Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

Congratulations graduating class of 2019!

On behalf of the Physics & Astronomy faculty and staff, I wish to express our excitement and pride at having taken part in helping you shape your future. Having successfully navigated the rigors of a Physics degree, you can go anywhere and do anything you can dream of.

To the members of our largest graduating class, fare well, return often. You will always be a part of us.

With warm regards

Brian McNamara, Chair

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

  1. June 19, 2019Farewell to Dr. Chiamaka Okoli
    Chiamaka Okoli

    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Chiamaka Okoli, a brilliant astrophysicist and former PhD student at our department. Dr. Okoli successfully defended her PhD with the title “Dark Matter and Neutrinos in the Foggy universe” last December. Her PhD convocation at the University of Waterloo was scheduled for last week, on June 13th.

  2. May 16, 2019Doctoral student awarded Vanier Scholarship
    Lei Yang

    Lei Yang was awarded a 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. This three-year scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Up to 166 scholarships are awarded each year, divided evenly between three federal granting agencies.

  3. May 14, 2019Rob Mann awarded the 2019 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics
    Rob Mann

    The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2019 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Robert Mann, University of Waterloo, for his overall accomplishments in teaching, and the promotion of quality teaching both at his institution and through the CAP, which are exemplified by the instigation of an annual Teaching Retreat at the University of Waterloo and the implementation of the CAP's Award for Excellence in High School/CEGEP Physics Teaching.

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  1. June 26, 2019The Vertex Algebra Vertex

    Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Miroslav Rapcak

  2. July 3, 2019Engineering Effective Hamiltonians for Magnetic Resonance

    Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Holger Haas

  3. July 3, 2019Gustav Bakos Observatory Tour
    A visitor observing through a telescope

    Come visit the observatory during the July public tour!

    • Presentation at 9:00 PM in PHY 150
    • Telescope viewing at 9:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
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