Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

2018 was a year for the ages. We had a fire in June but we fully recovered. We hired Will Percival, the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Distinguished Chair in Astrophysics, to direct the new Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics. Five of our graduate students received Vanier awards, and undergraduate Emily Pass won the triple crown in Co-Op undergraduate astrophysics. I had the pleasure of attending the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm to share the joy of Donna Strickland’s Physics prize.

2018 will be hard to beat, but 2019 holds great promise as the concepts for our new Physics research wing and the Science Centre for Innovation are moving to completion.

In February, I had the pleasure to present Faculty of Science Distinguished Alumni Awards to Dr. Rob Myers of Perimeter Institute and Dr. George Pinho of Christie Digital. Two weeks later, Rob was appointed Director of Perimeter Institute. This is an exciting time to be a part of Waterloo Physics.

For those of you considering physics as a way of life, please take a close look at our programs. Rob and George represent the level of achievement you can expect of yourself with a Waterloo physics degree. Come and share in the excitement of doing physics at Waterloo: a great department at a great university, located in a great community that lives and breathes physics.

Come to Waterloo!

Brian McNamara, Chair

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

  1. May 16, 2019Doctoral student awarded Vanier ScholarshipLei 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.

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

  3. Mar. 5, 2019Physics alumnus Robert Myers named new director of Perimeter InstituteRob Myers

    Last week, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics named Waterloo Science alumnus Robert Myers (BSc Physics - Co-op ‘82) as their new director. He succeeds the previous director, cosomologist Dr. Neil Turok, who held the position since 2008.

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  1. June 5, 2019Gustav Bakos Observatory TourA visitor observing through a telescope

    Come visit the observatory during the June public tour!

    • Presentation at 9:00 PM in PHY 150
    • Telescope viewing at 9:30 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
  2. June 26, 2019The Vertex Algebra Vertex

    Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Miroslav Rapcak

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

    Ph.D. Thesis Presentation

    Candidate: Holger Haas

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