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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is sending out weekly newsletters. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at:

COVID-19 Updates

You can read regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here.  For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQ updates for prospective graduate students, click here. These pages are updated regularly.

Emergency Funding

Students in financial need should take advantage of the financial assistance programs announced by both the provincial and federal governments, as applicable. Students who are in need of emergency assistance and are not eligible for other government programs can complete the Student Emergency Fund In-Take Form to receive funding for essential expenses that may have arisen as a result of COVID-19.

Requesting Satisfactory Grades

Last month, the Carleton University Senate approved the use of Satisfactory (SAT) and Unsatisfactory (UNS) grades for the 2020 winter term. Students now have the choice to convert their passing winter 2020 term grades to the SAT notation.

Summer Registration Now Open

Carleton Central opens today, April 16, for summer term registration for Carleton University degree students. Check your time-ticket here.

Awards Update

OGS winners have been announced. Please select which start date you want in the acceptance form. Your award will be built once the term has started and you are registered full-time. Tri-council Master’s awards were announced through the Tri-council’s research portal on April 15. Please fill in this acceptance form. Tri-council PhD results will be announced once the agency has provided an updated timeline.

GSA Elections

After being postponed, the GSA elections have been reopened! You can vote online through a link that will be sent to you today and tomorrow, April 16 and 17, to your CMAIL accounts. Make sure to SUBMIT your ballot. You can find more details about the candidates at and more about the elections at

For International TAs

Are you an international student and a TA?  If so, did you know you can get a portion of your UHIP fee refunded (click here). If you haven’t already done so, you can email the International Student Services Office at to request a UHIP receipt for proof of UHIP coverage (be sure to include your Carleton ID number in your email).

For All TAs

A reminder that the Educational Development Centre has created the TA Resource Exchange on cuLearn for TAs to share ideas, tips, resource materials, videos and anything else TAs think other TAs would appreciate. TAs can join by emailing

O-Train Shutdown Reminder

If you happen to be riding the O-Train to campus at this time, a reminder that the O-train will be shut down on May 2.

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Professional Development

FGPA continues to offer career workshops, one-on-one writing consultations, and Individual Development Plan consultations, all online. For more information, please visit the professional development website.

Carleton students have free access to LinkedIn Learning, a self-service training site designed to help students gain new skills and advance their careers. LinkedIn Learning offers an on-demand customized learning experience that features instructional content relevant to the learner’s professional interests and goals. Click here to learn how to access LinkedIn Learning as a Carleton student.

Social Work Professors Lead the Way

Two Carleton University Social Work professors —both registered social workers—have developed a contingency plan for remote learning for active practicums while the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

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Carleton Grad and Students Making Protective Shields with 3D Printers

B-Con founder and owner Brian Creber, a Carleton graduate, decided to rejig about half of his company’s operations and begin making personal protective equipment for health-care workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Three Carleton Architecture Students Win a Prestigious Design Competition

Three Carleton architecture graduate students won a national design competition for a water feature at the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park in France, commemorating the legacy of the April 9th Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Weekly FAQ Updates

During the past week, we have made several updates to the FAQs. These are listed below:

  • We have created several new categories including: International Students, Thesis, Leave of Absence and Research. The Table of Contents is now listed on the right-hand sidebar.
  • We added the following questions (please check the answers in the FAQs by clicking here)
    • How can I change my grade to “Satisfactory” for the Winter term?
    • I am a Graduate Student with questions about my UHIP coverage during the Summer Term. What should I do?
    • If I am not registered (NR), do I have to pay fees this summer?
    • If I take an LOA in May, can I cancel this LoA in July if research possibilities become available?
    • If I take an LoA, can I still receive RA funding?