Campus Tours

We recently received a question about visiting the St. George campus during the summer.

Exterior view of Hart House

Each of our campuses offer tours all year round.  The St. George campus runs tours Monday through Friday at 11 am and 2 pm and on Saturdays at 11 am.

U of T Mississauga offers tours Mondays through Thursdays 10 am and 2 pm and Fridays at 11 am.

Exterior view of Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre

 

U of T Scarborough generally offers tours Monday through Friday at 11 am.

Exterior of Humanties Wing Building at UTSC

You can find information on campus tours and book a tour on the Campus Tours page.

We update the campus tours schedule regularly so please keep checking. 🙂

 

 

Cherry Blossoms on the St. George and Scarborough campuses.

Every year, after the onset of Spring, the St. George and Scarborough campuses are adorned with beautiful cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms outside Robarts

Close up of cherry blossoms

The cherry blossoms, also know as sakura, were a gift from the Sakura Project, established by the Consulate General of Japan to celebrate the good will and friendship between Canada and Japan.

Two students sitting outside on the grass surrounded by cherry blossoms

If you are planning to be on either campus I would recommend checking them out; the cherry blossoms usually bloom for 4-10 days.

 

It is Entrepreneurship week here at UofT and there is a lot going on.

A team of globally renowned UofT researchers was the driving force behind the new Vector Institute  that launched in Toronto in March 2017.

Located near U of T’s St. George campus, the institute will be Toronto’s and Canada’s claim as global leaders in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Geoffrey Hinton, a U of T Professor Emeritus in computer science and Vice-President Engineering Fellow at Google, will serve as the scientific adviser to the newly created Institute. Learn more.

Picture of Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton

 

ROSS Intelligence, a San Francisco-based startup founded by U of T alumnus Jimoh Ovbiagele and Andrew Arruda, announced the opening of ROSS North, the company’s new research and development headquarters in Toronto. Ovbiagele and Arruda, who were featured in the 2017 edition of Forbes 30 Under 30 list, visited U of T recently and talked about how they want to strengthen their partnership with U of T. Learn more.

Two men standing with a television screen.

UofT turns 190 and Canada is turning 150!

Today we celebrate the University of Toronto’s 190th birthday.

White and blue cupcakes were available across campus including this location at Robarts Library

True Blue is now at #RobartsLibrary handing out cupcakes! Come say hi! #uoft #hbduoft #uoftbulletin

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Also this year, Canada will be turning 150.  Two momentous
celebrations.

Libraries on campus

A shelf with books inside a library

The University of Toronto library system is the third largest in North America.  With 44 libraries, we have over 19.3 million physical holdings and more than 5.6 million electronic holdings.  That is a lot of books!

Finding a quiet place to study on campus means having the
opportunity to check out as many libraries as possible including Emmanuel College Library@ Victoria University. 

Whether you are looking for a quiet place to study alone or
meeting with a study group, you are bound to find a library that suits your needs.

The emerging field of nutrigenomics: the interaction between our genes and the food we eat.

A variety of fruits and vegetables.

 

If you are looking into studying Nutritional Sciences, the
emerging field of nutrigenomics is an area to consider.

Should your DNA determine what’s for dinner?  According to Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, it should.  He is a
entrepreneur and pioneer in nutrigenomics, a new field of health studies.

Nutrigenomics suggests that knowing our genetic makeup can be enormously useful for deciding what we should and should not eat, and how much.

Find the full story on Boundless, U of T.

 

 

 

#BellLetsTalk Day

Today is #BellLetsTalk Day.  A day to raise mental health awareness.  These are some of the initiatives going on around campus.

Today and all days #LanguageMatters #OneTeamForMentalHealth #BellLetsTalk #UofT

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In honour of #BellLetsTalk, we’d like to share a sneak peak of our upcoming interview series with Ravi Gabble, a member of the Health Promotions Programs team at the Health & Wellness Centre. Stay tuned in the future for more posts from Ravi! . . “I think one of the major barriers that students face in accessing mental health supports is uncertainty or insufficient knowledge about whether their concerns are serious enough to request help for. Our response is always: don’t wait; ask for help early even if you’re unsure and ask for it often. Moreover, stigma also continues to be an issue – whether it’s related to asking for help in the first place, or feeling concerned about being diagnosed with a mental health problem afterwards. As a result, in our conversations with students across campus, we spend a lot of time trying to dispel these concerns as much as possible, as well trying to normalize help-seeking behaviour in general.”

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What is it like to study Forensics Science?

Woman in a mask and a coverall

What is Forensic Science?
Forensic science is the application of science to address issues of concern to the legal system.  There are a wide variety of specializations within these disciplines, including for example:  forensic biology, forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic psychology, etc.

What concepts and ideas do students learn? What courses would a student take?
Students choose 1 of 4 streams depending on their ultimate career goal:  forensic biology, forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, or forensic psychology. Depending on the stream, the courses will differ.  All students take core courses in forensic science that address topics such as:  overview of the discipline and the many sub-specialties; ethics; Canadian law and the expert witness; crime scene investigation; specialized lab courses; and an internship course for Specialists in the program.

Two students outside crouching on the ground collecting samples

What is unique about studying Forensics Science at U of T?
Our program provides students with the flexibility of focusing on forensic applications of their science, or in following a more mainstream career because students in each forensic stream take the same core courses as students in the broader related field.  For example, forensic biology students take the same courses as biology students, in addition to their forensic courses.  This results in students who are qualified for jobs in more traditional areas of biology, as well as in the specialized area of forensic biology.  The core forensic courses also provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a police officer, or civilian crime scene investigator (Forensic Identification Assistant).  Depending on the stream a student selects, the specialist degree in forensic science also provides the necessary foundation to apply to medical school, dental school, law school, or graduate school.  Students therefore have many career paths available to them.

What should a high school student know about the field of Forensics Science before applying to it?
Forensic Science is a science, which means students should have a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, and math. There are many career options in Forensic Science and the choice of program stream (forensic bio, forensic chem, forensic psych, forensic anthro) should be based on what the student would ultimately like to do for a living, not on whether you need to have physics to get into it.

What kind of student would excel in Forensics Science?
Someone who pays attention to the details, but can also see the larger picture. Someone who is patient, can communicate complex ideas (or at least wants to learn how to become proficient at scientific communication), enjoys puzzles and is able to grasp complex concepts, is not afraid to state their opinion even when it is not a popular one, has a strong ethical foundation, and is compassionate.

What can I do with a degree in Forensics Science?
Depends on the forensic science program.  As noted above, at UTM the options are almost endless.  It is a stand alone degree for people who want to become police officers, forensic biology or chemistry lab technicians, civilian crime scene officers, or any other field that requires a science degree.  It is an excellent undergraduate degree for someone who wants to continue into law school, medical school, dental school, any health-based graduate program, and graduate school.  It can lead to a career as a forensic pathologist, forensic odonatologist, forensic psychologist, or forensic anthropologist with the appropriate postgraduate training.

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and all the best for 2017.

Outside of front campus, covered in snow.

The University of Toronto will be closed form December 21-30. That means we won’t be offering campus tours or assessing applications until we reopen on January 2. You can still send us required documents while we’re closed, however Enrolment Services (or the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) will not be reviewing them or updating the Join Applicant Website/Engineering Portal until we reopen.

See you in 2017!

Helping Students Succeed

Classes have ended and we are well into exams now.  The University of Toronto provides a variety of programs and incentives to help students succeed.  During exam time, students can attend workshops that help prepare for multiple choice questions and short answers.

Take a break and attend a planting session where you can decorate some flower pots and plant mint.

Students surrounding a table filled with plant pots

You can load up on snacks to help you study and you have a chance to meet therapy dogs!

The University of Toronto mascot, Varisty blue holding a bowl of fruit.