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.


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  1. Feb. 7, 2023New discovery may be key to controlling chemical reactions
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    A new study published today in Nature is changing our understanding of chemical reactions and overturning previous theoretical models by finding an unexpected resonance frequency during the reaction of two molecules.

  2. Feb. 6, 2023Compounding pharmacies experience higher demand during medication shortages
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    When Joseph Abdelnour (PharmD ’24, in progress) accepted his recent co-op work term at Avalon Compound Pharmacy (ACP) in Ottawa, he never anticipated the new challenges he would face. With no children’s cold medications available and the inability to order from distributors, pharmacists were advising patients to visit nearby emergency rooms or compounding pharmacies.

  3. Feb. 2, 2023Wetlands under threat
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    Thursday, February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day, an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and their ecological role in conserving our ecosystems. Waterloo's Dr. Rebecca Rooney discusses the value of wetlands and the risk they face in Ontario.

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  1. Feb. 7, 2023Science Student Awards Celebration
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    Let's celebrate our Outstanding Science students!

    The Faculty of Science is celebrating the incredible academic achievements of this year's student award recipients. Please join us as we bring together our students, donors, faculty and staff to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of our science stars.

  2. Mar. 8, 20232023 International Women's Day High Tea Social
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    Once again, the Faculty of Science is thrilled to present our annual High Tea Social, celebrating International Women's Day.

    Grab your favourite afternoon drink, cozy up in your favourite chair and spend an hour with some truly inspirational women. Whether you'd like to just listen, or engage over text in the online chat forum, this virtual high tea social will be a lively commentary and round-table discussion.

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