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Winter Course Material Orders

The U of T Bookstore is now accepting course material orders for the Winter 2023 Term. Please submit your orders via Verba Collect by October 31, 2022 to ensure availability at the start of classes. The Bookstore can provide print and digital options, as well as custom course packs. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to the appropriate buyer for your department.

Call for Proposals: Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of Toronto is pleased to announce the launch of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures, which brings together the brightest minds who have completed a PhD in the natural sciences or engineering and who aim to pursue a research project that includes the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to their domain. Applicants must demonstrate clear expertise and promise within their field of study. Experience with AI is not a requirement, but applicants must have a desire to learn new AI methodologies that stand to accelerate discoveries in their domain. Value: $85,000 CDN/year, plus benefits. Duration: Two years. Contact: schmidtfutures@utoronto.ca.

Application deadline: November 21, 2022

Inlight Student Mental Health Research Opportunities

The Inlight Student Mental Health Research Institutional Strategic Initiative has launched its first call for research grants, knowledge synthesis grants and research fellowships to improve student mental health and wellness outcomes at the University of Toronto. Inlight is committed to research approaches that ensure students are equal partners in co-creation of the direction, development and execution of student mental health research.

  • Research Fellowship Program deadline: October 28, 2022
  • Knowledge Synthesis and Research Grant Program deadline: November 4, 2022

Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty in Science Award of Excellence

The purpose of this award is to support the recruitment of new women faculty members by providing teaching release time for research projects. A&S contact: awards.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Deadline: October 28, 2022

A&S Teaching & Learning Events

Visit the Digital Teaching & Learning website to learn more about the following events and find available supports and resources:

  • Teaching & Technology Drop-Ins: November 1, 2022, 12–1 pm on Teams.
  • CoP Session: Teaching and Evaluating Student Writing, November 1, 2022, 3:30–4:30 pm, in-person and on Zoom.

Schwartz Reisman Institute Seminar Series

The weekly SRI Seminar Series welcomes Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University, and principal scientist and Director of AI for Social Good at Google Research. Professor Tambe’s research focuses on advancing AI and multiagent systems for public health, conservation and public safety, with a track record of building pioneering AI systems for social impact. 

Date: November 2, 2022

Call for Proposals: Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific but can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate (tenure stream) within A&S (St. George Campus).

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Pathways and Supports for Graduate Students Impacted by the Protests in Iran

Updated funding and pathways information is available for graduate students affected by the protests in Iran. If you receive questions from departments or students, please refer them to the School of Graduate Studies information page.

Off-Campus Work Hours Limit for International Students

Immigration Canada recently announced that, from November 15, 2022 until December 31, 2023, international students in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization written on their study permit will not be restricted by the usual 20-hour-per-week limitation. Despite this policy change, international students will still be advised to apply for a co-op work permit for their internships/co-op terms.

Grade Weighting and Exporting Quercus Gradebook

For those instructors using the Quercus Gradebook, there is an option to apply grade weighting to ensure that the running grade totals reflect the percentages as set out in the course marking scheme. These will be visible to the instructor and appear in an export of the Gradebook, but by default, weighted grade totals are not visible to students. We recommend exporting the grades from Quercus at different times during the term to generate records of the course roster with marks assigned. This exported spreadsheet can be used to apply more complex grade calculations in Excel. Contact tts.artsci@utoronto.ca for Quercus and educational technology support.

Banting-DSI Discovery Award in Data Science

The Banting Research Foundation and the DSI have partnered to offer the Banting-Data Sciences Institute Discovery Award in Data Science for eligible early-career investigators who are budgetarily appointed at U of T or at a DSI external research institute and are members of the DSI. These awards support young Canadian researchers who demonstrate excellence and creativity in health and biomedical science.

Revised Fair Dealing Guidelines and Copyright Basics & FAQ Documents

The University of Toronto has revised its Fair Dealing Guidelines and Copyright Basics & FAQ documents to reflect changes in the legal landscape and the increased adoption of online course delivery methods and digital teaching and learning materials. The Fair Dealing Guidelines and Copyright Basics & FAQ documents are intended to help faculty, staff and students ensure their professional activities comply with Canadian copyright law.

Now Available: Office of University Counsel Legal Resources

A new central access point is now available for members of the University community looking to access legal services and can be easily referenced by legal service users for common legal issues that arise at the University. The site includes a service directory to assist in contacting members of our team and a host of resources including checklists, tip sheets, guidance documents and an FAQ library.

Research Workshops, Information Sessions & Webinars

Visit the Centre for Research & Innovation Support for a complete listing of research related information sessions, webinars and panels.

Research Partnership Application Support

Research Grant Application Support

Visit the Research Services web page for a full list of A&S grant optional review deadlines, view the A&S Research SharePoint for grant preparation information, and see the A&S Research Services Directory for unit support.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Visit U of T’s COVID-19 UTogether website for regular updates and resources and A&S Together for Arts & Science-specific information.

A&S Updates is produced by the Office of the Dean. View this issue online or view past issues. Please send inquiries to officeofthedean.artsci@utoronto.ca.

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