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Vertically Integrated Projects

Join a VIP team and earn academic credits for working alongside faculty pursuing ambitious, multi-semester projects. Scroll down to see project details!

VIP SUCCESSES

2024 VIP International Innovation Competition

Congratulations to the Brain Heath: VR-Scent for Alzheimer’s Detection VIP team for the 2nd place win at the 2024 VIP International Innovation Competition!

The award was presented at the 2024 annual VIP Consortium Meeting. Besides competing in the Innovation Competition, the students also presented a poster about their work. 

Learn more about the VIP Consortium
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, take a look at the following project info, then complete this inquiry form. Once we have your information, faculty leads will reach out to you to discuss you interests in specific projects.

Need help finding the right project? Contact us for a consultation.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: ASTRONOMY IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND

In-person: Join this team to do astrophysics research for NASA.

ART OF SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION

In-person: Join this team to explore methods and software tools to visualize scientific systems, concepts, and data.

ART-SCIENCE INTEGRATION (ArtSci)

In-person: Supporting students’ exploration of both artistic and scientific ways of understanding this world

ASSIST LAB

In-person: Supporting students with disabilities

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SYSTEMS

In-person: Compete and win in global challenges

BIO-INNOVATIONS

In-person: Data intensive DNA sequencing. On hiatus for Fall 2024

BIOLOGY OF MIGRATORY BIRDS

Research the biology of migratory birds: Not accepting students for Fall 2024

BOOKS IN EVERY HOME

In-person: Providing children’s books to young readers

BRAIN HEALTH: VR-Scent for Alzheimer's Detection

HYBRID: Scent enabled VR worlds

COMPUTING ACROSS CURRICULA

Let's help each other use computers to make our classes and research easier.

COUNTER PARTISANSHIP PROGRAM EVALUATION

In-person: Join this team to evaluate the counter partisanship programming of the Institute for Advancing American Values at Boise State University.

DESIGNING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

HYBRID: Meeting times TBD

DIGITAL HUMANITIES: MELVILLE'S MARGINALIA

HYBRID: Apply digital tools for Humanities research. On hiatus for Fall 2024

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: From IoT to Big Data

In-person

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

In-person: Tackling sustainability challenges across the planet

GENOME 2 PHENOME

In-person

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

HYBRID: Address Treasure Valley housing issues

HUMAN COOPERATION LAB

Help solve an environmental issue in our community: On hiatus for Fall 2024

IDAHO ENTREPRENEURS IN ACTION

PAUSED - Not accepting students for Fall 2024

IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY

REMOTE: Capture and create VR worlds: Not accepting students for Fall 2024

INFLAMMATION AND STEM CELLS

In-person: Research new treatments for Parkinson’s disease

INFORMATICS SKUNKWORKS

HYBRID: Machine Learning

LEADING INNOVATIVE ENERGY DESIGN

In-person: Design solutions for our sustainable energy future

LET'S LIGHT UP SCIENCE

LIVING AND WORKING IN THE WEST

In-person: Join this team to understand what it means to live, work, and play in the contemporary American West, focusing specifically on how rural communities are adapting to environmental and social change.

MAPPING SAGEBRUSH RESTORATION

HYBRID: Field and lab work to save sagebrush: Not enrolling for Fall 2024

NASA MICRO-g NExT

In-person: Work on the NASA MICRO-g NEXT CHALLENGE

NASA SUITS

In-person: Work on the NASA SUITS Challenge

NUCLEIC ACID MEMORY

In-person: Pioneering ways to use DNA as a low cost and highly stable data storage material

PLANT- SOIL INTERACTIONS IN A CHANGING WORLD

In-person: Study environmental change and ecosystems

PLASMA

In-person: Explore plasma applications

PRaMS (Parenting, Reproduction, and Mating Strategies)

In-person: Join this team to test evolutionary hypotheses related to parenting, reproduction, and mating strategies.

RAPTOR CONSERVATION

Not accepting students in Fall 2024

SHAKE IT UP AFTER SCHOOL

Collaborate with students to produce an abridged Shakespeare play. Not accepting students for Fall 2024

SHARED STORIES LAB

PAUSED - Not accepting students for Fall 2024

TRIBAL URBAN RURAL NEXUS (TURN)

In-person: indigenous-centered research with Native American communities

VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

In-person: Vaccine construction using molecular cloning. Full for Fall 2024

VIP 100 (Entire Semester/1st 7 Weeks)

PAUSED - Not accepting students for Fall 2024

Benefits of VIP Program

“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

You can check out other research  opportunities on the Office of Undergraduate Research web site.

The VIP program is based in the Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship (IFITS).

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