Independent Study

GVPT majors are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research with GVPT faculty members. The independent study option provides students opportunities to work one-on-one with a faculty member doing research on a topic of the student’s choosing. Students should expect to devote approximately 12 hours per week for 15 weeks to the independent study. GVPT Advisors are available  to assist students in identifying appropriate research topics and in selecting the GVPT faculty mentor. Independent Study is generally available for students who have 56 cumulative credits earned and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

GVPT Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

This is a highly competitive program that pairs students with GVPT faculty members and allows students to develop their own unique research project. The small cohort of students is taught how to develop a research design and analyze their results. Students present their projects to their cohort and faculty members at the end of the semester. 

Students participating in the RA program can earn 3 upper-level GVPT (experiential learning) credits.

Please review the application packet for program details and requirements. The application deadline for the GVPT Undergraduate Research Assistant Program for Fall 2024 is Sunday, March 24th, 2024.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact GVPTAdvising [at]