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November 2013

Hey Waterloo students - you do some pretty awesome things and we want to tell your stories of success. Help us bring your accomplishments (and those of your friends) to life. While you're here, read what other students are up to, share their stories and tell the world about the cool, smart and fun things Waterloo students do.

$100K handed out to student entrepreneurs

The winning VeloCity Venture Fund teams posing with their $25,000 cheques.

Students take home over $100,000 at VeloCity Fund Finals

For the 8th VeloCity Fund Finals, 10 amazing teams pitched their startups to compete for one of four $25,000 cheques and a place in the VeloCity Garage. Companies pitched ideas that would improve education, retail location planning, online shopping and more.


Going global

Waterloo delegates pose in Poland with a "University of Waterloo Coalition for Sustainable Development" banner.

Environment students travel to Poland for international climate change conference

 Guest blog by Yale Wang  

This weekend, a team of nearly 20 Environment undergraduate and master’s students returned from the 19th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland. The team, formed in September, took just two months to fully prepare for their visit to Warsaw where they would join politicians, non-governmental organizations and official representatives from over 134 nations to discuss the fate of our climate system.

Improving health worldwide

Children gather to wash their hands.

PhD students found health care charity in Nepal

A few years ago, School of Public Health & Health Systems PhD student, Lana Vanderlee, and Kinesiology PhD student, Andrew Mitchell, volunteered in Nepal. An experience that was supposed to last six weeks, however, has continued to impact Lana and Andrew’s lives.

Explore your world

Jenna Bott poses with two children she worked with in Uganda.

Educating beyond borders

Jenna Bott, a Peace and Conflict Studies students, has always had a passion for travelling and learning about other cultures. It’s only natural then, that she spent her summer beyond borders in East Africa. Jenna volunteered for three months in Uganda for Reach Out Mbuya, an HIV/AIDS non-government organization, working in the “Operation Children Support” program with orphans and vulnerable children.

Fit for the Dragon’s Den

Garrett Gottlieb and Phil Jacobson put Bruce Croxon through a workout with a professional bodybuilder.

PumpUp cofounders reject offer and continue to grow

Computer Science student Garrett Gottlieb and Laurier student Phil Jacobson recently appeared on CBC's Dragon’s Den with their fitness app PumpUp. While they didn’t make a deal with the investors, they did get a chance to demonstrate their app on national television, and even put Dragon Bruce Croxon through a personalized work out.

Ending the silence

Stand Up to Stigma volunteers hold up blackbpards with supportive messages.PhD students encourage mental health awareness

Why are you standing up? That’s the question Stand Up to Stigma hopes students will answer this week. PhD students Stephanie Lu and Kristin Brown, along with third-year Suzie Alexander, are bringing back their blackboard campaign to educate and engage students on the topic of mental health.

Transferring knowledge

A peer mentor working with their mentee.New student implements peer mentorship program for English students

When Katie Jessup arrived at uWaterloo in January 2012 as a transfer student, she brought along some great experience in peer-mentorship. It’s no surprise that by fall 2012 she was working with Dr. Heather Smyth to create a peer-mentorship program for uWaterloo’s English department.


Live at Waterloo: Humans vs. Zombies

Students playing Humans versus Zombies on campus.

Zombie apocalypse returns to uWaterloo

uWaterloo recently survived a zombie apocalypse, a now familiar event on campus. The dead were raised once again by Brook Jensen, a fourth-year computer science student who was the “Necromancer”/Head Coordinator of Humans versus Zombies (HvZ) this term. Once a term, students wield Nerf Guns and socks in defense against the zombie hordes in the campus-wide game that lasts 24 hours a day for 5 days, but planning starts much earlier in the term.