All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

McMaster Science Cares


Students are hugely missed by everyone at McMaster's Faculty of Science. Check out the messages of reassurance and support our faculty and staff are sending to students (and get a behind-the-scenes look at where our instructors are running their virtual classrooms).

Look for more #MacSciCares messages of reassurance and hope in the days ahead. For the latest McMaster COVID-19 updates, please go to

Letter from the Dean

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we make our way together through these unprecedented times, I wanted to offer my heartfelt thanks to the truly extraordinary people who learn and work in our Faculty of Science.

In my 20 years as a professor, researcher and administrator at McMaster, I have never been more proud of our institution and humbled by the people I work with and serve.

First and foremost, thank you to our students for your patience, understanding and resilience. This is not how any of us wanted the final weeks of your semester to unfold, especially for the thousands of Science students who are set to graduate. Making sure that all students have the opportunity to successfully complete their term has remained the top priority for everyone who works in the Faculty of Science and across the University.

Thank you to our incredibly adaptive instructors in all our Departments and Schools. In just a matter of days, you found alternate ways to deliver the remainder of your courses and assess our students while working to “flatten the curve” through social distancing. I especially want to thank those who have generously shared their technical expertise with colleagues and worked collaboratively to put forward the best possible plans and practices.
And to everyone working behind the scenes, thank you for making our sudden transition to a virtual campus as smooth as possible for our students and instructors. You have listened carefully, communicated frequently and acted decisively in a coordinated and compassionate way.  

We have made extremely difficult yet absolutely necessary and life-saving decisions. Together, we are helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus. There are people in our community whose health would be at grave risk if they were to contract COVID-19 or if our hospitals and healthcare system were to become overwhelmed.  
Please take good care of your physical and mental health and well-being and let's continue to be there for one another in the days and weeks ahead. Updates will be posted on McMaster’s COVID-19 website whenever there is news and information to share about what's happening at our University.
You have all stepped up in extraordinary ways that are truly humbling and inspiring. While we live in uncertain times, I know with absolute certainty that you will continue to meet the challenges ahead with outstanding focus, resilience and compassion.
Maureen MacDonald
Dean, Faculty of Science

COVID-19 Updates

CoronovirusPlease visit the Daily News site for all the latest COVID-19 updates, including travel information. McMaster continues to monitor developments around COVID-19. McMaster's Crisis Management Team, which coordinates the university's preparations and response, began meeting about the coronavirus in January. McMaster is looking to Global Affairs Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and public health agencies in Ontario to guide decisions on maintaining the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff on campus.

Three Faculty Recognized For Research Excellence

Louis Gillian and MartinColleagues have awarded the Faculty of Science Research Chairs to Louis Schmidt, Gillian Goward, and Martin Gibala.

Louis, Gillian, and Martin join last year's cohort of Allison Williams, Allison Williams, and Allison Williams.

Dean Maureen MacDonald and Gianni Parise, Associate Dean of Research & External Relations, congratulated the Faculty's newest chairs during a celebration hosted at LIVELab.

"Being awarded a Faculty of Science Research Chair is a special honour because colleagues are nominated and then chosen by their peers," says Maureen.

Introduced in 2019, the Faculty of Science Research Chairs receive three years of funding for graduate students and supplies. The designation also helps secure further grants, investments, and partnerships.

Kari, who was named an inaugural Faculty of Science Research Chair last year, joined Megumi Harada and Pat Bennett on the selection committee chaired by Gianni.

“Selecting this year’s Faculty of Science Research Chairs was far from quick or easy decision for the committee,” said Gianni. “We had 15 researchers nominated from across the entire Faculty and every candidate is an exceptional researcher and mentor to students"

In addition to introducing Research Chairs, the Faculty of Science has launched a Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund, Post Leave Support Program and Global Science Initiative. A third cohort of Faculty of Science Research Chairs will be chosen next year.

"We're proud to be making significant and sustainable investments that support our researchers in building a brighter world," says Maureen.

Martin Gibala with departmentMartin Gibala, Department of Kinesiology

(from left): PhD students Billy Bostad and Devin McCarthy, Faculty of Science Research Chair Martin Gibala, Research Lab Manager Todd Prior and former PhD students Lauren Skelly (now a Postdoctoral Fellow at York University) and Jenna Gillen (now an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto).

Martin is an integrative physiologist who studies the mechanistic basis of exercise responses in humans and associated health impacts. Martin is chair of the Department of Kinesiology and also the bestselling author of The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter. He has received three awards for teaching excellence and the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. Martin’s research has helped to establish the efficacy of brief rigorous exercise to enhance health and fitness, including in people living with chronic diseases.

Louis Schmidt with departmentLouis Schmidt, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior

(front row from left): Graduate student Kristie Poole, Postdoctoral Fellow Karen Mathewson, and graduate students Raha Hassan and Sonia Kong (back row from left): Graduate students Zahra Khalesi and Victoria Stead, Faculty of Science Research Chair Louis Schmidt, Postdoctoral Fellow Tina Brook and graduate student Taigan MacGowan.

Louis is a professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior and an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Louis focuses his research on understanding behavioral and biological factors underlying individual differences in socioemotional processes and psychological outcomes in typical and atypical human development. A primary goal of his research is to identify and describe factors early in life that predicts emotional well-being and mental problems during development.

Gillian Goward with departmentGillian Goward, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology

(from left): PhD students Chris Franko and Annica Freytag, Research Lab Manager Blossam Yan, Faculty of Science Research Chair Gillian Goward, graduate student Taiana Periera, undergraduate student Jacob Keffer and graduate student Mengyang Cui.

Gillian is chair of the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and an internationally renowned Canadian scientist who studies advanced energy materials using a combination of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging. In her Magnetic Resonance and Materials for Energy Storage Lab, Gillian and her students use nuclear magnetic resonance to study how lithium and other types of batteries and fuel cells work at a fundamental level. Since 2011, Gillian has led an NSERC partnership program with researchers at General Motors and four Canadian universities.

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