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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.

Grad Café and Professional Development

All Carleton graduate students and postdocs are invited to Grad Café: a series of upcoming online Zoom chats with David Lafferty, PhD and Karim Abuawad, PhD. The first session is Friday, April 24. Discussion will focus on thesis writing and professional development. Feel free to bring tea, coffee or a snack to your computer or device and join in. To register, visit this website.

A reminder that 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.

Landon Pearson Centre Collecting Children's and Youth's COVID-19 Experiences

Parents! Looking for creative things for your children to do during the pandemic? Why not have them respond to the Landon Pearson Centre’s call for submissions from children and youths, ages 4-18, about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. They can express themselves through short stories, drawings, videos & more! For details and submission guidelines, visit this web page.

Summer Registration Open

Carleton Central opened last week for summer term registration for Carleton University degree students. Check your time-ticket here

Requesting the SAT Designation For Passing 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.

Awards Update

OGS winners need to 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 recipients need to fill in this acceptance form. Tri-council PhD results will be announced once the agency has provided an updated timeline.

The new Indigenous Graduate Student Award is given annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to Canadian First Nation, Metis or Inuit Master’s or Doctoral  graduate students. Recipients will be selected based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation to verify ancestry. This “proof of ancestry” documentation should be uploaded in their application as a supporting letter. Students can apply in Carleton Central under the heading “Graduate Online Award Application”.

Trudeau award winner

Veronica Øverlid, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton, has been awarded a prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship. Her PhD research will focus on the ‘migrant caravan’ in Central America as a social resistance movement, considering its implications for international law.

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TA Deadlines and Other News

  • For the Spring/Summer 2020 semester, both Priority and Outside Priority TAs must indicate their interest in employment no later than April 27.
  • For the summer term, they must apply for a Leave From Duties no later than the last date to register for classes.
  • A reminder that the Educational Development Centre has created the TA Resource Exchange on cuLearn for TAs to share anything they think other TAs would appreciate. You can join by emailing
  • TAs may also be interested in going to a new page with many resources about everything a TA needs to work in an online environment. You can access The Online TA by clicking here or by going to this website.
  • Take note that the EDC will be offering an online Summer TA Orientation in early May. Details will soon be on the EDC/TA Support website.

Predicting Possible Outcomes to Coronavirus and Other Pandemics

Lately, our daily lives include reading complex news items with analysis of curves, simulations and models of COVID-19. But what does all this data mean? Prof. Gabriel Wainer explains in The Conversation.

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Bookstore Services During the Pandemic

The Carleton University Bookstore continues to offer lots of services during the COVID-19 pandemic including free shipping with all domestic orders through the Carleton Bookstore website.

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FAQ Weekly Update

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

  • I’m an international graduate student and have some questions about my status. Where can I go for help?
  • How can I access mental health support?
  • Is the Bookstore still offering services?

We revised the answer to this question in the FAQs for prospective students:

  • Will you consider accepting DuoLingo tests instead of IELTS/CAEL/TOEFL?