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.
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 make a realistic assessment in any courses where you have been encountering difficulty, or where 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. The Drop Date for Y courses is February 15, and for S courses is March 7.
2010 summer courses
The summer session is a great time to pick up courses that you may have missed this fall/winter or courses that you may need or want to take before next September. The Faculty of Arts & Science has one of the largest summer programs in Canada. The tentative 2010 summer timetable is now available, and the final version will be available in late March.
Arts & Science Council elections
Elections for positions on the 2010-2011 Arts and Science Council and its sub-committees will be taking place in March. Nomination and election dates will be sent shortly in a separate email.
More information on the Arts and Science Council and sub-committees
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 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 web site for current students.
Scholarships with a March 15 deadline
If you’re planning to take courses this summer, remember that you must be in a course load of at least 60 per cent in each term to qualify for OSAP. In the summer, this 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.
Scientists find quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis
A team of University of Toronto chemists have made a major contribution to the emerging field of quantum biology, observing quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis in marine algae.
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies maintains EU Centre of Excellence designation
The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies has been designated a European Union Centre of Excellence for another three years, further cementing its reputation as one of North America's leading sites for the study of the member countries of the European Union, the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe.
U of T is listening
Over the coming weeks, you may be invited to participate in one of several surveys and focus groups taking place on campus. The University administration takes these results very seriously and uses them to help set priorities and make changes to improve students’ experiences. If you are invited (via email) to participate in one of the following active projects, please respond promptly and honestly. Your opinions matter.
Governing Council elections
Elections for student seats on Governing Council will take place from March 1 to March 12, 2010. Full-time undergraduate students, part-time undergraduate students and graduate students will be able to vote on ROSI. Information will be sent to students by e-mail at a later date. Online votes must be cast by March 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm.
More information on Governing Council elections
Rhodes Scholarship winner
Erin Fitzgerald, a fourth-year student in international relations and political science, is off to study at the University of Oxford next year, courtesy of a Rhodes scholarship.
Nominations now open for U of T’s best TAs
Have you had a TA that has really made a difference in one of your courses recently? Nominate him or her for a TATP Teaching Excellence Award.
Sit down to dinner with 12 strangers; get up with 12 new friends
Dinner with 12 Strangers is based on a simple idea: local alumni host dinners in their own homes for students, faculty and fellow alumni in an effort to make U of T a smaller, friendlier place. You are invited to an evening of good food, good conversation and U of T hospitality.
Upcoming dinner dates
What do you love about the U of T Libraries?
Do you love the study space? The helpful staff? We want to know! The University of Toronto Libraries invites all current U of T students based on the St. George campus to enter the "I Love the Library" Video Contest. Create a short (45 seconds or less) video telling us what you love about any library on campus. The top two videos will each win an iPod Touch!
Tired of the cold temperatures? Why not warm yourself up with a little Arts & Culture? There’s plenty to do on the St. George campus this season. If music is your passion check out Sounds of the Soul: An Evening of Multi-Faith Music on February 24. If you love the theatre you can enjoy plays that are written, directed and performed by students during the U of T Drama Festival from February 25-27. Literature buffs will enjoy Robertson Davies: The Peeled I, a solo performance that pays tribute to one of Canada's greatest writers, on March 5. For more information on Arts & Culture at U of T, visit the Artszone.
2010 Health and Human Rights Conference
The 2010 Health and Human Rights Conference (HHRights) is about the impacts of international aid and development on the health, rights, and livelihoods of people around the world. The 2010 conference features a special focus on student overseas volunteerism, and the popular NGO-Networking Fair. March 5-6, MacLeod Auditorium , 1 King's College Circle. Registration $25/$15 for students.
Sustainable Energy Fair
The annual U of T Sustainable Energy Fair showcases ideas about our first steps towards a sustainable energy future through interactive and exciting exhibits from student groups, community organizations, companies, and researchers. Friday, March 12, 10:30am - 4:30pm, Great Hall, Hart House.
For detailed listings of events and opportunities for students, be sure to check out Ulife at www.ulife.utoronto.ca. What are you doing after class?
Study abroad this summer
Sign up for a 2010 Summer Abroad course and the world becomes your classroom! In city streets, gothic cathedrals, or even tropical rain forests, you will observe and experience what you normally only get to read about. Students in this program complete an intensive full year Arts & Science credit in just three to six weeks. The deadline to apply is March 1, but spaces are filling up fast!
Need a quiet space for your study group?
The Academic Success Centre’s new Study Space Pod is now available for small groups (2-10 people). It’s open during three intervals (10 am–noon; noon–2 pm; 2–4 pm) and can be booked up to one week in advance. Learning Skills counsellors are also on hand to help your study group get up and running. For more information or to book the space, call (416) 978-7970, email Nellie Perret (firstname.lastname@example.org) or drop by the Academic Success Centre in the Student Life Hub, Koffler Student Services Centre.
Pride @ Work
LGBTQ students are invited to attend the Pride @ Work recruitment fair and network with organizations who are actively hiring people in the LGBTQ community. Friday, March 12, 11:00am – 2:00pm in the Career Centre, 214 College Street. You can also drop-in for a 15 minute presentation on demystifying the challenges that exist for the LGBTQ community in the workplace followed by a question and answer period. The presentations will begin at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm in the Career Centre seminar room.