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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Three faculty members are the latest recipients of an Ontario Early Researcher Award, a multidisciplinary program that supports early career researchers to retain Ontario’s best and brightest talents. Sang-Tae Kim, Geography & Earth Sciences; Jose Moran-Mirabal, Chemistry & Chemical Biology; and Itay Yavin, Physics & Astronomy will each receive $140,000 to help support their growing research groups. Another major grant – more than $3.5-million – will go to the Biointerfaces Institute to support research into developing new, printable biosensors which can be used in the doctor’s office or in the field to instantly detect bacterial and respiratory infections, among other applications.
William Harris, a professor emeritus in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, recently donated $400,000 to create the William & Caroline Herschel Fund at McMaster. Named after William Herschel (1738-1822) and Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) – a brother and sister pair who were prominent and highly influential pioneers in astronomy – the fund will support graduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships in astronomy at McMaster.