The Faculty of Science Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS)—a vibrant environment for learning and discovery.
Undergraduate and graduate programs, degrees, and admission information.
December 22, 2015
We asked. You answered.
December 18, 2015
That was then. This is now.
December 17, 2015
As the programs director for the Alberta Science Network, Jeffrey Newton has made a career out of teaching science beyond the classroom box.
A rich natural classroom, the University of Alberta campus provides abundant learning opportunities for science students.
December 10, 2015
With a winning combination of sky-high ambition and rigorous discipline, Ross Lockwood (’08 BSc, ’15 PhD) has already made a few giant leaps through his career journey.
The Faculty of Science offers one of the most comprehensive and extensive undergraduate field school experiences in Canada.
December 1, 2015
“I failed to appreciate then that my professors were brilliant, and I was receiving a superb education.” –David Robertson
Venturing beyond our front yard at the U of A campus
Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi (’98 BSc, ’02 MSc) continues to take the world by storm with his captivating illustrations of the prehistoric past. The latest coup in his string of successes is a set of limited edition stamps for Canada Post. As recently described by the Canadian Press, “[Csotonyi's] portraits are so compelling you can almost hear his subjects tramp through the forest and smell their heaving breath.”
Professor Jonathan Veinot’s (chemistry) group examines how the size, shape, and surface of silicon nanocrystals affect the optical properties of these materials—for example, emitting different colours when they are exposed to ultraviolet light. Veinot recently received $1.65M from NSERC to create an international graduate school with German partners. The program is geared towards training young elite scientists and engineers in essential technical and out-of-discipline skills that will enable them to play key roles in revolutionizing and revitalizing the polymer-materials sector of the Canadian economy.
Assistant Professor John Davis (physics) demonstrates the in-house Foucault pendulum in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science to an undergraduate physics class in a simple experiment to illustrate Earth’s rotation. Undisturbed, this pendulum would swing clockwise and make a full rotation in 19.3 hours, indicating a full rotation of Earth at Edmonton’s latitude of 53.5 degrees.