VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

GROW Network

Graduate Research Opportunities at Work (GROW) Network

Are you pursuing graduate studies while you work at VIU?

VIU employs many people who are also engaged in graduate research and study while working. Graduate work can be isolating and stressful, especially when also working full-time, and even more so for VIU graduate scholars who may have no sense of connection to their graduate program cohort, which is probably at a different university. 

The Office of Graduate Studies and Student Research, the Office of Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity and the Library are pleased to co-host the GROW Network which aims to support VIU employees to be successful in their graduate pursuits by building a community of practice that shares resources, tools and strategies and that organizes professional development and training opportunities.

Join this network to meet other employees who are pursuing graduate studies and to participate in learning opportunities throughout the year.

Register for a session on the InVIU Pro D Calendar or join via Zoom

Schedule of events for 2022

Date, Location and Time


April 27, 2023

4-5:30 pm

Royal Arbutus Room

Effective Writing Strategies

John Hill from VIU’s writing centre will present and then lead a discussion about writing strategies that include ideas about where, how and when. John will share the experiences and successes of people from the writing workshops he has led here at VIU. This session will offer encouragement for an often difficult stage of the graduate studies journey.

Presenter: John Hill

May 25, 2023

4-5:30 pm

Building 305, Room 440

Finding and Sustaining Motivation

Motivation is critical to completing a graduate program - from the beginning to the end of the journey. It is important to find a research topic that you are curious about but also one that can be sustained the length of time needed to complete a graduate degree will also work. How can you make sure your research inquiry and process remain fresh from the proposal through to your defence?

Moderator: Sally Vinden

Panelists: Jean Malteson and Rob Ferguson

Register for a session in the InVIU Pro D Calendar or join via Zoom