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Research and Innovation

Research at Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier University is an exceptional community for research and learning at every level. From our roots in Kitchener-Waterloo as a small Lutheran seminary that opened its doors in 1911, we have evolved into a comprehensive, multi-campus, multi-community university with an expanding research profile.

Today, Laurier offers big opportunities to deeply engage in research with a community of passionate and leading-edge researchers.

Research at Laurier is built on commitment to the Canadian and international communities we serve. No matter the field of study, our research connects interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity with communities to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

Stephanie DeWitte-Orr

New coronavirus discovery

Virologist Stephanie DeWitte-Orr has discovered a new cell line to use as a model for studying coronaviruses.

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“It's that lovely interplay between research and teaching that ignites the passions in students. Teaching students what is the cutting edge of thinking in any discipline, you are making them future ready.”

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research


Purposeful Partnerships

The 2019/20 annual report for the Office of Research Services highlights the purposeful research partnerships that Laurier faculty and students have cultivated with governments, Indigenous peoples, industry, and our local and global communities.

Canada Research Chairs
new external research funding since 2014/15
research centres and institutes