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Vancouver IslandUniversity

Student Researcher

Development Program

Student Researcher Development Program


What is the Student Researcher Development Program?

The SRDP is meant to provide students with further research skills training and expose them to a wider lens of the research world while at VIU. The Program is accessible to all VIU students and may be experienced as individual sessions, or students may chose to complete a 15 hour Program and have it recorded on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR). It is recommended the students take the CCR pathway.


How does it work?

Step 1. Download the Co-Curricular Involvement App

VIU's Co-Curricular Involvement App is available on the Google Play and App Store. To begin, sign in with your VIU computer account. Next, be sure to set up your app profile and preferences! View the sign up guide.

Step 2. Visit the Pathways Tab on the Co-Curricular Involvement App

Enroll in the Student Researcher Development Program. We have designed seven different programs which are listed below. Or you can choose the self-designed one.

Step 3. Check out schedule on app and attend sessions

Visit the resources Tab, find SRDP. Here is where you will find all eligible sessions. Complete 15 different sessions that correspond to your specific program. See more details below! 

Step 4. After you have completed a session:

Go back to the SRDP Pathway, click on your chosen program, and complete the short survey for approval.

Step 5. After you have attended 15 sessions:

Make sure you have met the requirements outlined below, filled out a survey for each sessions, and that your requests have been approved.

Step 6. After Approval:

You are now ready to apply for your CCR Notation under the category: Student Researcher Development Program! See short video below to help you out.

How to complete your CCR notation

How to Submit a CCR Notation - VIU Co-Curricular Record

Available Programs

Integrated sciences, technology and environment

Where scientists and technologists from different fields can come together to eventually tackle complex issues.

Innovation, entrepreneurship, and social change

Enables researchers to identify and monitor changes in the business and management models used across sectors as well as the associated outcomes of innovation and social change.

Teaching and learning

This focus area supports and enables student inquiry into teaching practices across the disciplines and within local and international contexts

Equity, diversity, and social justice

Issues of equity, diversity and social justice have gained elevated importance and urgency in recent years in order to ensure that access to social and economic resources are provided to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality or social class.

Resilience of island, coastal, and rural regions

Focuses on the realities, adaptive responses and consequences of people, communities and organizations in these regions.

Cultural, heritage, and creative expression

Deepens inquiry and creative activity to explore the various ways a culture, or cultures, use or have used literary, political, social, and artistic forms of creative expression.

Health, resilience, and well-being

Focuses on the study of human and environmental health with the aim of improving the adaptive capacity of humans and systems such that greater levels of resilience and well-being are achieved.


Attend the sessions you want. Just make sure to follow the guide below.