University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Now well into the Fall 2020 term, I am pleased that most of our new and upper-year students chose to attend Waterloo rather than to defer. This is an encouraging development for many reasons. Most importantly, living in a dynamic and rapidly-changing social landscape, the world cannot afford a delay in graduating Waterloo talent. The world needs you ready to solve hard problems sooner not later. Our return to campus is primarily virtual.
Our research laboratories and upper-year teaching labs are operating while observing physical distancing and other health guidelines. We have retooled and reimagined our classes using a variety of media to train the next generation of physicists, scientists, and entrepeneurs. We were able to redirect financial assets to hire coop students and teaching assistants to move course material on-line and to perform advanced research in our labs and virtual blackboards.
Don’t be misled by the disorientingly-tranquil campus atmosphere - UW is humming along. While moving toward a C19-free future, we are watching its Fall resurgence closely.
We are ready to maneuver on a dime to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff.
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy
The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is honouring Canada’s most recent science Nobel laureates by launching prizes in their names that will highlight Canadian research excellence.
The “herd immunity strategy” has been discussed and largely rejected by scientists as a strategy to combat COVID-19.
Although physicists understand the properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors extremely well, the basic physics of high-temperature superconductors has remained a great mystery for over 30 years.
A new study using cutting edge experimental techniques by University of Waterloo researchers has now shed some light on the properties of one class of superconductor, known as cuprate superconductors, which have copper oxide layers inside of the material.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.