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Undergraduate Programs

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Latest News

Grad students win best Science Themed Halloween costume and Pumpkin Carving contest

Monday, 22 November 2021

Congratulations to Symphony Huang and Mathew Schneider who won the best Science Themed Halloween costume contest run by the SciGSA. They went dressed as "frustrated... Read more

Congratulations to Vismaya Pillai who won Best Presentation in the Astrophysics/Cosmology category at CUPC

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Mitacs Globalink research intern Vismaya Pillai won the award for "Best Astrophysics or Cosmology Presentation" at the recent Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference for her work... Read more

What's Killing Galaxies?

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Galaxies are being killed in one of the most extreme regions of the nearby Universe and astronomers want to know why. A recently published paper... Read more

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Friday, 8 October 2021

Check out the Phyics & Astronomy 2021 newletter here Read more

Undergrad Success at the 2021 Canadian Astroparticle Summer Student Talk Competition

Friday, 27 August 2021

Congratulations to Julia Azzi and Alex Pleava who placed first and fourth, respectively, at the 2021 Canadian Astroparticle Summer Student Talk Competition! Read more

Ph.D. students Jerry Wang and Weishi Yuan publish their latest work on Kagome Quantum Spin Liquid in Nature Physics

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Each electron in magnetic materials is accompanied by a small entity called the "spin", which acts like a tiny bar magnet. When magnetic materials are... Read more

Scholarship in memory of Sara Etehadolhagh

Thursday, 5 August 2021

In May we were devastated to learn of the tragic passing of Sara Etehadolhagh. Sara was a phenomenal student in our medical and biological physics... Read more

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC) awarded to Ben Pearce.

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Ben K.D. Pearce, who will defend his Ph.D. thesis this August in the Department of Physics with a specialization in Astrobiology through the Origins Institute... Read more

McMaster PhD graduate working to keep pilots in the air

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Dr. Mikhail Klassen (McMaster Physics & Astronomy) started the company Paladin AI that develops AI-driven analytical tools aimed at improving and accelerating aviation training.  Read... Read more

Perspectives on Radiation Safety, Nuclear Security and Protecting the Environment

Thursday, 18 February 2021

In this talk, Dr. Ed Waller will briefly outline his transition from industry to academia, some of the research projects he worked on while in... Read more

Applications Open for Summer 2021 NSERC USRAs

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Applications are now open for McMaster University's Summer 2021 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs). These prestigious research positions allow exceptional undergraduates to perform a... Read more

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