PSYC501 Honours Thesis

Please review all information and steps below to ensure that your application goes smoothly.

  • Application window: Monday, February 26 to Monday, March 4, 2024, 4:00pm

  • Interview phase: Thursday, March 7 to Thursday, March 28, 2024

  • Rankings due: Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5, 2024, 4:00pm

  • The completion of PSYC 302/3.0 by April 2024 with a minimum grade of C+ (unless on approved Exchange in Winter 2024 term);

  • A minimum GPA of 2.60 between PSYC 202/3.0, PSYC 203/3.0, PSYC 301/3.0, and PSYC 302/3.0;

  • A minimum PSYC GPA (not including Supporting Science or PSYC_Subs credits) of 3.30 (equivalent to a B+), following submission of winter term grades.

NOTE: Students must have a minimum PSYC GPA of 3.00 ("B" average) at the time of application. Students with a GPA below this threshold who apply will be advised of their ineligibility.

Please make use of the ASC "GPA Calculator" to see if it is likely that you will meet the GPA requirements by the end of the winter term.

Please note that all students who meet the minimum criteria may apply for PSYC 501/9.0. However, not all students who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted into the thesis option.  Because PSYC 501/9.0 is an intensive course of study, involving a significant amount of commitment from both the student and their Faculty supervisor, we can only accept a limited number of students. Acceptance is based primarily on (1) academic performance in Psychology courses, and (2) match in research interests with a potential supervisor.

  1. Download and review the PSYC_501 Student Application Form (MS Word doc) so you know what is needed to complete the form.

  2. Identify Faculty members with whom you would like to work. Please see the PSYC501 Supervisor List 2024-25 below for a list of Faculty accepting students for PSYC501 next year. Only Faculty members listed here can serve as a Thesis supervisor. Look at their websites. Download and skim their papers to find out more about their research area. We ask you to identify at least 6-8 potential supervisors whose research you are interested in. That might seem like a lot, but see point 5.

  3. Between Monday, February 26 and Monday March 4, 2024, 4:00pm (EDT), complete the 2024/25 PSYC501 (Thesis) - Application and Supervisor Selection form. You are asked to upload your completed PSYC_501 Student Application Form (see Step 1) and select the supervisors you wish to apply for on this form. NOTE: Do NOT send your application to individual Faculty – We will do that for you. You are, however, encouraged to send an email of interest to Faculty you are applying to, between February 26-March 4. This should be a short personal statement of intent for your research interest in a particular lab. Do not send emails of interest prior to the start of the application window (ie before February 26). Students should not contact potential supervisors to discuss PSYC501 projects prior to the start of the application period. The time to discuss potential projects is during the interview phase.

  4. Over the next weeks, Faculty members to whom you applied may contact you for an interview.

  5. By Monday, April 1, 2024, you should have a list of potential supervisors, and be comfortable listing them in order of preference with the one you would most like to work with numbered 1. To increase your chances of matching, we encourage you to rank several (4-6) potential supervisors. Do NOT rank faculty whom you do not want to work with.  Also, do NOT rank faculty you have not interviewed with unless they explicitly told you that they do not schedule interviews.

  6. Complete the PSYC 501 Supervisor Ranking Form after you have met with potential supervisors; between April 1 - 5, 2024, 4:00pm (EDT).

  7. Once final grades for Winter term are in and academic eligibility is confirmed, matches between students and supervisors will be generated. This will happen late May/early June. Your preference ranking (i.e. the order in which you ranked potential supervisors on the supervisor ranking form) and the faculty’s preference ranking are the primary considerations in assigning students to supervisors. We will do the best we can to match you with a thesis supervisor as far up your list as possible. Some research areas are much more popular than others, however, and faculty typically only supervise 2 thesis students per year. It is in your interest to check out potential supervisors from a few different areas and rank multiple potential supervisors. We will never assign you to someone that you haven’t listed on your application. If a match isn’t possible given the list you’ve submitted, you will be invited to participate in a second round of matching students and supervisors, pending spots available for the Thesis after round 1.

  8. Late May/early June, you will be informed via email who your thesis supervisor will be. If you did not get matched but meet the academic criteria you will be invited for the second round of matching, pending spots available for the Thesis after round 1.

  9. In the event that you are not matched with a faculty supervisor in the second round, you will not be able to enroll in PSYC501. Please consult with the Undergraduate Office for alternative options for gaining research experience in the Department (e.g., PSYC570/575).

  10. If you have any questions, please contact either the Undergraduate Office at or a PSYC 501 Coordinator.


Lab Name

Lab Category

Bowie, Christopher

Cognition in Psychological Disorders Lab


Vine, Vera

Emotion, Mind & Body Lab


Harkness, Kate

The Mood Lab


Chivers, Meredith

Sexuality and Gender (SAGE) Lab


Pukall, Caroline

Sexual Health Research (SexLab) Lab


Wilson, Daryl

Attention Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Flanagan, Randy

Cognition and Action Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Wammes, Jeffrey

Lamp Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Gallivan, Jason

Memory, Action, & Perception (MAP) Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Menard, Janet

Neurobiology of Anxiety Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Smallwood, Jonathan

Thought in Context Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Pereira, Effie

Pereira Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Poppenk, Jordan

POPMEM (Poppenk Computational Memory) Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Castelhano, Monica

Queen's Visual Cognition Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

Dringenberg, Hans

Sleep and Neuroplasticity Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience

van Anders, Sari

van Anders Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience,

Hollenstein, Tom

Adolescent Dynamics Lab


Kelley, Elizabeth

Autism Spectrum Disorders Lab


Morningstar, Michele

Development of Social & Emotional Communication Lab


Sabbagh, Mark

Early Experience Lab


Fitneva, Stanka

Language and Cognition Lab


Kuhlmeier, Valerie

The Social Cognition Lab


Ji, Li-Jun

Culture and Cognition Lab


Fabrigar, Lee

The Fab Lab


Jacobson, Jill

Motivation and Social Cognition (MASC) Lab