Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

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.

Brian McNamara
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy

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

  1. Oct. 24, 2020Jake Malliaros: Our First virtual Convocation Host
    Jake Malliaros

    University Convocation is obviously a little different this year, given the limitations placed on social gatherings due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic. Still, the occasion warrants a celebration for its graduates, and this fall we’re pleased to offer a live, virtual reception to allow the Class of 2020 to share this important milestone with the Faculty, fellow graduates, friends and family.

  2. Oct. 22, 2020Governor General Silver Medal: Frank Corapi, BSc ‘20 Honours Physics and Astronomy, Co-op
    Frank Corapi

    Frank Corapi is happy to be back in Toronto, coming full circle after finishing his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo this past spring.

  3. Oct. 14, 2020Alex Krolewski wins the AMTD Postdoctoral Fellowship to explore the origin and composition of the universe

    Our universe is a vast expanse, and while we can stare up at the night sky and wonder at the mysteries our sky holds, there is so much more that we can’t see with just our eyes. Using today’s powerful telescopes, combined with our computational ability to interpret enormous amounts of data, we are now at a time when cosmologists can do more than just look upon our skies with wonder – they can now make measurements, and calculate theoretical models of the far reaches in our observational universe.

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  1. 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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