PSYD98 / NROD98
Honours Thesis – D-level, 1.0 credit
2020-2021 Fall-Winter Sessions Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Application Process
Students wishing to enroll in an independent research course in Psychology or Neuroscience must read and follow these
instructions carefully. In addition, please note the prerequisites and exclusions associated with each independent
research course as listed in the Calendar.
1) Read the General Information Sheet (attached).
2) Complete the top portion of the application form (attached).
3) If you have already secured a supervisor:
a. In the application form, have your supervisor fill in your “Project Title” and provide their signature and
contact information.
Note: If your supervisor is not a member of the UTSC faculty, you must obtain a co-supervisor in
Psychology at UTSC, and also obtain their signature on the application form.
b. Print off your ACORN transcript, and have your supervisor(s) sign each page of your transcript to indicate
that they have reviewed it. If you are missing any of the course prerequisites, please ensure that your
supervisor is aware. Submit your transcript with your application form.
Note: If your supervisor is not a member of the UTSC faculty, your transcript should be signed by both
your off-campus supervisor and your UTSC faculty co-supervisor.
c. Email or drop off the completed application package to Keely Hicks (keely.hicks@utoronto.ca, office
SW420B) by Friday, August 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
4) If you have not secured a supervisor and wish to join the general applicant pool:
a. A limited number of students will be selected for research projects from the general applicant pool. If
you wish to become involved in a research course in Psychology or Neuroscience, you should consult the
Department of Psychology website for a listing of available supervisors. You should spend some time
learning about their areas of research so that your interests align.
b. In the attached application form, indicate in ranked order the names of the faculty members you would
like to be supervised by.
c. Print off your ACORN transcripts and include them with your application.
d. Prepare a one page, single-spaced statement of interest to include with your application. Your statement
of interest should outline your reasons for wanting to pursue a research project, which faculty members
you are interested in working with and why, what your research interests are, and any skills you possess
that will help you succeed in the course.
e. Email or drop off the completed application package to Keely Hicks (keely.hicks@utoronto.ca, office
SW420B) by Friday July 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
f. If you are accepted into the course, you will be notified via email by Friday August 14, 2020.
PSYD98 / NROD98
Honours Thesis – D-level, 1.0 credit
2020-2021 Fall-Winter Sessions Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Application Form
TO BE COMPLTED BY STUDENT:
First Name: Student #:
Last Name: Phone #:
Email: Course:
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Signature: Date:
IF SUPERVISOR HAS NOT BEEN SECURED:
Potential
Supervisors:
1.
2.
3.
Notes:
Please append a printout of your transcript from ACORN
Please append your statement of interest.
IF SUPERVISOR HAS BEEN SECURED:
Project Title:
(appears on
transcript):
Supervisor:
Name:
Signature:
Date:
Email:
I understand that I am required to cover the cost of poster printing.
I
f not, student should speak with Hanan Domloge in SW427D at the beginning of Fall term.
Yes
No
Co-supervisor:
(if relevant)
Name:
Signature:
Date:
Notes:
Your supervisor(s) must sign each page of your transcript.
If your potential supervisor is not a member of the UTSC faculty, you must indicate a co-supervisor in
Psychology at UTSC, and obtain their signature above.
TO BE COMPLETED BY PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT:
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Endorsement:
Signature:
Date:
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PSYD98 / NROD98
Honours Thesis – D-level, 1.0 credit
2020-2021 Fall-Winter Sessions Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
General Information
Requirements and Deadlines
The Honours thesis is to be completed over two consecutive semesters, and is worth 1.0 credits.
You will be actively engaged in research during these two semesters and you will be required to submit a full written
report of that research at the end of the course. Literature reviews do not meet the course requirements, as students
are required to conduct a full research project.
The due date for your assignment is the last day of classes in the winter term: Monday April 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. This is
a fixed university deadline and is NOT subject to change by you or by your faculty supervisor. A penalty of 5% per day
will apply after the due date. In extraordinary cases, an extension of up to 5 business days can be approved by the Chair
of the Division, and should be requested at the earliest possible time to Hanan Domloge, hdomloge@utsc.utoronto.ca
.
Extensions beyond 5 business days can only be granted through a formal petition.
Procedure
Ordinarily, you will begin the research at the start of the semester, meeting with your faculty supervisor to determine
the project you will be working on. Once under way, you will work on carrying out the project, meeting periodically with
your faculty supervisor. Toward the last month of the winter semester, you should be presenting drafts of your research
paper to your faculty supervisor for feedback and revision, so that everything can be finalized by the deadline specified
above.
You will also be required to submit a poster of your work for Thesis Day. Thesis students are required to participate in
Thesis Day activities, which essentially allow students the opportunity to present the results of their yearlong research
projects to faculty, staff and students in the Department. Students are also required to attend a research talk organized
by the Department. Thesis Day is typically held during the study break, before final exams.
It is not uncommon for faculty within the department to cover the cost of the poster if printed at UTSC Academic Printing
Services. If you have an off-campus supervisor, please confirm with him/her who will be responsible for paying for the
poster, along with any other incidental costs associated with the project. Be sure to have this discussion with your
supervisor BEFORE committing to the course.
Undergraduate students conducting an independent research project for a course that involves human participants will
need to complete, along with their faculty supervisor, an
Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form Student-
Initiated Projects. It is the responsibility of both the student and the supervisor to understand and comply with federal
and University policies governing research involving humans and to submit an ethics protocol. This should be discussed
in your early meetings with your supervisor. Completed forms must be submitted both in soft copy to
psychology-
undergraduate@utsc.utoronto.ca and hard copy to Ainsley Lawson (SW427C) for review by the Psychology Delegated
Ethics Review Committee prior to data collection. Once approved, a protocol number and expiry date will be provided.
Protocols may take up to 3-4 weeks to be reviewed so it is highly advisable to submit protocols early and within the first
term of the course-based research project to avoid delays in project completion. Course-based research reviewed
through the Psychology Delegated Ethics Review Committee must be minimal risk in order to proceed.
PSYD98 / NROD98
Honours Thesis – D-level, 1.0 credit
2020-2021 Fall-Winter Sessions Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Communication
Although you will have the support of the thesis course instructor, all enquiries concerning the progress of your
research, writing requirements, evaluation, or any other issues related to your project should be directed to your faculty
or off-campus supervisor.
If you have an off-campus supervisor, you should provide them with a copy of these. Any questions or concerns an off-
campus supervisor has should be directed to the faculty co-supervisor.
In addition to in-class resources, announcements and resources will be provided through the course Blackboard page
throughout the year, and it is your responsibility to check the page regularly.
Evaluation and Submission
Evaluation in the course will be based on the final paper and your supervisor’s appraisal of your performance in this
research course. Your supervisor’s evaluation will constitute 60% of your grade. A second reader grade will constitute
15% and in-class requirements will contribute the remaining 25% of the grade.
The submission procedure is as follows: No later than Monday April 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., you will submit a copy of your
research paper to the course instructor and an identical copy of your research paper to your supervisor. The date and
time of your submission will be recorded on the copy provided to the course instructor, which will be used to apply any
late penalties. Off-campus supervisors will be required to submit their grade on the final paper directly to the course
instructor via email no later than 1-2 weeks after the due date. You will receive written feedback from your supervisor
and the second reader.
[Note: Whether or not the research works out as anticipated will not affect your grade. You will be graded on the quality
of your work and you will in no way be penalized if the data are not ideal.]
You and your supervisor may agree on an arrangement for the work to be undertaken and for scheduling along the way,
but the rules you have just read above apply to all Psychology research students and cannot be contravened in individual
cases.
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