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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on April 8. If you have any questions, please email us at:

Check out the latest (March 29) message from President Benoit-Antoine Bacon regarding planning for a “significant” return to campus this Fall.

Are You Graduating in June?

We’re looking for story suggestions from students who are graduating this spring. If you think your story would be of interest to others, please send an email to by the end of this week explaining why.

New Automated Graduation Letters

Graduate students that have applied for graduation can now download two new letters in Carleton Central. The new letters are Confirmation of Application to Graduate and Confirmation of Eligibility to Graduate. Links to automated letters in Carleton Central are found in the Student Online Applications > Apply to Graduate > Applications for Graduation section. More information is available by clicking here.

Remaining PD Opportunities

Check out these professional development opportunities that are taking place this term. TAs please note that the deadline for submitting pedagogical training hours has passed so the following opportunities are not eligible for paid training hours.

April 5: Digital Research with NVivo (Webpages, Forums, Twitter)
April 9: NVivo and Surveys
April 16: Doing More in NVivo (for advanced users)

Visit the PD website for more information. And in case you missed it, here is an article about the latest updates to the overall Professional Development Graduate Student program at Carleton.

Grow Your Co-curricular Record

All Carleton students are eligible to add CSAS Learning and Writing Certificates to their Co-Curricular Record (CCR). As you navigate university life, become equipped with learning and mental health support and resources you can use by completing the Non-Credit Student Success Certificate. Check out the requirements as well as an additional eight certificates by visiting the CSAS website. If you have any questions, contact CSAS by email.

Get Ready to Vote

The election of candidates for the next Executive of the Graduate Students’ Association is your opportunity to vote for candidates that will represent you through the 2021-22 academic year. The GSA Executive Committee represents 4,000 graduate students at Carleton. Members meet regularly with the administration, Graduate Studies and other groups in service of graduate students. The Executive also plans and collaborates on a variety of  events and campaigns throughout the year. The election campaign is running from March 30 to April 9, and voting will take place on April 9 and 10. Please visit the GSA’s website for detailed information.

Counselling and Other Supports for Grad Students

As the end of term approaches, you may find yourself in need of support. Click here for a list of resources. There is also a virtual café for graduate students every Monday morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. EST. For registration, please email:

Summer Tuition Fees Now Available

Fees for the Summer 2021 term are now available and fees for the Fall 2021-Winter 2022 academic year will be available by May 2021. For more information, please go to this website.

Celebrating the 2020 Grad Student Co-op Award Winner

Meet Ritika Bhatia, a Master of Computer Science student, who just won the 2020 Co-op award of the year for a graduate student.

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For Those Who Have Won an OGS Award

If you have been notified that you have won an OGS, and you originally filled in a paper submission, you need to fill in this acceptance form and return to asap. If you submitted your application online and received a successful result, the acceptance form will be located in your Carleton Central application.

Here are announcement dates for the Tri-Council award recipients:

  • NSERC PhD:  Should have been notified around the end of March
  • SSHRC PhD:  End of April
  • CIHR PhD:  End of April
  • CGS Master’s (all):  April 1 through the portal. If you are successful, you need to fill out this acceptance form and send to asap.

International Student Updates

International students, please check out updates on the ISSO website:

Join the ISSO throughout the month of April for Immigration Q&A sessions and the All About Post-Graduation Work Permits workshop. Find out more.

Students planning on travelling to Canada in the coming weeks and months are advised to read the ISSO’s news post on travel guidance and recommendations.

Writing Opportunities

The Conversation is looking for PhD students to write articles. Click here to see what topics the editors are looking for this week.

All graduate students may want to try writing for The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms, including Film, Literature, Anime, Comics, Games and Arts. The platform has an established audience of millions. Click here for details.

Presidential Reappointment

On February 4, the Carleton Board of Governors launched a process to consider the reappointment of President and Vice-Chancellor, Benoit-Antoine Bacon. To fulfill the reappointment guidelines, a 13-person advisory committee was assembled and met on March 26. The advisory committee, tasked with providing a recommendation on the president’s reappointment to the Board of Governors, is seeking feedback from the Carleton community.  Please submit your comments by April 15.

Brightspace Update for TAs

Brightspace by D2L is now available. This new learning management system will replace cuLearn in May 2021, coinciding with the launch of the summer term. More information for Teaching Assistants is available on this site.

Inside Senate

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The March 26 meeting was held remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. Senators received presentations on Carleton’s Fall 2021 planning, research initiatives and the Carnegie Classification of Community Engagement. Prof. Elinor Sloan was appointed as Clerk of Senate, starting July 1, 2021.

Standing up Against Anti-Asian Racism

In the wake of the recent atrocities in Atlanta, Carleton Prof. Xiaobei Chen talked about the importance of recognizing and standing up against anti-Asian racism on All in a Day with Alan Neal on CBC Radio.

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Nana aba Duncan Takes on Unique Diversity Studies Role at Carleton’s Journalism School

Award-winning journalist Nana aba Duncan is the new Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies at Carleton. Duncan’s teaching and research role — the first of its kind at any Canadian journalism school — is part of a constellation of efforts to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at Carleton, including the launch of an overarching EDI Action Plan.

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Krista Craven Joins Carleton as Inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Learning Specialist

Carleton is pleased to announce Krista Craven (she/her/hers) will be joining the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities effective June 1 as the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Learning Specialist.

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Bringing Generations Together

To address the vulnerability and social isolation of older Canadians, Carleton students devised ways to build cross-generational connections between older and younger adults. On March 18, they aimed to solve one of the world’s most complicated health problems through interdisciplinary collaboration during the fourth One HEALtH (Human Environment Animal Links to Health) Student Challenge.

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Carleton and the Bruyère Research Institute Announce Strategic New Partnership

Carleton University and the Bruyère Research Institute have established a multi-year strategic health tech partnership that will see a research focus on remote and virtual care, as well as new applications in biomedical engineering, software, sensors and simulators.

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Shaping the Next Generation of Telecommunications Technologies

Carleton University is partnering with Ericsson, a Stockholm-based multinational telecommunications company that has a strong research and development footprint in Ottawa. The four-year Partnership for Research and Leadership in Wireless Networks launched in February 2020. It combines an ambitious research program with strategic talent development that will position both organizations to continue their leadership in 5G.

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Grad Research: Detecting COVID-19 by the Sound of One’s Cough

What would you do if you could identify if someone near you has COVID-19 just by the sound of their cough? Madison Cohen-McFarlane, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering is researching the application of audio-based health sensing for smart-home remote monitoring.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

This is a reminder that while April 2 (Good Friday) is a statutory holiday, classes continue as scheduled on Easter Monday (April 5).

The Faculty of Science will host its fourth annual Life Sciences Day on April 6. This year’s event themes focus on mental health and the pandemic, and medical devices and diagnostics. You can register by going to this web page.

Please note that registration opens for U of O Graduate Exchange Students on April 7.

You need to apply by April 9 for the new Carleton University Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Research Award, which provides funding (from $10,000 to $15,000) to participate in research projects that use EDI-informed considerations and reflect upon diversity and identity in substantial or significant ways.

Registration for this year’s April 9 Carleton Cognitive Science Graduate Conference is now open. Please use the link to register for the event (for free). This event provides a venue for grad students in cognitive science (Master’s and PhD) to present and receive feedback on their work, and to interact with each other in a friendly, supportive, and inclusive environment. The conference will be held entirely online in a specially tailored virtual space on the platform. More details: department website.

April 14

  • Last day to pay any remaining balance on your Student Account to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents. An account balance may delay summer 2021 course selection.
  • Winter term ends.
  • Classes follow a Friday schedule.
  • Last day of winter term and fall/winter classes.
  • Last day for academic withdrawal from winter term and fall/winter courses.

April 15 is the deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the Spring/Summer term.

Carleton University’s Graduate Legal Studies Association will be hosting the 14th annual Graduate Legal Studies Conference on Thursday, May 13. This interdisciplinary conference offers graduate studies across disciplines an opportunity to present past, present or future research while developing conference skills at the beginning of their careers. We invite and encourage graduate students from all programs to submit paper abstracts by Friday, April 16. Please visit this website for more information:

TAs are strongly encouraged to apply for a Leave From Duties before the summer term begins.(access form via Carleton Central).

The date for graduate students to electronically submit their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has been extended to May 31. If you have not done so by this date, you will not be eligible to graduate in June and will have to register for the Summer 2021 term.

The summer OSAP application deadline is Saturday, June 26. Learn more by clicking here.

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s websiteFor all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.

COVID Information

To access FAQs about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. These FAQs were just updated. For questions concerning current graduate studentsclick here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate studentsclick here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website.

In light of the recent Provincial announcement that Ontario will move into the shutdown zone of public health measures for 28 days on April 3, all Carleton Athletics programs and memberships will be cancelled, suspended, or postponed and facilities will be closed effective at midnight tonight (April 1, 2021) and until further notice.

Click here for more information about Carleton’s COVID-19 Reporting System for all students and employees.

Carleton Athletics remains open with some restrictions and limitations until further notice. Book your workout or activity today!

Getting ready to file your 2020 Income Tax return? Check out the latest information from the Canada Revenue Agency about what expenses employees can claim due to the pandemic.


There have been no updates to the prospective or current grad students FAQs over the past week.