The VIP Program is currently recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to join its research, design, and exploration teams. The VIP Program consists of several individual teams, each with their own faculty advisor(s), student management, and policies. Joining a VIP team generally requires the following steps:

  1. Student applies to a team of interest using the applicable online application
  2. Student meets with the team faculty advisor(s) and/or student lead(s)
  3. Student is admitted to team
  4. Student coordinates with the team faculty advisor and/or student lead to register for VIP courses

This webpage is intended to help prospective VIP students apply to join a team (Step 1 above). The subsequent steps (Step 2-4) are coordinated with the specific VIP team after student’s application has been reviewed.

The team-specific webpages within the VIP website describe each team’s research and design foci, relevant topics and fields of study, desired skills, potential roles and activities for students, and requirements for members. The team-specific webpages are intended to help prospective students understand the work and needs of each team, in order to determine which team best fits their interests, goals, and skills.

VIP is currently recruiting for the upcoming quarter. While there is not a hard deadline, priority will be given to student submissions received by the first day of the quarter. 

Applying to a Team

Each team within the VIP Program has its own organizational structure and admission policies, and admission to a given team is at the discretion of the team's faculty advisor(s). VIP is continually looking for new students, and interested students should apply to a specific team through the applicable online application process below. Any questions or concerns related to the VIP application/recruiting process can be directed to


3D Nano-Additive Manufacturing of Engineered Structures is designing novel materials, using 3D laser lithography. 


The AccessMap team is building a mapping application that creates interactive map displays of the physical environment in and around pedestrian ways. 


The UW EcoCAR team is currently competing in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, an advanced vehicle technology competition to redesign a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer for reduced energy consumption and emissions.

Engineering Innovation in Medicine (EIH)

EIH is a year-long program in which teams of interdisciplinary engineering undergraduates and graduate students work with local clinical partners to develop needs-based and human-centered design solutions to pressing healthcare challenges. 

Students interested in joining EIH should register for the applicable course. EIH courses can be found on the EIH Student involvement webpage.



iGEM (International Genetically Engineering Machine) is advancing synthetic biology. 


The OSRead team is creating an access-anywhere educational research platform. The aim is to concurrently enhance and study educational interventions for students considered "at-risk" for learning disabilities. 

UW Solar

UW-Solar develops solar facilities – from plan to power generation – with accompanying Industrial Control Systems on buildings on the UW campus and with various other partners in the Puget Sound region