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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Semester Wrapped: Winter 2024

By Sarah Fullerton 

Digital Communications Specialist

From receiving a $10 million funding boost for the University of Waterloo Canadian Free Electron Laser project to recognizing our amazing students and alumni, we’ve had a rewarding term here in the Faculty of Science. Scroll to catch some stand-out moments that made the Winter 2024 term one we will never forget!

Watched the solar eclipse

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We experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event – a total solar eclipse! This rare marvel occurred when the Moon completely covered the Sun, sweeping a shadow over us to reveal a mesmerizing solar corona.

Alumni, family and friends joined us in Niagara-on-the-Lake to experience totality in a beautiful setting. Check out our event recap video to see how the day went!  

Celebrated alumni achievements

A man and a woman holding a framed award certificate. They are standing in front of a Faculty of Science banner.

We welcomed outstanding alumni back to campus for our Alumni Achievement Awards celebration! We acknowledged five distinguished Science alumni who have made significant strides in their professional lives and beyond; their dedication and commitment are inspiring!

We are now welcoming nominations for our next round of awards. Do you know someone who deserves to be acknowledged? Submit your nomination by April 30th! 

Honoured Pharmacy Appreciation Month

Four pharmacy students standing side-by-side. There are golden balloons that spell "PAM" which stands for Pharmacy Appreciation Month.

We showed our appreciation and recognized the important contributions of pharmacy professionals during Pharmacy Appreciation Month. We sat down with some amazing student leaders to discuss the power of pharmacy and what they love most about being a part of this community!  

Welcomed future Science students at the March Open House

Three students wearing blue Science t-shirts in front of University of Waterloo banners. Cobalt the blue mascot dinosaur is posing next to them.

We welcomed over 4,000 guests to Science at the March Open House, hosting over 43 faculty tours to show off our amazing teaching and learning spaces. Future students met with faculty, staff and current students to get a feel for what being a Science student is like at the University of Waterloo. Cobalt was so excited to meet our future warriors and can’t wait to see them on campus again in the Fall!

Celebrated Science student leaders

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At our annual Student Leadership Banquet, we celebrated our brilliant Science students from all years  for their excellence and leadership in our vibrant academic community. It was a night filled with inspiring presentations, delicious food, and recognition of over 150 awards and leadership positions held by our undergraduate students. Students, faculty, and staff mingled and networked after the event, fostering new connections and friendships.

The University of Waterloo Canadian Free Electron Laser project received a $10M funding boost

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The Government of Canada announced that the University of Waterloo Canadian Free Electron Laser project will be getting $10 million in funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to put towards the $50+ million facility to be built on the Waterloo Campus.

Originally conceived by Scott Hopkins, Chemistry Professor, this state-of-the-art facility will be the only user facility of its kind in North America and one of a handful of facilities in the world with an infrared FEL (IR-FEL). 

Recognized our Co-op Student of the Year

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Biochemistry student, Milena Gojsevic, was recognized as Co-op Student of the Year for the Faculty of Science. During her work term at Sunnybrook Hospital, she took the initiative to lead first-authored pieces of literature. Over her two terms, she completed three literature reviews on several different topics with the primary focus being radiation dermatitis, the skin reaction resulting from radiation as part of cancer treatment.

Celebrated World Optometry Week

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We celebrated World Optometry Week to shine a spotlight on the profession of Optometry and the contributions optometrists make to eye healthcare. Enjoy a video series on Instagram to learn more!