VIP Program at Howard University
Washington, DC 20059
Director: Dr. Charles Kim (CKIM@HOWARD.EDU)
This program was sponsored by
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley
Charitable Trust for 3 years from 2015 as part of
VIP Consortium Project to drive
systemic reform of STEM education. Additional financial support has been
generously made by Northrop Grumman
Corp, Lockheed-Martin, and other corporations.
HOWARD VIP Teams
(LINK to VIP project teams)
What is VIP?:
The VIP program was created to overcome the
fragmented nature of higher education, which is subdivided into research,
education, service, and economic development and, for student learning,
fractured and dissected into years, majors, and disciplines silos.
The VIP program intends to reverse the
fragmentation, and introduces a new
type of long-term, depth-and-breadth learning environment
that can keep students engaged and improve learning and career
preparation. Under the VIP program,
participating and completing a long-term practical team project provides a
significant benefit for the students and the faculty advisors in terms of the
continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth involved in the project.
The VIP at Howard is open to any student (regardless of majors) and any faculty
member (regardless of departments) at Howard University. Industry partnership
and sponsorship is a high priority for VIP at Howard so that real-world project
is introduced to students, potential research project may be collaborated by
faculty, and stipend may be paid for participating students.
Howard is a VIP
VIP is open to all
students regardless of discipline and level. Participants may earn stipend
if the project is industry sponsored or funded by faculty research. ).
The team environment with faculty, graduate students, all levels of students in
all different majors will provide a strong and open learning environment.
Long-term participation would lead to matering of essential skill sets for
employment or graduate school. *NOTE:
From Fall 2023 semester, EE/CpE students could earn 3 credits
from VIP courses (EECE101 Faculty-Student Team Project (VIP) (1 cr); EECE201 (1
cr); and EECE 301 (1 cr)) and substitute them for 1 EE/CpE elective course.
FACULTY: VIP is a great vehicle for
Research, Education, and Mentoring by opening a part or whole of your research
to a long-term continual team project with students in all disciplines.
The member students of your team can be the students you hire or those who want
to gain research experiences. Supplies for project implementation (such as
sensors, computer control boards, etc) may be provided by the VIP at Howard
program. If you have any question or need further information, please contact
the VIP coordinator, Dr. Charles Kim (Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science). If a professor wants to
incorporate this VIP framework in his or her research proposal which
includes a training/education component, this
1 page summary may be useful. VIP project framework is much more efficient
than the traditional REU program which lasts only during a summer
period; in contrast, VIP particpation can go on years.
Through the VIP framework, companies can
connect with VIP teams embedded in faculty R&D efforts.
Through team and program sponsorships, companies can identify and reach: (a) Motivated students earlier in their
academic careers: VIP attracts sophomores, juniors, and seniors actively seeking
challenges beyond classroom.
Students can participate for multiple semesters, with new students replacing
graduates, and returning students taking on leadership roles with the teams;
(b)Large number of students from many majors: Each team is multidisciplinary by
design, and VIP attracts students from all majors from college of engineering and other colleges;
(c)Students doing R&D in company’s area of interest:
VIP teams are embedded in faculty research efforts.
Companies can sponsor teams of interest, and team-sponsor relations are
tailored to meet the need of teams and sponsors; (d) Team-oriented students:
VIP cultivates a culture of peer-mentorship, with returning students
onboarding new students and taking on increasing level of responsibility each
semester. VIP students report high
marks in understanding of technology applications relevant to their field of
study, ability to work with individuals from diverse background, and ability to
work in a multidisciplinary team.
Link to VIP on-boarding Process. Contact:VIP Director (Dr.
Charles Kim, email@example.com) for VIP sponsorship opportunity.
VIP related publications:
Amoo, M. E., & Bringardner, J., & Chen, J., & Coyle,
E. J., & Finnegan, J., & Kim, C. J., & Koman, P. D., & Lagoudas, M. Z., &
Llewellyn, D. C., & Logan, L., & Sonnenberg-Klein, J., & Trent, N. M., &
Strachan, S. M., & Ward, B. C. (2020, June), Breaking Down the Silos:
Innovations for Multidisciplinary Programs Paper presented at 2020 ASEE
Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line .
paper itself pdf.
Charles Kim, Building
Faculty-Student Research Teams via a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP)
Framework , Scholarship
and Practice for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Quarterly, Summer 2018.
vol .1, no.4, p. 48-49.
"Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Programs:
Multidisciplinary Projects with Homes in Any Discipline," Paper presented at
2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.
question, please contact Dr. Charles Kim, Electrical Engineering and Computer
College of Engineering and Architecture, Howard University at