# Schools University of Waterloo

#### Atomos

I know UW is a big engineering, math, and computer science school, but how is their physics program relative to the other top schools in Canada?

#### JasonRox

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Atomos said:
I know UW is a big engineering, math, and computer science school, but how is their physics program relative to the other top schools in Canada?
Definitely high and probably the best.

They have a Theoritical Physics Institute in Waterloo itself! (Perimeter Institute.)

I would suspect that it is a great school for Physics.

#### Sane

Just a side note: Maclean's rated Waterloo the top University in Canada two years consecutively now. And I believe that's overall as well. As that ranking applies to Physics...? I have no idea.

Other Universities are actually outraged by this and withdrawing themselves from the rankings. Heh.

Wikipedia says:

#### JasonRox

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Atomos said:
Yes, coop is very important for me. Correct me if I am wrong, but the two main criteria for grad school admission are marks and possible undergrad experience. Coop appears to be a good way to pad the latter.

edit: yes, I paid \$20 a while ago and it seems to have expired after a year :-(
I'd be more concerned with NSERC Summer Research than Co-op as a key to graduate school.

#### Werg22

That's quite interesting. The match is definitely between UW and Toronto University, which one is best needs investigation.

#### George Jones

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quasar987 said:
Waterloo, is that the uni in toronto?
No, Waterloo is in Waterloo.

Is Lee Smolin a teacher at UW?
Smolin is at the Perimeter Institute, which is located in the city of Waterloo. Smolin has adjunct faculty status at the University of Waterloo.

#### fourier jr

Atomos said:
I know UW is a big engineering, math, and computer science school, but how is their physics program relative to the other top schools in Canada?
it probably depends on what kind of physics you are interested in. it's probably the best in the world for quantum computing since it has many of the 'founding fathers' of qc there. i don't think i know anything about the rest. i've only ever looked into qc there.

#### Atomos

fourier jr said:
it probably depends on what kind of physics you are interested in. it's probably the best in the world for quantum computing since it has many of the 'founding fathers' of qc there. i don't think i know anything about the rest. i've only ever looked into qc there.
Err, sorry, I forgot to mention I am going into undergrad physics.

#### JasonRox

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Atomos said:
Err, sorry, I forgot to mention I am going into undergrad physics.
Also, I wouldn't put too much emphasis on undergrad physics.

It's basically almost the same all over Canada. The only difference is the students you work with. If you want to find serious students, you have a better shot at finding them at Waterloo than you do at Brock. (Where I am from.) But Brock has it's up sides too, which is priceless if you get to be part of it.

I know of people going to Waterloo for graduate school for Brock, so that goes to show, undergrad doesn't really matter. It comes down to being ready and showing that you are. Canada is a little different than the US when it comes to undergraduate courses. I would simply look for other reasons to choose Waterloo or UBC, like students (I mentionned), campus, location, and things like that.

Personally, I plan on going to graduate school for mathematics. Currently, Waterloo isn't my first choice. I can probably get in, and it's definitely the best in Canada, but the problem lies in the reality of is it the best choice for me? I've seen the advantages of smaller faculties as well as it's disadvantages too. For these reasons, I know specifically what I'm looking for when I'm going to start visiting schools in January/February. I'm going to visit Waterloo because who knows maybe they can change what I think of that school. It seems like a school that student/professor interaction is a minimum and that they busy you with a bunch classes. Not my idea of good education.

For undergrad, Waterloo was my first choice mainly because I know I can find students that love mathematics too. Rather than scrounge around by myself right now. Also, it can challenge the heck out of you, so that you know you're ready for graduate school.

But for graduate school, do I really want minimal interaction with my professors? NO. Do I want to be challenged like a psycho freak in a bunch of classes? No, because I'll be doing that outside of the classroom and by doing this you'll take away all my own time to do doing my own thing, which I'll truly hate! I will certainly transfer!

Anyways, pick a school where all the girls are.

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#### Atomos

Thank you for your useful input, Jason.

JasonRox said:
Anyways, pick a school where all the girls are.
Hehe, it is funny because in big pink letters in the science section of the Waterloo pamphlet they say "3:2 female to male ratio" as if it was the selling point of the program :tongue2:

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#### JasonRox

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Atomos said:
Thank you for your useful input, Jason.

Hehe, it is funny because in big pink letters in the science section of the Waterloo pamphlet they say "3:2 female to male ratio" as if it was the selling point of the progam :tongue2:
Haha, Brock has like 5:1! :surprised

#### fourier jr

i think UVic's is 2:1, & they even have a really good physics department

#### Sisyphus

uwaterloo math is something like 3:7

#### JasonRox

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Sisyphus said:
uwaterloo math is something like 3:7
I actually thought they had none in the mathematics department.

I visited their school last year with my girlfriend. We were in the math department and naturally I had to go to the washroom. Then my girlfriend had to go, but we couldn't find a girls washroom in the math department!!!