What is VIP?

  • Set of courses to facilitate vertically integrated teams
    • First-year through seniors enrolled
    • Faculty and graduate student mentors
  • Teams operate in a research and development context related to faculty expertise and/or national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges
  • Longer-term (more than one semester or year) multi-disciplinary projects and teams

Expectations of VIP Advisors:

  • Ensure mentorship of projects (either directly or by graduate students with appropriate knowledge) on a weekly basis
  • Support VIP course expectations (participation in professional development activities, peer evaluations, etc.)
  • Complete assessment of students (mid-term and final assessment/grading, enter grades into myPurdue)
  • Goal to offer team multiple semesters/years

Benefits to VIP Advisors:

  • VIP provides administrative support and curricular structure for mentoring undergraduate research teams
    • Curricular structure = scheduling, syllabus, professional development opportunities, assessment process, limited TA admin support
  • Ability to explore new research areas and identify potential graduate students
  • Help meet education outcomes grants & mentoring goals for promotion/tenure
  • NSF Supplemental Funding Opportunity: Supplemental Funding Opportunity to Support Student Design Projects Directly Related to NSF Research ($4k per team, annually for active projects). Participating Divisions - Directorate for Engineering
    • Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET)
    • Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
    • Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS)

Interested in mentoring a new VIP team?

Resources for Faculty Mentors: