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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

President and Vice-President (Academic) Accept New Positions

Both President Roseann O’Reilly Runte and Vice-President (Academic) Peter Ricketts will be leaving Carleton. To find out more about Dr. Runte’s new position, click here. To find out more about Dr. Ricketts’ new position, click here.

Announcing Carleton's New Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies

This fall, Carleton will be offering two new graduate diplomas in Curatorial Studies. One is geared at current students while the other is for working professionals.

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Another New Program Announcement

Carleton is launching a PhD in Biomedical Engineering that will begin the fall of 2017.

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Exam Information

Exams start on April 10th. Have a question?

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Feeling Stressed Out?

It’s that time of year when you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.  Wondering where you can go on campus to get some help?

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Basketball Hoops and Dreams

The only graduate student on the women’s basketball team shares her thoughts on their bronze medal at the women’s nationals and how she finds time to pursue her master’s and her basketball career.

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Special Topics

Summer registration opened on March 23. To find out what special topics are being offered in courses this summer, you can visit our special FGPA web page. More courses will be added on a regular basis.

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Carleton 3MT Results

Want to know more about the top three winners of Carleton’s 3MT competition?

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Grad Research: Disability History in Canada

PhD Student Sandy Barron is focusing his research on disability history in Canada – an emerging field that is exploring not only the experiences of people with disabilities, but also how disability challenged and changed social and political life for everyone.

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A Great "Dialog"

Several graduate students from the Master of Architecture program are participating in a once-in-a-lifetime internship with the design firm DIALOG.

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Important Information for Teaching Assistants

The deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the spring/summer term is April 15. The deadline to apply for a Leave From Duties for the summer term is April 30.

Last PhD Writing Workshop This Term

Our last PhD Writing workshop is coming up on April 6 (9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in TB 506). Navigating Obstacles and Feedback will provide you with strategies for beginning your writing and tips on navigating one major writing challenge (i.e. the inner critic), as well as tools for asking for and receiving feedback. Register here.

Update From the March 23rd Board of Governors Meeting

Interested in finding out what happened at the latest meeting of the Board of Governors?

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Apply Now for Your Free Garden Plot

Applications for plots in GSA’s community garden Kitigànensag are open to all members of the Carleton community, with preference going to volunteers who have helped construct the garden. The application form is on the GSA website and can be emailed to GSA’s Garden Coordinator ( Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


April 7:  Winter term ends. Last day of fall/winter and winter-term classes. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall/winter and winter term courses.

April 10-25:  Final examinations in winter term and fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all 7 days of the week.

April 14:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

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.

May 1Early summer and full summer courses begin.

May 5:  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 2017.

May 8:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

May 12:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

May 17-28:  Fall/Winter and Winter term deferred final examinations will be held.

May 19:  Last day for a full fee adjustment when withdrawing from early and full summer courses (financial withdrawal).

May 22:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

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 7:  Deadline to submit activities/positions to the Co-Curricular Record

April 28:  Deadline to enter a poster project in the CU Academic Expo

May 3:  Stuart Walker, Chair of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University, to lecture at the School of Industrial Design

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 6:  Navigating Obstacles and Feedback 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (TB 506). Register here.

April 20:  Media Training.

May 2:  Patent 101 Workshop.  Starts 11 a.m. Room 482 MacOdrum Library  Register by clicking here.


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 30Deadline to submit applications for the John W. Davies Memorial Award

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)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

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: April 15 (Spring/Summer term), August 15 (Fall/Winter term) and December 15 (Winter 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.