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Season's Greetings

Time flies when you are studying at Canada’s top engineering school. It's December and while the first snowfalls blanket Toronto, many of you are hunkering down with a cup of hot cocoa and a semester's worth of study notes. We encourage you to take a ten-minute break and discover some of the awards and honours bestowed on your fellow students this past month, attend an exam de-stress event and show some Graditude.

December is also the time when we remember the tragic events at École Polytechnique and take action to prevent violence in our community.


December 2011

Volume 3, Issue 4
In this issue:

We Remember
Dates and Deadlines
Student Services
Money Matters
Campus Life
In the News
Your Faculty


We Remember


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, join U of T and the Green Dot campaign for a remembrance ceremony and the Working for Change lunch. Begins 12:15 p.m. at Commemorative Benches (behind UTSU/in front of Hart House)

Students Discuss Women in Engineering on CBC’s The National

Twenty-two years after the Montréal Massacre, The National talks to U of T Engineering students about women in engineering today


Dates and Deadlines

Dec. 9 to 20  

Final exam period for Engineering and Arts & Science courses

Dec. 21 to
Jan. 1

University closed

Jan. 2  

University offices re-open

Jan. 9  

Lectures begin for S courses and resume for Y courses in both Engineering and Arts & Science


Student Services


Final Examination Schedule with Room Locations

The final examination schedule with room locations is now posted on the undergraduate website. Look for your courses and then find the exam location based on your last name. The full schedule is listed on the bulletin board across from the Office of the Registrar in GB 157

University Closure

The University will close from Wednesday, December 21 to Sunday, January 1 for the winter holidays. For ROSI hours of operation, check ROSI. Winter session classes begin Monday, January 9 for Engineering and Arts & Science courses

Course and Option Selection in 2012

Will you be a full-time student in third or fourth year (ECE students excepted) or plan to participate in PEY in 2012-2013? In late February, the Office of the Registrar will invite you to participate in a Course and Option Selection survey to inform the Faculty of your intention to participate in PEY, choose a program option (if applicable) and choose technical electives. This pre-registration survey assists in scheduling courses that students want and need for the next academic year, giving you the best chance to get the courses you want

Turn Over a New Leaf with Forestry Electives

U of T Engineering and the Faculty of Forestry have added two new courses built to fit into our Engineering minor programs

Current Students Invited to Join UTMail+

New U of T email service provides larger storage quotas, collaborative tools


Money Matters


Reminder: OSAP Distribution & Pick-Up

OSAP distribution for Winter 2012 will begin on Monday, January 2. As OSAP documents arrive, you will be notified by email at the address listed on ROSI

Avoid Service Charges on Tuition Balances

Remember that outstanding balances on fees for this year are subject to a monthly service charge of 1.5% compounded (19.56% per annum) that was first assessed as of November 15 and as of the 15th of every month thereafter until paid in full. Outstanding charges on your account from prior sessions are subject to a service charge as well. Check your account on ROSI

Scholarships and Awards with Winter Deadlines

Qualified students are encouraged to apply for these scholarships and awards with winter deadlines


Campus Life


What is Graditude?

Student fundraising for Skule™ campaign returns

Eight U of T Engineering Students Chosen for The Next 36

Participants prepare for intensive entrepreneurship education as they develop mobile applications

U of T Engineering Alumnus is Engineering Social Change

Suneet Tuli (CivE 9T0), the man behind the world‘s cheapest tablet, visits U of T to discuss how technology can change the world

January Career Fairs Approach

You’re Next and Civil & Mineral Engineering career fairs provide students with chance to network and explore career options

Engineering Students Place 2nd at Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Competition

U of T edges out teams from Harvard and UPenn

U of T Engineering Students CANstruct for Charity

Students compete in construction competition to raise canned goods for Daily Bread Food Bank

Attention Class of 1T2/1T1 + PEY: Become a Permanent Class Executive or Class Leader 

After graduation, class executives and leaders strengthen ties between alumni and the Faculty. New, extended deadline to apply

Avoiding Exam Stress with On-Campus Events

blogUT offers up some fun and relaxing events to take your mind off studying

Home Ranger Service

Stop by the Student Housing Service at the Koffler Centre at 214 College Street to meet one-on-one with staff or connect through Skype. Get your questions answered about conducting an effective housing search, dealing with landlord/tenant issues or tenant rights and responsibilities

CONNECT EnAbling Change Post-Secondary Design Competition

The Design Exchange in partnership with the Government of Ontario is showcasing a provincial post-secondary design competition called CONNECT: EnAbling Change. The competition raises awareness about the importance of universal design principles in all design disciplines. The competition is open to all undergraduates and the application deadline is April 20, 2012


In the News


Transformed Lassonde Mining Building Celebrated

New space supports student learning and adds sustainable features to heritage building

The Future of Stem Cell Research 

The Globe and Mail featured Q&A with Professor Peter Zandstra (IBBME)

Karney Warns Wasted Water Weakens Infrastructure

Professor Bryan Karney (CivE) tells CBC News that failure to fix problems in the short term can lead to higher costs in the long term

ChemE Alumnus Wins White House Award

Ali Khademhosseini (ChemE 9T9, MASc 0T1) awarded a 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama

U of T Named Canada’s Top Research University 

Re$earch Infosource Inc. ranks U of T first in list of Canada’s University Innovation Leaders


Your Faculty


Skule™ Comes to Asia

Dean Cristina Amon meets alumni in Asia; global engineering tops agenda during visit

Gabriele D’Eleuterio Appointed Director, IRM

UTIAS Professor succeeds Professor Ridha Ben Mrad (MIE) as Director of Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics

MIE Professor Named Director of ECTI

Yu Sun (MIE) appointed Director of Emerging Communications Technology Institute (ECTI), beginning January 1, 2012


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