New scholarship – international students

New for 2016-17, a scholarship for an international student majoring in one of the Social Science disciplines!  It’s worth $1000.

This is by recommendation so check out the criteria to see if you might qualify.


Masako and Stanley Fukawa Scholarship

  • Number: 1 per year
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Awarded to full time undergraduate 3-4 year international student with a cumulative GPA of (3.5) in the previous academic year; pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts, and declared a major in “Social Science”. Nominee to demonstrate activities in promoting social justice through community engagement. No application required, on the recommendation of the dean of social science. Awarded as a tuition credit for spring semester at Vancouver Island University.

TAC Festival 2017

You are invited to submit entries for the 2017 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival.  This is the only international competition for this genre in the entire Western Hemisphere and an opportunity to showcase your work.

The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2016.

Film screenings for TAC Festival 2017 take place May 4-7, 2017, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute in Eugene, OR.

The entry form and further information can be found by going to http://archaeologychannel.org/festival.  Please read the guidelines carefully.

2017 ACUA Travel Award

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2017 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000.00 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2017 SHA Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, USA, and will be granted to an international student presenting a paper on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at this Conference. Conference abstracts must be submitted directly to the Conference Organizers as outlined in the Call for Papers. Please refer to http://sha.org/conferences/ for complete details on abstract submission and deadlines.

To be eligible for consideration, students interested in applying for this award must currently be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in a graduate degree program (includes full-time, part-time, or thesis/dissertation hours only). Preference is given to international students. International students are considered to be those students residing or studying in a country other than the country where the conference is being held.

To apply for this award you must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Short covering letter
  3. A copy of your conference abstract, along with confirmation of submission

Submissions will be judged on academic merit and relevance to the field of underwater and maritime archaeology.

All Award application materials must be sent to the ACUA at info@acuaonline.org by 15 September 2016.

Former student publishes work begun while at VIU

Older news, still from this year!

Our very own Nancy Greene publishes the research that she began while a student at VIU (when it was Malaspina University-College).  It took her a decade to complete.

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, reports on her study but also how this research became very much a community project.  Nancy had the support of the Comox Valley community: financial and volunteers.  Hume describes her research as “a triumph of citizen science.”

Archeology student publishes paper on ancient, industrial-scale First Nations fishery by Stephen Hume, January 25, 2016.

The Comox Harbour Fish Trap Complex: A Large-Scale, Technologically Sophisticated Intertidal Fishery from British Columbia by Nancy A. Greene, David C. McGee, Roderick J. Heitzmann, Canadian Journal of Archaeology 39(2).

Vancouver Park Board first municipal body in Canada to hire in-house archaeologist

Exciting news! Vancouver Parks Board hires in-house archaeologist, Geordie Howe.  This is definitely a first in BC and gives hope that other municipalities will consider hiring archaeologists.  The hire was the result of one of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Actions.

Note that Geordie has a B.A. and through his years of work in the field has gained the respect and reputation he has.

For the media release from the City of Vancouver, go to: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/vancouver-park-board-first-municipal-body-in-canada-to-hire-in-house-archaeologist.aspx

Geordie was interviewed on CBC Early Edition, Jul7 4, 2016: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2691223195/  start at 1:27:03, end 1:33:15.

New student resource – FREE!!

Here’s info courtesy of UBC Press.  It’s a freebie!!

UBC Press is excited to offer a new student resource, How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and Life, FREE for download at www.ubcpress.ca/oncampus.

In this lively, highly accessible guide, York University Professors Thomas R. Klassen and John A. Dwyer answer the questions students have about succeeding in their courses and their post-secondary careers. They argue that the best preparation for success in life and on the job are by mastering the skills needed at university. This book will help students:

  • Develop strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening)
  • Select their courses and choose a program
  • Organize and manage their time
  • Sharpen their critical thinking skills
  • Write good essays and prepare for exams
  • Take better notes in class
  • Become an active reader and listener

The book is also available in print.