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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 February 18. If you have any questions, please email us at:

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.

GradFlix - Showcasing Your Grad Research

This year, FGPA is launching an exciting event for graduate students. It’s called GradFlix and is replacing our participation in the Three Minute Thesis competition. If you are interested in attending an information session or receiving updates regarding the contest, please fill out the form on this page and you will be notified as soon as information is available.

When Will I Find Out if I have Won an Award?

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

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

A COVIDWise Winter Break

With Winter Break and the potential end of the province-wide shutdown just around the corner, many of you will be making the decision to travel to or from our community. As you do, it is important to be aware that the COVID-19 virus continues to affect Ottawa, Ontario and the rest of Canada. Province-wide cases are constantly in flux and vary by region. We all need to be especially vigilant and continue to take all the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Check out upcoming Professional Development opportunities for graduate students this term. You can view upcoming events by clicking here. Coming up this week:

February 11:  Professional Writing: Grant Proposals
February 11:  Resume and Cover Letter Development
February 12:  Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews and Other Knowledge Synthesis
February 16:  Turning Comprehensive Examinations into a Breeze (with NVivo)
February 18:  Alumni Conversations:  This Alumni Conversation will feature an interview with Rachael Calleja, Senior Research Associate at Center for Global Development’s UK and European Development Leadership Programme.

Upcoming TA Cafés Winter 2021

Meet other TAs and discuss your TAships at our TA Cafés. Contact Helen Roumeliotis for the Zoom Links or check the announcements in the TA Central Hub (TAs can self-enroll).

Thursday, February 11:   2 – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2:   10 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 17:  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 29:   12 – 1:30 p.m.

Need Support?

If you are a graduate student in need of mental health support, check out these resources. Please note that Health and Counselling Services is now offering a virtual café to graduate students every Monday morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. EST with the sole purpose of connecting while self-isolating. For registration, email:

Reminder - Emergency Financial Assistance

If you are in financial need, please check out these resources.

GSA's Health & Dental Plan - Deadline Approaching

If you currently don’t have coverage for prescriptions or opted out because you were out of country and now want to opt in as you are in Canada, or you need to opt in dependents or family, please fill out this form before February 16. Coverage is active until August 31.

Information for International Students

If you are an International student, please check out the latest information on the ISSO website:

Please note the following updates:

Express Entry Explained for International Students Workshop:
Many international students in Canada want to stay here after graduation. This presentation by an authorized immigration advisor will explain how you may be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada as a skilled worker through the Express Entry intake system. This presentation takes place on February 16 at 2:00pm EST. Students can register here.

New Travel Instructions for Family Members of Students
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently revised information on its COVID-19 International Students webpage to provide further clarity as to what may be considered non-discretionary travel for immediate family members of students. Please visit the recent ISSO newspost for the latest information on travel instructions related to family members intending to accompany an international student travelling to Canada.

Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month, Carleton University is celebrating the many achievements and contributions of its staff, faculty, students and alumni.

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President and Vice-Chancellor Reappointment Process

The Carleton University Board of Governors is launching a reappointment process for President and Vice-Chancellor, Benoit-Antoine Bacon. If reappointed, he will serve a second five-year term from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2028. They are looking for one interested graduate student to serve on the reappointment committee.

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Registration Opens on February 16 for Data Day 7.1

Check out where and how to register for the annual Data Day event on campus. This year’s theme is AI: What’s Next? and Everything Smart.

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Submissions Deadline for the Underhill Graduate Coloquium

Submissions for this year’s Underhilll Graduate Coloquium are being accepted until February 15. The conference will be hosted virtually on March 12th and 13th, 2021.

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Mike's Place Transformation Survey

The Graduate Student’s Association is engaging in a consultation process to transform Mike’s Place to ensure financial sustainability in their student services while also creating a space that ensures student needs are met. As part of this process, the GSA has created a proposal for a Community Hub and is holding consultations. You can fill out the Mike’s Place Transformation Survey by clicking here.

Writing Opportunities for PhD Students

PhD students and faculty are invited to submit their ideas to The Conversation. You can view the latest list by clicking here

Unique Program in Economic Policy Launches This Fall

The new Graduate Diploma in Economic Policy is open to both current graduate students and professionals.

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Design Innovation at Carleton Combats the COVID Crisis in Long-Term Care

From food security to education to urban design, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of life—and with it, every field of academic research. This couldn’t be clearer than at Carleton University where timely discoveries emerging from all five faculties are accelerating the ability to keep people healthy, prevent outbreaks and better manage global responses to infectious disease.

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Carleton Neuroscience Researchers Help Demystify Major Depression

Carleton Neuroscience Prof. Argel Aguilar-Valles and his collaborators have discovered a key piece of the puzzle that explains why an emerging treatment for major depression shows promising results.

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Want to Understand Sociology? Think Seasons

Carleton University Sociology Instructor Tonya Davidson and collaborator Ondine Park, a sociology professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, talked about Canada’s seasons and how the way we divide our calendar could provide an illuminating window into the study of social life and social change.

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Grad Research: Are Our Relationships Actually as Good As We Thought?

Aidan Smyth, a Master’s student in Psychology, in collaboration with two other researchers, is looking at what happens after a breakup when people may no longer be motivated to see their relationships with their ex-partners in the best possible light.

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Important Academic Dates & Deadlines

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.


There have been no updates over the past week for either the current or prospective graduate student FAQs