berkeley after admission
Students who successfully complete an honors thesis are eligible to receive the Robert J. Glushko Prize for Distinguished Undergraduate Research in Cognitive Science.
At least two (2) of these prizes, of $500 each, are awarded annually at the Spring Commencement. Both empirical and conceptual projects are eligible for the award.