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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Jake Malliaros: Our First virtual Convocation Host

Jake Malliaros

University Convocation is obviously a little different this year, given the limitations placed on social gatherings due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic. Still, the occasion warrants a celebration for its graduates, and this fall we’re pleased to offer a live, virtual reception to allow the Class of 2020 to share this important milestone with the Faculty, fellow graduates, friends and family.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Meet Science's 2020 Valedictorian, Megan Thomas

Megan Thomas in a graduation rob and science hood

Megan Thomas (BSc ’20) has always been very interested in biology and the flexibility of Biomedical Science at Waterloo was attractive. Her decision was finalized when she visited the campus in her final year of high school and instantly felt a sense of community. She knew she’d be able to call this place home. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Governor General Silver Medal: Frank Corapi, BSc ‘20 Honours Physics and Astronomy, Co-op

Frank Corapi

Frank Corapi is happy to be back in Toronto, coming full circle after finishing his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo this past spring.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Alumni Gold Medal Award Winner: Matthew James Schmitz BSc ’20 Biomedical Sciences

Matthew Schmitz in his convocation robe and hood

When asked about the Toronto Raptor’s 2nd round exit from the NBA finals last month, Matthew Schmitz sighs and his disappointment is tangible “I was worried about them playing the Celtics,” he admits, “I thought maybe it might be different playing in the bubble, but in the end they were just too tough. But they gave it a good shot.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Successful field course allows ten Earth and Environmental Science students to graduate this fall

Group of students, TAs, and professor standing on a rock surrounded by trees. All are wearing masks

For 10 Earth and Environmental Sciences students graduating this week, who should have graduated this past June, it has taken months of planning and preparation in order to deliver the required field course they needed to take in order to graduate.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Waterloo ranked among top ten biology programs in Canada

Waterloo Biology is one of the top ten biology programs in Canada for 2021, according to the influential annual Maclean’s magazine ranking program.

In results released last week, Waterloo’s Biology program was placed 10th for 2021, rising in the rankings from 13th in 2020 and 15th in 2019.

Friday, October 16, 2020

10 Calls to Action to natural scientists to enable reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

In 2015, after documenting testimonies from Indigenous survivors of the residential school system in Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action to enable reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Without personal connections to Indigenous communities, many Canadians fail to grasp the depth of intergenerational impacts of residential schools and associated systemic racism. Consequently, reconciliation remains an elusive concept.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Nandita Basu joins Rebecca Rooney on the IJC Great Lakes Science Advisory Board

Professor Nandita Basu from Waterloo's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, joins fellow Science Faculty member Professor Rebecca Rooney from Waterloo's Department of Biology, as a member of the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission, representing Canada. Both Basu and Rooney are also members of the University's Water Institute.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Alex Krolewski wins the AMTD Postdoctoral Fellowship to explore the origin and composition of the universe

Alex Krolewski

Our universe is a vast expanse, and while we can stare up at the night sky and wonder at the mysteries our sky holds, there is so much more that we can’t see with just our eyes. Using today’s powerful telescopes, combined with our computational ability to interpret enormous amounts of data, we are now at a time when cosmologists can do more than just look upon our skies with wonder – they can now make measurements, and calculate theoretical models of the far reaches in our observational universe.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Waterloo celebrates excellence in teaching and research

The University of Waterloo honoured 125 educators and researchers who have received the President’s Excellence in Teaching and Research awards 2020 in an online celebration that recognized their contributions to the Waterloo community and beyond.