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Happy Holidays U of T Engineering

As the days are getting colder and the 2014 Fall Session is drawing to a close, final examinations are in full swing. This month, the Engineering Student e-News reached out to two U of T community members for study and self-care tips and compiled wellness resources to help you navigate this busy period.

After exams wrap up and the University closes for the holiday break, we hope you enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation before returning to the rigours and exciting challenges of a new session.

From the Office of the of the Registrar, we wish you success with your exams and an enjoyable holiday.


December 2014

Volume 6, Issue 4
In this issue:

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




Keep calm and study smart

Ronald Ng, Manager, Intercultural Learning Initiatives and Learning Strategist, from the Centre for International Experience (CIE) and Camilla Sublett (MIN 1T4 + PEY + Exchange) offer tips and tricks for surviving exam season

Your one-stop academic shop

If you have questions about your program of study, course selection, academics, career, graduation or personal matters, your academic advisor can provide useful advice

International student transition advising

Having trouble adjusting to your new surroundings? Feeling homesick or have immigration questions? Asim Ashraf at the Centre for International Experience can answer your questions

How are you feeling today? Need to talk?

Peers are Here for Engineering Students is a non-judgmental drop-in space facilitated by students where you can connect with fellow students, discuss your university experience and practice mental wellness through mutual peer support. Every Monday from noon until 1 p.m. in MB 119. Everyone is welcome!

Want to be more creative? Take a walk

A brief stroll can increase creativity, according to new study (New York Times)

Staying fit over the break

Varsity writer Ameena Youssef offers suggestions on how to stay healthy over the holidays

Health and wellness services on St. George campus

Wellness refers to your overall physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social condition. Not feeling your best? There are a number of services on campus to help you get back on track

Find your calm

Monday through Thursdays on St. George campus, there are opportunities to help you relax


Dates and Deadlines


December 22


Holiday break begins: University closed

January 5


University reopens after holiday break

January 5


Engineering and Arts & Science lectures begin

January 7


Undergraduate Engineering Wellness Group

January 11


Last day waitlists are operational for S courses

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

Student Services


Petitions explained: when things don't go as planned

Sometimes life doesn't go as planned. If you've encountered unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances that interfere with your academic obligations, take the time to learn more about the Faculty's petition process

University closure

The University will be closed from December 22 to January 2. Please check ROSI for student web service hours of operation. Winter Session classes begin Monday, January 5, 2015

Final mark re-checks and exam copies

In January 2015, students will be able to order final mark re-checks and exam copies of 2014 Fall Session exams through the Engineering Portal


Money Matters


Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

The award is open for currently enrolled part- or full-time fourth-year students who either graduated in November or will graduate in June 2015. Full details and the application are available online

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 scholarships and awards
Listed below are a number of external awards. If you feel like you qualify for any of the awards, you're strongly encouraged to submit applications. If you have any questions, or require assistance with your application, please contact Assistant Registrar, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Pierina Filippone at 416-978-4159, or in GB157

CEMF Engineering Scholarships
The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) offers scholarships in engineering to young women who demonstrate exceptional leadership and are volunteers in their communities. The scholarships, of varying amounts, have an application deadline of January 16, 2015. Candidates may only apply for one CEMF award. For details and applications, visit CEMF's scholarships page

Killam Fellowships Program
Available to Canadian undergraduate students who want to study for one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States. Deadline: February 2, 2015. Additional details and the application are available online

2015 Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design awards
The awards go to students who make unique and original contributions to the integration of safety into engineering design. Open to all undergraduate engineering students registered in Canadian universities. First prize is $3,500 and the second prize is valued at $1,500. Deadline: January 30, 2015. For more information, visit Minerva

Top 20 Under 20 Award
This prestigious national award is open to all Canadian citizens or permanent residents under the age of 20 as of December 31, 2014. Additional details and the application will be available online shortly

2015 3M National Student Fellowship
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M are pleased to announce their 2015 3M National Student Fellowship, valued at $5,000. The fellowship is open to second and third year students in full-time studies. Deadline: January 12, 2015. If you are interested in applying, please contact Estelle Oliva-Fisher. Additional details are available online, but you're strongly encouraged to connect with Estelle prior to submitting an application


Engineering Student Life


Celebrating U of T Engineering's latest grads

On November 18, 20 undergraduate and 366 graduate students made their way across the stage at Convocation Hall (photo gallery)

Astronaut for hire

PhD graduate Aaron Persad (EngSci 0T6, MechE MASc 1T1, PhD 1T4) is reaching for suborbital heights

Engineering grad to watch
City builder and recent graduate William (Jun) Luo (CivE 1T2, MASc 1T4) shares his passion for concrete

Varsity men's water polo team reclaim OUA supremacy
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's water polo team claim 2014 OUA championship banner. Michael Chapman (EngSci 1T5) and Sever Topan (TrackOne 1T8) named 2014 OUA all-stars

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

A joint letter from the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) and Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering (CODE)

Blues badminton team bodes well at IUCC
At the end of November, the U of T Varsity Blues badminton team competed in the third tournament of the IUCC badminton circuit. Guanqiu Liu (CivE 1T8) turns in strong performance

U of T wins Stratten division championships

Edward Liu (Chem 1T6) and Oliver Straszynski (TrackOne 1T8) help the Varsity Blues men's swimming team sail to victory at weekend meet

Maker Faire: U of T startups share tech wonders at the biggest-ever for Toronto's "maker" community

Two-day event allowed young and old to get hands-on experience with robots, 3D printing, rocket design and more


In the News


U of T is the best university in Canada to build your startup

No matter what type of entrepreneur you are, U of T helps bring ideas to life

The battle between the heartbeat and the fingerprint

U of T Engineering startup Bionym weighs in (Washington Post)

Remembering Walter Culook

Recalling the life of a distinguished MSE alumnus and industry leader (Globe & Mail)


Your Faculty


Susan McCahan appointed Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Engineering's Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, appointed to new position

Historic $130-million gift to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

The largest private donation in Canadian healthcare history brings together the strengths of SickKids, UHN and U of T in personalized genomic medicine, tissue engineering and advanced cardiac care

New $5-million NSERC network uses enzymes for greener manufacturing

On November 28, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced a five-year grant to create the Industrial Biocatalysis Network (IBN), which will be based at U of T and let by Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE)

Remembering Anastasios (Tas) Venetsanopoulos

On November 17, 2014, the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering lost Dean Emeritus Anastasios Venetsanopoulos, better known as "Tas"

Optimizing health care: an interview with Professor Timothy Chan

Meet the new director of U of T Engineering's Centre for Healthcare Engineering

Engineering education goes futuristic with new TEAL classrooms

Professor Steven Thorpe (MSE) builds hands-on experiences for students


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