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The long road ahead: Waterloo’s fencing team begins their journey

A gif of fencers fencing

Two years ago the Student Success Office met Marc Lo, a student taking a stab at the competition alone. Now as he reaches the final stretch of his Waterloo career, Marc stands alongside a talented team of fencers representing the University of Waterloo in the Ontario Universities Athletics (OUA) Men’s Fencing Competition for first time since its founding. By competing at the together, they hope to establish a presence for fencing here at Waterloo and eventually be recognized as a varsity sport.

Portal's winning widgets

Hackfest kickoff presentation

Hackfest  – an annual hackathon hosted by Waterloo’s Portal team, which challenges students to create additional widgets that will enhance the Portal app experience.  Usually, this event starts and finishes in one day.  However, this year the hackathon went on for ten days straight!

Waterloo PhD student spends a week with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

Jean-Philippe MacLean at the IQC

The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting brings together some of the brightest minds on the planet. Every year since 1951, a few dozen Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau, Germany to meet with a new generation of scientists. This year, 29 Nobel Laureates met with 400 young scientists from more than 80 countries around the world. Among those in attendance was Waterloo’s own, Jean-Philippe MacLean – a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Innovative startup to make a difference for bedridden patients

Curatio Team

Pressure ulcers, better known as, bedsores, are the number one hospital-induced illness. The problem affects a quarter of all patients in North America, and contributes to nearly 60,000 deaths every year.

Waterloo graduate student wins prestigious W.G. Weston award for Northern Research

Casey Remmer in front of a helicopter

As a Biology graduate student, Casey Remmer has an inherent passion for understanding and preserving our environment. That passion, coupled with a commitment to wetland preservation and outstanding scholarship, made her the perfect candidate for a W.G. Garfield Weston Award: a $15,000 accolade recognizing outstanding northern research in universities across Canada. 

Grad students illuminate humankind’s most vital resource

Pieter crouching to examine Arctic water

Each March, the United Nations celebrates World Water Day. This year, Waterloo celebrated the occasion by hosting its seventh annual water research conference, organized by the Water Institute and Laurier's Institute for Water Science. Along with a plethora of speakers, the conference featured a poster competition involving 51 graduate students from across southern Ontario.

Elven army? Almost, it’s the UWaterloo Archery club!

UWaterloo archers channeled their inner Lord of The Rings spirit, hitting the target at this year’s Inter-university Archery Tournament. At the end of March, the club travelled to the University of Toronto for the fifth annual Ontario-wide competition. Shooting 60 arrows each was no sweat for the UWaterloo teammates, and much like Robin Hood, the team aimed true, winning first place overall with 3,058 points. 

Student speaks at Canada's largest chemical physics conference

Like many students, chemistry major Sarah Bickers wasn’t sure what to expect in the workplace. While she enjoyed learning about the applications of her studies, Sarah didn’t expect to fall in love with research.

Keeping calm in an emergency

How would you react in an emergency? Would you know what to do? Science student Sara Canini had her emergency response training put to the ultimate test when she awoke one night to the sounds of her father's girlfriend having a severe asthma attack.

A student of distinction

For the fourth year in a row, a UWaterloo student has been recognized for her dedication and leadership skills by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) as the recipient of the Student of Distinction Award

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