Consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in Canada and one of the country’s most innovative, McMaster believes in creating an innovative and stimulating learning environment where students can prepare themselves to excel, both at the university and beyond. Science is a research-focused student-centred Faculty at the heart of McMaster University.
Our students are taught by some of the leading scientific researchers in their fields and receive fantastic opportunities to participate in ground-breaking research. Our numerous graduate programs are respected around the world. Together we investigate worlds from the nano scale to the theoretical, and everything in between. We explore areas as diverse as the best ways to teach and learn, activities to stay healthy, and new methods to model and view the universe, among many others.
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The Faculty’s welcomes its newest academic unit, the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS), which opened on January 1, 2016. Maureen MacDonald, Kinesiology, is the School's inaugural director. SIS is the administrative hub of four of the Faculty’s undergraduate programs: Honours Integrated Science Program (iSci); the Life Sciences Programs; the Medical Radiation Sciences Program (offered jointly with Mohawk College); and the current undergraduate Medical Physics Program. The School was created with the mandate to foster exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning. Located in General Sciences Building (GSB), Room 105, full contact information can be found here.
Takashi Imai, Physics, and graduate student, Mingxuan Fu, have established that an elusive form of matter, known as “spin liquid”, previously known only in theory, does in fact exist. Their results, recently published in the journal, Science, answer a complex question of condensed-matter physics and represent a career high for Imai, who has worked on the problem for nine years.
The proof had eluded other top physicists, even Nobel winners, for decades.