VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity

April is Research Month & CREATE 20-21!

VIU is taking the month of April to highlight the work of its researchers with a series of events which aim to highlight the research taking place by various faculty members, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. It’s important to remind the community that 'research' is not something separate that just happens in the ivory tower of academia, but involves real people in real projects in real communities on the ground too.

  • Check out the Research Month Calendar of Events here!
  • The entire VIU Community can participate in the Virtual Student CREATE Conference events from April 12 to 15th  (CREATE schedule here) including Posters, Slams, Short Film Fest, Rant like Rick, Photos, Performances and More!
  • A virtual Faculty Research and Creative Activity Symposium will be held on Friday April 16th from 9am to 3pm. (Symposium schedule here)
  • Faculty and Staff are invited to submit their photos, posters or videos of Research in Action Contest! Prizes! Show and tell us about your research and creative activity! Deadline is April 30th More Info here.
  • All activities and free to attend and open to everyone!

Join Us!  VIU's Virtual Faculty Research & Creative Activity Symposium Friday, April 16 from 9am to 3pm

Faculty and staff are invited to present and discuss the work they are involved in by giving a 15-minute presentation followed by 5 mins for questions.Join us for an amazing day of learning and sharing information, insights, and explorations via ZoomSee the schedule.

Upcoming Zoom in to Lunch & Learns!

  • April 20th - 12 to 12:45pm  Learn about: ‘What Matters 2.0: Views of older adults with Chinese descent’ w/ Piera Jung, Kelly Zhang, Marti Harder Link here.
  • April 27th - 12 to 12:45pm Learn about: The Community Scholars Program: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice in Vancouver Island & Region Nonprofits w/ Dana McFarland Info here.

President and Provost Awards Info session April 23 from 1 to 2pm

Are you planning to submit a nomination for the President’s Awards for Community Engagement or the Provost’s Awards for Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity this year? Prepare a winning nomination by joining this session to learn more about the award process, award categories and tips on preparing a strong nomination package. The Chairs of the committees will be available to answer your questions and provide guidance to nominators and nominees. Join via Zoom

Rant-like-Rick Finale

Rant-like-Rick Finale - Cast your vote!

3 Rants | 2-minutes each | 1 Winner | Cast your vote!

People's Choice Awards at CREATE

People's Choice Events

Online events you can checkout whenever then cast your vote for your favourite!


SHORT Films Fest

Tune in @ 1pm on Wednesday, April 14th

What's Happening

Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU Psychology Professor, and Maureen O’Connor, a VIU Bachelor of Science in Nursing Professor were curious about some of the effects of this new way of interacting with one another.
Archeologist Christine Roberts’, member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and graduate from VIU's Anthropology program, delves into the lives of her First Nations ancestors as a monitor of excavations during upgrades to Highway 19 along the east coast of Vancouver Island near Campbell River. The highway, constructed decades ago, runs through the heart of her nation’s traditional territory.
On Father’s Day in June 2018, Samantha Good, an undergraduate student studying anthropology at VIU, was participating in a field school that was working on an excavation in the Drimolen cave in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind. She uncovered what appeared to be a canine tooth jutting out from the loose brown sediment. Ms. Good kept digging until she found two more teeth and a partial palate, and then alerted her instructors. (Article published in the NY Times on Nov. 9th)

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