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 Tobi Gerstenberg Kayla Good
Ellen Markman Tobi Gerstenberg Kayla Good
Role Instructor Instructor Teaching assistant
Email ( markman gerstenberg kagood
Office hours Monday

Where and when?

The class meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:15-4:45pm in Building 160, Room 332.


Day Date Class
Tuesday March 29th Check in
Thursday March 31st Poster presentation workshop
Tuesday April 5th Project updates
Thursday April 7th Writing
Tuesday April 12th Project updates
Thursday April 14th Writing
Tuesday April 19th Project updates
Thursday April 21st Writing
Tuesday April 26th Project updates
Thursday April 28th Writing
Tuesday May 3rd Project updates
Thursday May 5th Writing
Tuesday May 10th Project updates
Thursday May 12th Elevator pitches
Tuesday May 17th Poster practice
Thursday May 19th Poster practice
Tuesday May 24th Poster practice
Monday May 25th Poster presentation
Thursday May 26th no class
Tuesday May 31st social

General information

In “A Vision for Stanford”, university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne states that Stanford wants to be

“an inspired, inclusive and collaborative community of diverse scholars, students and staff, where all are supported and empowered to thrive.”

In line with the vision expressed by Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Psych197 is a space for respectful, critical inquiry through the free exchange of ideas. Our goal is to come to a greater understanding of – not a consensus on – the issues the course addresses. To that end, this space is defined by mutual respect that allows us, together, to grapple with a range of ideas, evidence, values, and conclusions.

The following principles guide our interaction in this space:

  • All viewpoints are welcome.
  • Treat every member of the course with respect, even if they disagree with another student’s view.
  • Treat every claim as open to examination, even if it comes from someone with more experience or expertise than you.
  • Reasonable minds can differ on any number of perspectives, opinions, and conclusions.
  • Our passions and social and political commitments are welcomed in this space. They are also subject to respectful challenge.
  • Some perspectives, opinions, and conclusions are unreasonable or based on falsehoods and should be identified as such.
  • No ideas are immune from scrutiny and debate.
  • Evidence and reasoning guide our conclusions.


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:

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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.