Christine Wilson has been appointed a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster. This is the highest honour that University can bestow on its own faculty members, and is reserved for at most 2% of faculty members. Congratulations Christine!
2015 Department News
The results of the Canadian Association of Physicists 2015 University Prize Exam are in and McMaster students have distinguished themselves and demonstrated again that they rank with the best in the country. This annual competition is open to any student at a Canadian university.
Sean Ridout 2nd
Alan Morningstar 6th
Ben Davis-Purcell 2nd quartile
Congratulations to these outstanding students!
On Friday, April 10th the Graduate Women In Physics & Astronomy (GWIPA) in conjuction with WISE and Let's Talk Science organized a fun-filled day of hands on activities, lectures, and tours for 100 grade 10 girls.
Despite huge advancements in promoting women in the STEM fields, there is still work to be done. At all levels of STEM women are underrepresented with about 40% of all STEM graduates being women and only ~20% of all physics and engineering undergraduates being women (source:APS). Studies have shown that by addressing this gender imbalance girls increase their interests in STEM careers (source:Physical Review Speical Topics - Physics Education Research). Events like the Girls in Science day help to build confidence levels and fundamentally increase excitiment for STEM!
The Hamilton Spectator and the McMaster Daily News published articles on the Girls in Science day:
Canada is funding a new international, thirty meter mega-telescope which will allow scientists to see the most detailed images of the cosmos from the ground. McMaster's Dr. Christine Wilson, president of the Canadian Astronomical Society, discusses why this is so exciting.