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Welcome to Skule!

While many of you are returning to U of T Engineering for another year of studies, some are joining us this September for the first time. We would like to welcome the first-year students who make up the class of 1T8! You are joining a talented and dedicated Faculty of students who come from over 50 countries and nine provinces.  

We would like to remind new and returning students alike that the Office of the Registrar and the Faculty’s academic advisors are available to assist you throughout your years here.

“U of T Engineering has considerable resources available to help you navigate your studies,” said Faculty Registrar, Tom Nault. “From admission to graduation, we are here to support you and provide you with an exceptional student experience.”

The Engineering Student e-News, published monthly throughout the academic year, provides you with Faculty and University news, information and deadlines. Between editions, you can find additional information on the undergraduate website and our Twitter account.  

Once again, we would like to welcome you back to Skule. We hope that you had a great summer and are ready to take on the excitement and challenges of another academic year.


September 2014

Volume 6, Issue 1
In this issue:

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


Student Life


U of T Engineering welcomes students to new Skule year

Parades, fairs, campus tours and a plenary lecture mark the first week of the 2014 - 2015 academic year

President's welcome

U of T President, Meric Gertler, welcomes new and returning students

Back to school 2014

Students from Canada and around the world help launch U of T's 187th school year

Engineering students showcase research at UnERD

One-day research symposium recognizes student innovation

Four U of T Engineering students awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Engineering students awarded prestigious government grants to pioneer life-saving research

Engineers explore ideas and culture in Chinese exchange

Global Educational Exchange (Globex) allows students to collaborate in an international setting

Female students explore U of T Engineering with GLEE

U of T Engineering hosted Girls Leadership in Engineering Experience (GLEE) to welcome female high school students to the engineering community



Dates and Deadlines


Sept. 16 - 18


Career Information Days (CID)

Sept. 22 - 26


Late enrolment for Y-session courses

Sept. 26


First Year Fridays seminar: Communication

Oct. 8


University of Toronto Engineering Graduate Fair

Public Lecture: Sir Richard Friend, Cambridge University

Oct. 9


Dean's Town Hall

  For additional dates, events and deadlines, visit the Undergraduate Engineering Calendar.  

Student Services


RESP forms

If you still need an RESP or scholarship fund form filled out by the Office of the Registrar, visit room 157 in the Galbraith Building for assistance

Opting out of the UTSU health and dental plan

You may opt out of the health and dental portion of the University of Toronto Student Union's health plan if you are covered by a comparable plan

Degree Explorer tracks your academic progress

This U of T tool, available to most second-, third- and fourth-year students, helps students plan and review academic program requirements

How can I help you? Visiting the Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is available to help you on everything from rules, regulations and petitions to letters of registration, enrolment, financial aid and more. As of September 2, the Office of the Registrar and Admissions combined to provide students with a more streamlined experience

Academic advising

Don't wait! Your undergraduate academic advisor is your first stop for information and advice on your program of study, course selection, academics, career, personal matters, graduation and more

Follow up from the 2013-2014 academic year

  • Exam viewing returns later this month with a limited, two-day opportunity to view exams from the 2014 Winter Session—more information will be emailed to students in the coming weeks
  • If you haven't picked up your Dean's Honours certificate from the 2013 Winter Session or earlier, it is available in the Office of the Registrar (GB157); 2014 lists and certificates will be available later on this fall
  • Students may still order final exam copies and final mark re-checks for 2014 Winter and Summer Session Engineering courses through the Engineering Portal until October 15

Money Matters


Online OSAP distribution

Qualified for OSAP? Submitted your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to a designated Canada Post outlet? If so, U of T will be able to confirm your registration and OSAP will deposit your funds directly into your bank account. In October, a "Confirmation of Student Income" form will be made available to you through your online OSAP account; if there is a change in your income, you must report it

Ontario tuition grant

To find out if you're eligible for a grant worth up to 30 per cent of your tuition, please review the information and application instructions on OSAP's website


Effective for the 2014-2015 academic year, out-of-province students may now apply for UTAPS funding online. Applications close November 30

Work/study program
All domestic, international, full-time and part-time students carrying a 2.0 credit course load over the Fall and Winter Sessions are able to apply for part-time, on-campus positions. For more details, visit the Career Centre

Faculty grants
U of T Engineering has grants available for students who have exhausted all other sources of funding and still find themselves in financial difficulty. An email will be sent out to all undergraduate students in the Faculty later this month with details on how to apply

Scholarships and awards
If you received a scholarship or award, the funds will be deposited into your student account before November 15 (provided you are registered). If you have a question regarding your scholarship or award, contact or visit the Office of the Registrar (GB 157)

The online Engineering Portfolio (ePortfolio)
Record your extracurricular activities and store your resume in your ePortfolio. The Faculty's Scholarships Committee considers this information when selecting recipients for awards. Leadership qualities are also used to consider potential candidates for awards outside the Faculty

External award opportunity
Are you interested or have experience in risk/hazards and have some industry experience, consider applying for one of the William H. McGannon Foundation's scholarships. Deadline: November 30


Campus Life


Bio-inspired ideas for sustainable energy

This October, world experts in organic solar research are gathering at U of T to explore the question: what can plants teach humans about using solar energy?

Acquire real-world experience, enhance your resume, and work for the greater good
A Hart House club or committee may be the answer

Life at U of T
Your information hub for student life at U of T, including clubs, services, resources and policies

Orientation Week 2014: photo gallery

Relive some of the highlights of this year's first week



In the News


University of Toronto ranked first in Canada, 24th in the world

U of T's strong academic and research performance continues to rank among the best in the world, according to new global ranking report

Two wearable tech startups from U of T Engineering alumni making news

Nymi, wearable technology from U of T startup Bionym, detects its wearer's unique heart rate signature

Engineering a new kind of rock music

Three researchers from U of T Engineering unveil new algorithm for interpreting sound waves emitted from rock pieces when they crack and fissure



Your Faculty


U of T Engineering welcomes four new faculty members

As new and returning engineering students attend their first classes of the year, the faculty welcomes four new faces and minds into the fold

U of T biotech entrepreneur named to MIT's "Innovators Under 35" list

Engineering alumnus David He (ECE 0T5) recognized by MIT Technology Review

U of T engineer wins Syncrude Canada Innovation Award

Professor Radhakrishnan Mahadevan (ChemE) recognized for contributions to metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and bioinformatics

ECE professor listed among world's most influential researchers

Want faster internet? Professor Wei Yu (ECE) is on the case and the world is watching

Three big ideas from the opening of U of T's new advanced materials lab

Ontario Centre for Characterization of Advanced Materials (OCCAM) unveiled on July 17 with unique ribbon cutting ceremony

Using tiny technology to aid in the fight against cancer

Professor Aaron Wheeler (IBBME) awarded this year's U of T McLean Award

Designing cleaner, safer ways to cook in South India

Multidisciplinary team of students and professors from U of T help address challenges to clean cook stove technology


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