• Psychology Awards & Honors

    Donald Swanson Prize
    The Swanson Prize is awarded to an outstanding junior in the psychology department.

    Faith L. Murray Prize

     The Faith L. Murray Prize is awarded to the outstanding senior in the psychology department.

    Paterson Award

    Since 1961, the Paterson Award has been given by the Minnesota Psychological Association to the outstanding graduating psychology major in the state of Minnesota. The major criteria for the award are: Evidence of superior undergraduate achievement, both in psychology and in the broader areas of undergraduate education. Evidence of potential for further work in psychology. This includes acceptance into recognized graduate school programs. Evidence of personal characteristics and attributes that contribute to effective work in the field of psychology. Students at all four-year institutions in Minnesota compete for the Paterson Award, and a Hamline psychology major has received it 19 times.

    Departmental Honors


    Goals: complete a research project or literature review for departmental honors.

    Prerequisites: Psychology 1340 and 3350, and admission by application, approval of the department, and supervision/collaboration with a faculty member of the department.