Program Operations

The VIP Program serves students and faculty across campus. The systems and operations below focus on aspects that involve other units on campus. Services related to recruiting and instruction are detailed here.

VIP Instructors

VIP teams support instructor research, scholarship, and projects of special interest. Teams are requested by faculty, which includes non-tenure track faculty and GTRI researchers. The VIP Program does not charge instructors or departments programatic fees, nor does VIP pay instructors or provide instructional release time (although departments can provide release time, as does ECE). VIP services related to recruiting and instruction are detailed here.

VIP Courses

Course Numbers: The subject code for VIP courses is VIP. VIP is offered at the sophomore, junior, senior and graduate student leveles. The first digit in the course number represents student level, with 2000-level courses for sophomores, 3000-level courses for juniors, etc.  The last digit represents the number of credits. A zero-credit course is offered for students who are paid by their instructors, with the zero-credit course showing up as a 1-credit audit course on their transcripts.

 

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Graduate

Course #

2601

2600, 2698

3601

3602

3600

4601

4602

Capstone

4600, 4698

6601

6602

6603

6600

Credits

1

Pay

1

2

Pay

1

2

Varies

Pay

1

2

3

Pay

Section, team 1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

VP1

Section, team 2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

VP2

 

Georgia Tech Catalog: VIP courseses are listed in the Georgia Tech catalog under the VIP subject code. The VIP Program is listed as a special academic program in the academics section, here.

Course Creation in Banner: Banner is Georgia Tech's integrated student and course informatin system. VIP courses are created in Banner by schedulers in instructors' home departments with a minimum of five sections per team (1 course for sophomores, 2 for juniors, and 3 for seniors). Each semester, the VIP Program sends schedulers in each department lists of their instructors and teams.

Classrooms and Team Meeting Locations: The VIP Program has three classrooms: Klaus 1440, Van Leer 465, and Van Leer 483b. Approximately half of VIP teams use VIP meeting rooms, and half meet in other spaces including conference rooms, research labs, and regular classrooms. To schedule regular classrooms, instructors work with schedulers in their home departments.  Conference rooms and research labs cannot be listed as class locations in Banner, so these are usually listed as TBD, and a list of meeting locations is posted here each semester.

Paying Students

Students can participate in VIP for academic credit or for pay. Not all VIP teams have students who are paid.

Paid by Instructor: Students who are paid by their instructors are typically leaders or technical assets within their teams who have earned the maximum number of VIP credits that can count toward their degrees. Their instructors hire them to keep them on the team. Students enroll in a zero-credit course (VIP 2600, 3600 or 4600), which appears on their transcript as a 1-credit audit course. The hiring paperwork and process are handled by instructors' home departments. Pay rates are set by instructors within guidelines set by their home departments.

President's Undergraduate Research Award: Students can participate in the President's Undergradaute Research Award (PURA) program through VIP. Students apply to PURA using their VIP projects as the topic for their research, and their VIP instructors sign off on their applications. If students receive a PURA award, they notify the VIP Program, and a special VIP course is created that uses a designated PURA course number (VIP 2698 or 4698, a variable credit audit course). Students then contiue to work with their teams and are paid by PURA.