200 Canada Geese in Nanaimo get Collars Thanks to VIU Student

July 6, 2016

VIU biology student is asking the public to report goose sightings on a website as part of his undergraduate research project.   With the help of an intrepid group of volunteers and the City of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University (VIU) biology student Stew Pearce was able to successfully collar and band 200 Canada Geese as part of an undergraduate research project to evaluate their abundance,... Read more

VIU Scientists Awarded Two NSERC Grants Totalling $250,000 to Support Ground-breaking Research

June 23, 2016

VIU Drs. Erik Krogh and Chris Gill launch two research programs after being awarded NSERC Discovery Grants Vancouver Island University (VIU) Chemistry professors Dr. Erik Krogh and Dr. Chris Gill are celebrating the announcement of two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant awards totaling $250,000 that will allow them to make significant contributions... Read more

VIU Students and Regional Citizens Take Course to Become LakeKeepers

May 19, 2016

MABRRI hosts LakeKeepers course to promote lake stewardship and monitoring After a tough year at university most students look forward to a summer free of exams and assignments. But for six Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers, rest and relaxation will have to wait. Together with VIU geography professor Dr. Matt Bowes and support from VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region... Read more

Couch Stone Symposium Brings Social Engagement Experts to VIU

May 5, 2016

VIU’s faculty and students host international conference exploring media manipulation, hauntings and the penal system Vancouver Island University (VIU) Social Sciences and Master of Community Planning faculty and students recently presented at a three day symposium held at VIU’s Nanaimo campus alongside internationally renowned experts. The topics covered a wide range of areas within Social... Read more

Milner Gardens BioBlitzed by VIU's MABRRI

April 25, 2016

Weekend BioBlitz engages community to build long-term species database More than 80 people scoured the grounds at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Milner Gardens and Woodlands to record as many species as possible during the first annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region BioBlitz. The goal was to create a database that, over time, will provide useful baseline information that researchers can... Read more

Student Research Wows Crowds at VIU

April 21, 2016

More than 100 student researchers put their work on display for CREATE The crowds moved through the aisles at the 2016 CREATE Conference. Onlookers jostled for position as Vancouver Island University (VIU) students led them through the posters they created to explain the dynamic research projects they are engaged in during the academic year. By the end of the day many of the undergraduates had... Read more


April 6, 2016

Defining Diversity, Creating Community helps shape future of Powell River After four years a citizen engagement research project undertaken in Powell River, B.C. is complete. The final report is available and according to project coordinator Alison Taplay, even though the Defining Diversity, Creating Community (DDCC) project is done she expects the effects will continue to reverberate through the... Read more

VIU Bioblitz Will Contribute To Long-Term Look At Biodiversity

March 23, 2016

BioBlitz will bring students and community together through citizen science A group of volunteers and student researchers will be getting their hands dirty in an effort to identify a wide range of plants and birds during Vancouver Island University’s first BioBlitz. The event is scheduled to get underway on April 17 at Milner Gardens and Woodland as part of the 2016 Brant Wildlife Festival. VIU... Read more

VIU's Master's Of Education Students Change The Way We Look At Learning

March 16, 2016

Master’s of Education Research Conference highlights graduate student projects Vancouver Island University (VIU) Master’s of Education graduate students are designing groundbreaking mentorship programs in schools, proposing curricula that develop ‘grit’ in children while reducing bullying, and inventing award winning Internet-use security protocols that protect children by ensuring online access... Read more

VIU's Cultural Mapping Project Examines What Connects Residents to their Downtown Core

February 17, 2016

VIU students and faculty embark on community research project with Vancouver Island residents In an era of unprecedented change what often anchors a small city is its downtown core. But as economic, social and demographic sands shift over time that anchor can drift. A team of Vancouver Island University (VIU) faculty and students are undertaking a cultural mapping project in an attempt to find... Read more

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