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.

  1. July 8, 2020Inoculating against misinformation
    Ridhi Patel sits next to laptop with covid trivia game on the screen.

    COVID-19 overwhelmed healthcare systems around the world and left a devastating death toll in its path. The pandemic struck fear and panic in everyone. Knowing very little about the new virus and with no cure, COVID-19 encouraged the rapid spread of misinformation. Undergraduate Science student, Ridhi Patel, developed a game to fight COVID-19 misinformation.

  2. July 3, 2020Detecting COVID-19 infection in under 30 minutes
    Stock image of a virus under the microscope

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Waterloo have won $265,000 in funding to develop a palm-sized device capable of detecting COVID-19 infection within 30 minutes. The funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, along with provincial partners is in response to their continued efforts to address the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the globe.

  3. July 2, 2020Despite uncertainty, optometry grads are moving forward, together
    Group photo of Optometry Class 2020 outside a home

    The “Class of 2020” may have the most appropriate name possible for a graduating class of optometrists. The fourth year and final year of Waterloo’s optometry program is unique in that it focusses almost entirely on practical “hands-on” training. COVID-19 not only made that impossible, it also prompted the postponement of board exams in both Canada and the US and forced a detour on graduates’ career paths. Waterloo optometry graduates are resilient and flexible. They have found ways to give back to their communities, keep their skill sharp and for a few find a way to start their careers.

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  1. July 8, 2020Q&A with the Science Innovation Hub Advisory Team
    Q & A advisory Hub with two thought bubbles

    Interested in entrepreneurship and science? Have an idea? Come by and chat with our Science Innovation Hub (SIH) Advisory team to get some feedback!

  2. July 9, 2020WIN Intellectual Property Series: Trademarks
    WIN & WatCo Intellectual Property Series with cartoon man sitting at computer.

    Did you know that the top five most valuable brands in the world in 2018 are all technology companies? According to Forbes the most valuable brand in the world in 2018 was Apple (#1) with an estimated value of nearly $183 Billion dollars. By comparison, Coca-Cola's (#6) brand value in 2018 was over $57 Billion.

    Come to the Trademark presentation and learn how to use this form of Intellectual Property (IP) protection to build the brand value of your technology or Start-Up.

  3. July 15, 2020SIH Presents: Effective Scientific Communication
    Headshot of Betty Zou

    Manager of Research Communications Betty Zou emerged from her Ph.D at the University of Toronto as an expert in molecular and microbiology with a Vanier Canada scholarship to her name and exemplary communications skills. She decided to put those communications skills to good use by helping to open the world of science to the general public. 

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