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 20, 2020Astrophysicists release largest 3D map of the universe ever created
    Headshot of Will Percival against a blackboard with equations.

    Astrophysicists have filled in 11 billion years in our picture of the universe with the release of a comprehensive analysis of the largest three-dimensional cosmic map ever created.

  2. July 13, 2020Chris Yakymchuk wins the 2020 Mineralogical Association of Canada Young Scientist Award
    Headshot of Chris Yakymchuk

    Chris Yakymchuk, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has won the 2020 Young Scientist Award for his holistic approach to geology that spans the micro- to macro- to tectonic-scales. He's the first University of Waterloo researcher to win the award.

  3. July 10, 2020Vision science grad student Yara Mohiar places second at Waterloo 3MT competition
    Group photo of all 2020 Waterloo 3MT competitors.

    Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs hosted the first ever virtual University of Waterloo Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Biologist Isabel Hilgendag and vision scientist Yara Mohiar both represented the Faculty of Science. Mohiar won second place, making her the fourth student from the School of Optometry and Vision Science to place/win at the university level competition.

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  1. Aug. 5, 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. Aug. 5, 2020Lake Futures Webinar Series: Philippe Van Cappellen
    Headshot of Philippe Van Cappellen

    The role of dams and the nearshore zone on phosphorus flows along the river-lake interface

    With continued concern for eutrophication in the lower Great Lakes, scientists, government and stakeholders continue to work together towards effective management solutions. In these freshwater systems, phosphorus is a main driver of algal blooms. Our ability to manage phosphorus in these systems to improve water quality is limited by our understanding of phosphorus flows and cycling along rivers and into large lakes.

  3. Aug. 12, 2020SIH Skills Development: Scientific Project Planning
    August 12, 2020 3:00 PM Scientific Project Planning with illustration of a test tube and box in a circle.

    Being able to complete experiments efficiently and effectively requires not just scientific technical skills but project planning skills as well. We’ll be covering some basics on how to map out an experimental pipeline using a 5 week rotation student project as a framework. 

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