Honors and Awards

There are several ways in which the superior performance of majors may be formally recognized.

Distinction in the Major is awarded at graduation to students who have received distinction on their integrative exercise ("Comps") and who have recorded a grade point average of 3.5 in all courses in the major.

Distinction on the Integrative Exercise is determined in part by the Department through the procedures described in the sections on the Integrative Exercise "Comps." For papers, it means a majority decision of distinction by an outside panel.

The Donald G. Paterson Award is given annually to the "outstanding graduating psychology major in the state of Minnesota." The award carries a prize of $350, a certificate, and a plaque that travels to the winner's institution. It is awarded to a graduating senior who plans graduate study in the field.

The John K. Bare Prize in Psychology was established in 1983 by students, colleagues, friends, and family of Dr. John Bare to honor him for his many contributions to his students, to Carleton’s Department of Psychology, and to psychology teaching in America. This prize is awarded annually to a member of the senior class who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of psychology.

Honors in Independent Study is awarded by the college to the authors of outstanding independent study paper.

The Laurence McKinley Gould Prize in Natural Science is given to a student from the natural sciences (including experimental psychology) for work in science and the humanities.

Members of the Department also nominate students to the Carleton chapter of Sigma Xi, the national honor society for scientific research. Nominations are based on assessments of a student's demonstrated ability and promise for scientific research.