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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!

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 or at this easy to scan catalog.  Next step: 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 for a consultation.

ASSIST LAB

IN PERSON: support students with disabilities

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SYSTEMS

IN PERSON: Compete and win in global challenges

BIO-INNOVATIONS

IN PERSON: Data intensive DNA sequencing

DESIGNING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

REMOTE: User Research for Good

DIVERSITY IN TECH

HYBRID: Recruitment and Retention through Service

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

HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

IN PERSON: Do dogs really love us?

INFORMATICS SKUNKWORKS

HYBRID: Machine Learning

IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY

REMOTE: Capture and create VR worlds

Let's Light Up Science

HYBRID: fluorescent biomolecules

MAKE IT!

Maker Lab for Assistive Tech

MAPPING SAGEBRUSH RESTORATION

HYBRID: Field and lab work to save sagebrush

NASA MICROGRAVITY UNIVERSITY

IN-PERSON: Work on NASA projects

PLASMA

IN PERSON: explore plasma applications

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: From IoT to BigData

HYBRID or REMOTE: Protecting the internet of things

RAPTOR CONSERVATION

FULL! Global impact, local agency

SHARED STORIES LAB

HYBRID or REMOTE: Collect stories, create community

VAR SCENT

HYBRID: Scent enabled VR worlds

BOOKS IN EVERY HOME

IN PERSON: Engaging children’s books to young readers

MIND: MATH IN NATURAL DYNAMICS

IN PERSON

TRIBAL URBAN RURAL NEXUS (TURN)

IN PERSON

VIP 100 (Entire Semester/1st 7 Weeks)

HYBRID

NARRATIVE PERSUASION

Narrative Persuasion

Vaccine Development

Launching SPRING 2022

“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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