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December 3

Grad Student News and COVID Updates

FGPA typically sends out newsletters to all grad students every Thursday morning. The last newsletter of this term will be December 10. If you have any questions, please email us at:

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. This COVID-19 screening form must be completed each day you plan to enter a Carleton University building.

Click here to read the President’s December 2 message to the Carleton community.

Meet the Winners of Carleton's 3MT

Congratulations to the top three winners of this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition. The first place winner is competing in the virtual 3MT contest being hosted by Windsor in the near future.

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Carleton Offers Specialized Mental Health Counselling for Graduate, Indigenous and Racialized Students

Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services recently hired three counsellors as permanent staff—bringing the total number of counsellors to 13. The new hires includes Magda Georgescu, who works specifically with graduate students.

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Feeling Stressed Out

As the Fall term draws to an end, you may be feeling stressed out. If so, check out the following resources.

Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually and continues to provide counselling opportunities to domestic students through telephone or video options. Please call 613-520-6674 to book an appointment. You will be triaged by telephone to determine the safest way to provide care. A permanent, full-time Grad Counsellor, Magda Georgescu, has been hired. She will be available 10 months per year for graduate students.

Carleton offers virtual support services to all students through TAO Online Self-Help and Therapy.

International students residing in their home country can visit this website for a list of resources. ISSO has organized a series of workshops for international students.

If you have ideas about how to cope better during the pandemic, please send them to and we can share with other grad students.

Professional Development

There is one professional development workshop left this term.

December 4:  Doing More in NVivo (for advanced users)

Find out about other upcoming PD opportunities, including the final Grad Café of the term by clicking here.

Winter Term

The Winter 2021 term will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021. All courses will be offered online or through other methods of distance learning. A small number of pilot projects involving some on-campus learning activities may be allowed on a voluntary basis.

Information for International Students

If you are an international student on a Leave of Absence (LOA) or thinking about taking an LOA, it is mandatory for you to get in touch with the International Student Services Office.

Thinking of coming to Canada for studies in Winter 2021?  Before you make any travel plans, there is some information you need to know in advance, including UHIP coverage, quarantine planning, immigration eligibility and travel restrictions. Please contact the ISSO at for more details.

Taking online classes from outside Canada for Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021? If so, then UHIP is not required and you can opt out by clicking here.

TA Deadline

The deadline for Teaching Assistants to apply for a Leave From Duties for the Winter term is December 31. You can access the form via Carleton Central.


The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security has launched a 2021 call for scholarship applications from master’s and PhD students who are conducting research on determinants, impacts and possible interventions into food insecurity in Canada. The scholarships are $15,000 and the application deadline is February 12, 2021. If you are interested in learning more or applying, please click here  or you can contact

"The Conversation" Needs Submissions

The Conversation, an online publication, is looking for submissions from faculty and PhD students in several areas.

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Carleton University Chancellor Yaprak Baltacioğlu Renewed for a Second Term

Carleton University’s Board of Governors has announced that Yaprak Baltacioğlu has been reappointed as Carleton’s Chancellor. “We are so fortunate to have a leader and mentor as distinguished as Yaprak Baltacioğlu to serve as our Chancellor,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

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Women in STEM Conference

This upcoming January 23 to 24, you are invited to attend the 2021 WISE National Conference | Connections: Together from Afar, which is an international and annually-held conference celebrating women in STEM and creating opportunities to launch their futures. Details can be found here.

Latest Edition of Inside Senate

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The November 27 meeting was held remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. The highlights of the meeting included presentations of Carleton’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, and Carleton’s International Plan.

Carleton’s CIMS Lab Wins National Academic Innovation Spotlight Award

The Carleton Immersive Media Studio Lab has won CanBIM’s National Academic Innovation Spotlight award for its work on the Carleton Digital Campus project.

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Carleton Research Aims to Identify Public Housing Types Best Suited for Youth

Alice Conroy started sleeping outside at age 13, and was living on the street full-time at 16. Now, she’s sharing her knowledge of youth homelessness and housing through the Ottawa regional team of a national project on affordable housing. The multidisciplinary team consists of four youth co-researchers who have lived homelessness, three graduate students, and the Ontario regional academic lead, Jacqueline Kennelly.

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Biology Professor Wins Prestigious Award

Carleton’s Roslyn Dakin has been awarded the George A. Bartholomew Award from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. This prize is the most significant award for young investigators in this field.

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Three Carleton Researchers Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers

The Web of Science Group recently recognized Carleton’s Steven Cooke, Lenore Fahrig and Richard Yu as some of the world’s most cited researchers in 2020. The Highly Cited Researchers list includes approximately 6,400 researchers from around the world whose research papers from 2009 to 2019 have ranked in the top 1 per cent by citations.

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Using AI and Big Data to Identify a Potential COVID-19 Peptide Treatment

On a molecular level, humans are susceptible to COVID-19 because a virus protein is able to bind to a human protein. If that interaction can be stopped, so could this disease. Researchers at Carleton University have synthesized a new protein that is able to do this.

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FAQs Updates

There have been no FAQ updates this past week.