How does VIP @ UGA work?

  • Currently four VIP @ UGA teams are operating in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB). Teams in other disciplines and majors will launch in future semesters.
  • Students participating in a Fall 2018 VIP @ UGA team register for 1 or 2 credits of BCMB 4965L Team-based Research (prerequisite is BIOL 1107). Students from all majors are encouraged to apply if they are interested in a team's research.
  • BMB majors are required to complete 8 credits of research, either as an independent research internship (BCMB 4960L and 4970L) or in a VIP research team (BCMB 4965L). BCMB 4965L allows students to spread their research experiences over more semesters as an alternative to the more intensive yet time-limited BCMB 4960L and 4970L. 
  • BCMB 4965L is repeatable up to 8 credits total. For BMB majors, this will meet the required 8 credits of research (currently satisfied by BCMB 4960 and BCMB 4970), with the first 4 credits of BCMB 3150 or BCMB 4965L being equivalent to BCMB 4960 and the second 4 credits being equivalent to BCMB 4970. Students taking BCMB 3150 or 4965L must write a research paper at the end of each 4-credits of research they complete. See the Undergraduate Research page on the BMB website for details.
  • If students complete one semester of BCMB 3150 or 4965L and decide not to pursue further research, this credit counts as an upper division elective.

Interested students can apply to join a team at the application page. Students will be accepted as space comes available until the end of the first week of classes.

Please direct any questions about VIP@UGA to Erin Dolan (eldolan at uga dot edu)