Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

To our talented Fall 2020 Physics & Astronomy class: Well Done. Welcome to Waterloo!  

Not knowing whether we will convene on campus or learn remotely, many of you are struggling with the decision to enrol this Fall or to defer to a later date. The decision may be driven for some by financial concerns.  For others the uncertainty that accompanies coop placement. And for all the prospect of learning remotely in your first term may be less appealing than the on-campus experience.  

One thing is certain. We will get through the pandemic. When it has passed, your future will be challenging but replete with opportunity. Getting the economy moving forward requires a talented, skilled, versatile, workforce. One that brings new ideas. A talent pool equipped with the tools to solve seemingly intractable problems. That talent will be needed sooner rather than later. A Waterloo Physics degree will position you well.  

While making your decision please know that our faculty and staff are working in overdrive to ensure that your Fall University of Waterloo physics experience will be the best it can be. Whether we convene in person, learn remotely, or blend the two, your physics education will be un-compromised. We are reimagining our labs, flipping our iClasses, and creating on-line tutorials. Our innovative Physics Learning Accelerator will be available to sharpen your skills remotely, in person, or both. When the pandemic passes, the vibrant Waterloo campus life will return. Should you decide to enrol this Fall or choose to defer, I look forward to meeting you.  Come to Waterloo!

Brian McNamara
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy

The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment

  1. Sep. 15, 2020Zoya Leonenko appointed as 2020 University Research Chair

    Congratulations to Professor Zoya Leonenko from the department of physics and astronomy for her appointment as University Research Chair!

  2. Aug. 13, 2020Prof. Christine Muschik recognized for work in Quantum Information
    Dr. Christine Muschik

  3. June 19, 2020New mechanism and drugs to boost immune system, potentially treat COVID-19 discovered
    imagination - an upheld hand stops the COVID-19 virus in its tracks.

    A new mechanism to greatly boost the immune defense system with a specific class of drugs may be the key to treating COVID-19 and other diseases or viruses, such as HIV and cancer.

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  1. Sep. 25 to 27, 2020Amazing Science Race
    The Amazing Science Race

    It's on! All alumni, friends and family are invited to join us online for the Amazing Science Race, a virtual race and scavenger hunt. You can participate on your own, or if you prefer, gather some friends or family members to round out your team.

  2. Oct. 23 to 30, 2020Schrodinger's Hack
    Schrodinger's Hack

    This hackathon will provide students with an opportunity to experience collaboration, gain new connections, test problem solving, and have fun doing physics. It will also encourage meaningful connections between industry and research leaders in physics and the students outside of the classroom environment.

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