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Statistics & Fast Facts (2013-2014)

This page outlines VIU's research statistics, for both faculty and students, for the previous fiscal year's research activity.

Dana Short, NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Recipient

Student Research Statistics

General External Research Funding Facts and Figures

Pie Charts




Student Research Statistics

  • Approx. $453,099 was given to students for research awards, salaries & honorariums (internal & external funds).
  • Approx. 219 students received salaries/honorariums as a result of research activities at VIU.
  • 57 students received research scholarships, awards & internships (internal & external funds).
  • 4 students awarded SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's Awards.

General External Research Funding Facts and Figures (by Fiscal Year Funding Received)

  • $ 1,231,996 - Total external research funding received in fiscal year 2013/2014 (not including student research).
  • $ 521,138 - Funds put into building institutional research capacity.
  • $ 622,737 - Research operating funds received.
  • $ 88,121 - Infrastructure (facilities and equipment) funding received.


Research Capital

Fiscal Year

Capacity Building


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  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded a boat built by the VIU welding department for Sarah Dudas, Canada Research Chair in Shellfish Aquaculture Ecosystem Interactions.

  • Shannon Bence, Master in Sustainable Leisure Management student selected as one of the top 25 finalists for the SSHRC competition “Research for a Better Life: the Storyteller’s Challenge” presented at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences conference.
CFI boat build by the VIU welding department
Margot Croft and Kiana Jepson assisting with collecting samples for Sarah Dudas' research
  • Sarah Dudas involved volunteers in her research to assist with sampling.

  • VIU hosted the 7th International Sturgeon Symposium July 2013.

  • Lynne MacFadgen, Project Manager for the Centre for Healthy Aging and Community-Engaged Scholarship was awarded the UBCM Community Planning Project: Oceanside IMPACTS grant.
Eric Demers and students doing bird banding
  • 14 Lunch and Learn presentations, sponsored by VIU's Institute for Coastal Research, Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office, World Leisure Centre of Excellence, and Community Based Research Institute:
    • September 17, 2013 - Dr. Steve Lane , Associate Vice-President: Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives
      “Cultural Dislocation: Wordsworth’s Michael and Aboriginal Education”
    • October 1, 2013 - Gregory Bush , Professor, Faculty of Music
      “What Music Profs Really Do when They’re on Leave”
    • October 15, 2013 - Don Tillapaugh, Director, Centre for Shellfish Research
      “Hilltop Innovation”
    • October 29, 2013, Dr. Pat MacDonald, VIU Post-Doctoral Fellow
      “Q Method – a social science methodology to help explore the plurality of human social values in challenging public policy environments”
    • November 12, 2013 - Dr. John Anderson, Professor, Criminology & Patrick Konkin, Professor Chair, Social Work & Community Support Worker Programs
      “Evaluation of a youth inclusion project with the Hiiye'yu Lelum Society”
    • November 26, 2013 - Dr. David Robinson, Professor, Recreation & Tourism
      “Engaged learning and change through undergraduate research: A case study of the Heart of Gold Community Empowerment Project"
    • December 10, 2013 - Dr. Nicole Vaugeois, BC Regional Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Development
      “Creating resilient, Attractive and sustainable coastal communities for tomorrow’s generations”
    • January 14, 2014 - Dr. Keith Chaulk, Visiting Scholar with the Institute for Coastal Research
      “Labrador, is that part of Canada? Where is it and what happens there?”
    • January 28, 2014 - Dr. Robert Willis, Professor, Faculty of Management
      “What I've Learned about Research from Teaching MBA Students”
    • February 11, 2014 - Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa, Director, Research and Scholarly Activity Office
      “Coast Salish Spinning: Looking for twist, finding change”
    • March 11, 2014 - Kathleen Reed, VIU Assessment and Data Librarian
      “Insights into Influence: Scholar-Practitioner Profile in the Academy and Community"
    • April 1, 2014 - Dr. Pam Shaw, Professor, Geography Department
      “Portland/Seattle Field School: Seeing the Details”
    • April 8, 2014 - Alanna Williams, Professor, Digital Media Studies
      “Instructional Design Processes Used at a Teaching-Intensive University”
    • April 15, 2014 - Jamie Alley, Institute for Coastal Research Fellow
      “The Seafood Industry in Coastal BC: Contributions towards a Research Agenda”

  • 13 W5 (Research Who? Research What? Research Where? Research When? Research Why? and Research How?) of Academic Research presentations, sponsored by the Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office:
    • September 27, 2013 - Dr. Paige Fisher, Professor, Faculty of Education
      “Telling Your Story: Narrative Methods in Social Science Research”
    • October 11, 2013 - Warren Weir, Cowichan Campus Academic Administrator
      “Respectful Research in Aboriginal Communities and Institutions in Canada"
    • November 8, 2013 - Dr. Ravindra Mohabeer, Professor, Digital Media Studies
      “Before we start, what are we doing? The importance of questions.”
    • December 13, 2013 - Terri Doughty, Professor, English Department
      “Balancing a Research Agenda at a Teaching University”
    • January 10, 2014 - Dr. Jennifer Mullett, Director, Centre for Healthy Communities Research & Sarah Fletcher, Community Research Coordinator
      “Community based research: when the Research method becomes part of the intervention”
    • January 24, 2014 - Dr. Martin Martens, Professor, Faculty of Management
      “Mixed Methods in Organizational Research: Narratives and a Search for Justice”
    • February 7, 2014 - Lynn Rollison, Professor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
      “Ethnography: Investigating Meaning”
    • February 21, 2014 - Dr. Cheryl Warsh, Professor, History Department
      “One more thing off the side of your desk: The joys and challenges of scholarly journal editing”
    • March 14, 2014 - Alison Taplay, Disability Studies Coordinator and University Instructor School and Community Support Worker
      “What Boyer Didn't Tell You about Community Engaged Research”
    • March 21, 2014 - Dr. Guy Le Masurier, Professor, Sport, Health and Physical Education
      “How sitting became the "new smoking": The co-evolution of physical activity measurement and physical activity epidemiology”
    • April 11, 2014 - Kathleen Bortolin, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL)
      “Leveraging your instructional curiosity: Using action research to develop inquiry into your practice”
    • October 11, 2013 - Warren Weir, Cowichan Campus Academic Administrator
      “Respectful Research in Aboriginal Communities and Institutions in Canada"
    • October 18, 2013 - Dr. Pete Parker, Professor, VIU Recreation and Tourism Department
      “Utilizing existing agency methodological frameworks to facilitate development and policy creation; examples from Nepal and the Caribbean”