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VIU News

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Vancouver Island University Recognized as a Bee Campus

Bee City Canada designation commits VIU to organizing activities that help protect pollinators on campus and raising awareness about the importance of...

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VIU Mariners Secure Deal With Adidas and Kahunaverse Sports Group

VIU Mariners, Kahunaverse Sports and Adidas announce partnership on the eve of the PACWEST court sport season openers.Vancouver Island University (VIU)...

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Overcoming Barriers to Active Transportation With E-Bikes

A VIU student research project aims to help cities formulate cycling plans that include electric bicycles.­­Vancouver Island University (VIU) Masters of...

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VIU Events

Oct
17

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut Drill!

For the 5th year in a row at VIU, the annual “Great British Columbia Shake Out” drill will occur on October 17, 2019 from 9:45 am – 10.05 am. Earthquake...

Oct
17

How to Write a Thesis Statement

We will discuss what we mean by a thesis and how we get to one, its relationship to the research question, as well as some common ways in which we get it wrong...

Oct
17

INformed: Works by Robin Field

The View Gallery presents "INformed: Works by Robin Field", a survey of multi-media works by veteran Island artist and former Visual Art professor Robin Field...

Oct
17

Language in the Library

Coast Salish lands and communities are living libraries. From living libraries stem Indigenous language and story. Please join Jane Alcorn, Penelakut and...

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Eric Friesen, a Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Eric Friesen

“All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.”


Bachelor of Science, Biology


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