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Current Grad Students Newsletter

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 2. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

Celebrating Outstanding Academic Excellence

Carleton hosted winners of the Governor General’s Gold Medal from across Ontario at a first-ever celebration for recipients of this distinguished honour.

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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

Drum Roll Please!

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

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Mentoring Magic

Seven faculty members took home Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards on March 6. Find out who won and what their nominees had to say about them.

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Play Ball with the GSA

Interested in getting some exercise, staying in touch with friends over the summer and having a good time? Start or join a GSA softball team! The Grad Recreational Softball League (GRSL) is a slow pitch league, open to interested players of any calibre, with a minimum of seriousness and a maximum of fun. The league is strictly recreational and non-competitive. Those of all skill levels are welcome to play. Weeknights from early May to the end of August, a variety of teams come out to the baseball diamond behind the Nesbitt Biology Building.

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Apply for a Free Garden Plot

Kitigànensag, Algonquin for “little gardens,” is a student-run project of the GSA that promotes local, organic food production, education and community building. Find out how to apply for a plot.

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Career Assistance

Looking for summer employment or a full-time job?  Career Services can help.

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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.

Grad Research: Engineering a Healthier Future

Carleton engineering students conducting biomedical research are on the vanguard of a data-driven health-care revolution. By using Artificial Intelligence (AI), they’re mining, processing and analyzing data on an unprecedented scale.

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Star Basketball Player Featured in the Globe and Mail

Political Science graduate student Catherine Traer played an integral role in helping the Women’s basketball team win its first Canadian university national title. Find out what she will be doing next.

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Grad Student Helps Ice Hockey Athletes

In case you missed it in the March 7th issue of TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter, here is a story about Alicia Gal’s research that is helping members of Canada’s ice hockey team become more competitive.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


Now-April 26:  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 26:  All take home examinations are due on this day.

May 7:  Early summer and full summer courses begin.

May 11: 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 2018 and must register for the Summer 2018 term.

May 14:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

May 18:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

May 18-29:  Fall/winter and winter term deferred final examinations will be held.

May 21:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

May 25:  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.


April 28:  13th Annual Graduate Student Heritage Conservation Symposium

June 5:  Data Day 5.0. Register Now. Details about the grad poster competition.

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


Grad Navigate workshops are now over for this term. You can always access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

April 26:  Media Training.  1:30 to 4:30 in 617 Southam Hall


April 21:  Revised deadline to apply for the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge

May 1:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD German studies research grant

May 15:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD research grant – short stay

May 15:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD research stay

June 8:  Deadline to apply for a Canadian Derivatives Scholarship

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students. You can apply any time, except there are two deadline dates each year for the Mitacs Elevate program. Check out:
(a) Mitacs Accelerate (Funding starts at $15,000 for research internships with industry or non-profit partners)
(b) Mitacs Elevate ($57,500 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners).
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research (Travel funding for research projects with international universities)
Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.


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.