Vertically Integrated Projects

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) is a transformative approach to higher education that engages undergraduate and graduate students in ambitious, long-term, large-scale, multidisciplinary project teams.


VIP teams are led by faculty, using a model that has been rigorously evaluated and refined for more than two decades at participating campuses in the U.S. and internationally.

At the University of Arizona, VIP team leaders represent more than a dozen colleges and campus units, providing research, design and service learning opportunities to students from all majors and programs.

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Project-Based Learning

VIP offers a dynamic approach to learning, research, and creative inquiry that crosses disciplines, semesters, and academic years. Teams at the University of Arizona are engaged in research and design projects to address the grand challenges of our times.

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Innovative Research

Through VIP, faculty are able to embed large-scale, long-term projects in their scholarship and exploration efforts. Both peer and faculty mentoring thrive in multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students.

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Societal Impact

Passion and curiosity bring together VIP's multidisciplinary research and design teams, creating an experiential learning environment where a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives can unlock discovery.