VIP Title

VIP at ASU capitalizes on the interests of undergraduates to engage in ongoing scientific research. Beginning as freshmen or sophomores, teams collaborate with upperclassmen and graduate students to address real problems guided by faculty scientists. Students earn academic or honors credits over 4 years.

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP):


VIP experience:

  • Prepares students for the workplace or more advanced study
  • Facilitates in-depth experience and applied learning through multidisciplinary challenges
  • Enables broad understanding of the innovation process, and allows for mastery of critical thinking skills and exposure to a variety of skills and roles

To inquire about or join VIP areas listed below, follow links for teams below actively recruiting now!

Cloud Robotics Assitive Technologies 

Cloud Robotics Assistive Technologies: Deliverables include a low-cost robotic platform connected to cloud infrastructure that can perform the following:

  • Sensing the environment
  • Navigating and path planning: Going from Point A to B
  • Recognizing objects and their locations
  • Learning new objects in the scene
  • Coordinating robotics actions.

Bio-mediated Ground Improvement

Bio-mediated Ground Improvement teams of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are leading research on:

  • Geo-Alchemy:  Turning sand into stone using Enzyme Induced Carbonate Precipitation (EICP) for Soil Improvement
  • Mitigation of Earthquake-Induced Soil Liquefaction using Microbial-Induced Desaturation and Carbonate Precipitation (MIDP)
  • Use of silica extracted from biological materials to reduce soil expansion potential and cement soil 

HII-C - Health IT Innovation Co-Laboratory

HII-C Teams of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are:

  • Building Prototypes and Models of Future Health IT Systems
    • Application Design
    • Data and Knowledge Resources
    • Infrastructure Services
    • Taking projects from early phase through production and possible marketplace
    • Collaborating with Mayo Clinic, the VA and others

Sound and Music Technologies

Teams of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are leading research on:

  • How technology can mediate musical engagement and learning
  • Designing technologies and resources to support musical engagement and learning
  • Authentic connections and intersections between music and STEM fields
  • Catalyzing play, creativity, and community through sound and music technologies

Chronic Stress and Cognitive Resilience

Chornic Stress and Cognitive Resilience teams of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are leading research on: 

  • How the mechanisms of stress influence brain plasiticity and resilience
  • Mechanisms underlying fear memory formation, extinction, and reconsolidation.
  • Novel directions for therapeautic treatment for chronic stress in animal models

Web Series Incubator

Web Series Incubator teams of faculty, graduate students and undergrduate students are:

  • Telling their stories to greater audiences with a multi-episode web series
  • Writing the web series, casting the actors, and conducting all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production under the guidance of the faculty
  • Developing a film into a workable project that can be produced, filmed, and edited over two years




VIP @ ASU is partially supported by a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, through a subcontract from Georgia Tech, founder and host of the VIP Consortium. VIP @ ASU is hosted in the PRIME Center, directed by Carole E. Greenes, Ed.D., and co-directed by Robert A. Greenes, M.D., Ph.D.  The center works closely with the Provost, Barrett Honors College, and academic units  to facilitate approval of student academic program and honors credits. It works closely with VIP faculty to foster optimal projects and experiences with VIP programs and themes pursued by the universities of the VIP Consortium.

ASU is a new member of the 20-University VIP Consortium (see dedicated to advancing undergraduate learning through real-world research.