• Discover Interdisciplinary Cooperation at ASU

    Cooperation Scholars Program

  • Spring 2023 - Apply here

    Arizona State University, Tempe

    The Cooperation Scholars Program

    Thank you for your interest in the Cooperation Scholars Program, a program offered through the Cooperation Science Network and The Cooperation Lab at Arizona State University. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with The Cooperation Science Network (www.cooperationscience.org) and The Cooperation Lab (www.aktipislab.org) websites. These sites have valuable resources that will be helpful as you fill out your application.

    Who can apply

    All ASU students, regardless of their college level, experience, or modality of attendance, are encouraged to apply.

    Application process

    We are welcoming applications twice per year, as follows:
    1. Mid-late November for the Spring semester
    2. Mid-late April for the Fall semester


    Contact Cristina Baciu at cbaciu@asu.edu

  • How to be a part of the ASU Cooperation Scholars Program



    Submit your application by its respective deadline (November 30th for Spring semester, and April 30th for Fall semester).



    We will interview prospective scholars to determine fit and mutual interests.



    Admitted incoming scholars will undergo the onboarding process before the semester starts.



    Learn about cooperation theory and professional development through seminars and conversations; meet students who share your interests.

  • People

    We provide extensive training to the Cooperation Scholars

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    Athena Aktipis

    Cooperation across systems

    Athena Aktipis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, the Director of the Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative at ASU and co-Director of The Human Generosity Project. She studies cooperation across systems from human sharing to cancer. She is also the chair of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance; and host of the new podcast, Zombified. Learn more about Dr. Aktipis here.

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    Cristina Baciu

    Mentoring and professional development

    Cristina is a reserach program manager working with interdisciplinary teams at the intersection of cooperation and cancer evolution research at Arizona State University. Both practice and research-wise, Cristina is interested in mentoring undergraduate college students, barriers to students’ success, and the intersections between technology and higher education. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE) Scholars Program and of the Cooperation Scholars Program.

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    Gissel Marquez Alcaraz

    PhD Student

    I am an evolutionary biologist and wet lab scientist at ASU, working on attaining my Ph.D. in evolutionary biology. During my undergrad, I studied biomedical sciences and began researching in 2018. My research focuses on cooperation across different topics such as kombucha, the microbiome, cancer, and mental health.


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    Diego Guevara Beltran

    PhD Candidate

    Diego received his bachelor’s degrees in psychology and evolutionary anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and his master's degree in social psychology from Arizona State University. His work focuses on how and why people feel empathy for each other and how sources from the environment such as the availability of resources and predictability of challenges influence people's willingness or ability to mirror other’s emotions. He also works on how feeling empathy sometimes increases our motivation to help others; and at other times, hinders our motivation to do so. His research also looks for environmental and social sources of prosociality more broadly.