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PRaMS (Parenting, Reproduction, and Mating Strategies)

Boise State Students holding a research poster depicting their work

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

The goal of the Parenting, Reproduction, and Mating Strategies (PRaMS) Lab is to understand the evolutionary roots of human behavior.

Experience Gained

  • Are you interested in learning more about how evolution and environment influence modern human behavior?
  • Do you want to learn how to code statistical models to analyze data?

If so, the PRaMS Lab will provide you the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research on the evolution of human families.

This project uses the following tools and methodologies

  • Coding and coding software
  • Participant/study observations
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Writing
  • Other

Majors and Interests Needed

  • Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology

Preferred Preparation for 200 level; open to all
Preferred Preparation for 400 level; complete an upper-level (300+) Anthropology course, complete a statistics course.

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Kristin Snopkowski is an associate professor of Anthropology and the program coordinator for the Data Analytics with R program. Her research examines family cooperation and conflict from an evolutionary perspective. Contact Dr. Snopkowski at

Course Information

VIPĀ  200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Weekly meetings: In-person, Mondays, 1.30 to 2.30 p.m.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Kristin Snopkowski 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