President's Scholars of Excellence Program

President's Scholars of Excellence Program (PSEP). Banner. The UTM Instructional Centre building.

What is PSEP?

Welcome to the UTM President's Scholars of Excellence Community!

PSEP distinction is offered to a small number of highly qualified students. At UTM, PSEP offers the following privileges. 

Entrance Scholarship

Department/Unit: University of Toronto Mississauga Awards Office

Upon your admission to the University of Toronto Mississauga, you will have received an entrance scholarship to aid in the payment of tuition in your first year.   Questions related to your scholarship should be directed to the UTM Awards Office:

Faculty-Student Mentorship Program

Department/Unit: Centre for Student Engagement

The Centre for Student Engagement will connect you to a faculty mentor in your home department.  Access to a faculty mentor is a unique opportunity for you to develop a close relationship with a faculty member in your chosen academic field and get valuable advice and guidance early in your academic career.

You are encouraged to use this program to give yourself a powerful boost as you embark on your new and exciting journey at UTM!  Download your copy of the PSEP Student Handbook.

If you are a faculty member interested in becoming a PSEP mentor, please contact Rebecca at  More details about the program can be found in the PSEP Faculty Mentor Guide.

Admission to utmONE Scholars

Department/Unit: Centre for Student Engagement

In your first year, you are guaranteed admission to a utmONE Scholars seminar.  These are smaller sized classes aimed to engage students and develop their critical thinking and effective communication skills.

An invitation to apply is sent to all incoming high-achieving students, including PSEP students, at the beginning of summer.  The application period for the 2019-2020 Academic Year closed in June 2019.

Part-Time On-Campus Employment

Department/Unit: UTM Career Centre

During your second year, you are guaranteed access to part-time meaningful on-campus employment, with a maximum of 15 hours per week.

PSEP students can access Work Study jobs on the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx), and can search for Work Study jobs where on-campus employers have indicated that they would be interested in a PSEP student.  Please come into the Career Centre for any assistance required.

Research Experience

Department/Unit: Experiential Education Unit

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) gives PSEP students from second to fourth year a chance to participate in the research of a faculty member while earning course credit. Through the ROP you will gain practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to careers or toward future graduate studies.

You can view projects and submit your application through the ROPAPP.  PSEP students can self-identify during the ROP application process.

If you are interested in participating in a Research Opportunity Program, you can apply in your first year of study. ROP projects are available for students in early March.  A detailed table is available through the Experiential Education Unit website.

International Learning Opportunity

Department/Unit: International Education Centre

As a PSEP student, you are invited to a personal consultation with a staff member from the IEC to discuss learning abroad options through programs like Outbound Exchange and UTM Abroad.

PSEP students can contact the IEC for more information about international experiences and must complete any applications required to access these opportunities.  Please note that this guarantee does not include funding, but financial assistance may be available if you have demonstrable financial need.

For more information about PSEP eligibility (particularly for prospective students), please see the PSEP Scholarship webpage.

PSEP Inquiries

For all questions and feedback regarding President's Scholars of Excellence Program (PSEP), please contact:

Trent Barwick
Student Engagement Coordinator, Transition