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Vertically Integrated Projects

Vertically Integrated Projects at Georgia Southern

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is targeted to enhance high impact practices by engaging undergraduate students in long-term, large-scale, interdisciplinary project teams that are led by faculty. The student scholars will gain valuable research experience skills and academic credits and faculties will be able to scale up their research through the VIP framework. Students from various backgrounds, years or disciplines can join the VIP team and work with faculty members in their area of interest. The VIP program has been an established and evaluated program for more than 25+ years all around the world.

Georgia Southern will be part of one of these sites from Fall 2022 and currently we are recruiting Teams (See For Faculty page for more information).

The key points for the VIP program are:

  • Work on faculty led, interdisciplinary teams tackling important and complex challenges on faculty advisor’s innovation projects and expertise.
  • Teams need students with diverse skills, interests, talents, and majors. You don’t have to already be an expert to join a team. Undergraduate participation for course credit over several semesters; and
  • Student Learning outcomes focused on the development of interdisciplinary and professional skills. 

To get started, take a look at the project (see VIP teams) and fill the student application/interest form. Once we have your information, faculty leads will reach out to you to discuss your interests in specific projects.

Need help finding the right project? Please check the “VIP @ GSU” information slides.

The VIP Consortium 

Transforming Higher Education through Multidisciplinary, Team-Based, Experiential Learning

VIP Consortium Partner Institutions: 44 Institutions, 16 US States, 13 Countries

The VIP Consortium is a non-profit alliance established to support & promote the success of Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) in colleges and universities worldwide. VIP is an award-winning educational construct developed at Georgia Tech & Purdue University and refined for over 25 years.

In a Vertically Integrated Project, teams of undergraduate students collaborate with faculty and their graduate students on ambitious, long-term projects of mutual interest.

VIP programs are now active in over 40 universities with 4,500+ students participating per term around the globe. The VIP Consortium’s mission is to help educational institutions start and sustain successful VIP programs that accelerate the pace of innovation, boost graduation rates, reduce inequities in undergraduate experiential learning, and better prepare students to be members and leaders of tomorrow’s collaborative, cross functional workforce – one VIP project at a time.

The Georgia Southern VIP Program was founded in Spring 2022 with funding from Georgia Research Alliance and support from Georgia Tech.

Contact US

We would love to hear from you!

Please email us at or to with questions and/or to schedule a phone call or zoom meeting.

Dr. Shainaz Landge, Director

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry


Phone: 912-478-1883

Last updated: 6/1/2022