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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:  fgpa_newsletter@ca.

PhD Writing Workshops

Having trouble moving forward on your PhD dissertation?  We have now finalized details for the PhD writing workshops coming up in February. Register now!

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Benefits of Entering the 3MT

Why not participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition? These past participants are glad they did.  Martha Attridge-Bufton and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood

3MT Training

We are offering two training sessions in February for graduate students who are participating in the Three Minute Thesis competition. To sign up, check the session you want to attend on the registration form.

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Showcase Your Big Data Research

Members of the Data Day Committee are looking for graduate students to participate in their annual poster competition. Prizes will be awarded for the top three posters.

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Cyberbullying Panel

Carleton University invites you to attend a panel discussion on cyberbullying on Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in Richcraft Hall, 2nd floor conference rooms (formerly the River Building).

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GSA’s New Childcare Grant

The Graduate Students’ Association has a new grant that helps defray the costs of childcare for parents attending academic events.

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Grad Research: Solving Burning Questions About the Universe

Even when incredibly complex subjects like particle physics and the fundamental laws of nature are involved, the best ideas can come up over a simple cup of coffee. That’s what PhD student Graham Cree says happened to him during his research on the Atlas experiment.

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The Value of Extracurricular Activities

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognizes and validates “out of class” activities for all students – including graduate students. The CCR includes activities such as leadership development, professional skills development, community service learning and involvement activities.

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Opportunities for International Students

Don’t forget to check out these opportunities being offered this term by the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

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Reminder - Scholarship Balance

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on the request refund link. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

When Will I Find Out About My Award Application?

Graduate students will be informed of their scholarship status by the following:

  • OGS:  Last week of February
  • NSERC PhD:  End of March
  • SSHRC PhD:  End of April
  • CIHR PhD:  End of April
  • CGS Master’s (all): April 1 through the portal

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Student Governors

The Carleton University Board of Governors is seeking Expressions of Interest from students to fill FOUR vacant positions as a Student Governor for the 2017/2018 Board Year.

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BOG Award for Outstanding Community Service

You have until Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. to submit a nomination for the Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement. The award is worth $2,000. You can nominate yourself or another student.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


February 17:  April examination schedule available online.

February 20:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

February 20-24:  Winter Break. Classes are suspended.

March 1:  Last day for UHIP refund applications for International Students who will be graduating this academic year.

March 1:  Last day for receipt of applications from potential spring (June) graduates.

March 10:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for December examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Late requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

March 20Last day to pay any remaining balance on your Student Account to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.  An account balance may delay Summer 2017 course selection.

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.


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

February 6-10:  Sexual Assault Awareness Week

February 10:  Deadline to enter Digifest Student Showcase

February 23-2614th Canadian International Model United Nations (CANIMUN) conference

February 24:  Deadline to apply for a two-week study program in India

February 27:  Deadline to enter the CU75 Community-Academic Expo (to organize a panel, workshop or presentation)

March 2-4 Visions for Canada 2042 conference

March 15:  Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition

March 30:  2017 Linguavision Song Competition

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

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 posted for this term. You can always access online training through Please note that these online training modules workshops do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

You might want to consider the next Media Training workshop – you need to register in advance.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 617 Southam.

For those entering the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, there are two training sessions: Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m. and Feb. 16  from 10-12 a.m.


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

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King scholarship

February 20 (4:30 p.m.):  Deadline to submit a nomination for the 2016-17 Carleton U. Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement

March 6:  Deadline to apply for the Adrian D.C. Chan award for Volunteer and Community Service

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

March 6:  How would you make Ontario better? Deadline to enter the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.

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:  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 for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1 and for the winter term 2018 is Jan. 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.