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Frequently Asked Questions about the VIP program at UD

General Questions
The Vertically Integrated Projects program aims to revolutionize undergraduate education. We put together long-lasting multi-disciplinary teams of students to work on cutting-edge research. The teams are each centered around the work of current faculty which act as leaders and mentors to their team.
Students earn meaningful course credits while engaging in truly original work that transcends what can be learned in a single-semester course. This long-term team-based context allows students the time to develop professional skills, make substantial contributions, and build deep understanding of topics which shape our future. Students can experience a wide-variety of roles on such teams from mentee to leader, while networking with those that can influence the course of their careers. Students have been known to publish their results, spin-off companies from their projects, and establish careers based on their work in VIP teams.
The faculty are all volunteers that recognize the value of undergraduate education and research projects. The aim is to direct the energy and creativity of their team towards results that are larger than what one person can accomplish alone. VIP teams often lead towards large grants, start-up companies, and redefining professional paths.
Logistics
Fill out the "apply to join" form on our website. You will pick one team to join. We don't ask much about you but major and year. The faculty will fill the team based on distribution of sophomores/juniors/seniors and major. Priority will always be given to returning students. If you are unable to join your first choice feel free to apply again for another team, it's more likely because of a poor distribution fit than anything else.
As a first time sophomore student you can only take VIP for one credit hour. You'll largely be getting up to speed with the fundamentals of your new topic. As you grow with the team your ability to contribute will grow (and you can take it for more credit). Some departments will let seniors use VIP experience as their senior capstone project in which case you can even take it for 3 credit hours that semester. If you have a particularly busy semester then you can opt to take less credit hours. If you are a returning student we can excuse your time restriction for the scheduled team meeting.