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 the week of March 22.
LWD - Late Withdrawal
A remedy is available for students who are having real difficulty in courses. If you are hopelessly behind or have not done any tests or assignments in one or more classes, you should talk to your College Registrar immediately about the LWD. The deadline for contacting your College Registrar is the last day of classes in this term, but you should make the move before that if you are way behind.
The hectic year-end rush of papers and assignments is almost upon us. This is the time when most academic offences occur because some students get desperate, take risky decisions or become sloppy with documentation on their essays. The last thing any student wants is to suffer the consequences of those bad decisions. If you are struggling or behind, consult your College Registrar about legitimate remedies and stay away from desperate or sloppy behaviour. Such behaviour does get caught out, and the consequences can be severe - the penalties for offences are always worse than the original problem the student was trying to avoid. Getting advice and making a good decision is always the better option. More information on avoiding plagiarism
Arts & Science Council elections
Elections for next year's student representatives for Arts & Science Council will be held March 24 and 25.
More information on the Arts and Science Council and sub-committees
Information & Advising
Remember, if you are having academic difficulty or just have a question, your reliable first stop for advice and information is your College Registrar's office. If you have specific questions about courses or programs, you are encouraged to contact departments and programs directly for answers.
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 are now available on ROSI. Click "tax forms" on the main menu to retrieve yours.
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.
Climate may keep beautiful killer plant in check
Purple loosestrife has been heading north since it was first introduced from Europe to the eastern seaboard 150 years ago. This exotic invader chokes out native species and has dramatically altered wetland habitats in North America. But it turns out it may have a vulnerability after all: the northern climate. Canadian scientists have found that adapting to the Great White North carries a severe reproductive penalty that may limit its spread.
Undergraduates showcase their research
Students in the Research Opportunities program are working with faculty to solve problems and answer questions. Their results are presented each year at the Undergraduate Research Fair.
Humanitarian Michael Beeler receives Dean's Student Leadership Award
Michael Beeler, a Peace and Conflict Studies student and president of Students for International Development (SID), has been named the 2010 Dean's Student Leadership Award winner for his exceptional contributions to the University of Toronto community and beyond.
Math prof James Colliander wins Outstanding Teaching Award
James Colliander, one of five recipients of this year's Outstanding Teaching Awards in the Faculty of Arts and Science, is well known among students for bringing enthusiasm and humour into the classroom, along with innovative teaching methods, to his mastery of the subject. But he really grabs students' attention when he rewards a probing mind with...a dollar coin.
U of T Festival of Dance
The U of T Festival of Dance is an annual showcase uniting all three U of T campuses, highlighting dance styles from all around the world. Past festivals have included over 60 different dance pieces and well over 200 performers. March 26 & 27, 7:30pm, Hart House Theatre. Tickets are $12/$10 for students and can be purchased through UofTtix box office.
Take your best shot - Bulletin-eBulletin photo & video contest
Amateur photographers - students, faculty and staff - are invited to submit photographs and videos to the Bulletin-ebulletin's annual photo competition. Winners will be invited to take part in A Day in the Life of U of T, a project to document daily activities on U of T's campuses. The contest begins March 1 and runs until March 26.
Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference
The Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference will connect top technology firms with hundreds of students from different disciplines in downtown Toronto for a two-day conference on April 29-30th. Interact with the latest technologies from the likes of RIM and Microsoft in the DesignTechExpo and attend keynotes and seminars delivered by GE healthcare and IMAX, as well as a Google case challenge. This will be a great opportunity to network with 300 like-minded peers as well as North America's industry leaders.
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?
Centre for Environment celebrates student website
The Centre for Environment at U of T is proud to announce Ecolink, a unique student web portal for all things environment-related at U of T. The new site features social networking features and regularly updated information on events, academics and job opportunities. To celebrate the launch of this new portal, the website includes an Ecomedia Solutions multimedia contest which provides students with a chance to win prizes by creatively engaging with environmental issues. Entries are due by April 8.
Apply to be a FLC Peer Mentor
The First-Year Learning Communities (FLC) Program is currently seeking upper-year students to be Peer Mentors and Assistant Peer Mentors for 2010-2011! Peer Mentors coordinate FLC meetings and activities with the assistance of a Staff Advisor. FLC is a great way for upper-year students to not only enhance their leadership skills, but to also share their knowledge and experiences with incoming students. If you want to serve as a resource and role model for first-year students, the FLC Program wants YOU! Applications are due on March 22.
Health Service Web Access
Did you know that as a patient at the University of Toronto Health Service, you can now schedule appointments with your Health Service physician online? Through the Health Service Web Access, you will also be able to view some medical test results that have been released by your physician on your own computer. To register, complete the Web Access form and bring it in the next time you come to the clinic.
Are you trying to balance family life with your studies?
There are many students who are studying and raising a family. Take a moment and listen to these heartfelt narratives of their time at U of T. The Family Care Office can help students who need information on pregnancy planning and child care. As well, the Office helps individuals who are caring for an aging relative and offers workshops, discussion groups, confidential consultations and family events.