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Awards and honours

University of Waterloo attracts many of the world’s top researchers, students and faculty. Their excellence, and the national and global reputation of this institution is reflected in the hundreds of awards and honours bestowed on the university and its people each year.

Waterloo students consistently outperform those from other leading schools in national and international competitions. They are inspired by top notch instructors, including Nobel and Killam prize winners, and have the opportunity to work with researchers who have made this institution a leader in winning national and international research grants.

Waterloo alumni continue to shine after graduation, winning some of the most recognized and sought-after awards in the world, in arts and entertainment, sports, government service and leadership.

Waterloo celebrates these achievements in many ways, including by sharing them in this online forum.

  • Killam Prize winners
    • Paul Thagard, 2013
    • Mark Zanna, 2011
    • Ming Li, 2010
    • William Tutte, 1982
  • 20 Killam Research Fellowships awarded to University of Waterloo researchers since 1968
    • A. Ages, 1984, French
    • E.J. Ashworth, 1988, Philosophy
    • P.F. Bernath, 1998, Chemistry
    • M.P. Bryden, 1989, Psychology
    • F.E. Burke, 1968, Administration
    • K.R. Davidson, 1995, Mathematics
    • J.R. English, 1985, History
    • M. Gingras, 2012, Physics/Space Science
    • Marilyn Griffith, 2003, Biology
    • J.W. Hepburn, 1995, Chemistry
    • K.W. Hipel, 2001, Engineering
    • Ming Li, 2001, Computer Science
    • D. Meichenbaum, 1988, Psychology
    • R.T. Oakley, 2006, Waterloo Chemistry
    • J. Paldus, 1987, Mathematics
    • K.H. Rubin, 1987, Psychology
    • G. Scoles, 1985, Chemistry
    • C.L. Stewart, 1990, Mathematics
    • P.R. Thagard, 1997, Philosophy
    • N.R.R. Tumkur, 1986, Biology
  • Nobel Laureate Sir Anthony Leggett, (Physics, 2003), summer lecturer at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing
  • 2 Canada Excellence Research Chairs awarded to Waterloo researchers
    • David Cory, Quantum Information Processing
    • Philippe Van Cappellen, Ecohydrology
  • 65 Canada Research Chairs allocated to the University of Waterloo
  • 33 University Research Chairs
  • 70 faculty members are Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 4 faculty have won the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture

Other Honours

  • 2016 Distinguished Teacher Awards winners
    • Jee-Hae Lim (Accounting and Finance)
    • Robert McKillop (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Kathryn Plaisance (Knowledge Integration)
    • Mark Pritzker (Chemical Engineering)
  • 2016 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student
    • Tiffany Bayley (Management Sciences)
    • John Doucette (Computer Science)
    • Hadi Hosseini (Computer Science)
    • Laura Sauder (Biology)
  • 2015 Co-op students of the year:
    • Joey Pereira (Computer Science)
    • Emily West (Psychology)
    • Andrew MacDonald (Geography and Environmental Management)
    • Rachel McDonald (Health Studies)
    • Vinita Dhir(Science and Business)
    • Jordan Grant (Management Engineering)
  • 2011 Pioneer Award, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Professor Ian Goldberg of the Cheriton School of Computer Science
  • 6 of 16 Doctoral Prizes awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society since 1997 have gone to Waterloo alumni
  • University of Waterloo students placed 1st, 2nd, and also received an honourable mention at the 2011 Games4Girls Competition
  • 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology: Niels Bols, Department of Biology
  • Lawson Medal: Carol Peterson, Department of Biology
  • Royal Society of Canada, 2011 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering: Linda Nazar, Department of Chemistry
  • 2012 Steacie Award 2012: Janusz Pawliszyn
  • Ontario Heritage Award: Peter Russell, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2012 Excellence in Science Teaching Award: Cynthia Richard, School of Pharmacy
  • Janssen Innovation in Education Award from AFPC: Roderick Slavcev, School of Pharmacy
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Excellence in Education from AFPC: Nancy Waite, School of Pharmacy
  • Department of Physics & Astronomy Bappu Gold Medal: Niayesh Afshordi, Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • 2012 Excellence in Science Teaching Award: Kashif Memon, Faculty of Science