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Vertically Integrated Projects

Join a VIP team and earn academic credits for working alongside faculty pursuing ambitious, multi-semester projects. All students from any major and any academic year are invited to participate.

Beginners welcome.

Work on faculty led, interdisciplinary teams tackling complex challenges

Teams need students with diverse skills, interests, talents, and majors. You don’t have to already be an expert to join a team.

To get started, view project info below and then complete this inquiry form and you will be contacted by the faculty to learn more about the project. Need help finding the right project? Contact us or use this searchable project list to view projects by Fall 2020 course delivery (in-person, hybrid, or remote) and other key words.

ASSIST LAB

HYBRID: support students with disabilities

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SYSTEMS

IN PERSON: Compete and win in global challenges

BIO-INNOVATIONS

HYBRID: Data intensive DNA sequencing

BOOKS IN EVERY HOME

HYBRID: Give the gift of books and love of books

DESIGNING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

REMOTE: User Research for Good

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

HYBRID: Tackling sustainability challenges across the planet

GENOME 2 PHENOME

REMOTE: Climate Change Study

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

HYBRID: Address Treasure Valley Housing Issues

IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY

REMOTE: Capture and create VR worlds

Let's Light Up Science

HYBRID: fluorescent biomolecules

MAPPING SAGEBRUSH RESTORATION

HYBRID: Field and lab work to save sagebrush

NASA MICROGRAVITY UNIVERSITY

IN-PERSON: Work on NASA projects

ONE HEALTH CREATING SOLUTIONS

REMOTE: Animal, human & environmental health

PLASMA

HYBRID: explore plasma applications

PORTABLE SECURE DEVICES

HYBRID: Protecting the internet of things

RAPTOR CONSERVATION

REMOTE: Global impact, local agency

SHARED STORIES LAB

REMOTE: Collect stories, create community

VAR SCENT

HYBRID: Scent enabled VR worlds

“The most important skill I’ve gained through VIP so far has been being comfortable communicating and working as part of a small team. This involves bringing up my own problems and confusions, and also listening to others. This hasn’t been challenging to do in this environment, it’s just helping me overall gain confidence since I am normally a shy person.” – VIP 200 student Fall 2020

The VIP program is based in the College of Innovation and Design (CID). You can view all of the CID initiatives on their home page.

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