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The City of Waterloo is a holder of the world’s Top Intelligent Community award.

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Many faculty, staff, and students enjoy social activities sponsored by the University. School-centred activities include picnics, golf tournaments, trivia challenges, curling bonspiels, billiard nights, achievement receptions, and ice cream Fridays. These events allow for all levels of the Cheriton School of Computer Science to interact and form valuable relationships.

We value the highquality talent of the faculty and students at the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. We have had a very successful relationship with the school through recruiting and working with the faculty on various initiatives. - Steven Woods, Director Engineering, Google Waterloo

The city of Waterloo provides a safe and friendly environment in which to live. Those with families benefit from the excellent public school system and the availability of many day-care options. The city also provides a variety of activities and entertainment opportunities for individuals and families, for all levels and all interests. From music festivals to sporting events, and community trails to great shopping in uptown Waterloo, there is something for everyone.




The University of Waterloo has the largest concentration

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of computer science educators and researchers in Canada.

The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, a global leader in research and innovation, is also successful in all other aspects of academia, attracting high caliber undergraduate and graduate students. With award-winning researchers collaborating to answer global problems in over 17 research areas, the Cheriton School of Computer Science is indeed changing the world.


funding 15%

of the ERAs granted to Waterloo are awarded to the Cheriton School of Computer Science faculty.

The Cheriton School of Computer Science (School) encourages and endorses research funding initiatives and collaborations across campus, with industry, and worldwide institute partners. Funding opportunities in Canada provide researchers with major federal, provincial, and industrial grants.

Federal and provincial government agencies support many research projects. The School holds $6 million annually in research grants. Federal grants, which are not subject to overhead, include contributions from: Federal


» Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) » Canada Research Chairs (CRC) » Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) » Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) » Automotive Partnerships Canada

of faculty members hold 5-year

NSERC Discovery grants, totaling over $1.3 million annually.

Grants from the province of Ontario are allocated for newly appointed researchers to help those individuals build their research teams. These include: Provincial » Early Researcher Awards (ERA) » Premier’s Discovery Awards (PDA) » Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) » Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI)

At Waterloo, the intellectual property rights are with the inventors, i.e. faculty, postdocs and students. The university helps; it doesn’t get in the way. That way, things happen. - Ian Munro, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Industry Partners Much of the research conducted at the School is made possible by support from many industrial partners including: General Motors, Google, IBM, Maplesoft, Morgan Stanley, Nortel Networks, Open Text, Scotiabank, and SAP/Sybase/iAnywhere Solutions. Spin-off Companies Thanks to the University of Waterloo’s renowned Intellectual Property policy, researchers are granted ownership of what they create, giving them the freedom to develop research initiatives and foster commercialization of computer science based solutions. Spin-off companies include: iAnywhere Solutions Inc. (now part of SAP), Maplesoft Inc., Open Text Corp., RapidMind (now Intel Waterloo), and Bioinformatics Solutions.


What is particularly special about Waterloo is how collaborative the research atmosphere is.


The Cheriton School of Computer Science is one of the largest computer science units worldwide, with 70 faculty and 46 staff members.

- Jo Atlee, joint-holder of the 2010 $16M GM grant

The standard faculty teaching load is three one-term courses per year, of which one may be a graduate course. There are many opportunities to teach senior specialty courses and multiple sections of courses. New faculty members typically teach two courses per year for the first two years.


Graduate Students The School has 300 graduate students (60% PhD, 40% Masters; 22% female, 78% male), graduating on average 15 PhD and 50 Masters annually. The ratio of graduate students to faculty members is approximately 4:1. Graduate students hold scholarships valued at over $2.5 million annually from federal, provincial, industrial, international, and internal sources. Undergraduate Students The School admits 400-450 computer science freshman annually. Along with our core Computer Science degree, we also offer joint programs with other departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biology, and Accounting & Finance. There are approximately 2,000 undergraduate students enrolled in Computer Science major programs.


Several Cheriton School of Computer Science faculty members have been recognized and honoured with fellowships and awards including: » Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada » Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery »F  ellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers » Killam Prize » Steacie Memorial Fellowship » Canada Research Chairs Tier 1 » Canada Research Chairs Tier 2 » University Professors » Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher

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