VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Contact Us

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office

Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth St. Nanaimo, BC Canada

Building 305 (Library) – Room 446 (Main Office)

General Inquiries

Phone: 250.740.6618
Fax: 250.740.6256

Office hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 4 pm

For more information on Scholarship, Research or Creative Activity at Vancouver Island University contact:

Nicole Vaugeois

Nicole Vaugeois, PhD

Associate Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies

Nicole is responsible for overseeing that Vancouver Island University provides a climate that allows scholarship, research and creative activity (SRCA) to thrive. She leads the development and implementation of the institution's SRCA Foundation Plan working with colleagues across the institution to ensure that those engaged in SRCA have access to the support, resources and services they need. Nicole serves as the senior administrator who provides oversight for all research compliance functions including animal care, research ethics, biosafety and the financial administration of research funding. This role provides oversight for the Office of Graduate Studies to ensure that our graduate programs and students are supported. Nicole is interested in connecting with researchers to learn about their work and identify ways to enable their success.

Phone: 250.740.6291
Email: Nicole Vaugeois
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Lindsay Frehlick, PhD

Director, Research Services

Start date of June 10, 2024


Roisin Mulligan, PhD

Research Development Manager

Roisin leads research capacity-building initiatives at Vancouver Island University including individual researcher development and coaching, community research chair initiatives, and major funding applications through the Canada Research Chairs program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.  In her grant facilitator role, Roisin works with researchers in the Faculties of Science and Technology, Health and Human Services, and Trades and Technology Management.  In her manager role, Roisin oversees the pre-award team that works to develop competitive faculty and student internal and external applications for research funding.  Roisin holds bachelor's and doctorate degrees in environmental biology and ecology and has 20 years of experience in research administration.

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2575
Email: Roisin Mulligan
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm


Bettina Ruhstein

Contracts Specialist and Grant Facilitator

Bettina facilitates all research contracts, from the initial proposal stage to the approval and signing of the final, written agreement on behalf of VIU. She also assists with external and internal research grant applications related to the social sciences, education, management, and humanities, and organizes research-related faculty workshops.

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2354
Email: Bettina Ruhstein
Office hours (Part-time): Monday - Wednesday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Larissa Richards

Research Grant Facilitator

Larissa assists with external and internal research grant applications. 

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2984
Email: Larissa Richards
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Lyn Locke

Lyn Locke

Administrative Assistant, Committee Support

Lyn is responsible for providing administrative support to the AVP, SRCA. She also supports committees that the AVP is the chair or a member of, and assists with pre-award internal applications.

Phone: 250.740.6324
Email: Lyn Locke
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm


Rebecca Ramsey

Interim Research Services Manager

Rebecca is responsible for the administration of externally funded awards.

Phone: 250.740.6196
Email: Rebecca Ramsey
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Sarah Campbell

Financial Administrator – Research

Sarah is responsible for the administration of externally funded awards.

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2048
Email: Sarah Campbell
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Kim Switnicki

Financial Administrator - Research

Kim is responsible for the administration of externally funded awards.

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2676
Email: Kim Switnicki
Office hours: Various

Lea Cohodas

Research Services Coordinator

Phone: 250.740.6618
Email: Lea Cohodas
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Kendra Stiwich

Kendra Stiwich

Director, Graduate Studies and Student Research

Kendra provides leadership to foster inclusive excellence in undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. She acts as the first point of contact for internal and external clients on graduate program matters and student research. Kendra supports the development and maintenance of high-quality graduate programs and liaises with internal departments to ensure that university-wide standards of quality, policy, equity and access are met. She advocates for institutional capacity development in graduate studies and inclusive excellence in undergraduate research.

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2700
Email: Kendra Stiwich
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Vanessa Moraes

Vanessa Moraes

Student Research Engagement Coordinator

Vanessa is your go-to person for items related to students. She is responsible for student training, research-related funding and scholarships, and assisting students with sharing their research. 

 If you are a student connect with Vanessa to learn more about:

  • Funding and grants
  • How to go to grad school
  • Acquiring more research-related skills
  • Going to conferences and other events
  • CREATE (Celebrating Research Engagement and Talent Exposition)
  • Any student research and creative activity question

If you are a faculty member connect with Vanessa to:

  • Discuss ways to get research assistant funding
  • Book one of her in-class research dissemination workshops
  • Get your students (and yourself!) involved in CREATE

Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2075
Email: Vanessa Moraes
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Chris Turner

Research Ethics Officer

Chris is responsible for managing the processes that ensure institutional compliance with national ethical standards for research involving human participants, manages the work of the VIU Research Ethics Board, and provides expert advice to the VIU research community regarding research ethics. Contact Chris if you have questions regarding the VIU REB and/or ethical review of research involving human participants. 

Phone: 250.740.6631
Email: Chris Turner
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm


Glenys Wood

Secretary, Research Chairs

Glenys provides secretarial and administrative support to VIU’s Canada Research Chairs, BC regional Innovation Chairs, and related entities and committees.

Email: Glenys Wood
Office hours (Part-time): Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 am - noon

Leyla Innala - On Leave

Interim Animal Care Services Manager

Leyla is responsible for planning, managing, implementing, and advising on the performance of the institutional ethics program as it pertains to research and teaching involving animals, and for ensuring that it is carried out according to the Universities and the Canadian Council for Animal Care policies and guidelines.

Email: Leyla Innala
Office hours (Part-time): Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - 2:45 pm; Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm

Carl Butterworth

Interim Animal Care Services Manager

Email: Carl Butterworth
Phone: 250.740.6399

Jennifer Kebe

Jennifer Kebe

Biosafety Officer and Acting Animal Care Officer

Jennifer is responsible for providing institutional oversight for the management of biological materials and maintaining safe laboratory workspaces that are compliant with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Email: Jennifer Kebe
Office hours (Part-time): Monday, 9 am - 1 pm; Thursday, 9 am - 12 pm