Science at Canada's Leading Innovative University

As an integral part of Canada’s most innovative university, the Faculty of Science is a global leader and a preferred destination for those seeking to engage in world-class basic and applied research.

We take this valuable research strength and translate into hands-on education and co-op experiences that prepare Science students for rewarding careers. Student-directed programs such as Concept Science give entrepreneurial students the opportunity to turn their ideas into businesses while the iGEM team compete at international synthetic biology competitions. Our award-winning Science Outreach events are designed to inspire the next generation of scientists.

From understanding the universe, to protecting our water resources to improving the health of Canadians to educating the next generation, Waterloo Science is shaping the future through discovery.


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  1. June 24, 2021Biology researchers to study rapid COVID-19 testing on Waterloo campus
    Trevor Charles (Left) and Jozef Nissimov (Right)

    As campus is beginning to open more widely, identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 cases becomes more important to help minimize the spread of the virus on campus. Faculty of Science researchers are looking to track the effectiveness of a non-invasive, saliva-based rapid test, while simultaneously testing asymptomatic individuals on campus. 

  2. June 23, 2021“Smart” segmented ring device delivers medications to stop HIV transmission
    Microscopic view of 3D spherical viruses.

    Researchers have designed a device that delivers two medications that help stop HIV transmission.

    Although condom usage is the best strategy for preventing HIV transmission, the researchers are working to design a device that can be used by sex workers and in situations where women are not in a position to negotiate condom use.

  3. June 22, 2021Metal catalysts used for environmental sustainability found to degrade and become less effective
    Diagram of nanoscale electrocatalysts.

    New research is showing that some tiny catalysts being considered for industrial-scaled environmental remediation efforts may be unstable during operation.

    Chemists from the University of Waterloo studied the structures of complex catalysts known as “nanoscale electrocatalysts” and found that they are not as stable as scientists once thought. When electricity flows through them during use, the atoms may rearrange. In some cases, the researchers found, electrocatalysts degrade completely.

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  1. June 24, 2021WatSolve C-Suite Fireside Chat with Conor Mlacak
    WatSolve C-Suite Fireside Chat infofgraphic.

    WatSolve has invited Conor Mlacak, VP of Technology at Loblaw Companies Limited, to answer questions about his career journey, work-life balance, mentorship, and consulting from the perspective of a C-Level Executive.

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