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April 2017

In this issue:

Taking Care of Business: Administrative News

  • Important Dates
  • April final examinations

Money Matters: Financial Aid & Awards

  • OSAP for Full-time Summer Studies
  • Student Loan Repayment Webinars
  • Awards and Scholarship – Current Opportunities

Inside Academics: Academic News

  • Program for Accessing Research Training (P.A.R.T.) Summer Institute
  • Business Minor for Science Students

Beyond The Classroom: Student Life & Services

  • All-Gender Washrooms at UTM
  • “More than marks” Writing Contest
  • IEC Personal Counsellor
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • UTM Abroad Courses
  • UTM Across Canada
  • Lecture Me! a series featuring Professor Marc Johnson
  • April at the Career Centre
  • Exam Jam
  • Class of 2017—say hello to life after exams.

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

  • Do you want to be an Orientation and Outreach Ambassador?

Taking Care of Business: Administrative News

Important Dates

Dates pertaining to the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Session and the Summer 2017 Session: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/important-dates


April final examinations

The April final examination schedule and important information can be found at: https://registrar.utm.utoronto.ca/student/examschedule/finalexams.php

Please carefully review the schedule for date, time and location information to ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to write your final exam.

Please note that some course exams are split into different rooms based on the first letter of your last/family name - ensure you go to the correct room. Also, some courses have different exams for different lecture sections - ensure you go to the correct room.

Students must arrive at the exam room at least 15 minutes before the posted start time of the exam.

Bag your electronic devices

Clear, sealable plastic bags will be provided for all electronic devices with storage, including but not limited to: cell phones, SMART devices, tablets, laptops, calculators and MP3 players. Please turn off all devices, seal them in the bag provided, and place the bag under your desk for the duration of the examination. You will not be able to touch the bag or its contents until the exam is over.

If, during an exam, any of these items are found on your person or in the area of your desk other than in the clear, sealable plastic bag, you may be charged with an academic offence for possessing any unauthorized aids during the writing of an exam under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. See section B.I.1.(b). of the Rules of Conduct for Final Exams.

Food and water

All students are required to bring two pieces photo ID to each exam. One MUST be a valid U of T student ID card (TCard) and the other must be government-issued (e.g. driver's licence, passport). TCards will be scanned to confirm attendance at the exam. If you have lost your TCard, a replacement is available (for a fee of $12) from the TCard Office during regular office hours in the CCIT Building Atrium.

Other than water bottles, students are not allowed to have any food or drink at their desks while exams are being written. If a student has medical reasons that require him/her to eat during an exam, the student should make arrangements with the professor well in advance of the exam.

Running late

Students who are less than 30 minutes late for a final exam may enter the exam room and begin writing. No additional time will be given.

Students who are more than 30 minutes late for a final exam must report immediately to the Office of the Registrar, Innovation Complex.

In case of illness or duress at the time of an examination, an affected student should consider not writing the exam and immediately seek medical attention (the day of the exam or at the very latest the next day).

Deferred Examinations

The examination period is published well in advance and students are expected to be available during this period. Students who make personal commitments during the examination period do so at their own risk.

In case of illness or extreme emergency at the time of a final examination, afflicted students should consider not writing. Instead, they should seek medical attention on the day of the exam, declare their absence on their ACORN account, and petition online within 72 hours of the missed examination. Students are encouraged to review the petition guidelines in the Academic Calendar
https://student.utm.utoronto.ca/calendar/calendar_detail2.pl?Topic=Petitions or seek academic advising in the Office of the Registrar. The online petition form can be found here: https://student.utm.utoronto.ca/petitions/index.php. If your deferred exam petition is granted, you will be permitted to write your exam during the April deferred examination period (April 24 – 28, 2017). 

Once the exam has begun, you cannot re-write it. You will be marked based on what you have completed. If for any reason (health, disability, personal concerns) you are unable to write your examination, do not turn the exam paper over. Leave the room and seek the appropriate assistance immediately. The Office of the Registrar will contact you via email with next steps.

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Money Matters: Financial Aid & Awards

OSAP for Full-time Summer Studies

If you received OSAP funds at U of T during the preceding Fall/Winter 2016-2017 session, you should complete the U of T  Summer OSAP Extension application to apply for Summer OSAP. This new, online-only application replaces the one-page, paper application form from previous years. Do not use the online web application on OSAP’s website to apply for summer funds.

If you did NOT receive OSAP funds at U of T during the preceding Fall/Winter 2016-2017 session, you may only apply using the 2016-2017 OSAP online web application. (Tip: Type “summer” as your keyword in the program search field). Your summer study period must last at least 12 weeks (meaning you must be studying in both terms of the summer session) for you to be eligible for OSAP consideration.  

Students are strongly encouraged to apply early to help avoid funding delays and to be eligible to request summer tuition fee deferrals on ACORN. OSAP applications are processed in the order of receipt. More information can be found at:  http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/financial-aid-resources


Student Loan Repayment Webinars

The National Student Loan Service Centre provides informative webinars about the process of repaying your student loans, both OSAP and other provincial loans. Sessions from April onwards are available for sign-up now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/9091886205345409794


Awards and Scholarship – Current Opportunities

Award descriptions and application criteria for all available awards may be found at: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/financial-aid-awards/scholarships-awards/course-scholarships-awards

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Inside Academics: Academic News

Program for Accessing Research Training (P.A.R.T.) Summer Institute

Program for Accessing Research Training (P.A.R.T.) Summer Institute is offered over a period of two weeks, starting April 24 and ending May 5. It is designed to prepare UTM students for possible participation in the Research Opportunity Program (ROP) and other research opportunities available across the campus. The program has three streams: CORE, QUANTITATIVE, and QUALITATIVE. Each research training module will include hands-on-practice and pragmatic tips about navigating the logistical challenges of carrying out research. No prior research experience or training is necessary for participation.

Click here for more information.


Business Minor for Science Students

Studying science but interested in business?
http://uoft.me/b-minor

The unique Minor in Business, Science, and Entrepreneurship program is an accelerated way to gain a competitive advantage in the job market. You will learn:

  • business fundamentals,
  • financial and management accounting,
  • marketing,
  • finance and organizational behaviour

… in addition to completing your Bachelor of Science!

The majority of courses have been newly developed to meet the unique needs of science students currently enrolled in anthropology, biology, chemical & physical sciences, environmental sciences, forensic sciences, geography, mathematical & computational sciences and psychology programs.

The program is designed to provide all science students at UTM with the fundamental business knowledge that would complement their science education and support their future success.
Students are eligible to enroll as of March 14, 2017 with courses commencing in Fall 2017.

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Beyond the Classroom: Student Life & Services

All-Gender Washrooms at UTM

Earlier this year, UTM installed six multi-user all-gender washrooms on campus. The new all-gender washrooms are in Deerfield Hall (2nd floor), the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (3rd floor), and the CCT Building (3rd floor). For more information about this initiative and for locations of multi- and single-user all-gender washrooms on campus, please visit the Equity & Diversity Office website.

To assess community response to this initiative, you are invited to complete a confidential and anonymous online survey that will guide policy related to the installation of additional all-gender washrooms at UTM and other large public institutions. There are short and long versions of the survey. Respondents will be eligible to win a $50 Chapters-Indigo gift certificate (short survey = one chance to win; long survey = three chances to win). Click on one of the links below to learn more about this research, after which you can choose to complete the survey or not. This research has been approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.

NOTE: It is not necessary that you have seen, used, or heard of the all-gender washrooms at UTM in order to complete this survey.

Please choose one of the following links:


“More than marks” Writing Contest

Students are encouraged to submit their academic writing for a chance to win the RGASC’s first annual “More than Marks” Writing Contest. Submissions must be a minimum of 250 words long and have been originally written for a credit-bearing UTM course.

Qualifications: The student must visit or have visited the RGASC at least once in this academic year (2016-2017).

Submissions are to be emailed to academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca before April 10, 2017.
More information can be found here.


IEC Personal Counsellor

The IEC Personal Counsellor specializes in supporting international students, first generation Canadians, and students engaging in international experiences.

Come chat about...

  • Family & Relationship Challenges
  • Home Sickness
  • Stress
  • Transitioning to Life in Canada
  • & More

What is counselling in the IEC?

An opportunity to speak with a skilled professional about any struggles or concerns you may be experiencing.

How to book:

Call us at 905-569-4716 or visit us in DV2071 to book an appointment.

For more information on personal counselling at the IEC, please visit here.


Post-Graduation Work Permit

Finished your studies and received your final grades? Attend this hands-on workshop and we will walk you through the Post-Graduation Work Permit and the online application. By participating, you will:

  • Learn how you can work in Canada legally now you have completed your degree;
  • Understand how “skilled work experience” may facilitate an application for permanent residency in Canada;
  • Apply for your Post-Graduation Work Permit application online;
  • Know two resources on campus to support post-graduation employment plans.

Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in CCT 2160.


UTM Abroad Courses

Looking to travel abroad during your study breaks? UTM Abroad offers you the opportunity to take a UTM course and participate in an international experience with your professor and classmates!

Courses available:

  • Cambodia - SOC485H5F
  • Tanzania - ANT335H5F
  • Chile - WGS420H5F         
  • Mexico - ENV431H5F and SSM2050H5F                 
  • Italy - ITA235H5F
  • Paris & London - FAH287H5S  

Take a look at our short video, learn more online or visit us in the IEC office (DV2071) for more details!


UTM Across Canada

Time is running out! Submit your application today for your chance to explore this incredible country with UTM Across Canada. See the beautiful East Coast this summer with Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, or discover the fantastic French-filled Quebec and Ottawa this fall. Visit the IEC in person (DV 2071) or online to learn more


Lecture Me! a series featuring Professor Marc Johnson

Tuesday, April 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mississauga Central Library, Noel Ryan Auditorium, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
Details & registration: http://uoft.me/lectureme

Join us on Tuesday, April 4, to hear Professor Marc Johnson of the Department of Biology give his talk entitled, The Importance of Plants and Parks in the Urban Jungle. Professor Johnson will explore how cities influence the environment around us and how urban parks and plants contribute to maintain the health of humans and ecosystems alike. 

The event and parking are FREE.


April at the Career Centre

Smart Job Hunting Conference

Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26, 2017

If you are graduating in June or November 2017, or are a recent graduate, this conference is for you! Smart Job Hunting is a two-day event that will help you:

  • Learn how to find a job in today’s economy and identify skills that you have that employers need
  • Develop skills you will need throughout your career such as resume writing, interviewing, & networking skills
  • Gain access to full-time job postings offered to U of T students - hundreds of employers!
  • Network with industry professionals from a variety of areas during our networking panel
  • Gain valuable insights from an established alumni

**Free lunch on both days**
Register at https://cln.utoronto.ca.

Now That I’m Graduating, What’s Next?

Create a job plan, identify your target area, learn about the hidden job market, match your skills to the needs of employers, gain access to full-time jobs.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017

Career Exploration Part 2

After you complete the online 15-minute part 1 of Career Exploration, attend the in-person Part 2 and gain access to programs like In The Field, and the Extern Job Shadow Program.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017

Finding Internships and Summer Jobs

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Exam Jam

On April 4, come to IB for a day full of helpful academic review and de-stressing fun at Exam Jam! While you are preparing for your final exams, Exam Jam provides an opportunity to attend course-specific review sessions, general exam preparation workshops, as well as the chance to participate in engaging activities that help you build healthy study practices and manage stress. New this year: Writing Instructors from the RGASC will be available during Exam Jam to help you with writing take-home exams and final essays.

No registration required! View the full schedule on the Exam Jam webpage.


Class of 2017—say hello to life after exams.

Last lecture

Last Lecture
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7 to 8:30 p.m.
University of Toronto Mississauga
Innovation Complex Rotunda

Fashioned after the New York Times best-selling book, the Last Lecture celebrates the Class of 2017 with a powerful keynote by alumnus, Alfredo Tan, and valedictory address by Nolan Anderson. Enjoy live music, photo booths and a champagne reception for a UTM experience you won’t forget!

Cocktail attire. Guests must RSVP online in advance.

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to be an Orientation and Outreach Ambassador?

Are you interested in being part of the Office of Student Transition in 2017-2018? Good news! We still have a couple of spots remaining for our team of Orientation and Outreach Ambassadors! We will be accepting applications first-come, first-served until all spots are filled. Please complete the application form attached to this email and submit a resume to laura.mammone@utoronto.ca. You can also drop off your resume to DV 2090. A short half-hour interview will be scheduled as a follow-up. You can learn more about this amazing co-curricular opportunity by reading the position description at uoft.me/OSThiring.

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