Supporting Science

We welcome the continued interest and involvement of our individual and corporate friends. Your support will allow us to continue our traditions of teaching and research excellence, to strike out in innovative directions, and to build a talent trust.

You can help make the future

Whatever direction a question or problem takes our students, faculty, staff, researchers and partners, Waterloo Science has been and will continue to be the catalyst to inspire, support and collaborate to find answers and solve problems.

To do this well, we are seeking investments to support undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships and expand our facilities. Please consider supporting one of the following priority projects:

Current priority projects

Scholarships attract top quality undergraduate students to Waterloo Science and assist with the overall costs of undergraduate education. Graduate scholarship support will be used to increase the number of top quality master's and doctoral students who will be research leaders of the future in industry and academia.

David Timms
Director of Advancement

Meaghan Middleton
Associate Director, Advancement


School of Optometry & Vision Science

The University of Waterloo's School of Optometry & Vision Science is an important source of highly-trained professionals and is renowned for its innovative research. Our optometry program attracts students from across Canada, who then return to their communities to practice. We are proud to say that our students and graduates demonstrate a high level of excellence in patient care, contributing to improved eye health, essential vision care, and an enhanced quality of life for patients across the country.

To continue to be leaders in optometric education and vision science it is critical that we have critical resources for our program and students.  The School’s priorities are:

  • Clinic Renovation – Transforming Clinical Education — Our clinic is at the heart of our optometric education program.  An extensive $8 million renovation of our entire 2-storey, 33,000 sq. ft. clinic is a critical project that will allow us to transform the clinical program and will create a more efficient and effective patient care and teaching environment that will prepare us for the future.  Highlights will include: an increase in the number of teaching pods from 2 to 10 - made up of four exam rooms and a supervisors’ office, these pods are the ideal setting for clinical teaching; a new diagnostic and imaging suite, amalgamation of separate clinics and increased profile for our optical dispensary.

    The good news is we have the space, we just need to change the layout of the clinic from when it was first created in 1974 for classes of 50 students.  Patient care and teaching have changed a lot since then and now, so must we. An added benefit to the clinic renovations will be our ability to implement new changes to the curriculum that will include introducing patient contact earlier in the program as well as allow us to change how we operate to better mirror private practice.

  • Equipment for Clinical Teaching, Research and Patient Care — The synergy between clinical teaching, research and patient is one of the things that makes Waterloo a leader in optometric education and vision science. Our patients and students greatly benefit from the research we conduct through the clinic through the discovery of new technologies, techniques and theories. In our clinic we have close to 25,000 patient visits a year. With 90 students in each of 4 optometry classes and an additional 50 vision science graduate students, it is essential that the School has a large volume of specialized equipment.  This equipment is expensive and often difficult to maintain.  In our role as Canada’s only English language optometry program it is also important for us to be able to regularly update our equipment and purchase new pieces in order to teach our students and conduct research on state-of-the-art equipment so that they are able to be leaders in the profession and provide excellence in vision care to their patients.

Andrea Carthew
Associate Director, Development and Alumni Affairs,
School of Optometry & Vision Science
519-888-4567, ext. 36319


School of Pharmacy

Waterloo's School of Pharmacy welcomed its first class of students in January 2008. Its unique co-op program, the only one in Canada, offers students the opportunity to explore multiple facets of a pharmacy career. In 2009, the school officially moved to the new Health Sciences Campus in downtown Kitchener. Please consider supporting one of the following priority projects:

  • Capital Funding for the Health Sciences Campus — Distinctive for its colourful curtain wall featuring images of medicinal plants, the School of Pharmacy building opened in December 2008. The second campus building, which houses a regional branch of McMaster's School of Medicine, the Centre for Family Medicine, and a satellite clinic from Waterloo's School of Optometry & Vision Science, opened in December 2009.
  • Undergraduate Pharmacy Scholarships — As a newly-established program, Pharmacy is seeking to build a full portfolio of student support. The availability of scholarships, bursaries, and awards is crucial to attracting the best and most well-rounded students to our program.
  • Equipment for Teaching and Research — A brand-new facility demands the latest equipment for teaching and research. Resources will be required to outfit the Professional Practice and Pharmaceutics Laboratories as comprehensively as possible. In addition, new faculty members often require assistance with needed equipment to establish their research programs.

Mary Stanley
Associate Director, Development and Alumni Affairs,
School of Pharmacy
519-888-4567, ext. 21351