A message from the Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

On behalf of all my colleagues - faculty, current students and staff - I offer you my most sincere welcome to the University of Waterloo! 

In joining the University, ranked Canada's most innovative for the past 26 years, you are becoming part of an amazing community of scholars whose work has tremendous impact in Canada, across North America and globally.  Graduate students at Waterloo are immersed in transformative research in Arts and Humanities, the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering and Health.  And, work at Waterloo is not constrained by disciplinary boundaries. Collectively, students and faculty members are addressing society's core challenges - energy, access to water, and an aging population - in interdisciplinary research centres and institutes.  Waterloo, of course, continues to lead in the creation of the fundamental knowledge that drives technological advances through such facilities as the Institute for Quantum Computing and in partnership with the Perimeter Institute.

As a graduate student, you are also essential in delivering the academic mission of the University. While working as part of educational teams with faculty, grad students deliver lectures, present tutorials and support in various other ways undergraduate education.

Beyond the University, the Region of Waterloo is a dynamic and vibrant place to live and study.  The urbanizing cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge present unlimited social and cultural opportunities.  Just beyond the cities' borders lie traditional Ontario and Canadian towns and villages, with unmatched character and charm.

Again, welcome to Waterloo.  I thank you for choosing to study with us.  I look forward with great enthusiasm to see how together we can continue Waterloo's history of profound success.

Jeff Casello,

Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs