This month, the department proudly celebrated four students as winners of the 2013 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award.
The Cressy Award, given to just 187 UofT students this year, recognizes students in their final year of study who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole. The four computer science winners made up over a quarter of the Faculty of Arts & Science's Cressy winners this year!
Three of our 2013 winners were nominated by the department:
- Utkarsh Roy (graduate student) was honoured for his volunteer activities, including representing U of T at the 2011 Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi and serving as an Executive Member for multiple U of T Student Services Committees. At the department, Utkarsh also volunteered at Grad Visit day, an event for prospective students, and he is a member of the Computer Science Graduate Student Society, which coordinates activities for students throughout the year.
- Oloruntobi "Tobi" Ogunbiyi (undergraduate student) is a member of the African Student’s Association and Centre for International Students Experience, and through that organization he has mentored and provided support to new students coming to Canada helping them adjusted to university life. Tobi has been an active member of the First Year Learning Community where he served as a peer mentor, maintained track of budgets, organized meetings, booked speakers and encouraged students to become more involved in University life.
- Alice Li (undergraduate student) has been involved in multiple activities within the computer science student community. She was a FLC student leader, conducting activities and mentoring first-year students. Alice was also involved in video game showcase events such as Level Up, which exhibited games to the development community within the GTA. She was the internal liaison for the computer science student union (CSSU), and helped with events such as the Gr8 Girls program, encouraging young women to consider a future in computer science. Alice also volunteered at the Psychology Student Association, and volunteered as a coder for research projects with Sick Kids and OISE.
The department also celebrates recipient Alexander Mann, who was nominated by Trinity College for this honour.
Find more information on the Cressy Awards here.