VIU alumna Larissa Richards has come a long way from her days as a high school student in Port Alberni. The PhD candidate recently spent six weeks in Copenhagen studying with the world’s leading students and scientists in the field of chemometrics.
VIU Chemistry professors Dr. Erik Krogh and Dr. Chris Gill are moving forward on two student focused research projects thanks to NSERC funding of $250,000 awarded through their Discovery Grant Program.
Chemistry professors Dr. Erik Krogh and Dr. Chris Gill will deliver 12 presentations at the 97th annual Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) conference in Vancouver. The team of 15 faculty, alumni and graduate and undergraduate student researchers from Vancouver Island University (VIU) are playing a major role in Canada’s largest chemistry conference at the Vancouver Conference Centre June 2 to 5.
VIU will receive $500,000 of funding from the provincial government in the building a state-of-the-art mobile research lab at Vancouver Island University. Premier Christy Clark announced in October that $2.5 million will be provided for research projects across Vancouver Island's three public universities.
Four VIU researchers were recently awarded almost $500,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Drs. Erik Krogh and Chris Gill will receive $398,104 for their project to develop a cutting edge mobile mass spectrometry laboratory.
Vancouver Island University chemistry student Dane Letourneau received top honours at the 2012 Canadian Society for Chemistry conference in Calgary this month, along with a $250 prize and a travel grant from VIU’s Student Travel and Research committee to help cover expenses to attend the conference. His poster, entitled Photodechlorination Kinetics of Trace Contaminants in Natural Waters Using Membrane Introduction Mass Spectrometry as an In-Situ Reaction Monitor, won best undergraduate student poster award in the environmental division.
VIU's Megan Willis is the recipient of a $1000 scholarship from the Association of the Chemical Profession of BC (ACPBC) for outstanding academic achievements and activities in service to the profession of Chemistry. The scholarship is awarded to the top chemistry student applicant in the province.
Kyle Duncan, Megan Willis, Zach Yim and Dane Letourneau received prestigious Undergraduate Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada worth $4,500 each. The students are conducting sophisticated research while being mentored by Chemistry professors Dr. Erik Krogh and Dr. Chris Gill in VIU’s multi-million dollar Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL) at the Nanaimo campus. The awards, topped up by $2,500 from VIU, cover their wages for 16 weeks of summer employment
Devlin moved to Malaspina’s Nanaimo campus in 2003 and enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program. He excelled in his studies, and was hired to work for three consecutive summers in Malaspina's multi-million dollar Applied Environmental Research Lab (AERL).
Creba was one of three Malaspina science students selected to receive a $17,500 postgraduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the top national award for students entering graduate school.