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 Velocity 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.

  1. Jan. 19, 2017Landfill treasure hunts: Novel microorganisms could be the key to more efficient waste managementLandfill pile of garbage, bottles and paper.

    Byline: Navin Asokumar, Biology MSc. student

    Landfills, a way of safely disposing waste, are now considered to be breeding grounds for novel, never before identified microorganisms. Biologists at the University of Waterloo believe these microorganisms have special metabolic abilities that can be harnessed to recycle plant waste.

  2. Jan. 17, 2017Farewell fossil fuels: Biologists aim to increase biofuel production output to aid waning fossil fuel reservesSilhouette of oil pump jack

    Byline: Amrit Mehta, Biology MSc. student

    The decline in reserves, rising cost of fossil fuel extraction and export, and the environmental impacts of their continued use are making alternative fuel more appealing. The push now is to be able to convert cellulose-containing waste into biofuels.

    Waterloo researchers are trying to modify enzymes from heat-loving microbes to improve the efficiency of converting cellulose-containing biological waste into biofuel.

  3. Jan. 16, 2017The Phragmites Problem: Aggressive invasive reed threatens wetland ecosystem processesPhragmites

    Byline: Sarah Kim, Biology MSc. student

    Wetlands in North America are home to a very diverse set of native plants. But an invasive reed called common reed (Phragmites australis) has been expanding rapidly and could potentially threaten the ecosystem processes in the wetlands it inhabits.

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  1. Jan. 25, 2017Science Society: Wellness Wednesday Wellness Wednesday brought to you by Science Society

    Science Society is here to provide all students with resources to handle stress, anxiety and anything else life can throw at you! There will be something special happening every Wednesday, be on the lookout for these events.

  2. Feb. 1, 2017P4E Job Fair

    Largest of its kind in the country!

    Looking for employment after graduation? Come check out more than 180 different employers looking for top candidates like yourself. Located all in one building at RIM Park, Waterloo. 

  3. Feb. 2, 2017World Wetlands Day Research Symposium and Poster SessionRamsar Convention logo for World Wetlands Day 2017.

    Join the Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo for our fifth celebration of World Wetlands Day, a global commemoration of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

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