Immersive Visualization Institute (IVI): Summer Institute about Digital Display Technology Platforms

June 7-11, 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM timeframe, schedule to be determined

This virtual/hybrid (depending on current COVID-19 conditions) summer institute allows selected graduate students and faculty members to explore the pedagogic possibilities of three exciting large-scale immersive visualization display platforms available at MSU:

  • The Abrams Planetarium
  • 360 Degree Panoramic Room in the Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab
  • Science On a Sphere at the MSU Museum

Immersive Visualization Institute (IVI) Graduate Fellows will learn about the affordances and limitations of each technology and how they are best suited for different types of visual representation. Participants will investigate innovative and interdisciplinary ideas for capitalizing on one or more of the platforms and produce a participation outcome using the technologies (e.g., teaching module, research, outreach program element, artwork) by the end of August 2021.

Applicants are invited from across the entire university, and all disciplines and interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome. Graduate students may apply individually or with a faculty member mentor. Participants are expected to develop and submit a plan for a potential participation outcome using these technologies. See application details below. Selection is competitive and limited to 15 graduate students.

Program Content

In the workshops, participants will:

  • Assess and compare the learning and other affordances of different immersive display platforms
  • Explore ways to experience and teach complex natural and/or cultural phenomena through immersive representations and narratives
  • Practice designing immersive digital products using the three projection spaces
  • Develop a participation outcome design
  • Submit/present their participation outcome to the IVI Summer Institute facilitators by the end of August 2021

Participants will experience the capabilities of the Abrams Planetarium, the 360 immersive display in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Main Library, and Science On a Sphere at the MSU Museum to engage people in a wide range of phenomena, including immersion in macrocosmic, environmental, and social spaces as well as renditions of microcosmic phenomena. If virtual-only sessions are provided, participants will be offered opportunities later to use the technology in person when this is allowed by the University.

Note: Participation in this Summer Institute may be something graduate participants can use as a mentored teaching project for the University Certification in College Teaching. Please contact the organizers for more information.

Co-conveners include the MSU Graduate School, Abrams Planetarium, MSU Libraries, and MSU Museum.

To Apply

Please copy and paste the following information into an email and send to Elesha Newberry by 11:59 PM on Friday, April 16, 2021.


1. Name:

2. Email address:

3. Mailing address:

4. Phone:

5. Department:

6. Current degree program:

6. If your faculty mentor is applying with you, provide their name and email:

7. Write 2-3 paragraphs describing (1) your preliminary ideas for integrating large-scale immersive visualization into your work, AND (2) why participation in IVI would help support your plans