VIU Business Plan Competition

About the VIU Business Plan Competition:

Do you have a great idea for a business? The Vancouver Island University Business Plan Competition (VIUBPC) is your chance to compete for a chance to win cash prizes and valuable support to launch your business. Plus, you will learn how to write a great business plan- a valuable skill that can make your dreams a reality. The competition will have two categories; (1) Currently Enrolled students and (2) Alumni who have successfully completed a minimum of 16 credits.  Although there are different stages to developing a solid business plan, all you really need is a creative idea for a self-sustaining business.

Your business idea can be about anything- the competition is open to ideas in all aspects of business such as hospitality, technology, tourism, social enterprise, etc. Developing a business plan involves everything necessary to launch your idea to the market; from the first steps you will need to take to develop your idea, through to a plan to take your business through its first year.

Eligible entrants must be a current student or have completed 16 credits at VIU. Businesses ideas must be pre-revenue ventures or operating less than one year from your first sale.

Need some help to get started? Throughout the 2015 competition (October to November), we will be providing mentorship, opportunities to get support and feedback, and the chance to meet different kinds of entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors, and community leaders.

This year, the winning business plans will compete to win cash prizes and professional development packages!

More information available here.

Mitacs Student Awards

Mitacs has announced the following competitive student research awards:
1)       for Canadian senior undergraduate and graduate students to work at foreign universities in India, France and Tunisia (see below).  All programs require a Canadian (home) and an international (host) academic supervisors. 
2)      for French graduate students to work in Canada.
Please see details here.


Primatology Research Opportunities

To those interested below are some details of research opportunities for PrimatesPeru.  Click the link for some more specifics.

PrimatesPeru Course Syllabus

We offer a field course in both the early and late summer, as well as research assistantships in a variety of ongoing and long-term research programs, with opportunities to assist in writing publications with the Principal Investigators upon completion of the program. Topics range from studying animal behavior to their reproductive biology, predator-prey dynamics, and health.

Some opportunities begin in Summer 2014 (with fast-approaching deadlines), while others will run year-round (with rolling deadlines). There are programs that should be of interest to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as seniors who are graduating this May and would like to get field experience in their gap year. Both the course and the research assistantships can be taken for credit from the student’s own university, in collaboration with us.

All of our programs are conducted at the Los Amigos Biological Field Station – a place of remarkable biodiversity and beauty in southeastern Peru.

Thank you for helping to share these opportunities.


Mini Watsa

Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa
Research Associate
Department of Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis

Research group – PrimatesPeru

M.Sc. funding for 2 students (Trent University)

Two M.Sc. fellowships are available in the department of anthropology at Trent University (Ontario, Canada) under the supervision of Eugène Morin. The fellowships are funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant entitled “Reassessing the chronology, composition and climatic implications of three Neandertal and early modern human sites from France.”
Full funding will be provided to each student for a period of up to two years starting in 2014-2015. The successful applicants will be expected to focus on one of the following topics:
– spatial analysis of faunal and lithic objects in a cave sequence
– archeozoological analysis of a Middle or Upper Paleolithic assemblage
International students are welcome to apply. Interested applicants should contact Eugène Morin by February 1, 2014.
Eugene Morin
Associate Professor
Trent University, Dept. of Anthropology
DNA Block C, 2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON, Canada K9J 7B8
Tel: 705-748-1011, ext. 7682

New journal from SAA

From the editor:

NOTE: First two issues are free.

On behalf of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), I am pleased to announce Volume 1, Number 1 of Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology!

Launching a new SAA journal has happened only three times in the past: 1935 with American Antiquity, 1990 with Latin American Antiquity, and 2002 with E-tiquity (no longer published). This new journal pushes SAA into the future. Not only is the digital format changing the way SAA publishes scholarly peer-reviewed articles, it will allow for the inclusion of exciting new data, faster time to publication, and instant global distribution. The content, too, is progressive and you finally have a forum to publish your innovative research on how we do archaeology: how we learn about the past, how we convey our findings in the present, and how we manage resources for the future.

The first two issues are completely free and open to all, but starting with the February 2014 issue, subscriptions will be available for $199 per year for non-member individuals, but if you join SAA, you may choose to receive it for FREE!. Until then, we invite you to download Volume 1, Number 1 of our journal here. I hope that you enjoy it.

Christopher D. Dore, Ph.D., RPA
Editor, Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology

P.S. I invite you to engage our new journal as an author, reviewer, and reader. I encourage you to think in new ways about what can be published as well as how to take full advantage of the digital format. As the inaugural editor of the journal, I’m open and available to help you brainstorm ideas, answer your questions, and hear your suggestions on how to improve the journal as a resource and tool for the practice of archaeology.