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Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Neuroscience




 
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Dr. Tuan Tran, Director
Mult. Studies Program in Neuroscience
Dept. of Psychology, Rawl 225
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Email: trant@ecu.edu
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Neuroscience

Senior Thesis for Psychology Majors:
PSYC 4401 and 4402

(contents extracted from Dr. Wuensch rev. 10.22.07)

If you are a Psychology major and wish to do your senior thesis in any participating neuroscience faculty member's lab, then you will be required to follow the guidelines set forth by the Psychology Department.  These guidelines are given below.

PSYC 4401 and 4402 comprise the senior thesis. To take these courses the student must have an overall GPA and a Psychology GPA of at least 3.0. The student also must have completed PSYC 2210. These courses are writing intensive. Prior to registering for these courses the student must arrange for a one faculty member to supervise the research and at least one other faculty member to serve on the thesis committee. During the semester that 4401 is taken the student will prepare the proposal for research that will be conducted the following semester. The proposal should include an introduction with literature review and a methods sections. The methods section should include an outline of the statistical analysis which is anticipated. PSYC 4401 is successfully completed when the thesis committee agrees that the student has successfully defended the thesis proposal and the appropriate ethical review has been completed (usually this involves the university Animal Care and Use Committee or Human IRB).

The semester following completion of PSYC 4401 the student takes PSYC 4402. During that semester the student conducts the research and writes the thesis. In additional to introduction and methods sections, the completed thesis will include presentation of the results of the research and discussion of those results. The thesis should be written in APA-style format or another professional style as approved by the committee. PSYC 4402 is successfully completed when the thesis committee agrees that the student has successfully defended the thesis.


The Honors Thesis: PSYC 4601 and 4602.

PSYC 4601 and 4602 comprise the honors thesis. To take these courses the student must have an overall GPA and a Psychology GPA of at least 3.5. The student also must have completed PSYC 2210. These courses are writing intensive. Prior to registering for these courses the student must arrange for a one faculty member to supervise the research and at least one other faculty member to serve on the thesis committee. During the semester that 4601 is taken the student will prepare the proposal for research that will be conducted the following semester. The proposal should include an introduction with literature review and a methods sections. The methods section should include an outline of the statistical analysis which is anticipated. PSYC 4601 is successfully completed when the thesis committee agrees that the student has successfully defended the thesis proposal and the appropriate ethical review has been completed (usually this involves the university ACUC).

The semester following completion of PSYC 4601 the student takes PSYC 4602. During that semester the student conducts the research and writes the thesis. In additional to introduction and methods sections, the completed thesis will include presentation of the results of the research and discussion of those results. The thesis should be written in APA-style format or another professional style as approved by the committee. PSYC 4602 is successfully completed when the thesis committee agrees that the student has successfully defended the thesis.