Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

GEM3 VIP Contacts

Dr. Donna Llewellyn – GEM3 VIP Project Lead/Faculty Lead (BSU)
Dr. Janet Loxterman – VIP Faculty Lead (ISU)
Dr. Chris Caudill – VIP Faculty Lead (UI)

GEM3 uses a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) strategy. The VIP is an intentional curricular infrastructure that establishes an on ramp for students and provides a range of training, mentoring and professional development support to both students and faculty. The VIP is implemented statewide and the goal is to provide the scaffolding to support transdisciplinary science and grow the next generation of conservation science leaders and workers.

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How to Get Started

If you are a student interested in research, please visit the links below to see details on VIP research going on at your institution.

Current GEM3 VIP Projects

Boise State University

Idaho State University

  • Gene Regulatory Networks in a Sexually Plastic Fish, Fall 2022/Spring 2023
    Identify the mechanisms underlying the gene regulatory networks involved in expression of sexual plasticity in responses to natural changes in hormones.
    Contact: Dr. Devaleena Pradhan

University of Idaho

  • Addressing Change in Rural Communities, Spring 2023
    Facilitating grassroots planning for rural places and tribal communities.
    Contact: Dr. Jaap Vos
  • SLIME B: Stream and Lake Invertebrate Molecular Ecology and Biomonitoring, Fall 2022
    Offers training in molecular ecological concepts and techniques using a series of three courses offered in a modular style.
    Contact: Dr. Chris Caudill
  • Software Process meets the Scientific Method (TBD), Fall 2022
    Contact: Dr. Luke Harmon

Who should apply?

The VIP program is suited for students interested in working on teams, learning new tools and from the majors, including but not limited to, listed below:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Geosciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Lab Modules

Overview & Timeline

GEM3 Lab Modules

Univ Idaho (Fall 2019/Spring 2020)
BIOL 401 (sec 3) Undergraduate Research, Wildlife nutrition and sagebrush habitats