utmONE Scholars

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I was able to engage in critical conversations with peers, learn more about the academic resources available (specifically the various databases and citation guides) for students, and have developed several close friendships with like-minded students... [A '16 Scholar]

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What is utmONE Scholars?

utmONE Scholars seminars are small, interactive classes that offer a select group of high academic achieving first-year students an engaging and intellectually stimulating classroom experience. 

What are the benefits of utmONE Scholars?

Small class size (maximum 30 students per seminar)

Collaborative and enriching assignments

Gain a solid understanding and application of research skills

Develop communication skills

Engage with other highly motivated and academically talented peers

Access to distinguished faculty members

Access to exclusive utmONE Scholars Enrichment Events

Earn 0.5 credit that counts towards your distribution requirements


2017-18 utmONE Scholars seminars

UTM195H5   Curiosity and Control (HUM, SCI, EXP)
Winter Term Offering

Students will investigate how both a curiosity for novelty and a desire for control motivated the so-called “Age of Discovery” and shaped the experiences of First Nations, Africans, and Europeans in medieval and early modern North America. With a focus on how people adapted to new environments, this course will provide opportunities for students to explore historical questions with contemporary resonance from the perspectives of both science and the humanities.

Instructor: Mairi Cowan

UTM196H5   Building Global Justice (HUM, SSc, EXP)
Winter Term Offering

This course focuses on themes of social justice, global change, and conflict through the lens of multiple disciplines. Through the exploration of concepts such as class, race, gender, religion, culture, and power on a global level, students will be involved in assignments and small group activities that develop and refine key skills that contribute to student success in university courses. 

Instructor: Nicole Laliberte

UTM197H5   Humans in Nature (SCI, SSc, EXP)
Winter Term Offering

This course will explore how humans have utilized the natural world and the impacts this has had on both the global environment and human societies. We will focus on topics such as human and natural history, conservation, sustainability, resource exploitation, domestication, GMOs, and our fascination with nature. The course will include a field component in our campus environment. Throughout the course, we will develop the critical usage of, and reflection about, the scientific method. 

Instructors: Fiona Rawle, Steven Chatfield 

Launching Your Research (utm290H5) 

All utmONE Scholar alumni are eligible to apply for utmONE Scholars: Launching Your Research (utm290H5) course. This 200-level utmONE Scholars seminar offers an engaging and interactive way to build upon the research skills developed in a first-year utmONE Scholars seminar. You will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience collecting and analyzing data, while also earning a 0.5 credit that counts towards your distribution requirements. There will also be an opportunity to participate in an international field-study experience to the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador, Bahamas. 

Read students' blog about research trip in February 2017!  

How do I apply for utmONE Scholars?

utmONE Scholars is an application-based program. You must be invited to apply in order to be eligible. Additional applications will not be reviewed.

Eligible students will receive an invitation to apply in the mail or via email. Students for utmONE Scholars will be selected via a competitive application process. All utmONE Scholars applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of June.


Questions are Welcomed!

Office of Student Transition
William G. Davis Building 2091
Phone: 905-569-4567