utmONE Scholars

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I felt it was much more personal and interactive over other courses ... much more stimulating and engaging. ...The course content could be applied in multiple different contexts and disciplines. It let people have to opportunity to incorporate their previous knowledge into different aspects of the course.”


utmONE Scholar '18

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

What is utmONE Scholars?

Unlike most first-year classes, utmONE Scholars are small, interactive seminars. Available to a select group of academically successful new students, these classes put an emphasis on developing your critical thinking and effective communication skills. The seminars engage all the participants in a variety of guided classroom experiences such as debating ideas, conducting research, and sharing your findings.

Designed and taught by stellar faculty members around themes that inspire curiosity and appeal to a wide variety of interests, utmONE Scholars help students become effective and passionate learners as they discover new horizons of knowledge, collaborate with peers, and voice their opinions in a welcoming environment. Scholars experience also includes Common Hour, a series of events that build your Scholars community and offer exlusive out-of-class learning and networking opportunities. A truly unique opportunity at UTM, utmONE Scholars help students develop solid foundations for further academic and professional success.  


What are the benefits of utmONE Scholars?

Small class size (maximum 25 students per seminar)

Explore fascinating and important areas of knowledge outside of your area of study 

Participate in collaborative and hands-on activities such as debates, group projects, and field trips

Develop solid research skills through active participation

Learn to effectively communicate your ideas  

Advance your academic reading and writing skills

Engage with other highly motivated and academically talented peers

Enjoy Scholars Common Hour Events to further enrich your university journey 

Earn 0.5 credit that counts towards your distribution requirements

2018-19 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: Joan Simalchik


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: Sanja Hinić-Frlog, Heather M.-L. Miller, Christoph Richter

(The video shows Sanja Hinić-Frlog, Steven Chatfield, and Christoph Richter).


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. 

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. Application period is now closed. 


For all questions and feedback regarding utmONE Scholars, please contact:

Jackie Goodman
Manager, Orientation, Transition, and Engagement

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