The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. The Boise State University VIP program is part of a broad national and international consortium of universities.
Boise State University’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program has been awarded $310,000
over three years as part of a far-reaching $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Creates long-term research & development experiences
VIP extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester if they choose, with students participating for up to three years. It provides the time and context to learn and practice professional skills, to make substantial contributions, and experience different roles on large multidisciplinary design/discovery teams.
Cultivates leadership & mentoring
The long-term nature of VIP creates an environment of mentorship, with faculty and graduate students mentoring teams, experienced students mentoring new members, and students moving into leadership roles as others graduate.
Benefits faculty research programs
VIP attracts students from many disciplines and enables the completion of large-scale design/discovery projects, strengthening and expanding faculty research portfolios.
VIP is able to scale research projects over the long term while giving undergraduate students the ability to participate in a real-world workplace environment – a distinct priority for student development. Students get hands-on experience that ultimately allow them to be functional and relevant by current workplace standards. Skills such as project management, defining deliverables and scheduling, which are not taught in a traditional classroom, are examples of proficiencies that contribute to the competence of the student as a whole.
Learn more about how VIP is tackling challenging problems
Current ProjectsCrossing Research Boundaries
In VIP students can take 1-2 credit hours each semester. You’ll choose the number of credits when you apply (new students) or request your registration permit (returning students).
For more details please contact:
Dr. Will Hughes
Executive Director of Integrated Programs