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Psych Comps Overview

  1. 1. Psychology Comps 2008-09 An overview for junior majors Kathie Galotti Comps Czar for 2007-08 February 19, 2008
  2. 2. Get Ready….. <ul><li>Take 4 mid-level courses (200 level) </li></ul><ul><li>Take Stats course and lab </li></ul><ul><li>Take 2 lab courses </li></ul><ul><li>Best if these are done before your senior year, though many students finish them during senior year </li></ul>
  3. 3. Get Set…. <ul><li>Spring Term of Junior Year </li></ul><ul><li>Take 298 (3 credits) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review stats and research design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify your main interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>START DISCUSSIONS WITH POTENTIAL ADVISORS, especially if you want to pursue Thesis Comps </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Comps Tracks: 2 Choices <ul><li>Thesis Comps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Year-long investment of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25-40 page paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public presentation required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empirical projects OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complex literature reviews </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Comps Tracks: 2 Choices <ul><li>Essay/Exam Comps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10-page essay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty-written question or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your own question (with prior approval) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Written during first two weeks of Winter Term </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Exam <ul><li>ETS constructed standardized achievement test </li></ul><ul><li>Like the Psych GRE but not the same </li></ul><ul><li>Two hours </li></ul><ul><li>Usually administered on a Saturday, late in Winter Term </li></ul><ul><li>Usually taken on-line </li></ul>
  7. 7. BOTH Comps Tracks are eligible for DISTINCTION
  8. 8. GO!!! <ul><li>FALL TERM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If Doing Thesis, Enroll in Psych 396 with your advisor (3 credits) (can enroll during Spring Registration) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If Doing Essay/Exam, Decide if you want to write your own question or answer a faculty-written one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If your own question, find an advisor and sign up for Psych 394 (1 credit) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If answering a faculty written question, notify Comps Czar of your choices </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Caveats <ul><li>Assignment of students to comps track is not automatic </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors sometimes have to limit how many students they can take </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors are most interested in working with highly self-motivated students, students who get an early start, and on projects for which they have relevant expertise </li></ul>
  10. 10. Caveats, continued <ul><li>Assignment of students to essay questions is also not guaranteed </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to write your own question, move fast </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions on which essay question you will write on are made EARLY in the fall term </li></ul>
  11. 11. Still More Caveats <ul><li>Things generally work out </li></ul><ul><li>There really is no need for panic </li></ul><ul><li>Even if your first plan or choice doesn’t come through, most students end up pretty satisfied with their comps experience </li></ul><ul><li>Beware the rumor mill--come ASK </li></ul>
  12. 12. Winter Term <ul><li>Thesis comps: Be signed up for 6-credit independent study with your advisor, usually for a grade (number of credits is also negotiable) </li></ul><ul><li>Essay exam students: Be signed up for Psych 400 (3 credits) with your advisor. Write essay (1st 2 weeks); Take exam (around 7th week) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Caveat <ul><li>Dates are not set in stone; sometimes need to be adjusted. Comps Czar will inform you </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with comps Czar is important! (Don’t automatically send her emails to your junk folder) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Spring Term <ul><li>Essay/Exam students: You’re done! </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis students: Be signed up for Psych 400 (3 credits) with your advisor for 2nd 5 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Get your winter term paper back in week 1 with extensive comments </li></ul><ul><li>Revise your paper. Turn in 2 copies sometime in Week 3 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Public Presentations <ul><li>Required of Thesis students </li></ul><ul><li>Optional (but encouraged) for Essay/Exam Students </li></ul><ul><li>Give talk or poster at Super Friday (or, sometimes, at MUPC)--both in the Spring Term </li></ul>
  16. 16. Pass or Fail? <ul><li>Essay: 2 Readers (dept faculty) have to judge it pass </li></ul><ul><li>Exam: Must score at or above 70th percentile of national norms </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis: 2 Readers (dept faculty) have to judge it pass </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: Must do it in a competent fashion; otherwise not formally assessed </li></ul>
  17. 17. “What happens if I fail?” <ul><li>We expect this to happen RARELY </li></ul><ul><li>If you fail the exam, get a second chance to take it spring term </li></ul><ul><li>If you fail the essay or thesis, get a chance to revise it late spring term </li></ul>
  18. 18. Distinction? <ul><li>External panel of psychologists invited (one from each of our three areas: Bio/Behavioral, Cognitive/ Developmental, Everything Else </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors (or 2nd readers) nominate papers--this info kept confidential </li></ul><ul><li>Panel reads all nominated papers (Thesis and Essay), along with the criteria posted on the web site, and decides. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Distinction? continued <ul><li>Distinction on exam: Must score at or above 90 percentile of national norms </li></ul><ul><li>Distinction on comps and a minimum GPA in the major (3.50) needed for distinction in the major (only thing noted on transcript) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Final Thoughts <ul><li>We WANT you to pass! </li></ul><ul><li>We want this to be a meaningful, rigorous, important experience for you </li></ul><ul><li>We want you to feel pride in completing this process </li></ul><ul><li>We also take your feedback seriously </li></ul>