As an internationally regarded research institution, U of T has a well-rounded and active science community. Whether you’re into synthetic biology or just want to contribute to health initiatives in your community, you’re sure to find a group that’s perfect for you.
The University of Toronto International Health Program
UTIHP was established with the aim of training students to become leaders in global health. The program now has several subcommittees and engages with students from multiple disciplines. UTIHP organizes a number of events throughout the year, such as the EarthTones Benefit Concert, the Health and Human Rights Conference, and the Ontario Model World Health Organization conference.
Women in Science and Engineering
WISE is a co-ed organization aimed at encouraging women to pursue careers in these fields. The group’s various networking events and conferences provide a platform for women at different educational and career stages to learn and develop within a supportive community. WISE also offers a mentorship program for undergraduate students and an outreach program for high school students.
From Immunology to Astronomy, there’s a union for every department. Joining your department’s students’ union is a great way to stay up to date with peers and get involved with student life. Students’ unions offer a community that can connect you with upper-year mentors and provide a platform for voicing your concerns. Most unions will also organize events such as conferences and socials.
International Genetically Engineered Machine
Looking for a little competition? Join the iGEM Toronto team. Over the summer, the group designs and creates a synthetic biology project while initiating community outreach activities and examining the real-world implications of their project. The team represents U of T at an international competition in Boston every November.
U of T Aerospace Team
If you’re interested in aerospace engineering, you might want to check out the UTAT. With five divisions, the team covers categories like aerial robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, rocketry, satellites, and educational outreach. The UTAT competes in both domestic and international competitions and has won numerous awards.
U of T Robotics Association
Interested in robotics? The UTRA offers a unique experience for those interested in designing and building robots. The group is composed of several smaller teams, each with a different area of interest ranging from 3D printing to bionic combat. Projects have the opportunity to be presented at various national and international robotics competitions.