Exam schedule posted
The April final exam timetable has just been posted! If you have an exam time conflict (i.e., two exams at the same time, or three in three consecutive time slots; for example: afternoon, evening, next morning), don't worry. The Faculty Registrar's Office can help. Just drop by the office in room 1006, Sidney Smith Hall, and fill out a form - they'll resolve the conflict. You must report your conflict no later than Friday, March 30.
Labour situation with CUPE 3092 Unit 1- TAs
Discussions between U of T and CUPE continue, aimed at a negotiated contract settlement with the union representing TAs. Relevant information about this situation will be sent directly to students, both undergraduate and graduate, via students' U of T email. Links to official information will also be posted on the U of T home page.
Y and S course drop dates
With exams around the corner and the drop dates for Y and S section code courses approaching quickly, now is the time for you to step back and assess any courses in which you have been encountering difficulty, or in which you have missed a number of tests or assignments. Think about what is realistically possible in the time remaining in the term. If you need help making this assessment, you should consult your college registrar as soon as possible. The drop date for Y courses is February 20, and for S courses is March 11.
Activate your new UTmail+ account
Current students are now eligible to enroll for the new UTmail+ service that will be replacing UTORmail later this year. UTmail+ offers significantly more features, including 10GB of email storage and Microsoft Office web apps. Upgrading to UTmail+ is fast and easy! Visit www.utoronto.ca/utmail to find out more.
Arts & Science Council elections
Elections for positions on the 2012-2013 Arts & Science Council and its sub-committees will be taking place in March. Nomination and election dates will be sent shortly in a separate email.
Tax receipts for tuition
T2202A forms are tuition tax receipts issued to all students who paid tuition for courses in the previous calendar year. These show the amount of tuition that can be deducted for income tax purposes as well as the number of months eligible for the education deduction. T2202A forms for 2011 will be available on ROSI starting February 21. Click "tax forms” on the main menu to retrieve yours.
Scholarships with a March 15 application deadline
The Faculty of Arts & Science Student Awards Committee is now accepting applications for a number of in-course scholarships for students undertaking study or research in a variety of areas. The application deadline is March 15. Full details of criteria, value, and application instructions are available on the Arts & Science website for current students.
Undergraduate Research Fund
The deadline for the next Undergraduate Research Fund competition is March 1. The purpose of the fund is to foster research experience at the undergraduate level by providing students with an opportunity to develop a research project of their own, for which there is no other available funding. The fund is open to all Arts & Science students in good academic standing - no minimum GPA is required.
If you're planning to take courses this summer, remember that you must be in a course load of at least 60 per cent to qualify for OSAP. In the summer, this normally means that you must be enrolled in 1.5 courses or more. To be eligible for an OSAP fee deferral for the summer, applications must be submitted by late March. For details about OSAP applications, contact your college registrar's office.
Clearing fees arrears
Please note that fees are to be paid before the end of the session, ideally before service charges are assessed but not later than the end of the session. Students will not be allowed to register in subsequent sessions with significant fees arrears owing from a previous session; course enrolment will be blocked as will final registration. This applies to both the Summer session and the Fall/Winter session.
Students learn the science behind the song
Students in the first-year seminar The Experience of Music are learning to assess and understand their feelings and behaviour when listening to music, by examining the underlying psychological and physiological processes at play.
Putting knowledge to work in the global village
What's it like to work on the world's largest physics experiment? Or experience the challenges of doing business in India? Or seek justice for women in Kenya? Meet some students who are exploring their interests - and contributing to the world - in ways they might never have imagined when they started at U of T.
Participate in the Canadian University Report 2012 Survey
Once again, U of T is participating in the Canadian University Report. The survey is an opportunity for you to voice your thoughts and opinions about your experience at U of T. If you receive an email inviting you to participate, please do so by March 5.
More Arts & Science news...
Want to be part of ongoing research and work one-on-one with a faculty member to achieve amazing goals? Research Opportunity Program (ROP) courses are open to Arts and Science degree students in their second year on the St. George campus. The new ROP projects for 2012-13 will be posted during Reading Week.
Third-year students are eligible to participate in a practical or experiential activity under the supervision of a faculty member through the Independent Experiential Study Program. The application form and a list of 2012-13 projects are now online.
ROSI naming contest
The University is getting ready to make your life easier and save you time! A new ROSI is coming! It will have so many features. What it doesn't have is a name! Enter the Name the New ROSI contest for U of T students until March 30, 2012 and win a prize!
An African awakening
Consider participating in the Summer Abroad program in Kenya this May. Gain a deeper appreciation of the impact of policies and development initiatives through meeting with international and local NGOs and interacting with local people. Learn to throw a spear with a Masai warrior, feed a giraffe, and gain a new perspective. The deadline to apply for most Summer Abroad programs is March 1.
Healthy, affordable and sustainable café opens on campus
Harvest Noon, a new sustainable, vegetarian café is now open on the second floor of the Graduate Students' Union Building at 16 Bancroft Ave. The operation is starting out on entirely volunteer power and there are many opportunities for those who want to get involved - stop by the café or send the group an email at email@example.com.
Walk with the homeless: Learning about poverty in our city
Learn more about the complexities of poverty and homelessness at a Gateway streetwalk hosted by the The Multi-Faith Centre. Explore how mental illness, government policy, addiction, family, and community are all involved in contributing to a person's experience of poverty. Wednesday, March 7, 5:30pm-8:30pm.
What are you doing after class? For detailed listings of events and opportunities for students, be sure to check out Ulife at ulife.utoronto.ca and follow us on Twitter @UTulife.
Joy at U of T
Don't let February get you down - let's think of all the ways we can find joy on campus. Visit joyatuoft.tumblr.com to share what you do to find joy at U of T. Or take part in the conversation on Twitter: #joyatuoft
Presentation Skills & Stress Management
This series of three practical workshops helps students develop strategies for designing and delivering clear authoritative oral and visual presentations. To register or see details about the three sessions, go to the Academic Success Centre website. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 4716-978-7970.
Support group for students with disordered eating
Health and Wellness and Accessibility Services will be running a support group for students with disordered eating. Connect with others, have an opportunity to express and identify feelings and explore some of the underlying issues. This is not a treatment or intervention group but rather an opportunity to meet others and share coping strategies that do not include food. Contact the Counselling and Psychological Services office for information on signing up for the group.
Let's make something amazing!
This month - in the middle of winter, as Singles' Awareness Day looms on February 14th - the office of student life is on a massive campaign to get students talking about how we find joy on campus. For me, joy is in the things like this; it's something we can create. Read more about joy from our blogger, Jennifer.