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. 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.

  2. Oct. 8, 2020Waterloo Ph.D. candidate is awarded the Stoicheff Scholarship

    The 2020 Stoicheff Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Robbins, University of Waterloo, for leadership in developing the theory of Bose-Einstein condensates as a novel detector of gravitational waves that would open a new window on the universe for astronomical observations.

  3. Oct. 2, 2020New Laflamme and Gregson award for women in quantum information science named inaugural winner

    Cindy Yang is the winner of the inaugural Raymond Laflamme and Janice Gregson Graduate Scholarship for Women in Quantum Information Science.

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  1. Oct. 20, 2020From Astro to Investing: transferring scientific skills to new fields

    Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

    Kartik Talwar

    This week in Phys 10 we have waterloo physics alumni Kartik Talwar coming to present. You may recognize Kartik's name from being a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient back in 2018, along with founding Hack the North and ETHglobal.

  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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