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Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on April 22. If you have any questions, please email us at:

GRADflix 2021 Showcase

Join us next Friday, April 23 for the GRADflix 2021 showcase. All are welcome to watch. GRADflix, which originated at the University of Waterloo, is a research video competition for graduate students. We have lots of great entries to show, and they are only one minute each! Get your popcorn ready and register here.

What You Should Know About Upcoming Exams

Winter and Fall/Winter term final examinations take place beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 16 to Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Good luck everyone! Here is some helpful information for you.

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Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

As exams are about to begin, you may find yourself in need of some support. Click here for a list of mental health resources. There is also a virtual café for graduate students every Monday morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. EST. The final session will be held on April 26. For registration, please email:

How to Make the Best of Stress

The Graduate Peer Support Program is hosting a session entitled How to Make the Best of Stress today April 15 at 3:30 p.m. Presented by the 1 in 5 Initiative, you are invited to attended this Zoom session. For details on how to join the zoom meeting, click here.

Workshop for TAs

Teaching Assistants may be interested in attending the following virtual session on Zoom How’s Your Grading Going? on Tuesday, April 27, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time US & Canada) Drop in for a chat on time management, working from home, offering helpful feedback, and hear from other TAs about their marking experiences.

For meeting details, please email Helen Roumeliotis.

Writing Support

FGPA continues to offer one-on-one writing consultations to assist you with writing-related challenges, or to discuss the effectiveness of your research and writing strategies. To request a consultation, please fill out and submit this web form.

Writing Opportunities for PhD Students

This week, The Conversation is looking for PhD students to write articles on these topics.

Awards Update

  • 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.
  • NSERC PhDs should have been notified around the end of March
  • CGS Master’s (all) should have found out on April 1 through the portal. If you are successful, you need to fill out this acceptance form and send to asap.
  • SSHRC and CIHR PhDs will be notified the end of April.

Find Out About Brightspace

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 is available on this site.

For International Students

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.

For other information, please check out updates on the ISSO website:

Researcher of the Month - Prof. Sandra Robinson

In our continuing series that showcases up and coming Carleton researchers, watch Prof. Sandra Robinson and PhD Student Brandon Rigato discuss their SSHRC-funded research project examining digital media and the alt-right. This series is showcased on the current graduate student website (scroll down).

Behind the Striking Design of Carleton University’s New Nicol Building

Check out this article by Sarah Brown about the Nicol Building — the new home for Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. Brown notes that “the spirit of the building was first captured a few years ago in the simplest of sketches.”

Carleton Researchers Working with City of Ottawa to Provide Early Warnings of COVID-19 Community Spread

Since the early days of the pandemic, researchers at Carleton University have been providing the City of Ottawa and local public health officials with updates on virus levels in different areas of the city by testing wastewater for the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts in environmental engineering and microbiology have collaborated to help officials anticipate trends by identifying increased levels of COVID-19 before infected people begin presenting themselves at testing sites.

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Carleton Joins Canadian Universities in Unified Call for Sustainability Leadership and Net-Zero Emissions

Carleton University is joining several other Canadian universities in a unified call to support the upcoming United Nations climate change COP26 and the global movement to meet net-zero carbon emissions. We have also reaffirmed the pledge to mobilize resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation.

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Carleton University’s Lenore Fahrig Receives Prestigious 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship

Carleton’s Lenore Fahrig, professor in the Department of Biology, has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to study the importance of small natural areas in maintaining biodiversity. This project could have profound implications for how the world approaches conserving species.

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Establishment of the Joe Friday and Grant Jameson Contemporary Art Fund

Carleton Alumnus Joe Friday says that the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is a model among university art galleries “of thinking in new ways about contemporary art and its role, purpose and possibilities in reflecting and shaping ideas in society.” Friday and his partner, Grant Jameson, have  created a special new contemporary art fund at CUAG.

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Breaking Barriers by Teaching In and About Kurdish

During the summer of 2020, Professor Jaffer Sheyholislami of The School of Linguistics and Language Studies (cross-appointed to ICSLAC – Cultural Mediation) was able to contribute to the purpose of Kurdish legitimacy by teaching Kurdish Studies online at the newly founded and already transformative University of Rojava based out of north-eastern Syria.

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Data Day 7.1 Explores AI and Everything Smart

Carleton University’s Faculty of Science and the Institute for Data Science (CUIDS) hosted the seventh annual Data Day to celebrate the latest developments in data science and analytics research. The full-day virtual event included presentations by Carleton researchers and industry experts, a keynote address, panel discussions and networking opportunities. The day also included a poster competition to showcase graduate student research in data science across all disciplines.

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Grad Research: Proposed Canadian Gun Bill Will Create American-style Patchwork of Firearms Laws

Canada already has strict gun laws in place, at least in comparison to the U.S. but Carleton PhD candidate Noah Schwartz believes that attempts to introduce new American-style firearms legislation could create confusion and inconsistencies, while doing little to dissuade criminals from using guns.

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Grad Research: Looking at Improving the Lives of People Living With Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain is something many people know too well, and is very much something that affects their lives. Stephanie Norlock, a second-year Master’s Neuroscience student has been using computational approaches to study pathological mechanisms driving chronic pain within the spinal cord.

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COVID-19 Information

To access FAQs about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. 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.

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

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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Don’t forget that Carleton Central is open for registration for all Carleton University degree students for the summer term.

Today, 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.

FAQ Updates

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