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 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. Please send any questions to the program coordinator, Rachel Vierling (rvierlin [at]
Please note: This program has been canceled for the Fall 2020 semester. It is expected that the program will resume in Spring 2021.