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Vanier scholarships for five UVic students

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:53

Five UVic PhD students received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships this year, the highest number so far. The Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship program attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Each scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

New UVic students receive Schulich Leader Scholarships

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:52


Schulich Leader Scholarships have awarded two University of Victoria undergraduate students each a $60,000 four-year entrance scholarship—the largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based scholarship of its kind in Canada. Jennifer Borchert, a graduate of Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon, BC, and Aliya Khan of Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver are two of 40 students from 20 Canadian universities receiving the scholarship.

Student I-witness--2012 Holocaust Field School

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:49

Participants in UVic's 2nd annual I-witness Holocaust Field School (Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow, Prague) returned from Central Europe in June 2012 with a collection of photographs hinting at the life-changing experience overseas.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Several participants also provided "notes from the field." The group of UVic students, led by program director and UVic professor Dr. Charlotte Schallié, arrived in Berlin on May 14. These three despatches were sent from Europe on May 27 exclusively for The Ring, in addition to the blog posts while the group was overseas. They returned home on June 3.

Residential school resistance narratives: Video project

Fri, 2012-05-11 12:05

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) regional event in Victoria Apr. 13-14 included the premiere of seven videos produced by seven young Indigenous researchers for the UVic Centre for Youth and Society (CFYS)’s project, “Resistance Narratives: Strategies and Significance for Indigenous Youth.” Using digital storytelling, the youth identified and celebrated strategies of resistance that enabled family and community members to survive the Indian Residential Schools of Vancouver Island.

The spirit of aloha: Indigenous Governance exchange

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:58

IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson i
IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson in front row at left)

Having never been to Hawai’i before, I had a typical vision of the tropical paradise: sandy beaches lined with palm trees, a coconut drink decorated with a miniature umbrella in hand, the occasional hula dancer in sight, and a plethora of tourists. This distant, magical place seemed breathtakingly beautiful, but it also seemed a little too conventional for my liking. But when the opportunity came for me to complete an elective course in Hawai’i, I jumped at the chance not knowing that a transformative, life-changing experience awaited me.

Grad student wins prestigious Canadian book award

Fri, 2012-05-04 10:10

Photo of Jarvis

On May 1, School of Public Administration doctoral candidate Mark Jarvis was awarded the prestigious Donner Prize for his co-authored book Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government. Administered by the Donner Foundation, the Donner Prize is an annual award for the best public policy book by a Canadian.

JCURA: A cornucopia of undergrad research

Tue, 2012-04-24 14:23

Visual arts student Elyse Portal demonstrates her project. Photo: Patrick Craib.
Visual arts student Elyse Portal demonstrates her project. Photo: Patrick Craib.

The Michele Pujol room in the Student Union Building was brimming with enthusiasm on April 10 as up-and-coming young scholars showcased their original research projects at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards Fair. Established in 2009, the JCURA program encourages the development of strong academic relationships by funding collaborative research projects between faculty and undergraduates, giving promising students an appetite for original research in the process. This year there were 99 JCURA scholars, supervised by 87 faculty members, across 41 departments and schools.

"I found my voice at the UN"

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:18

Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb

In September 2011, I received an email detailing an opportunity to attend the pre-session for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The email, from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), was calling for youth ambassadors to speak about their life experiences being Aboriginal Canadians in todays’ society.

Entrepreurship program breeds success

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:10

Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science
Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear

When musician, author and broadcaster Jann Arden wanted to tap into social media to boost exposure for her new book Falling Backwards, she turned to YUPIQ, a Victoria-based company that sprung directly from research by UVic Master’s in Engineering students Logan Volkers, Will Fraser, Torben Werner and Jeff Crowe. The relationship meant Arden was able to access 24 times more people, which is significant given Arden’s established national presence as an entertainer.

Ideal teachers share best practices

Thu, 2012-02-09 11:12

Pufahl, left, discusses teaching with Smith. Photo: Beth Doman
Pufahl, left, discusses teaching with Smith. Photo: Beth Doman

Great teachers  help shape lives. That’s why movies like Finding Forrester, Dead Poets Society and To Sir, With Love can resonate so deeply. Now, a new initiative launched in January by UVic’s Learning and Teaching Centre is helping inspire the next generation of university professors. Teaching excellence is a top priority at UVic, and at the end of January, past recipients of UVic teaching awards opened their classroom doors for two days to graduate students for a firsthand experience of excellent teaching in action.