The academic achievements of over 100 students were celebrated at the U of T Scholars’ Reception in the Instructional Centre Atrium last Wednesday. The invitation-only reception was for students who had either received an entrance scholarship or an in-course scholarship award for this academic year.

The reception was attended by 135 students and 46 guests.

Professors Deep Saini, principal of UTM, and Meric Gertler, president of U of T, were among the speakers who addressed the scholarship recipients.

“This event is the university’s opportunity to congratulate you on your outstanding work in high school for those of you who are here in first year, and for those of you who have continued success at UTM,” said Saini.

Saini also noted that UTM was very close to achieving its $60 million fundraising goal, which is intended to support talent, creative ideas, and the learning environment on campus for all students.

Amy Mullin, VP academic and dean, highlighted the various opportunities available to students including the research opportunity program, international exchange program, available graduate programs, and the introduction of new courses that would offer experiential learning to students next year, which would be designated “EXP”.

For the remainder of the ceremony, students had the opportunity to mingle with faculty.

This year, 628 incoming students were awarded entrance scholarships, and 56 received in-course scholarships, awarded to those who earn a CGPA of 3.85 or above.

“You should reach beyond the classroom—network with your colleagues, TAs, and professors. Take part in research projects, if that is what interests you, in extracurricular activities, in clubs, societies, sports, and recreational activities and above all, ask questions,” said Saini. “Our most successful students are those who, from time to time, lift their noses and heads out from their books and look sideways and get involved.”