The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in multiyear, multidisciplinary, team-based projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students in their areas of expertise. Undergraduate students can earn technical elective or free elective course credits (depending on major) for working on specific research projects with other undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, in their research labs. This is a valuable team-based learning experience on cutting-edge topics that will greatly enhance your resume when applying for jobs or graduate school.
This fall 2018 semester there are seventeen VIP teams that are looking for new students to join them. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the team advisers to find out how to apply for the team and register for the appropriate VIP class section. Space is limited and teams can fill up fast!
In addition to earning course credits, students benefit from their VIP experience in the following ways:
- Provide a realistic experience as part of a large multidisciplinary design/discovery team – work with many different personalities towards a common goal, just as you will in the work force
- Learn and practice many different practical skills in their field – apply the knowledge you learn in other classes and learn new skills in a practical environment
- Opportunity to learn/master different roles and skills in a team-based environment – progress from “new-hire” to experienced worker, to team leader
- Provide an in-depth experience in their field that can help guide and motivate their other course work – see why you are covering certain topics in other classes and how they are applied in the real world
- Authentic multi-disciplinary experience through knowledge exchange across many boundaries – work with students from other majors/disciplines, other years, and other areas of expertise/experience
- Provide a greater sense of “community” within their university experience – make new friends in your major and others, learn what faculty and graduate students really do
- Understand the process of innovation and discovery – put your skills and creativity to work creating “new” things, document and present your creations to the community at large