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Making an impact through undergraduate research

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 16, 2021 - 8:04am

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology degree last April, Marissa Wright-LaGreca immediately began working in the Centre for Shellfish Research.

She is researching the first 24 hours of shell development in Pacific oyster larvae, hoping to find out how growth is impacted by changing seawater conditions such as ocean acidification. The results of her project could help hatcheries select oysters that are more resilient to harsher ocean conditions.

13 strategies for exam success

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 8, 2021 - 10:16am

Final exams and big semester-end papers are among the most challenging aspects of the university experience. There is so much to learn, keep organized and remember as you head into finals. Following effective study tips can help reduce stress and increase your grade point average. Not every studying technique works for every student, so experiment with a few of these strategies to find out which ones work best for you.

Wayfinding at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 1, 2021 - 9:10am

Campus Development ran a survey from August 2 to September 30 asking students and employees to share their experiences and suggestions about wayfinding signage on the Nanaimo campus. Your thoughtful input will help us develop a comprehensive, accessible and inclusive wayfinding signage system. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our prize winners!

Cultivating the courage to complete her education: Leanor Hampton

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 27, 2021 - 10:51am

Vancouver Island University’s ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal student mentorship program celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2021. In honour of this important milestone, we are sharing stories of people closely connected with the program every month leading up to the anniversary. Stay tuned for a celebration event in February 2022 – when we hope to be able to gather in-person.

Your top questions about VIU's Engineering Technologist program, answered

Submitted by Rachel Stern on November 25, 2021 - 11:28am

What is engineering? Engineering is about solving problems. It applies the principles of science and mathematics to design and build things.

“Everything around you has been engineered, including your desk, stapler, window, the building you are in and the road you travel on. Some of this was engineered a long time ago, but someone did it at some point,” says David Moss, a VIU Engineering Technician. “We build things. Basically everything around you that is human-made has been engineered, whether it was designed or constructed through engineering.”

Looking out for number one: How to practice self-care during mid-terms and finals

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 17, 2021 - 12:37pm

Maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself is key to academic success and to your ability to support others. Neglecting personal care elevates anxiety, inattentiveness, frustration and could lead to burnout. When self-care starts to become equivalent to doing a chore, rather than a mental nudge to be grateful, it’s a sign that something needs to change in your life.