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Achieve your potential: learning the art of learning

Whether it’s your first or fourth year at U of T Engineering, there’s always something new to learn. And sometimes, there’s something new to learn about the process of learning itself. As midterms wrap up, you’ll soon turn your attention to preparations for your final exams. The next few weeks are a good time to look at where you are with your courses and adjust your study habits as necessary to ensure the most positive outcome. It's important to remember that your Faculty is equipped with a number of offices and resources to help ensure your academic success.  


In this month’s Engineering Student e-News, we reached out to several people in the U of T Engineering community for study tips:

“The importance of maintaining a consistent level of practice and review cannot be overstated.  Students remember more when they ‘visit’ material more frequently. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes before each class to review notes, preview readings before each lecture and, of course, the bread and butter of the engineering student: practice.” Leslie Grife, Assistant Director, First Year Academic Services

“I encourage students to access help via the Academic Success Centre as they have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, including hand-outs.”Laurie Coleman, Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator  

“I wish I’d gone to the Athletic Centre or Hart House earlier in my undergraduate studies. Exercising gives you a different perspective on your studies. It resets your brain.”Alex Tichine, M.Eng. Senior Information and Systems Analyst

As you navigate the remainder of the session, remember there are people to assist you if you require help. Your academic advisor is your best resource for discovering what academic assistance is available to you.


October 2014

Volume 6, Issue 2
In this issue:

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


Student Life


Young women designing a better world

U of T Engineering's inaugural Young Women in Engineering Symposium brings Ontario's best to the St. George campus. Photo gallery

BizSkule presents: third annual revolution

On October 29, Professor and Director of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, Eric Miller, moderates a panel on rethinking the future of transportation

U of T Engineering pilots innovative classroom design

First-year students practice collaborative learning during tutorial in pilot TEAL classroom

Cultures coverge at U of T Engineering's annual international breakfast

This year, U of T Engineering welcomes hundreds of exchange students to its programs

3D skin printer wins engineering students Canada Dyson Award

Forget smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two U of T Engineering students are using 3D printers to print functional human skin

Student startups compete for $42,000 in funding at Entrepreneurship Hatchery demo night

13 companies compete for top investment prize of $20,000

Office of the University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson offers confidential and impartial advice and assistance to students, staff and faculty on university-related problems


Dates and Deadlines


October 24


First Year Fridays Seminar: Post-midterm action plan

November 1


Examination timetable for F-session courses posted (tentative)

November 3


Last day for Engineering students to drop F-Session courses without academic penalty

Last day for students to drop A&S courses without academic penalty

Last day for students to transfer to part-time studies

Last day for students to withdraw from the Fall Session without academic penalty

November 5


Emerging leaders: Claudia Fischbach-Teschl

November 14


MIE Seminar Series: Brian C. Williams

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

Student Services


Letters of registration and verification of enrolment forms

Do you need to confirm your registration as an undergraduate student? The Office of the Registrar can help

Safety on campus

U of T is committed to the safe of its students. A variety of programs and services are in place to help create a comfortable learning environment for all students

Accessibility Services

Students with documented disabilities are eligible for services to help facilitate their inclusion in all aspects of university life

Struggling with a course? There's help

Looking to manage your time better? U of T Engineering has support systems in place to help you with your academic studies


Money Matters


Faculty grants

The Faculty has grants available for students who have exhausted all other sources of funding and still find themselves in financial difficulty. An email on how to apply was sent to all Engineering undergraduates. Pierina Filippone is also available for financial counselling:

University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS
The first round of UTAPS will be assessed in mid-late October. After the deduction of tuition fees, any remaining UTAPS balance will be deposited into your bank account by Student Accounts. Please ensure you have set up direct deposit on SWS/ROSI. Antoher round of assessments will occur by the end of November.

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

Scholarships and awards
For students receiving scholarships or awards from the Faculty, the funds will be deposited into your student account on ROSI before November 15 (provided you are registered)

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


Help bring the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to life

Join Patchi and 23,000 volunteers and earn valuable volunteer hours and experience

U of T Art Centre: The photography of Allen Ginsberg
More than 200 photographs from the remarkable collection of the Beat poet

My mental health story
U of T has dedicated October to mental wellness. The crew at Life @ U of T are sharing their stories

Grief support talking circle

Everyone grieves in his or her own way. The grief circle is a drop-in support group for U of T students. You're not alone

Up close and personal with Terry Fallis

On November 6, join award-winning author Terry Fallis to learn how to use your engineering degree in politics, public relations consulting and creative writing


In the News


U of T podcast episode one: the future of traffic

Engineering post-doc Samah El-Tantawy works with Professor Baher Abdulhai to develop "smarter" traffic lights

FuelWear faces threat of shipping delays as demand for self-heating shirt overwhelms

If demand for FuelWear's Flame Base Layer is any indication, we're in for a cold winter (National Post)

Researchers aim to harvest the sun's energy in cheap, new ways

Increasingly, photosynthesis looks like a road map to the future (Globe & Mail)



Your Faculty


Frank Kschischang named U of T Distinguished Professor

ECE professor named the University of Toronto Distinguished Professor in Digital Communications

U of T inventor wins $100K Manning Award for anti-clotting medical innovation

Often singled out for his academic leadership and research, Professor Paul Santerre received a 2014 Manning Award for inventing and commercializing new health-care technologies

Engineers take aim at childhood hunger and unclean water with Grand Challenges Canada grants

Two new grants will allow U of T Engineering researchers to bring their expertise to help with urgent global health issues

What nature can teach humans about energy: Q&A with Ted Sargent

As humans increasingly look to the sun as a potential energy source, solar energy expert Ted Sargent talks plant tech

Micah Stickel named to Top 20 Under 40 by American Society for Engineering Education

The pioneer of the "inverted classroom" receives prestigious recognition from ASEE



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