image of three reach recipients

REACH Awards fete research & teaching excellence

Recipients of the 2019 REACH awards push the boundaries of discovery, creativity and innovation to impact our lives and the world. 
(L-R) Tim Stockwell, Georgia Sitara, Charlotte Schallie

UVic news
McWhinnie stands in front of the ocean on a sunny day.

Small boat traffic

Marine biologist and coastal geographer Lauren McWhinnie is looking at how we can reduce noise pollution from small vessel traffic on southern resident killer whales.

Former grad student Mike Irvine in SCUBA gear

Taking academia underwater

Education grad student Mike Irvine presented his master's project underwater and started the Fish Eye Project, an organization that brings marine research to classrooms and the world through interactive livestream shows.

Pinstripes and flippers
Martens in the Ugandan community where she supports women's economic empowerment and the Living Hope program

Building commerce and community

For Brina Martens, pursuing a commerce degree involved building her own socially responsible, international business—and working with women in Uganda as they sought to start up a community-based enterprise of their own.

UVic chemist Alexandre Brolo in the lab

Fighting Zika on two fronts

UVic chemist Alexandre Brolo is using nanotechnology to create low-cost test strips that detect the presence of Zika in saliva, in addition to creating a smartphone camera app to to detect and geotag mosquito larvae in stagnated water.

Zika virus
Costa, grad student Ziwei Wang and research assistant Stephen Phillips

Citizen science on BC Ferries

Passengers on BC Ferries are helping scientists better understand ocean health and declining salmon populations in the Salish Sea, collecting images of the sea that will be connected to sensing data about the surrounding waters.

Hyperspectral sensor

New tools for different minds

FaceMaze, a game app developed by psychologist Jim Tanaka and the UVic Centre for Autism Research Technology and Education, is giving children with autism a fun new way to hone their social skills.

Facing up to autism
PhD candidate Harsh Rathod flies a drone.

Concrete improvements

Civil engineering PhD candidate Harsh Rathod is using artificial intelligence and robotics to help detect and quantify defects like cracks and holes in public infrastructure such as bridges and dams.


Partner with us

Students and researchers from the University of Victoria are driving change around the world, powered by the UVic Edge—that unique combination of dynamic learning and vital impact embedded in our extraordinary learning environment.

Partner with us on solutions to the issues that matter to people, places and the planet.

Connect to a global research hub

Partnerships play a key role in generating vital impact, from scientific and business breakthroughs to achievements in culture and creativity.

Our researchers publish a higher proportion of research based on international collaboration than any other Canadian university.

And our work with business and community partners—at home in Canada and in communities around the globe—has helped make UVic a leader in a wide range of fields, including Indigenous languages and law, clean energy, earth and oceans, climate change, high-energy physics and health.

Discovery and innovation in the public good

One in three UVic students participates in co-operative education, alternating academic terms with paid work in relevant areas, and building careers and hands-on experience through one of Canada’s largest (and longest-running) co-op programs.

UVic fosters entrepreneurship and commercialization support across the academic spectrum—which means our faculty or graduates could be the most important business partner you'll ever meet.

Creativity and innovation come naturally here on the edge. Read more in our Annual Review.

The Edge in action

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