Welcome to the Website for


Senior Review and Senior Thesis

University of Evansville


Dr. Lakey's Office Hours at Instructor's Website


                        Click PSYC 490 SYLLABUS

               Class Calendar: 

                           Click PSYC 490 CALENDAR


                           (Grading RubricPresentation Grade Report)

           Grade Book and Announcements: 

                           Click Blackboard Academic Suite

               Early Thesis Start: 

                            Starting Your Thesis Now (See Best Theses below!)

                            Approved Thesis Topics and Supervisors

                                (Reader Contract.doc and Grading Rubric: Thesis Grade Report.doc)

                Your Future:

                Check out Graduate Schools at http://www.uni.edu/walsh/linda2.html

                 Check out Career Alternatives at http://www.learnpsychology.org/

                        Check out UE Career Services at http://careerservices.evansville.edu/ for: 

Career Advising: Work one-on-one with a career counselor to set goals and create a strategic career development plan. Office professionals can advise you at any stage of your educational career, and it is a good idea to begin now.
Career Resource Room: Directories, books about specific majors, graduate school guides, CD-ROMS, and job bulletins are all housed in the Career Resource Room. No appointment is necessary to explore the options.
Company Information: Learn more about companies interested in University of Evansville students and alumni by perusing our web site. You will find links that detail company history, products and employment opportunities.
Graduate School Assistance: View graduate school guides in the Career Resource Room and receive assistance with the graduate school timeline. We can also assist you in writing your personal statement or essay.
Job Fairs: It is never too early to attend a job fair to learn about career opportunities and network with professionals. Each year Career Services hosts four job fairs: Career Search, Health Careers Fair, Internship & Co-op Fair and Teacher Recruitment Day. 
Job Listings: We have numerous part-time, full-time and internship openings advertised in our Career Resource Room as well as on our web site.
Mock Interviews: Practice makes perfect! Sign up for a simulated job interview to practice your questions and answers for interviews.
Mentoring Programs: Each fall the office co-sponsors several mentoring programs, giving students the opportunity to work closely with a professional in the community or online. Mentoring programs provide students the opportunity to network, learn new work-related skills and become more focused on career goals.
On-Campus Recruiting: Dozens of employers come to campus during the fall and spring semesters to conduct interviews with our students.
 Résumé/Cover Letter Help: Get feedback or assistance with your resume or cover letter. Make an appointment to meet one-on-one professional who will help you reflect yourself in a positive manner.
Self-Assessment: Career Services offers a self-assessment software program to help students identify strengths and explore career options that fit their personal profile.
UE JobLink College Central: Posting a résumé, viewing job vacancies and signing up for on campus interviews can all be done on our web site.
Workshops: Every semester Career Services offers a variety of workshops, ranging from "Creating the Résumé and Cover Letter Right for You" to "Interviewing Skills Designed to Impress."

                Other Go-to-Grad-School Hyperlinks:

                            APA:  Students - Getting into Graduate School

                            GradSchools.com: http://www.gradschools.com/                                                 

                Other Get-a-Job Hyperlinks:

                            MonsterTrak:  http://www.monstertrak.com/

                           Military Officer: http://www.airforce.com/ or www.navy.com (health care careers)


            Our Standards are High:

                Education Testing Service's Major Field Test in Psychology

UE 20-Year Median: 97th Percentile Rank

General information and comparative data (norms) for the Educational Testing Service's Major Field Test in Psychology can be directly accessed at http://www.ets.org/.



            Best Thesis Awards:


Kristen Fowler

Click name to read thesis

Kristen Fowler (2018) Exploring Attitude Change Toward Corporal Punishment: The Role of Cognitive Dissonance. Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.  

Neil Brookhouse (2017) The implications and opportunities of emotional contagion. Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Emily Denne (2016) The influence of decision-maker gender on child custody decisions. Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Tyler Plogher (2015). Partners of registered sex offenders: Cultural stereotypes and discrimination experiences. Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Jennifer McFarland (2014). Chronic stress as a primary deterrent of adult hippocampal neurogenesis: Mechanism, consequences, and implications. Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Emily Jamieson (2013). Juror perceptions of coerced confessions: The influence of mental illness. Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Danielle Raymond (2012). Investigative analysis of risk factors for completed suicides, Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Kaylea Flater (2011). Phytoestrogen effect on maternal nest protection of the rat, Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Katlyn Sorenson (2010). Socioeconomic status affects perception of junenilte defendents tried in adult criminal court, Senior Thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Kaley Parker (2009). The effects of sensory integration and other treatments on children with autism.  Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Jennifer Schmedes (2008). Childhood cancer: Psychological factors and family relationships. Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Jason Pitt (2007). Programmed cell death: Parallels between neurons and somatic cells. Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Myrna Slaubaugh (2007). Autism: Symptoms and treatment options. Senior thesis, University of Evansville. Evansville, Indiana.


 Sandy Street (2006). Depression in women: Emphasis on the impact of marriage and motherhood. Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Amanda Baker (2005). The sleep cycle: Normalcy, insomnia, and its relationship to depression.  Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Monica Moore (2004). Marriage preparation as divorce prevention: Background, benefits, and limitations. Senior honors thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Emily DeCoster (2004). Money, happiness, and the importance of motivation. Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Amie Brandt (2003). Adult attachment: An overview. Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.


Ben Yamnitz (2003). Smoking and its relationship to depression, stress, and anxiety. Senior thesis, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.

Bound copies of all Best Theses are also available in the University Library.


Selected Resources and Hyperlinks:

American Psychological Association at http://www.apa.org/ with information for students at


Association for Psychological Science at http://www.psychologicalscience.org/ with information for students at http://www.psychologicalscience.org/apssc/  (see APSSC, APS Student Caucus). 

National Association of Social Workers at http://www.socialworkers.org/ with information for students at https://www.socialworkers.org/profession/overview.asp.  

Social Psychology Network at http://www.socialpsychology.org/ provides a comprehensive list of links to both social and general psychology sites.  Search option.  

Society for Neuroscience at http://www.sfn.org/ for general information about neuroscience and links to other related websites. 


Writing Guide Hyperlinks:

>General Websites:   Provide short guides for specific aspects of writing….

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant at http://www.powa.org/.

UNC general writing guides at http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/.

Wisconsin general writing guides at http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/index.html.

>Documentation Styles: 

APA (psychology and social sciences) new 2010 documentation at APA Formatting and Style Guide at Purdue and APA Reference Style at NMU.  Do the free “Basics of APA Style Tutorial” at http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm?_ga=1.63698415.159380975.1444078916.

>Citing your sources:  Nothing is original….

Plagiarism information at http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize.

>Thought behind the writing:  Be interested… Be logical….

Thesis organization and outlining tips at http://users.edte.utwente.nl/lanzing/cm_home.htm (see example concept map).

Critical thinking websites at http://www.austhink.org/critical/.

Full-text Skeptical Inquire articles at http://www.csicop.org/si/online.html (good examples of the critical attitude).

Personal journal information and workshop at http://www.writingthejourney.com/ (a habit for organizing your thoughts).

>Personal growth:

You can get help from our Counseling Center at Ridgway University Center, Room 204 (488-2663 for an appointment).

To Find Out More:

UE LIBRARY:  To check the card catalogs of our library as well as other nearby libraries, click http://libraries.evansville.edu/, then click ACE Catalog or A-Z DatabasesYou can access everything from your home PC with your Student ID number (Off Campus Access): 

PsycINFO searches the psychological research literature and provides abstracts of journal reports. 

PsycARTICLES searches APA journals and provided on-line access to full-text articles

MEDLINE (National Library of Medicine) searches the neuroscience research literature and provides abstracts of journal reports.



                Past Classes:





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1. Jennifer Medcalf, 2. Sara Bilodeau, 3. Molley Munsell, 4. Dat Nguyen, 5. Miranda Fitzgerald, 6. Megan Fleming, 7. Bobbi Voegerl, 8. Erin Bahrt, 9. Felicia Genskow, 10. Todd Kuester, 11. Stephanie Pemberton, 12. Alex Ramsey, 13. Krystle Working, 14. Megan Halstead, 15. Penny Stewart, 16. Allison Woody, 17. Samantha Smith, 18. Alyssa Hussey, 19. Rachel Brim, 20. Jason Steadman, 21. Natalie Flint, 22. Kathryn Cummins, 23. Tara Smith, 24. Jennifer Schmedes, 25. Jeffery Freeman, 26. Amanda Keller, 27. Matt Courtney, 28. Sarah Bruce, 29. Katie Martin, 30. Melissa Eve Garcia, 31. Alex Bies, 32. Gina Carter, 33. Paul Pearman, 34. Amanda Robbins, 35. Amy Durbin.

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1 Amanda DeVries, 2 Erin Barnett, 3 Kevin Levi, 4 Vonnie Howard, 5 Zachary Meny, 6 Jake Emmons, 7 Brittany Tenbarge, 8 Drew Clark, 9 Tina Seagram, 10 Santana Graham, 11 Kristie Craddock, 12 Sidney Tombaugh, 13 Kim Tsiga, 14 Jessica Mathews, 15 Traci Hoehn, 16 Addison Koval, 17 Shandra Rains, 18 Beth Peyton, 19 Dawn Tegeler, 20 Samantha Divine, 21 Danielle Washington, 22 Bryanna Lawler, 23 Myrna Slaubaugh, 24 Lori Jones, 25 Blair Bosta, 26 Sara Kandt, 27 Daphne Arnold, 28 Shanna Clarkie, 29 Julie Goble, 30 Kasey Huff, 31 Nick Jones, 32 Jason Pitt.

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1. Caitlin Doyle, 2. Josh Yeager, 3. Josie Sims, 4. Kate Esau, 5. Meagan Manzi, 6. Kristy Kime, 7. Rachel Bennett, 8. Miranda Ours, 9. Zoltan Nabilek, 10. Ebee Hornbeck, 11. Maya Thake, 12. Amanda Kemp, 13. Aliana Bartley, 14. Ashleigh Kappos, 15. Heather Britton, 16. Brittney Manley, 17. Meghan Agnew, 18. Amanda Wilson, 19. Scharee Cain, 20. Julie Young, 21. Lindsey Burns, 22. Becky Okray, 23. Stefanie Baur, 24. Rachael Taylor, 25. Sandy Street, 26. Ginger Miller, 27. Jamie Veasey, 28. Diego Villada, 29. Erica Haukap, 30. Paul Gadient, 31. Sandi Street, 32. Meagan Anderson, 33. Laura Ellis, 34. Seth Lowe, 35. Chris Purdue, 36. Sarah Ruedeman.

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1 Amanda Baker, 2 Leslie James, 3 Sarah Zehner, 4 Shandra Rains, 5 Jamie Brinkmann, 6 Jenni Roman, 7 Lynn Pinkerton, 8 Amy Lawson, 9 Amanda Bethel, 10 Caroline Dever, 11 Heather Bell, 12 Andrea Dixon, 13 Robbie Noble, 14 John Metelko, 15 PJ Bittelmeyer, 16 Lauren Kissel, 17 Olivia Salyer, 18 Michelle Brown, 19 Heather Tome, 20 John Berland, 21 Tami Callison, 22 Mary Maschek.