Consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in Canada and one of the country’s most innovative, McMaster believes in creating an innovative and stimulating learning environment where students can prepare themselves to excel, both at the university and beyond. Science is a research-focused student-centred Faculty at the heart of McMaster University.
Our students are taught by some of the leading scientific researchers in their fields and receive fantastic opportunities to participate in ground-breaking research. Our numerous graduate programs are respected around the world. Together we investigate worlds from the nano scale to the theoretical, and everything in between. We explore areas as diverse as the best ways to teach and learn, activities to stay healthy, and new methods to model and view the universe, among many others.
McMaster researchers, led by Greg Slater, Geography & Earth Sciences, visited the rugged terrain of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to find important clues in the ongoing search for life on Mars. The McMaster team, working with colleagues from NASA and others, examined newly formed basaltic rocks from the active and relatively young volcano. By exploring the conditions that might point to signs of life there and beyond, they expect to uncover clues about how to look for life on Mars, which has similar basaltic rocks.
Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. One of three McMaster researchers honoured this year, he is the Faculty’s first member of the College. College members are researchers who have demonstrated a high level of achievement at an early stage in their career. Ayers’ work develops new methods for understanding chemical phenomena, with implications for a wide variety of industries including drug design, nuclear waste processing and more.