Psychology Honors and Awards


Awards in Psychology

The following awards are given to recognize outstanding Psychology majors at the annual College Awards Banquet in April.

Senior Scholar
The psychology major who has the highest overall grade point average (a minimum of 3.2 is required) after completion of at least 27 units is designated as the Senior Scholar in Psychology.

Karl W. Beck Memorial Prize
The faculty selects a psychology major to receive the Karl W. Beck Memorial Prize, which is given for excellence in psychology. The recipient is awarded a prize of money, which is made possible by gifts of friends in memory of the late Dr. Karl W. Beck, professor and first chairperson of the Roanoke College Psychology Department. The recipient's name is engraved on a plaque which is located in the department reception room.

Outstanding Junior Psychology Major
The faculty selects one or more juniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and potential for continued success in psychology. A certificate and gift are given by the Department.

Psi Chi Achievement Award
The Roanoke College Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology, selects from its membership a student who has best exemplified excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. A gift and certificate are given by Psi Chi.

Outstanding Student in the Human Development Concentration
This award is given annually to the student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the human development concentration and has shown potential for continued success in the field of developmental psychology.


Honors in the Major (PSYC 495, 496, 497)
To gain honors in the major students complete an empirical study culminating in a honors defense under the supervision of a faculty member. To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year, must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. At least 1 unit of Independent Study (405, 406, or 407) is a prerequisite to 495, 496, and 497. May not be used as one of the 11 units for the B.A. degree.

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. To be eligible, a student must have completed at least four units of psychology with at least a 3.0 GPA and must be in the upper 35% of his or her class. Psychology majors who meet these qualifications may apply for membership and are inducted annually.

The Roanoke College Chapter of Psi Chi elects officers annually. In cooperation with the Roanoke College Psychology Association it sponsors academic and social events during the year. The Psi Chi member selected to be the recipient of the Psi Chi Achievement Award is chosen by the members of Psi Chi and the psychology department faculty.

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