2015 Department News

April 15, 2015

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!

April 14, 2015

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:

arrowhttp://www.thespec.com/news-story/5552680-girls-just-wanna-have-fun-with-science/

arrowhttp://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/twin-girls-in-science-events-will-encourage-the-next-generation-of-young-minds/

April 8, 2015

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.

arrowhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/thirty-meter-telescope-to-see-cosmos-on-micro-scale-1.3023824

arrowhttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/harper-announces-243-million-contribution-for-thirty-meter-telescope-project/article23818767/

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