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2014-2015 Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Highlight

  • Aboriginal youth research assistants working on Jennifer Mullett’s Digital Stories project: Preservation and Prevention received awards and were honoured for their work in preserving and presenting Aboriginal culture at the Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival at VIU.
  • Liane O’Keefe, Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management received a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award to research “Exploring the values, attitudes and nature connectedness of urban millennial parents and the impact on nature-based family leisure decisions.”
  • Erik Krogh and Chris Gill received $796,208 from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) for the “Real-time mobile mass spectrometry laboratory”.
  • Pam Shaw received $197,644 from CFI and BCKDF for the “Rejuvenating health and wellbeing: resource management and social-ecological interactions in coastal estuaries” project.
  • Don Tillapaugh secured $667,000 from Western Economics Diversification Canada (WD) for the “Design and implementation of a ‘nextgen’ shellfish hatchery”.
  • Brian Kingzett was approved funding from the Ministry of Agriculture for the “Monitoring of drift seaweed harvest Central Strait of Georgia 2014/15”
  • The Canadian War Museum granted Stephen Davies’ $10,000 for the Canadian Letters and Images Project to sponsor two work-op students.
  • Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute established at VIU and received multiple VIU Research Award Committee (VIURAC) awards.
  • Grant Murray attended a three week knowledge dissemination event, World Park Congress in Australia with partners from Africa.
  • Bill Floyd, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations joins VIU as a visiting researcher to establish a Coastal Hydrology and Climate Change Research Lab with a specific focus on the BC Central Coast, funded by the Tula Foundation.
  • Three Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students receive Health Professional Student Research Awards to undertake research training for their projects:
    • “A pilot study exploring moral distress in local nurses” Tosh Reed
    • “Student Perspectives: Who’s who in the Hospital?” Jennifer Duncan & Sarah Reid
  • Cheryl Warsh working on Frances Kelsey’s Biography and setting up document archiving at VIU library.
  • Helen Gurney-Smith received funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to research “Coupling state-of-the-art chemical oceanography with biological relevance: examining phyto- and zooplankton populations in a dynamic coastal environment”
  • CBC announcer and author Mark Forsyth came to VIU in February for talk and book signing of book, From the West Coast to the Western Front. Proceeds from book sales are donated to VIU Canadian Letters and Images Project.
  •  36 students who attended or presented at various conferences, workshops or colloquia received funding from the VIU Student Travel and Conference Fund and/or  the Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund. In addition, two Bachelor of Science in Nursing students were awarded funds from the Stephanie Buckingham Conference Presentation Fund.
  • Cheryl Warsh received a SSHRC Connection Grant to host an Alcohol and Drug Use and Regulation: A Continuing History Symposium in November 2015.
  • Helen Gurney-Smith received NSERC Workshop Grant to facilitate a Climate change and aquaculture in Canada: Pacific workshop
  • 80 students presented their research and major projects through posters and presentations to the VIU community and general public at the VIU Create Conference. As a result, 27 students received awards and 13 students received honourable mentions. Full award details can be viewed on the CREATE Awards web page.
  • 19 faculty members were awarded funds from the VIU Research Awards Committee (VIURAC) to undertake various research projects. Full details of these awards can be found on the 2014-2015 Internal Grants and Leaves web page.

Updated: June 3, 2015