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Recognizing the Power of Place Names in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

Long before British Captain George Henry Richards named Mount Arrowsmith in the late 1800s, the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island had many...

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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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VIU Events

Jan
17

Fostering and Assessing "Intercultural Perspective"

What does intercultural perspective mean? How can an intercultural perspective be fostered in multiple disciplines? How can an intercultural perspective be...

Jan
18

Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning Program: Awareness Session

VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning program recognizes and celebrates faculty members who are implementing enhancements into their...

Jan
22

Dover Bay Grade 8's Coming to VIU Share Learning: How Does Where We Live Impact How We Live?

The Dover Bay Learns team is once again bringing all 253 of their grade 8’s to VIU’s Nanaimo campus to share their learning from an interdisciplinary unit...

Jan
23

Student Research Training Opportunity - Conferences 101

Never been to a conference? Have no idea what to expect or what to do? This will be a fun and informal talk to let you know all about conferences. The CREATE...

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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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