This is the course website for the Stanford Psychology Honors Program. The Honors Program in Psychology is designed for Psychology majors who wish to pursue a full year of intensive supervised independent research during their senior year. Students in the program will acquire a broad background in psychology as well as a deep background in their chosen area.

In the fall quarter, we will focus on career development, acquiring valuable research skills, and on discussing our research projects. In the winter quarter, we will focus on reading and discussing research papers that are relevant for our projects. In the spring quarter, we will focus on how to present our research in writing, as well as in poster and oral presentations.


Ellen Markman Marianna Zhang Kayla Good
Ellen Markman Marianna Zhang Kayla Good
Role Instructor Teaching assistant Teaching assistant
Email ( markman marianna.zhang kagood
Office hours* By appointment Email for appointment Book appointment here

* We warmly invite you to join us for office hours! You don’t have to have a specific question in advance - you can check in just to say hi if you want :) We’re also here in case you want help with project troubleshooting, planning for project updates, career advice, etc.

Where and when?

The class meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-4:20pm in Building 100, Room 101K.

Learning goals

Students will:

  • Get help and feedback on their own project while learning about others’ projects
  • Acquire research skills that they can apply to their honors theses (and beyond)
  • Strengthen their professional preparation for an academic- or research-related career
  • Get to know one another and build professional connections


Day Date Class
Tuesday September 27 Intros
Course overview
Thursday September 29 Intros cont.
Hume and CareerEd
Tuesday October 4 VPUE
Writing NSF proposals
Thursday October 6 Reference management (Zotero)
Tuesday October 11 NSF GRFP panel
Thursday October 13 Project updates/troubleshooting
Tuesday October 18 Project updates/troubleshooting
Thursday October 20 Open science, preregistration
Tuesday October 25 Grad school panel
Thursday October 27 Project updates/troubleshooting
Tuesday November 1 Project updates/troubleshooting
Thursday November 3 Project updates/troubleshooting
Tuesday November 8 Election day (no class)
Thursday November 10 Project updates/troubleshooting
Tuesday November 15 Lab manager panel
Thursday November 17 Project updates/troubleshooting
R basics
Tuesday November 22 Thanksgiving (no class)
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving (no class)
Tuesday November 29 Project updates/troubleshooting
Thursday December 1 R: importing and wrangling data
Friday December 2 NSF Proposal due
Tuesday December 6 R: visualizing data
Wednesday December 7 Community event at 5:00pm @ Treehouse
Friday December 9 NSF Peer review due
Tuesday December 13 Finals week (no class)
Thursday December 15 Finals week (no class)

General information

Attendance policy

We expect that you attend each of our course meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays in person. However, if something comes up, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to make up your absence. Unfortunately, we can’t offer remote attendance via Zoom this quarter, but we may be able to share a recording of the session you missed (and we will of course post all relevant materials and slides on Canvas).

And of course, your health is the top priority, so if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, please email us (when you can) and stay home and rest!

Mask policy

In this class, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is safe and accessible to all. Thus, masks are required at all times. You of course can lower your mask briefly to take a sip of water, etc., but prolonged periods without a mask are not permitted.

Grading & assignments

This course is pass/fail. In general, we expect that you will attend class regularly and complete all of the course assignments. Our primary focus, however, is on making this course useful for you!

Class norms

  • Take space, make space.
  • Challenge ideas, not people.
  • No dumb questions! We all have different experiences with and familiarity with research and academia.
  • Active listening when others are speaking/presenting.


Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability should initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL:

Stanford offers several services that might be of help:


We welcome feedback regarding the course at any point. Please feel free to email us directly, or leave anonymous feedback for the teaching team by using this form.