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. May 16, 2022Donna Strickland inducted into the National Academy of Sciences
    Portrait of Donna Strickland

    Donna Strickland, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and Nobel laureate in physics, was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), considered the most prestigious honorary scientific society in the United States.

  2. May 11, 2022Finding our galactic centre
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    Three years ago, history was made when the first image of a black hole inspired wonder and awe around the world as we glimpsed the shadow of light escaping from the supermassive black hole M87*. Today, history is being made again as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration releases the image of a second black hole — Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) — the one at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.

  3. May 10, 2022Research breakthrough means warp speed ‘Unruh effect’ can finally be tested in lab settings
    artists rendition of a black spacecraft surrounded by beams of light flying into a black hole

    A major hurdle for work at the forefront of fundamental physics is the inability to test cutting-edge theories in a laboratory setting. But a recent discovery opens the door for scientists to see ideas in action that were previously only understood in theory or represented in science fiction and advances our understanding of theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

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  1. May 18, 2022Quantum Nano Collision Seminar Series: Professor Jonathan Baugh
    Quantum Nano Collision Seminar Series: Professor Jonathan Baugh

    The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) has launched a new seminar series, Quantum Nano Collision (QNC) Seminar Series, to deepen the engagement of the Waterloo researchers who work at the interface of quantum and nanotechnologies. This seminar series will also provide opportunities for senior graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates to present their innovative work along with the faculty members to bring together the excitement around these cutting-edge technologies that would shape our future.

  2. May 19, 2022President’s Forum
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    Join the virtual President’s Forum for a conversation with President Vivek Goel as he shares his perspectives and opportunities for the University.  

  3. May 19, 2022Researching Like A Pro
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    In this workshop, we’ll focus on researching your ideas. After this session, you’ll be able to: articulate research questions about your problem space, identify key library resources and freely available sources that will help with your market and industry research and articulate remaining gaps in your research.

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