Program Overview


The Honors in the Major (HIM) Program, is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to undertake original and independent work in their major field. The HIM program is the most prestigious undergraduate research program at UCF and is the only undergraduate research program on campus in which students are required to undertake original and innovative research as principal investigators. In this program, students research, write, defend and publish an original Honors thesis that serves as the capstone product of their undergraduate career. This thesis is published through the university library and is available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sixty (60) completed hours of college credit
  • Twelve (12) completed upper division hours of college credit
  • At least a 3.4 Overall GPA
  • At least a 3.2 UCF GPA
  • At least two semesters remaining prior to graduation

To confirm eligibility, please complete this form return it to the Office of Honors Research.

All student applicants must also identify a faculty thesis chair from their declared major prior to submitting applications.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the Honors in the Major program must be obtained from the Office of Honors Research, which is located The Burnett Honors College (BHC) room 102.

Summer 2018: May 2

all materials must be delivered to BHC 102 by 5:00 PM

Visit the Honors in the Major website for additional program information.

For information regarding the HIM program for psychology majors, please contact the HIM Coordinator:
Dr. Chrysalis L. Wright

Phone: 407-823-2027
Office: PSY 328

*If you need to obtain signatures on your HIM forms please email to make an appointment. You can also drop of forms in the HIM Coordinator mailbox, scan the forms and email them, or use Hello Sign (see the Honors College for instructions).*

*Note that the HIM Coordinator will not sign forms that have not been signed by the students HIM Thesis Chair and/or committee.*


psychology-signThe Honors in the Major program was the most rewarding endeavor of my undergraduate career because it enabled me to explore and expand my own research interests. My independent research led to involvement in presentations at numerous professional conferences, innumerable networking opportunities, and a unique firsthand understanding of the research process. Perhaps most importantly, my participation in the program carried great weight when applying to graduate programs; ultimately, it aided in my admittance into a competitive PhD program in Clinical Psychology.

~Emily Edwards
~Major:  Psychology
~Thesis Title and Chair: Preserving the Right to a Fair Trial:  An Examination of the Prejudicial Value of Visual and Auditory Evidence in the Context of a Criminal Case, Directed by Karen Mottarella


psychology-signAs a student with many different interests, undergraduate research served to tie everything together. I was able join psychology, health, and writing with a focus on an area that I’m very passionate about. The Burnett Honors College is incredibly supportive and independent research is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work. The program helps develop critical skills to graduate/professional schools and the workplace: independence, intellectual curiosity, and communication. Students from all majors would benefit from undergraduate research and I highly recommend it.

~William Butler
~Major:  Psychology (Pre-Medicine)
~Thesis Title and Chair:  Physical Health Outcomes of the Stigmatizer, Directed by Mustapha Mouloua