Waterloo, Bristol sign MOU for nano co-operation
On Friday, June 2 a delegation from the University of Bristol visited the University of Waterloo to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for educational and scientific co-operation.
The MOU is the latest stage in a developing relationship between the two institutions that began as a series of academic contacts between Professor Mervyn Miles and Professor Terry McMaster of the University of Bristol with Professor Zoya Leonenko and Professor Arthur Carty of Waterloo, which recognized strong academic areas of common ground between the two universities. In 2015, Professor McMaster led a team of Bristol academics and PhD researchers from the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials' Centre for Doctoral Training to the First Bilateral Bristol-Waterloo Symposium, followed by reciprocal visits to both Waterloo and Bristol for research meetings and graduate student training in 2016 and 2017.
“The University of Waterloo is looking forward to this partnership with the University of Bristol. Both universities share the same common values, and are among the leading institutions in Science and Engineering," says Professor Holger Kleinke, the executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. "As such, our partnership is focused on Quantum Science and Technology, nanomaterials and nanoscience, with respect to both education and research. We anticipate to benefit greatly from the comprehensive joint activities, gaining from each other’s complementary strengths.”
The agreement outlines how the two institutions will explore possibilities for further co-operation in training and research, including joint activities “of common interest” in areas like graduate student research training, science and engineering research, quantum science and technology, materials, and nanoscience. The memorandum also describes other forms of co-operation including the exchange of visiting faculty members for research, lectures and discussions, and the exchange of visiting graduate students for non-credit study and research.
“The University of Bristol and the University of Waterloo are on a shared journey: we both want to build a dynamic, sustainable relationship that builds research capacity and delivers impact," says Professor Terry McMaster, director of the Bristol Doctoral College. "And we are doing it in the right way – building from the bottom-up. This MOU marks a significant development of the journey. A component of the impact that this MOU makes possible will be deeper research relationships involving shared doctoral students.”
“The BCFN has been proud to have worked with UW for the last 3 years and enjoyed many opportunities for joint graduate training and research activities,” says Professor Annela Seddon, director of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials. “This MOU will cement our commitment to working together in the future.”
The MOU will remain in effect for five years, but can be renewed, extended or amended by mutual agreement.
Rhodes Scholarship competition open
The Fall 2017 Rhodes Scholarship competition is now open.
The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship supporting exceptional students at the University of Oxford in England. Established in the will of British mining magnate and businessman Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world, which aims to nurture public-spirited world leaders. Each year, Rhodes scholars are selected from 64 different countries around the world. Two scholarships are allocated to the province of Ontario.
The University of Waterloo’s deadline, by which interested applicants must submit their application to Heidi Mussar in the Graduate Studies Office, is Thursday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m.
To be eligible, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and between the ages of 19 and 25 by October 1, 2018. Applicants must have received an undergraduate degree prior to taking up the Rhodes Scholarship and they must have extensive accomplishments that contribute to making them a well-rounded individual.
The official Rhodes website provides detailed instructions regarding the competition process.
Applications through the University of Waterloo must receive institutional endorsement before they can be submitted to the Rhodes Trust. The required materials that have to be emailed to Heidi Mussar in the Graduate Studies Office include the following:
- A recent CV containing a factual list of principal activities and honours you received while in university (including scholarships, awards, committee positions held, athletic record, extracurricular participation);
- A maximum 1,000 word written statement of your general interests and activities; also include details regarding the proposed program of study you would undertake while at Oxford and your intentions regarding your future career; and
- 6 letters of reference – referees must email their assessments directly to Heidi Mussar by the August 31 deadline at 9:00 a.m. At least four of the referees should be people under whom you have studied at the University of Waterloo. Two referees should be people who know you well and can speak to your character and your broader non-academic interests.
The Graduate Studies Office has a dedicated website that contains details on the application process.
St. Paul's named a certified Fair Trade campus
St. Paul’s University College, in partnership with Watson’s Eatery, is proud to announce that they are now an officially certified Fair Trade campus.
"We have been serving fair trade coffee and other items for years, as well as implementing other sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives," says a statement from St. Paul's."
"Because we feel a strong connection with the core values of the Fair Trade mandate, we are continuously looking for ways to advance this ethic,” said Gita Bose, Food Services Unit Manager. “To apply for the actual certification just made sense."
Watson’s products that are produced in safe, secure working conditions and that offer fair wages and opportunities for workers include tea, coffee, cocoa, and chocolate croissants.
St. Paul’s continues to work to diversify and educate its staff and students on sustainable practices and encourage others to address complex local and global development issues.
Read more about the university college's sustainability initiatives.
Volunteer to billet student leadersWritten by Alexandra Carruthers, MUR Junior Editor and Marketing Associate
Student leaders from all across Canada are coming to Waterloo for the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC), September 26th-30th. Billeting is a vital part of the CSLC. It gives student leaders (some of them future Waterloo students) a chance to experience the local culture of the community they’re visiting. Take this opportunity to welcome 2 or more of these bright leaders into your home for the duration of the conference. Be a part of the education and inspiration of some of Canada’s top student leaders.
Interested? Here’s the commitment:
- Provide breakfast each morning
- Provide transportation to and from the conference each day
- Organize dinner and activities for one special evening with your billets
- Provide a bed/air mattress for each student and sufficient personal privacy
Sound good? Here’s how to get involved:
- Visit the website and fill out the application form
- Keep an eye on your email for verification and next steps from the CSLC Billeting Committee
- Acquire a Vulnerable Sector Check for anyone living in your home age 18 years and older (free of charge courtesy of the Waterloo Regional Police Services)
- Welcome your students!
For more information, please visit the CSLC website, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Camp and other notes
Peace Camp is a week-long day camp from July 31st - August 4th, 2017 for kids grades 6-8 and is on the Waterloo campus at Conrad Grebel University College. The day camp is designed to inspire campers to volunteer in their communities and learn from local peacebuilders who have found innovative ways to make a difference. Through crafts, games, guest speakers and field trips, Peace Camp is a week filled with activities and discussions to allow these young people to join the conversation and learn how they can create peaceful change in their schools, homes, and friendships.
Peace Camp is also a way for University of Waterloo students to demonstrate what they’ve learned in the classroom environment and exercise it outside the classroom. Students from varying programs and faculties come together to create a positive camp experience for the campers aged 11-14. This year the theme is Here, There, and Everywhere: Where Can We Find Peace? Campers will discover that they can find peace globally, locally, and find the peace builder within themselves.
Reminder that the deadline to register for the University of Waterloo Staff Association golf social tournament is this Friday, June 23rd. The tournament is open to everyone, and registration includes 9 holes of golf, a cart, and a barbeque dinner.
Scheduled maintenance will be performed on the Library catalogue Monday, June 26 at 8:00 a.m. until Thursday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. The following services will be affected:
- Item availability in the catalogue will be accurate as of 8:00 a.m. on June 26
- Holds and recalls will not be available
- Access to "my account" will not be available
- Online item renewals will not be available
- We will not be sending out item-renewal notices
- We will not be able to accept fine payments
During this period, you can check out and return physical items in person; however, these activities will not be reflected in your account until the maintenance has completed, and the library is able to process these transactions.