The Human Generosity Project

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
Faculty Name: 
Athena Aktipis
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

We welcome students from all levels and majors to apply (especially those in psychology, anthropology, biology, sociology, and statistics). However, we highly encourage students with a background in evolutionary theory to apply. Students with a heavy interest/emphasis on research are also encouraged to apply. Our lab provides students who have been an RA for at least one semester the opportunity to develop their own ideas via a 499 project, as well as honors theses projects.

Closing Date: 
August 30, 2019
Location or Campus: 
950 S. McAllister Ave, Tempe, AZ 85287
Hours Per Week: 

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

The Human Generosity Project is the first large-scale transdisciplinary research project to investigate the interrelationship between biological and cultural influences on human generosity. We use multiple methodologies to understand the nature and evolution of human generosity including fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and computational modeling. Interested students can learn more about the project here (
Research assistants work closely with a graduate student mentor in ongoing human-subjects research. These include cheater detection cognition, friendships, female sociality, in-law, and maternal-fetal conflict, empathy/prosociality, food sharing, and social class differences in prosociality. Research assistants could be responsible for data collection, literature reviews, coding, and brainstorming/providing feedback.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Interested students should contact Diego Guevara Beltran at for a short 10-15 minute interview.