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VIU Research Will Inspire Youth to Preserve Culture and Protect Salmon

Having the opportunity to go back to her community as a scholar to support the development of programs to preserve her language and culture is exciting to...

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VIU Researchers Aim to Develop Improved Mapping Methods For Canada's North

A Vancouver Island University (VIU) research project will provide a unique opportunity to examine the glacial landscape of Canada’s North, leading to new...

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Coastal Communities Buoyed by New Fish-Health Lab

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training News Release Communities dependent on fisheries are getting help in protecting British Columbia's fish...

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VIU Events


CoPEH-Can Webalogue

The next webalogue will be on Wednesday, Jan 16th from 12:30-2:00pm PDT The topic will be: "Heals like a Tree, Flows like a River: engagements with health...


Bannock & Naan "Indian" Night

VIU Cultural Connections (International Education)...


Marine Heatwaves and Infectious Diseases: Implications for Shellfish Aquaculture and Food Security by Dr Timothy Green

Free Public Lecture The impact of climate change on seafood production has primarily focused on higher mean seawater temperatures, but this may be limiting...


Free Public Lecture: Marine Heatwaves and Infectious Diseases: Implications for Shellfish Aquaculture

The Faculty of Science and Technology popular lecture series runs on Wednesdays at January 16, 2019 through to April 10, 2019. They will be in Room 203,...

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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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