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Frequently Asked Questions



Why should I participate in CREATE?

There are tonnes of great reasons for you to participate! It’s free, fun, and a great way to build relationships and network. You can practice your presentation skills as well as increase exposure for you and the work you’re doing. Bolster your CV (resume) for employment and graduate school, and build your “research portfolio” for graduate school and research scholarship applications (e.g. NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Awards). Finally, there’s a chance to win great prizes, and who doesn’t love prizes?

This sounds great for a science research project, but I’m in (culinary arts/music/creative writing/trades/business/education/ESL/etc…). Can I participate?

Of course! We strongly encourage any student in any discipline to participate in CREATE. It will help make this year’s event even more successful, and diversity is what we strive for. Any major project suitable to your discipline works (the creation, dissemination, or exchange of knowledge or creative activity within one’s discipline). See Classifying Student Scholarship at VIU web page for examples.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Atkins (, 250-753-3245 local 2704).

My research will not be finalized by the date of the event? Is it OK to present preliminary data?

Yes. We understand that many students’ research will not be at a final stage by the start of CREATE. Students are welcome to present your problems, ideas, hypotheses, methodologies and any preliminary data that you have.

Can my poster or presentation be a team effort?

Yes. Multiple author presentations are accepted. It is a great idea to recognize your faculty supervisor and/or co-investigators, if applicable.

Help! I spent all my money on textbooks! Is there any way to cover printing and poster board costs?

Yes, we are offering free poster printing through the Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office! Resources are limited and allocated based on registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submission requirements will be emailed after you register.

Is there a selection process for CREATE registrants?

Ideally, we will accept all participants for CREATE and do our best to ensure all students can participate. However, if we receive more registrants then spots available, then a selection may be required based on registration date so don't hesitate, register now!

I am unable to participate, but I would love to be involved! Is there anything I can do?

Of course! Everyone is welcome to enjoy all aspects of CREATE for free, including all poster presentations, oral presentations, and the scholarship slam. But an even better option is to volunteer your time and help us make this the most successful CREATE event yet! By volunteering you will gain experience in organizing an event which looks great on your resume and is a bonus when applying for scholarships and awards. To volunteer, e-mail

That sounds great, I’d love to volunteer! What could I do?

During CREATE we are looking for student volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Some duties could include: helping students set up their posters, providing information to students/public about the People's Choice voting and drop boxes, helping decorate for the Awards Ceremony, and other jobs as they arise.

Is there anything I can do to help?

Yes. We are looking for faculty judges to volunteer their time and help judge the student poster presentations and 15 minute presentations. We are also looking for faculty participants at the Scholarship Slam. Please e-mail for more information and to sign up.

What are the responsibilities of a judge?

We are trying to make the judging as simple as possible. We will assign judges 1-3 hour timeslots based on their availability. Judges may be asked to judge posters or 15 minute presentations. To evaluate participants, judges are to show up at their pre-determined time slot. At this time, they will be handed a clipboard with a judging sheets for their assigned participants. If you are assigned to judge posters, you will walk around and evaluate poster presentations. If you are assigned to judge the 15 minute presentations, you will sit in the audience with your judging sheet and evaluate presentations. For both the posters and 15 minute presentations you will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.