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Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is typically sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month. The next issue will be May 1. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

Carleton 3MT Winner Melody Gavel Presents at the Provincial 3MT Contest Today

Melody Gavel, the winner of Carleton’s 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest, will compete today with 3MT winners from across the province at the Ontario 3MT contest at McMaster University. The contest will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, including a link to watch the 3MT live, visit the competition webpage.

Mentoring Magic

Seven faculty members took home Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards on March 26. Find out who won and what their nominees had to say about them.

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Meet our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winners

Congratulations to the winners and all participants from this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition. Over the next couple of months, we will share the videos of the top 10 finalists with you.

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PhD Student Anita Grace is One of the 25 Finalists for SSHRC's 2019 Storytellers Challenge

Anita Grace will receive $3000 in prize money from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the opportunity to compete in the Storytellers Showcase at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Grad Student Research Featured at Data Day 6.0

The event took place on March 26.

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Grad Research: People With Disabilities Offer More Than Just "Inspiration"

Being called an inspiration tends to be a very flattering compliment, but what if someone was calling you an inspiration for something as simple as going to the grocery store? For many people with disabilities, including Leah Cameron, this is a reality.

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Awards Update

If you have been offered a Tri-Council award, please complete the acceptance form as soon as possible available on this website. If you still have questions, please email

Deadline to Apply for a Leave From Duties

The deadline for Teaching Assistants to apply for a Leave From Duties for the summer term is April 30.

Important Dates and Deadlines


Now-April 27:  Final examinations in winter term and fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all 7 days of the week.

April 25:  Deadline for fee payment or assignment of funding to ensure payment is processed to your account without incurring a late charge. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

April 27:  All take home examinations are due on this day.

May 6:  Early summer and full summer courses begin.

May 10: Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Spring 2019 and must register for the Summer 2019 term.

May 13:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

May 17:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

May 17-29:  Fall/winter and winter term deferred final examinations will be held.

May 20:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

May 24:  Last day for a full fee adjustment when withdrawing from early summer and full summer courses (financial withdrawal). Withdrawals after this date will result in a permanent notation of WDN on the official transcript.

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


May 1: Life Sciences Day 3.0

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events specifically for graduate students, go to Grad Link.


Grad Navigate workshops are now over for this term. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

Mitacs offers some online modules and workshops in Ottawa during spring and summer. For more information, visit where you can create an account and access the course catalog. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are: April 30 (summer term) (access form via Carleton Central), Aug. 31 (fall term) and Dec. 31 (winter term).

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows: August 15 (Fall/Winter term), December 15 (Winter term) and April 15 (Spring/Summer term).

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by Nov. 30 for a fall-only TAship and by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship.

TAs – Please note that it can take up to two weeks before your attendance at workshops is recorded. You are strongly encouraged to track your progress independently of the TA Management System in order to ensure its accuracy. In the event of a discrepancy, you are responsible for ensuring your training is captured in Carleton Central.