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The Centre for Student Engagement offers a number of awards for Ulife recognized student groups on the UTM campus. These awards acknowledge the amazing work that UTM students are doing as part of student groups on campus. Award recipients will be honoured at the Student Leaders Banquet in April, along with additional prizes.

Ulife Group of the Month

This award recognizes a student group that made an impact on the UTM student community, either through a program, initiative or event.

To apply for the Ulife Group of the Month, please visit the Student Group Resources platform to apply.

Winners - 2019/20

  • February - Forensics Society
  • January - Zero Waste UTM
  • December - Creatives for a Change
  • November - Black Student Association 

Program of the Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in event and program planning by any student group recognized through Ulife.

  • Any event/program is eligible for the award.
  • The event/program can have one or multiple organizing groups that are recognized by Ulife.
  • The award can be nominated by the organizing group or attendees who are not part of the organizing body.

The 2019/20 Program of the Year is awarded to the Erindale Biology Society for their Professional Networking Workshops. Congratulations!

Outstanding Initiative Award

This award recognizes an innovative or creative approach or project undertaken by a Ulife recognized student group. This award was developed to identify and celebrate projects and initiatives that are not necessarily events or programs.

  • This new idea was developed to solve an issue, to improve the impact or function of the club/organization or to improve the lives/experiences of U of T students.
  • This initiative or idea had a profound impact and will be implemented into future club/group activities and plans.

All Ulife Group of the Month submissions will also be considered for this award.

The 2019/20 Outstanding Initiative Award goes to BOSS Woman UTM for their event Feminine Hygiene Panel Discussion. Congratulations!

Winners for 2016-17 are: 


Outstanding Initiative Award

Winner: Student Management Association - UTM Finance Cup 

Reason: This year, Student Management Association held the UTM Finance Cup for the first time. This was a case competition for Corporate Strategy and Investment Banking that had representatives from RBC, Scotiabank, CIBC and more. SMA aimed to inspire students to pursue great ambitions and change their mentality to recognize their core strengths in the finance discipline.

Program of the Year Award

Winner #1: UTM Helping Hands

Reason: The UTM Helping Hands Club ran the Canadian Newcomer English Language Learning Program from December of last year till March 2017. It gave students the opportunity to help Syrian refugees with learning English, finding education and career opportunities and mentorship support.

Winner #2: Erindale College Speacial Response Team (ECSpeRT) 

Reason: This year, ECSperRT had the opportunity to host the annual medical first response competition and conference at UTM that gathered first response teams from universities and colleges across Ontario. They used this event as an opportunity to connect response teams to further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of sexual assault, alcohol and drug abuse, violent patients, mental illness safe talks and responding to alcohol poisoning. 

Winner #3: UTM Muslim Student's Association

Reason: UTM Muslim Student’s Association organized an educational conference and case competition called Continuing the Legacy, where students and youth from the community tackled problems that local non-profit organizations are facing. The event allowed participants to problem-solve and present their solutions to these issues and also hosted workshops for students to learn about these issues and improve on skills such as public speaking. 

Winner #4: Undergraduate Commerce Society

Reason: Undergraduate Commerce Society hosted their 10th annual Show Me the Green Conference that encouraged students to bridge the gap between economics and environmental sustainability. In planning the event, UCS took initiative to be eco-friendlier by using reusable, non-plastic water bottles, bags made of 100 per cent biodegradable material and more.

Winner #5: Math and Computational Sciences Society

Reason: The Math and Computational Sciences Society organized DeerHunt, UTM’s first ever over-night programming competition. More than 100 students, from five different universities attended, and were required to learn different programming languages and techniques to solve a total of 75 problems.

Winners for 2015-16 are: 

Outstanding Initiative Award

Winner: Sociology & Criminology Society

Reason: The Sociology & Criminology Society created UTM’s first sociology and criminology undergraduate journal called The Society. The journal showcases the exceptional academic work of UTM sociology and criminology undergraduate students.

Program of the Year Award

Winner #1: Muslim Students’ Association

Reason: The Muslim Students’ Association set up a clothing drive for Syrian refugees. They were able to fill a 40-foot container with winter appear and baby necessities and shipped it to Germany for Syrian refugees.

Winner #2: Mathematical & Computational Sciences Society 

Reason: The Mathematical & Computational Sciences Society hosted UTM’s first ever hackathon where they brought together students, faculty, and industry professionals to try new software and deploy their skills and create a meaningful project such as websites, apps and video games in 12 hours. 

Winner #3: ICCIT Council 

Reason: ICCIT Council collaborated with Ryerson University, York University, and UOIT to host the Breaking Stereotypes in Business, Technology and Management case study competition. The main objective of the event was to promote gender equality in the fields of IT, business and marketing. 

Winner #4: Undergraduate Commerce Society

Reason: The Undergraduate Commerce Society revamped the BizMentorship program which pairs up fourth year commerce students with second year students. The program paired up more than 140 students, a 16 per cent participation increase from previous years.

Winner #5: UTM Dance Club

Reason: The UTM Dance Club planned and hosted a dance showcase where all dance groups on campus were united for the first time. Seventy dancers participated in the showcase and they created a dance community on campus.

Winner #6: Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students at Erindale (PAUSE)

Reason: PAUSE continues to work towards bridging the gap between students and faculty. This year, in addition to their annual meet the professors night, they hosted two professor luncheons which each focused on giving students the opportunity to learn about one specific faculty member. 

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