Summer Vertical Integration Program (VIP)

May 16 - July 14, 2017

VIP is the annual summer research program for Psychology majors, the intent of which is to give participants a head start on work that may culminate in a senior thesis.  VIP students conduct research with both a graduate student and faculty mentor, attend a semi-weekly seminar series, attend a biweekly statistics workshop, and finally present their work to their peers, mentors, and (via poster session) the wider University community.  Program participants receive a stipend to assist with living expenses over the course of the program. Read through the Summer 2017 VIP application form, and contact Angie Vieth, Associate DUS for Psychology, at, with questions.

2016 VIP Participant Photos

(L-R, Back): Julian Pino, Dish Lamichhane, Lindsey Bass, Jacob Gardner, Meghan Clifford, Marissa Michaels, Joey Levy, Camille Hayward, Stephen Gibson
(L-R Front): Hiba Farah, Marai Matsuura, Michelle Dalson, Karina Martinez Romo, Yao Qi, Lingrui Zhou, Bethanie Lee, Arlenis Santana

Graduate Student Mentor Shelley Lanpher Patel (L) and Undergraduate Student Hiba Farah (R)

Hiba's research project, under the mentorship of graduate student Shelley Lanpher Patel, included developing materials for Shelley's dissertation study examining the impact of behavioral weight loss intervention that uses technology for adults who are overweight or obese. These materials included behavior change lessons that were emailed to intervention participants each week. 

Undergraduate Student Jacob Gardner (L) and Graduate Student Mentor Charlie Giattino (R)

During Jacob's VIP research experience, under the mentorship of Charlie Giattino, they used an electrode cap to record the brain activity (EEG) of older adult patients who were undergoing general anesthesia and surgery. They investigated if certain features of the intraoperative EEG, particularly alpha oscillations (8-12 Hz), were predictive of cognitive issues that some patients experience after anesthesia and surgery.