Idaho NSF EPSCoR GEM3 funding is available annually to facilitate the development of VIP (Vertically Integrated Project) courses related to the GEM3 research areas.
The VIP program unites undergraduate education and faculty scholarship in a team-based context. Within this context, VIP teams earn academic credit for their participation in design/discovery efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in GEM3 areas of interest and expertise. VIP teams are: (I) vertically-integrated – maintaining a mix of freshman through postdoctoral fellows each semester; (II) long-term – each student may participate for the duration of their education; and (III) multidisciplinary – drawing students from all disciplines on campus. Providing course credit to faculty and students incentivizes participation, while aligning stakeholders from freshman-to-faculty-to-funding agencies makes the program sustainable at the faculty level.
The VIP courses will be set up to allow maximum flexibility and long-term engagement.
- Some VIP courses may be designed to have no prerequisites.
- Students must have permission from the instructor.
- Depending upon the course, undergraduate students may register for 1 or 2 credits; each credit equals about 40 hours of work for the semester.
- Graduate students may register for credits.
- Course credits typically count as elective credits.
Visit the national consortium for VIP for more information www.vip-consortium.org/. Visit www.idahogem3.org/vip for more information about VIP in GEM3. Visit www.idahogem3.org/research to learn more about GEM3 research areas.