UTM Emerging Leader Award

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The UTM Emerging Leader Award recognizes new-to-UTM students who show dedication and involvement and aspire to improve and contribute to the UTM community. New-to-UTM students includes first year, transfer, and any students who are completing their first year at UTM. The UTM Emerging Leader Award recognizes student involvement in the UTM community and new-to-UTM students who are building a strong foundation for future growth and leadership. 

Award Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, students must be completing their first year as a full-time student at UTM and not have completed more than 5 UTM credits (not including transfer) by May, and be in good academic standing.

Involvement, for the purposes of this award, is defined as the number of ways that students engage with campus life outside of their regular academic work. This includes, but is not limited to: significant leadership in campus groups and organizations, active involvement on academic committees and councils, paid employment in one of the university's academic or administrative departments, and off-campus community service where the activity has a direct link to UTM.

A maximum of 6 awards will be given each year across multiple disciplines.

2020 UTM Emerging Leader Award Recipients

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Iman Amir

Honours Bachelor of Science- Biology for Health Science Major and Double Minor in Biomedical Communications and Sociology

Iman is most proud of the contributions that she has made to the UTM community. Iman actively participated in many social events such as UTM orientation, FSG sessions, and LAUNCH. She was able to build a safe and positive atmosphere for her peers by encouraging them to overlook their insecurities and vulnerabilities and embrace their true selves. She was also able to use her voice in a way to empower her peers to break through their shells.

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Thaisa Tylinski Sant’Ana

Honours Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology Specialist

Thaisa is a Life Science student that is passionate about communicating science and getting involved with the international community. She contributed to two of the CSE STEAM days, where she was able to work with youth and help inspire them to pursue studies in STEAM, and she also participated in multiple IEC events, including the Global and Intercultural Fluency Training Series, which allowed her to learn more about diversity and equity. As a member of the LifeSci Living Learning Community, Thaisa engaged with the residence community, fostered bonds with peers, and was inspired by her Don and PAL to pursue a role in residence, where she will be working as a Residence Services Assistant next school year.