Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Psychology (B.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Nicolette Rickert


This study looked to evaluate the current research on peer relationships, perceived social competence, and honors status among college students, with the hope of bridging the gap in research on honors college students and friendship. Participants were college-aged students attending a local university who took an online Implicit Bias Test to see if they held any biases toward words relating to the honors label. Participants also rated their social competence as well as their relationship with their peers. Independent samples t-tests were used to examine the differences in honors and non-honors students' perception of honors programs, peer relationships, and social competencies. Implicit Bias Test scores were measured using a D-score. Implications of findings for college students and programs are discussed.

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Psychology Commons