Immersion Projects

VSVS Immersion Guidelines

Building on their experience volunteering with VSVS, students can pursue an innovative idea and make it a reality. VSVS will group together students with shared interests and goals but potentially different skillsets. This way, students can actualize their ideas using a multidisciplinary approach. Group efforts can culminate in a variety of ways, including implementation of the innovation or a presentation.

A VSVS Immersion project can supplement Vanderbilt courses and other experiential activities to form a complete Immersion project. Please contact Paige Ellenberger ( and the Office of Immersion Resources for more information about how a VSVS Immersion project can contribute to your overall Immersion plan.


General Requirements

Every student’s project timeline will vary depending on their plans to study abroad, courses, internships, etc. They will work with their faculty adviser to set exact deadlines and expectations.

  1. This opportunity is open to all students who will have volunteered with VSVS for at least one semester by the end of their sophomore year. This will count as part of their phase one exploration, which will be continued into their junior years. This 2-3 semester period makes sure that they are familiar enough with VSVS to independently conduct a meaningful project at the end of their junior years or during their senior years.
  2. Meet with the VSVS Immersion team prior to submitting plan to OIR. The OIR must receive plan proposals by April 1 of a student’s sophomore year. Application review meetings as needed.
  3. Submit final project proposal to VSVS second semester junior year.


Sample Projects
  • Designing, testing and developing new lessons (geared towards Peabody students)
  • VSVS YouTube videos, Seacrest Studios – creative media
  • Building new models (physical, electronic, or other) for lessons (geared towards Engineering and CS students)


Examples of Relevant Vanderbilt Courses
  • Peabody classes and student teaching opportunities
  • How to Make (Almost) Anything and other engineering courses – for creating new models, teaching tools
  • Computer science
    • CS3265 Database Management Systems
    • Various programming languages – for website optimization