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Winter Wellness

This past Sunday, Toronto shivered through the coldest day of 2015 so far as the temperature dipped to close to -40 C with the wind chill. Many of us stayed home and caught up on sleep, studying and maybe a favourite movie or two. This time of year, it can be easy to give into the impulse to hibernate; however, it’s the perfect time to motivate yourself to get out of that cold-weather slump.

This month, consider a mid-winter resolution to complete a project, engage in self-care, check something off your to-do list, or participate in your Skule community. Soon enough, you’ll wonder where the cold days went, as spring returns to St. George campus once again.  


February 2015

Volume 6, Issue 6
In this issue:

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


Winter Wellness


Pink Shirt Day: End Bullying

On February 25, join staff, faculty and other students in the SF Atrium (The Pit)

Hart House 48-hour film challenge

Interested in making films? Get busy and creative with the Hart House film challenge

Mental Health Awareness Week: March 2-6

EngSoc is hosting its first ever Mental Health Awareness Week to increase mental health awareness within the engineering community

Reach for the gold ring
Last fall, the University community celebrated the opening of the Goldring Centre for High Performance and Sport. Consider taking a break from your studies to try out the Centre's state-of-the-art fitness equipment and take in the architectural beauty of U of T's newest addition

OSAP repayment workshop

If you are graduating this year and have questions regarding student loan repayment, attend a free information session on March 3, 2015

Seeds for the Future Work Experience Program

Huawei Canada is inviting 20 students from seven Canadian universities the opportunity to participate in a two-week cultural and work experience tour in China in May. All expenses paid. Application deadline: March 3, 2015


Dates and Deadlines


February 23


Grief Support Talking Circle

February 28


Tentative posting of Winter Session final exam schedule

March 6


First Year Fridays: Building Experience and Making Connections

March 7


Iron Ring ceremony

March 8


Last day for students to drop Engineering and Arts & Science S courses without academic penalty

Last day for students to transfer to part-time studies

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

Last day for students to apply to re-enrol for the 2015 Fall Session

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

Student Services


Don't let be the last to know

Register with the University of Toronto emergency alert system to receive important notifications by text, email or phone

Academic advising after first year

After first-year, undergraduates can consult their academic advisors for questions regarding course selection, transfers, personal matters, graduation and more

DIY final exam aid sheets

Starting with the 2015 Winter Session, students must print their own Faculty-approved final exam aid sheets for Type C exams. The template is available on Engineering's undergraduate website

Summer abroad and receive course credit

The Centre for International Exchange has a number of summer coursework and fieldwork opportunities for interested students. Some funding is available

Accessibility Services has moved

To support enhanced service delivery to students, Accessibility Services have moved from their two-location to a single location: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400


Money Matters


GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program

The GE Foundation is offering a $3,000 scholarship for a first-year, full-time female engineering student or a full-time, first-year student who is either First Nations status or non-status, Metis or Inuit. Deadline: March 15, 2015

2015 Future Environmental Professional Scholarship
The Air and Waste Management Association, Ontario Section, is now accepting applications for the Future Environmental Professional Scholarship, valued at $2,000. Deadline: March 31, 2015

William G. Belfry Memorial/SAE Scholarship
Sponsored by the SAE Foundation Canada and the SAE Central Ontario Section, two $1,000 grants are available to Canadian students or permanent residents. Deadline: February 28, 2015

The 2014 Tuition and Education Amount Certificates (T2202A) for income tax purposes are now available available on ROSI starting February 21. Tax forms for previous years are always available on ROSI as well


Engineering Student Life


Materials engineering students working on next-generation materials give us a glimpse of a greener tomorrow

Undergraduate research projects tackle solar cells longevity, super-capacitator energy storage and eco-friendly adhesive surfaces

11 Engineering student-athletes honoured at annual awards ceremony

The recent Varsity Achievement Awards celebrated sport and academic achievement

U of T Engineering celebrates record number of female first-year students

Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T Engineering programs

Coding creativity: why programming isn't just for engineers anymore
On February 22, 500 rookie coders descend on MaRS when Canada's large learn-to-code event comes to Toronto

Generation generate: three engineering students passionate about sustainability
Tackling complex environmental challenges and a foster of sustainability is a mindset for three U of T Engineering students

Blues Swimming crowned OUA champs

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's and women's swimming teams each repeated as champions at the recent OUA championships. Special congratulations to Oliver Strasynski (TrackOne 1T8) who was named OUA 2015 Rookie of the Year


In the News


Technology is changing the way we eat

From edible clouds to fizzy grapes, a U of T Engineering alum is revolutionizing flavour (The Globe and Mail)

Students react to record-high female first-year enrollment in U of T Engineering

The Varsity asked students their thoughts on U of T Engineering's record-breaking news (The Varsity)

Street in Ajax, Ontario, named for WWII hero and U of T Engineering alumnus

Bayly Street in Ajax and Pickering named for unsung Canadian hero (

The supermaterial that could launch a revolution

Graphene, a material that can be derived from lead in an ordinary pencil, is on the cusp of transforming everything from touchscreens to tennis rackets (Toronto Star)

New materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications (

Earthquake-resistant steel supports art museum

A U of T-developed earthquake-resistant design underpins new museum in BC (Daily Commercial News)

U of T Engineering prof on making Toronto's transportation more efficient

Professor Baher Abdulhai's (CivE) job is to find ways to make the city's transportation more efficient (Toronto Star)


Your Faculty


Four ways U of T professors are engineering a greener future

From the plastic keys of your keyboard to the jet fuel that powers your flight home for the holidays, engineers are finding methods to make everyday life more affordable and sustainable

Three Engineering professors named fellows of IEEE

Three professors join 25 faculty members who currently hold the grade of IEEE fellow

U of T Engineering receives over $1 million in CFI research funding

At U of T Engineering, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds groundbreaking research in sustainable energy, secure communications, health care and more


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