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VIU News

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Research Project Studies Impacts of Climate Change on Local Plant Species

Researchers are examining how plant life cycles are impacted by climate change in an effort to better inform land, resource and conservation management...

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UPDATE: COVID-19, MAY 13

As you know, VIU, along with many other universities, announced on Monday that our fall semester will be a hybrid program model of education delivery...

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Student update on our fall semester

Dear VIU Students,I know the past month and a half has been filled with lots of change and uncertainty and I wanted to thank you for your patience,...

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VIU Events

May
25

Storm the Stairs

Be sure to follow @MarinersRecreation on Facebook and Instagram. On May 25, we will post an activity card that you will need to screenshot. For every day you...

May
25

Energy Care with Noelle Hanuse

With the demands on us in today’s hectic world, there can be times when we can feel run down and low in energy despite our best efforts to look after ourselves...

May
26

Culture Kitchen

Culture Kitchen is a weekly Facebook Live cooking show hosted by VIU Intercultural Program Coordinator Simón Schachner on Tuesdays starting at 5 pm. Each week...

May
27

Coffee Chats

Join us every Wednesday at 10:00 AM with your favourite morning drink or snack for a casual chat with friends!

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Cassandra Twiname, a VIU Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Cassandra Twiname

“Being from a small town in Northern B.C., coming to VIU was an easy adjustment with its welcoming atmosphere, small class sizes, approachable professors, and beautiful forested campus. The biology program is challenging but has an amazing faculty who have inspired my love for biology and have been there to help me throughout my academic career.”


Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Biology and Psychology 


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