utmONE Scholars First-Year Seminars
Applications for utmONE Scholars for the 2021-22 Academic Year are now closed.
The utmONE Scholars program consists of unique for-credit first-year seminar courses designed to provide a collaborative classroom experience to incoming high-achieving students interested in developing university-level research and communication skills.
Access to the program is application based. Students who are eligible will receive their invitation to apply on a rolling basis starting in April. Successful applicants will be notified before first-year course enrolment opens in the Summer Term and will automatically be enrolled in their utmONE Scholars seminar.
Invited students who are interested in exploring intellectually stimulating themes and topics while getting a head-start on their research career at UTM should apply!
Supportive classroom environment. Each seminar is capped at 25 students. You'll have one-on-one access to your professor(s), and you will build strong interpersonal connections with other highly motivated and academically talented peers.
Focus on collaboration. Experiential learning is embedded within the class meetings. You'll collaborate on an enriching class project designed to examine multiple perspectives on the course theme while learning more about conducting multi-disciplinary research.
Strong academic foundations. You will gain valuable academic skills including enhanced communication and writing skills, critical thinking, and university-level research skills. You will also get to reflect on and explore your own learning goals throughout the term.
Participation in the Scholars Collective community! Community building is an important aspect of first-year success, and can also set you up for success throughout your academic and professional career. As part of the utmONE Scholars program new and past utmONE Scholars come together for events designed to connect you with the community and further develop your personal and academic goals outside of the classroom.
0.5 credits toward your distribution requirements. Each utmONE Scholars seminar is one-term in length, offered in the Winter Term, and provides 0.5 credits toward your distribution requirements that you need to graduate. Depending on the seminar, you can earn distribution credits in either Science (SCI), Social Science (SSc) or Humanities (HUM).
The following utmONE Scholars seminars will be offered during the 2022 Winter Term (January to April).
UTM190: Writing in Place
Offered in-person Winter 2022
From individual bodies to communities and nations, life occurs “in place.” This course offers opportunities for exploring language as an embodied practice and sharpening research, writing, and speaking skills. We will examine topics including: how our bodies produce sounds, how language varies across contexts, and how the realities surrounding health, mobility, and education are mediated through language use and embodied awareness.
Dr. Sarah Seeley, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Writing Studies
Dr. Sheila Batacharya, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Writing Instruction, English Language Learning
UTM192: Thinking Badly: Misinformation in the Information Age
Offered in-person Winter 2022
This course is an opportunity for students to explore the complex ways that science is communicated (and sometimes communicated poorly). By blending approaches from science and humanities, this course offers an engaging and interactive way to examine how science is communicated in academia and in the world beyond. Students will examine issues with scientific discourse as it relates to some of the world’s most pressing topics, specifically how our understanding of medicine and climate change are communicated.
Dr. Michael de Braga, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Scientific Literacy Specialist
Dr. Christopher Eaton, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Writing Studies
UTM197: Humans in Nature
Offered online Winter 2022
This course will explore how humans have utilized the natural world and the impacts it 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.
Dr. Monika Havelka, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Geography and Director, Programs in Environment (ENV)
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