What is VIP?

Through VIP, students work with faculty on multidisciplinary project teams

Students earn academic credit and can participate multiple semesters

Since VIP is offered as a course, students must apply before they can register for the class.  Students can apply early in the semester before they join their teams (for example, applying in mid-August to join a team the following Spring), or as late as the first week of class (applications close that Thursday).  Teams do fill up, so students are encourage to apply early if they are interested in a specific team.

"Vertically Integrated" refers to VIP team compositions, which include sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, post-docs and faculty.


What does VIP look like?


10-20 students

Faculty advisors, grad student mentors

Meet weekly

Shared documentation (wiki)


Sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students

Returning students take on additional responsibilities

Spend 2-3 hours outside class/credit hour (1 credit: 2-3 hours, 2: 4-6 hours)

Contribute to share documentation, maintain own notebook

Project Based:

Students work together to advance the project

Students take on different roles and responsibilities

Not like regular assignments: instructors do not always have the answers