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Narratives and Natural Language Models

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Students will identify real-world narratives (such as those in podcasts and advertisements), extract the text, and use natural language processing to understand main themes in the text. Students will perform additional analysis to understand how narratives differ based on characteristics of the speaker and context, and whether the themes in the narratives are associated with outcomes such as sharing on social media.

Graphic depicting automatic speech recognition

Experience Gained

Students will learn to work on teams, how to apply theoretical concepts related to narrative, how to use modern language processing tools, how to conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses, and how to communicate their results.

Methodologies and/or Technologies used to achieve project goals

  • Coding and coding software
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Writing

Majors or Interests Needed

We’re looking for students with one or more of the following majors or interests:

  • Any/All
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Literacy
  • Language & Culture
  • Marketing
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Psychological Sciences

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Anne Hamby is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business and Economics. She jointed Boise State in 2019. You can reach Dr. Hamby at

Dr. Eric Jankowski joined the Materials Science & Engineering department at Boise State University in January 2015 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Jankowski leads the Computational Materials Engineering Laboratory. You can reach Dr. Jankowski at

This team will meet in-person. Meeting times will be decided after students register.

Course Information

VIP  200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Anne Hamby at OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number

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