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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

This is the last issue of TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter for this term. The first newsletter of 2017 will be sent to you on Jan. 4. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Graduate Students Rate Their Carleton Experience

Results of the 2016 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey are in. Find out how graduate students rated their student experience at Carleton.

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Feeling Stressed Out?

This is the time of year when students often feel overwhelmed. Here are some resources or initiatives you might want to consider.

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Action Required: Please Update Your Password

All Carleton students are being advised to change their passwords before Dec. 23.

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Got a Great Story to Tell?

You will be able to make a submission to the 2017 Storyteller competition from Jan. 9-31. SSHRC is awarding a prize of $3,000 to 25 winners! FGPA is holding a training session for all interested students on Jan. 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 in 506 Tory.

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The 3MT is Back!

Carleton’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition will take place on March 15 in Richcraft Hall. We want you to be a part of it. The 3MT can help you build confidence, develop your presentation skills and focus your research. If you are interested in participating in the 3MT, we invite you to come to our information session on Jan. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 in 506 Tory. Please email if you plan to attend. If you are still not sure, check out our video in which three previous participants explain why you should enter!

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Holiday Closures, Reduced Hours on Campus & OC Transpo Holiday Hours

Here are campus closures, reduced service hours and details about OC Transpo’s holiday schedule.

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Winter Orientation - Save the Date

All new graduate students and teaching assistants for the winter term are invited to an Orientation on Friday, Jan. 13. Registration is now open.

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New Agreement With Belgian University Will Benefit Grad Students

Carleton recently signed an agreement with the Belgian Université catholique de Louvain that will open up exciting new study and research opportunities for students and faculty.

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Do You Want to be a Res Fellow?

Residence Fellow applications are now available. The deadline to apply is noon on Jan. 9 at 12 p.m. There is an info. session on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. (Fenn Lounge, CO).

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For New TAs or Those Interested in Becoming One

Will you be a new Teaching Assistant as of January? If so, here are several things you need to know. More

All full-time graduate students who have NOT been awarded a Teaching Assistantship can now express interest in becoming an “out of priority” TA.  The deadline to apply for winter 2017 is Jan. 1. Check this page to see if you are eligible and for information on how to apply.

Dec. 31 is the deadline for TAs to apply for a “leave from duties” for the winter term. More (scroll down on the page)

U-Pass Opt Out

For students wanting to opt out of the U-Pass, you need to do so before Jan. 14, 2017 to receive a full refund. Read on to find out if you are eligible.

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Grad Research: Quantum Computers - Better, Stronger, Faster

PhD Candidate Derek Noon says that quantum computers will potentially cause “the biggest change to how computers work since before World War II.”

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Convocation - A Family Affair

Jenna Herdman’s parents and sister all have a Carleton connection. Herdman graduated on Nov. 12th with her Master’s degree in English with a Specialization in Digital Media.

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Rodney Nelson Now Has Four Carleton Degrees

Rodney Nelson graduated from Carleton this fall with a PhD in Canadian Studies – his fourth Carleton degree. For the alumnus, it’s been a full-circle journey.

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Will You Be Using Scantrons That Require Processing at the EDC?

Any instructors using Scantrons that require processing at the EDC during the upcoming exam season need to read this.

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Board of Governors - Update on Dec. 1 Meeting

Find out what happened at the latest meeting of the Board of Governors.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


December 9: Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. CLASSES FOLLOW A MONDAY SCHEDULE!!! Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses..

December 9: Last day to pay any remaining fall tuition fees to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.

December 10-22: Final exams

December 23 (noon)-Jan. 2 (inclusive): The University and FGPA will be closed for the holidays, re-opening at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 3.

December 31: Deadline for TAs to apply for a Leave From Duties

January 1: Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA

January 2: University and FGPA re-open

January 5: Winter term classes begin

January 9: Deadline to apply to be a Residence Fellow

January 18:  Last day for registration for winter term courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 18: 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 Winter 2017 and must register for the Winter 2017 term.

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.


Now-January 10:  New Subway Outlet in Athletics

Now-Summer, 2017O-Train Construction Work

December 10:  Holiday Skate on campus

January 5:  Deadline to apply to the Carleton Community Art Exhibition

January 9: Training for the SSHRC Storyteller Competition

January 13: Winter Orientation for new TAs and graduate students

January 17: Information session about the upcoming Carleton Three Minute Thesis Competition

January 20:  Deadline to enter the Green Revolving Fund competition

February 10:  Deadline to enter Digifest Student Showcase

March 15:  Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition

February 6: Deadline for papers “Pathways & Intersections: Navigating the Social”. 5th annual Sociology/Anthropology Grad Student Caucus.

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. New postings for next term will go up by the holiday break. You can always access online training through Please note that these online training modules workshops do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


Note:  Students and departments will be notified in mid-December of the status of their application for a donor funded 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

December 7:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

December 31: Deadline to enter the Chief Statistician of Canada Infographic Challenge

January 31:  Deadline to apply for the ThinkSwiss scholarship program

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Scholarship

March 6Deadline to apply for the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David scholarship

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are:  Dec. 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term)  (access form via Carleton Central) and Aug. 31 (fall term).

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2017 and for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1.

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship and by Nov. 30 for a fall-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.