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. Dec. 1, 2021Coffee time: Caffeine improves reaction to moving targets
    Pouring a cup of coffee

    That morning coffee might be even more helpful than you think.

    In the first study of its kind to explore caffeine’s effects on dynamic visual skills, researchers concluded that caffeine increases alertness and detection accuracy for moving targets. Caffeine also improved participants’ reaction times.

  2. Nov. 29, 2021Michael Houston: Growing up Waterloo
    Michael Houston

    For Michael Houston, PhD ’93, BSc ’87, the University of Waterloo is more than his alma mater. For a good chunk of his youth, the campus is where he called home.  

  3. Nov. 28, 2021High water loss during hibernation may leave bats vulnerable to population declines
    A bat hanging from a tree branch

    When it comes to hibernation, conserving resources is key for an animal’s survival. For bats of Western North America, water may be the key to assessing a bat species’ ability to thrive during hibernation.

    New research that comes as part of a larger project to understand the potential impact of white-nose syndrome in the West found that bats are adept at finding similar hibernation conditions across their large geographic ranges, despite a variety of climates in these areas.

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  1. Dec. 8, 2021Frisen Lecture - When Science meets Society: The competition between knowledge and values

    Friesen Lecture with Sir Mark Walport

    You are invited to attend the Friesen lecture featuring Sir Mark Walport, recipient of the 2020 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.

  2. Dec. 13, 2021Quantum Pathways to Commercialization

    Meet with experts who have taken their academic experience and found opportunities to bring quantum to market. As part of this panel, they will discuss their personal pathway into commercialization including challenges and lessons learned.

  3. Jan. 21, 2022Alumni Ski Day at Osler Bluff
    osler trail map

    Science Ski Day is BAAAAACK!

    After a year away we are so happy to announce that alumni from the Faculties of Engineering and Science are once again invited to the beautiful Osler Bluff Ski Club in Collingwood for a fantastic day on the slopes.

    Thank you to alumnus Yeti Agnew, BSc ’75 for sponsoring this activity once more.

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