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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on May 6. If you have any questions, please email us at:

And the Winners Are.....

Twenty-eight Carleton graduate students competed last Friday for top honours in our first GRADflix competition. Students were asked to submit one-minute videos about their research. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Watch the Winning Videos →

Your New GSA Executive

The vote is in. Meet the new executive of the Graduate Students’ Association. The GSA Executive Committee represents 4,000 graduate students at Carleton. Members meet regularly with the administration, Graduate Studies and other groups in service of graduate students. The Executive also plans and collaborates on a variety of  events and campaigns.

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New Automated Graduation Letters

Graduate students who have applied for graduation can now download two new letters in Carleton Central. The new letters are Confirmation of Application to Graduate and Confirmation of Eligibility to Graduate. Links to automated letters in Carleton Central are found in the Student Online Applications > Apply to Graduate > Applications for Graduation section. More information is available by clicking here.

Mental Health and Sexual Assault Support

If you find yourself in need of some support, click here for a list of mental health resources.

During the summer semester, the CU Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) will be continuing to provide support for students. A team of peer supporters is available to offer this free, confidential support via text or web chat. All students are welcome to chat about anything that helps create a culture of consent on campus, including relationship topics (dating, break-ups, safe-sex, etc.). Students can find out more about CU SASC’s other services, including new summer hours, by visiting the CU SASC CHAT webpage.

Help For Teaching Assistants

Are you a teaching assistant helping to facilitate an online course in the summer term? Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) has equipment available for loan to support you as you facilitate problem sessions, discussions and tutorials online. Types of equipment available for loan include Microsoft Tablets, iPads, document cameras, and more. If you would like to borrow equipment, please ask your instructor to submit the request on your behalf here.

Courses Launch in Brightspace on May 6

As of May 6, Brightspace will officially replace cuLearn as Carleton’s new Learning Management System. It will provide several key advantages, including a faster, more reliable system and 24/7 technical support. Information about special training for TAs is available.

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Wanted - Student Facilitators for the ESP Program

The Enriched Support Program is hiring student facilitators for the coming academic year. The jobs are academic in nature (supporting students in a particular course) and pay $22/hr for 10-12 hours a week. This role is best suited to someone who has already been at Carleton for at least a year. The application deadline is May 3. More details can be found on this web page.

Virtual Alcohol Training for Smart Serve Certification

Carleton’s Office of Risk & Insurance Services, the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities and Campus Safety Services are collaborating to deliver this year’s alcohol training online. This training is mandatory for all individuals, including students, who wish to work in alcohol service on campus including anyone serving alcohol on campus, providing security at an event where alcohol will be served, or those organizing events where alcohol will be available. More information is available by clicking here.

Student Parental Leave Policy Updated

The Senior Management Committee met on March 31 and approved a new policy on Student Parental Leave. You can see the revised policy by clicking here.

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.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition Has Launched

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has been officially launched by the government. The Bantings are intended to support world-class, Canadian and international postdoctoral researchers, who will become the research leaders of tomorrow. These are highly competitive awards, designed for exceptional candidates who are almost ready to apply for a faculty position. For more information about candidate eligibility and how to apply, please visit Carleton’s Internal Banting Competition page.

International Students Take Note

Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new public policy permanent residence program for recent graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions. Interested students are encouraged to review the eligibility requirements on IRCC’s website. This temporary pathway will open on May 6 and there will be a cap of 40,000 applications. The ISSO offers regular Q&A sessions for students to ask general immigration-related questions to their advisors, and you can register for these here.

If you are a new student taking online Carleton classes from outside of Canada during the Summer 2021 term due to Covid19, UHIP is not required. If eligible, you can get the UHIP fee removed from your student account by completing the UHIP Opt-Out Form.

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

Carleton Research Helps Convince Ottawa to Support Black Communities in Federal Budget

New Carleton research was one of the factors that moved the federal government to create a Black-led philanthropic fund and support Black community initiatives in the April 2021 Budget. That research — a report called Unfunded: Black Communities are Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy — was produced by Carleton’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program and the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities.

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Carleton’s Dominque Roche Investigates Why Researchers are Wary of Sharing Data 

Carleton University’s Marie Curie Global Fellow Dominique Roche has co-authored a paper on the barriers researchers face to publicly sharing their data, an issue that has gained prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article, Reported Individual Costs and Benefits of Sharing Open Data among Canadian Academic Faculty in Ecology and Evolution, was published in the journal BioScience.

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Carleton Physicists Build Advanced Sensors to Enable the Next Generation of Particle Physics Research

Carleton researchers are part of an international collaboration that has designed the New Small Wheel, a new technology that will allow ATLAS to better detect muons. A better understanding of their properties could help lead to commercial applications, including in ultra-fast computing, semiconductors and clean energy. The ATLAS Experiment is the world’s largest particle detector.

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Carleton's Sustainability Commitment

Last week, we celebrated Earth Day. Carleton is committed to sustainability – on its campus and in its teaching and research. A new sustainability plan in 2020 set ambitious goals for diverting waste and reducing emissions.

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Carleton Signs MOU with Climate Heritage Network

Protection of the world’s arts and cultural heritage sites requires a strengthening of efforts to address climate change and a renewed commitment to the Paris Agreement’s decarbonization goals. To that end, Carleton University recently signed an MOU with the Climate Heritage Network to commit to these goals with an emphasis on arts, culture and heritage.

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Carleton Students Launch Mobile App Fostering Volunteer Opportunities

A group of Carleton students has developed an app that is now available for download in the IOS and Android app stores called iContribute, which connects students with volunteer opportunities.

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Grad Research: A Faster Way to Transmit and Process Light

Photonics is an important field of research as it can be applied to many sectors such as communications, imaging, health care, security, and more. Kevan MacKay a master’s student in Electrical and Computer Engineering is researching silicon photonics which involves using silicon chips to transmit and process light. He recently won third place in Carleton’s first GRADflix contest.

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COVID 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

May 6 is when early summer and full summer classes begin.

Your final grades for the winter and fall/winter terms courses will be posted on Carleton Central once approved by the departmental chair and the associate dean for your Faculty. Due to the delay in the start of the winter term, instructors have up to May 7 to submit final grades.

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. Please visit this website for more information:

May 13 is the last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

May 20 is the last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

The Fall/Winter 2021-22 Class Schedule and registration course planning tool will be available in Carleton Central May 25.

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.

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 has been one update to the FAQs for current grad students this week, none for prospective students. The update is: Are you planning on applying for a Leave of Absence for the summer term?