Course Setup and Management

VIP faculty who are ready to list courses for their teams should use the X92 university-wide house numbers for directed research. For the course prefix, the instructor’s home department should be used (for example, GEOG for the School of Geography, Development & Environment), and courses should be cross-listed as needed to reflect the home departments of any other involved faculty.

While the directed research numbers usually work well, if your department or school prefers another option (like Independent Study), VIP team leads are able to use other options. Consistently using the same course numbers/section number(s) for your VIP enables the VIP program to tag that course with the "VIP" course attribute in the UA Catalog. 

For more detail on enrollment, including options for enrolling students for regular or honors credit, please see the VIP Enrollment Guide 2024

Additional Considerations for Course Setup

  • To enable course evaluations for X92 courses that enroll more than five students, please contact the University Center for Assessment, Teaching & Technology to request an override of the “no course evaluations” setting.
  • VIP faculty who wish to enroll first-year students should confirm with their curriculum coordinator or academic affairs departments that there are no eligibility barriers.
  • Laboratory-based VIPs may need to define their courses as workshops, since laboratory courses often require more contact hours than VIP teams typically require.
  • If you have questions about hiring undergraduate or graduate students who want to be part of your VIP team, see the VIP Hiring Guide 2024 for details on these processes. 

Funding Opportunities

Competitive funding is available through Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) that is often helpful for creating new VIP sections or expanding the number of students an existing VIP can accommodate. Expansion funds are meant to compensate faculty time for preparing additional research experiences. Funds are also available to support paid student research employees. 

Please visit RII's Internal Funding web page for more information. Several of these Internal Funding mechanisms specifically mention interest in undergraduate participation in research.

The Undergraduate Research & Inquiry Collaborative (part of the UA Undergraduate Research Alliance) tracks Faculty Funding Opportunities related to undergraduate research on their website. 

They also track Funding Opportunites for Student Researchers

Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) funding, designed to support the undergraduate research participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields, has an open Fall 2024 application. The deadline is July 19th, 2024. For more information see the Funding_WAESO folder in UArizona Box. 

  1. WAESO views student stipends as incentives for students so that they will participate in activities that will enhance their ability to successfully obtain a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) disciplines
  2. Students “Traditionally underrepresented in STEM” are defined by the NSF as US individuals that are Hispanic, African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islanders, or Alaskan Natives. The NSF does NOT consider Asian-Americans or Anglo women or men to be underrepresented as part of its funding guidelines for this program.”

Becoming a VIP Team Lead will ensure you are added to the VIP Team Lead listserv, where current funding opportunities will be shared by the VIP Program Coordinator. 

Undergraduate Research Listings

Established VIP teams can be included in the undergraduate research database maintained by RII. Please visit the Faculty Section of the Undergraduate Research website for information on how to use the UAVitae system to list your VIP team. Updating this information in UAVitae allows students to find your team by searching a list available to them on the Undergraduate Research website