2023 Consortium Meeting - Program

Group picture on wide outdoor staircase - 2023 annual meeting

The 2023 VIP Consortium Meeting was held Thursday-Friday, May 11-12, with a workshop for early-stage and prospective sites on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 10. The annual meetings are aimed at current, emerging, and prospective VIP Directors and Coordinators, as well as key stakeholders at their institutions. The meetings are highly participatory with a focus on peer-to-peer exchange.

Sincere thanks to everyone for taking the time to share with and learn from other VIP Program Directors and Coordinators.  Participants brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the meeting, and the exchange of ideas and collaborative planning were outstanding!


Day Activities Logistics
Tues, May 9   Guests from distant time zones arrive.
Wed, May 10 Board Meeting
Workshop for prospective and early-stage VIP sites
Guests from nearby time zones arrive.
Thurs, May 11 Sessions Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
Fri, May 12 Sessions & Attendee Choice Sessions
Events conclude around 3PM
Breakfast and lunch provided.
Guests depart.


Team Spotlights & Site Update Presentations

Topic Presenter Institution
Continued Growth and Institutionalization of VIP at NYU Jack Bringardner, Maria DiKun New York University
Eco-Drive Competition as Motivating Factor for the VIP team. Janis Zakis Riga Technical University
Establising a cross college program for vertically integrated research. Anne Kruchten University of Minnesota Duluth, Swenson College of Science and Engineering
How to Fall in Love with VIP: A New Strategy for Student and Science Collaboration at Riga Technical University Linda Mezule Riga Technical University
Lessons learned from the first implementation year at the University of Memphis Chrysanthe Preza and Stephanie Ivey The University of Memphis
Promotion of environmental awareness through VIP Linda Mezule Riga Technical University - Team spotlight
Reflections on our first semester of VIP modules at the University of Galway and plans for upscaling our programme Oonagh Meade University of Galway
Site update from Rīga Stradiņš University (Latvia) Ivars Vanadziņš, Liene Smane Rīga Stradiņš University
Two Years of VIP at the American University of Beirut - Progress Update and Key Lessons Shadi Najjar American University of Beirut
Undergraduate VIP Programs at Inha University: Current Status and Future Plans Kwangki Kim Inha University
VIP @ Georgia Southern University Shainaz Landge Georgia Southern University
VIP at a Public Liberal Arts College Jennifer Flaherty (definitely) and Hasitha Mahabaduge (probably) Georgia College and State University



Topic Presenters Institution

Administration - Apporaches to Expanding/Scaling/Marketing



Jack Bringardner, Maria DiKun New York University
Carla B. Zoltowski and Cyndi Lynch Purdue VIP
Erin Webster Garrett Virginia Commonwealth University
Donna Llewellyn and Lavanya Seetamraju Boise State University

Administration - Extending to new depts, First Year Exp



Jennifer Flaherty (and possibly another team leader from GCSU English) Georgia College
Karin Borgström and Marie Väfors Fritz Malmö University, Sweden/Department of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Criminology
Shainaz Landge Georgia Southern University
Administration - Wearing Many Hats as VIP Program Staff Leah Callovini University of Arizona

Assessment - Frameworks for Multidisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity



Nicholas Rowe University of Auckland
Julie Sonnenberg-Klein GA Tech
Consortium Community - Building Regional Hubs Stephen Marshall University of Strathclyde
Ian Smith University of St Andrews

External Partners



Charles Kim  Howard University
Denis O'Hora University of Galway
Instructor Practices - Lab Notebook Platform, Assessing Student Learning    
Carla B. Zoltowski and Cyndi Lynch Purdue VIP
Abbas Tarhini, Rony Khnayzer Lebanese American University
Instructor Practices - Mentoring Carla B. Zoltowski and Cyndi Lynch Purdue VIP
Karin Fisher Georgia Southern University
M. Ete Chan Stony Brook University

Multi-site Collaborations


William Headley, Alyse Jones Virginia Tech
Amos Johnson Morehouse College
Cristian Celedón Universidad de Chile


Attendee-Choice Sessions

Attendee-choice sessions are a highlight of the VIP Consortium meeting.  At the end of the day on Thursday, attendees will be invited to suggest topics for Friday, with the option of volunteering to facilitate.  Suggestions will be grouped into common themes. On Friday morning, particpatns will vote on the suggested topics. Votes will be tallied while attendees are in session, and then facilitators for selected topics will have time to plan during a break. We will provide facilitators suggestions, materials, and supplies for a variety of session formats.