The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at Rice unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate Rice VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams.
VIP at Rice extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester. 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.
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. Rice VIP teams are comprised of students from freshmen to seniors, with a variety of majors and backgrounds.
Rice’s VIP program in its Engineering School seeks to involve undergraduates in ongoing research. The implementing faculty members are all in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).
Rice is a member of the VIP Consortium, based at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Through support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, seventeen colleges and universities came together for a Consortium Planning Workshop in April, 2014. Through the proposed Consortium, partner institutions will establish VIP programs at their institutions, define effective practices for a variety of program formats, and support new partners in the establishment of new VIP programs. With its innovative model and proposed Consortium, VIP is poised to truly transform higher education.
Georgia Tech – About VIP