VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

2019 Provost's SRCA Award Recipients

VIU is pleased to announce the recipients of the second annual Provost’s Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Awards for 2019.

Distinguished Researcher Award

This is a university-wide award given to recognize faculty members who have achieved exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge in science, engineering, health, education, the arts, the humanities, social sciences, or other academic fields of study. Recipients will have demonstrated exceptional ability to convey the significance of scholarship and creative activities to their discipline and the public.

Recipient: Dr. Erik Krogh, Faculty of Science and Technology - Nominated by Dr. Christine Tong, Larissa Richards, and Dr. Todd Barsby

Dr. Erik Krogh joined VIU’s Chemistry Department in 1998. He is co-founder and co-director of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratory (AERL). In this time, he and his collaborators have been awarded over $5 million in funding. Dr. Krogh has written 48 research papers/chapters and 34 technical reports; given 123 invited lectures, including 74 community engagement presentations; and participated in 132 peer-reviewed conference presentations. He has mentored undergraduate and graduate students in over 50 research projects.

Graduate Research Mentor Award

This is a university-wide award given to recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting graduate student researchers.

The recipients will have demonstrated excellence in their ability to guide graduate student research, creative projects and development helping VIU learners to move from directed to independent research and creative work.

They inspire, motivate and support student learning, maintain open communication and accessibility to students. They will have encouraged and supported students to share the results of their work as appropriate to the discipline (i.e. publications, presentations, performances) and their efforts will have resulted in transformative learning experiences for VIU graduate students.

Recipient: Dr. Bonita Davidson, Faculty of Education - Nominated by Dr. Rachel Moll

Dr. Bonita Davidson has been a faculty member since 2005 and teaches research methods and does graduate student supervision in the Masters of Educational Leadership program in the Faculty of Education.  Her research strengths and interests are in the area of measurement and she enjoys applying these skills to the analysis of data in various educational contexts.

Deans’ Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Award

This award is given to recognize individual faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly, research and creative activities (SRCA) achievements and impact on their disciplines during the previous academic year. The Deans in each Faculty can nominate one faculty member each year for this award.

Recipient: Dr. Wendy Simms, Faculty of Education - Nominated by Dr. Allyson Fleming

Dr. Wendy Simms is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at VIU, teaching in both the Teacher Education and Master of Education programs. Her research focuses on citizen science in the classroom, with an emphasis on the design of learning environments that foster identity exploration and development. Wendy is involved in numerous science outreach initiatives, is a Board Member of the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society (Ns3), and serves on the VIU Research Ethics Board.

Recipient: Dr. Imogene Lim, Faculty of Social Sciences – Nominated by David Hopwood

Dr. Imogene Lim, anthropologist, scholar and educator, champions understanding and advocacy regarding social justice issues. Imogene studies ethnicity in Canada, food and culture, and historical wrongs, while forging meaningful community connections. Together with the Province’s Legacy Initiatives Council, Imogene co-authored the book, Celebration: Chinese Canadian Legacies in British Columbia. She recently co-developed the exhibit, 150 Years and Counting: Fighting for Justice on the Coast, a catalyst for dialogue regarding human rights. Imogene is leading positive change!