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This time of year, the cold weather and shortened days can weigh heavily on even the most winter-loving person. While the impulse to hibernate until warmer weather arrives may be strong, it is the perfect season to get involved with your U of T community.

Through its clubs, Varsity Blues sports, and classes, the University offers countless exciting opportunities for students to beat the winter blues. Additionally, through the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) there is a chance to receive an official record of the skills and experiences you’ve learned through your involvement, an invaluable tool for career development.

This month, the Engineering Student e-Newsletter puts a spotlight on Engineering undergrads doing inspiring things both in and out of the classroom. Whether it is working collaboratively and competing in the Great Northern Toboggan Race, leveraging classroom knowledge and technology to address healthcare challenges or finishing the season with a perfect record, our students are working together to make an impact.


February 2016

Volume 7, Issue 6
In this issue:

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




Skule a "sea of pink" on Pink Shirt Day

On February 24, U of T Engineering wore pink to help put an end to bullying

UofTBog at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race

See photos of the Concrete Toboggan team at their latest competition

Three health-focused student startups

Several startups from U of T Engineering students are leveraging modern technology to address important challenges in the healthcare industry

U of T Engineering nominees for U of T's Green Ribbon Awards: vote today!
The 2016 Green Ribbon Awards recognize outstanding achievements in campus sustainability. The voting period is open until February 28. Individuals from U of T Engineering are nominated in several categories, including Amrit Prasad (Year 2 IndE)

Health risks for firefighters will be logged on new app called Xposure
Recent alumna Shatha Abuelaish (ElecE 1T5) helped create an app to track health risks for firefighters (The Hamilton Spectator)

No. 2 nationally ranked U of T Varsity Blues women's volleyball completes perfect season
The undefeated team finished at the top of OUA East standings. OUA quarter-final action starts this Saturday at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Olivia Roscoe (Year 1 CompE) plays as a setter on the team

Engineering Society presidents reflect on Skule culture
Past EngSoc president Teresa Nguyen (CivE 1T4 + PEY) and current president Ernesto Diaz Lozano Patiño (Year 4 CivE + PEY) reflect on U of T Engineering's unique spirit


Dates and Deadlines


March 13


Last day for students to drop S courses without academic penalty

March 13


Last day for students to transfer to part-time studies

March 13


Last day for students to withdraw from S Session without academic penalty

March 16


Undergrad Engineering Wellness Group

March 25


Good Friday: University closed

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

Student Services


Winter Session final examination schedule

The final exam schedule for the current session is now available online. Some classes will share exam rooms with other classes. Please check back regularly as information is subject to change

Name-change requests for graduating students

Are you graduating in June? The deadline to submit name-change requests to the Office of the Registrar (GB157) in advance of graduation is March 17


Money Matters


New external scholarships

Check out and apply for new scholarship opportunities. Questions about eligibility or your application? Contact Special note: the deadline to apply for the William G. Belfry Memorial/SAE Scholarship is February 29

Reminder: Tuition fee service charges
New this year, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has mandated a change in tuition billing. Students now have the option to pay fees by term

OSAP repayment workshops
The National Student Loan Service Centre continues to provide webinars on loan repayment. Sign up today

T2202A Certificates
The 2015 Tuition and Education Amount Certificates (T2202A) for income tax purposes are now available on ACORN/ROSI


Engineering Student Life


Canada 150 Student Fund

Would you like to be part of U of T's celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial in 2017? Enjoy developing ideas? Develop a proposal for an initiative tied to the theme of Canada's 150th birthday for a chance to receive funding

Seeking student representation for Indigenous initiatives and outreach

The Faculty has created a working group to reach out to Indigenous communities and encourage and support greater Indigenous participation in U of T Engineering. Students with lived experiences with Indigenous communities are invited to join this initiative. If interested, email Susan Lee, Assistant Director, Student Experience and Teaching Development, at

Learning support workshops for international students

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) has upcoming workshops on a variety of topics including intercultural communication and exam vocabulary

Safety on U of T campuses is a priority, sexual violence will not be tolerated

Report makes recommendations to prevent and respond to sexual violence, an issue for all students, faculty and staff at the University


In the News


How shapeshifting nanoparticles could deliver drugs to tumours

A team at the University of Toronto has developed a "molecular delivery system" to allow chemotherapy drugs to target unhealthy cells (Wired)

Falling glass from Toronto's high-rises: What not to do when you're in the area

Professor and Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Tom Coyle (MSE), cites poor installation, weather and how the glass was made as possible factors (Global News)

Jonathan Sun: Engineer, architect, social media sensation

The EngSci alumnus has earned more than 130,000 Twitter followers and a steady stream of media coverage for his funny and moving posts


Your Faculty


Lab-grown heart cells to improve drugs safety

A new startup company co-founded by Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) helps drug companies test their products for dangerous side effects

Desktop diagnosis: Professors Ted Sargent and Shana Kelley receive Brockhouse Canada Prize

Professor Ted Sargent (ECE) and Shana Kelley of U of T's Faculties of Pharmacy and Medicine are co-recipients of this year's Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering

MIE professor awarded NSERC prize

International expert in the field of optofluidics, Professor David Sinton (MIE) wins the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship


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