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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News & COVID Information

We hope you are enjoying your Winter Break!

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on February 25. 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. Please note that Carleton’s Athletic Facilities re-opened February 17.

Updated COVID-19 Reporting System

Carleton’s COVID-19 Reporting System for all students and employees (including faculty, librarians, contract instructors, staff, teaching/research assistants and postdocs) was updated on February 17.

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Looking for Ways to Showcase Your Research?

In case you missed it, this year, FGPA is launching an exciting event for graduate students called GradFlix. It 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.

Grad Student Film Premiere: Improvising a Dissertation

Last summer, six singer-researchers performed in a variety of settings in and around Ottawa while exploring different environments through collaborative vocal improvisations. The result? A film called The Singing Field: A Performance of Environmental Vocal Exploration, which is part of Nicola Oddy’s PhD dissertation. You are invited to view the premiere of this film on February 28 ​at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Find Out How to Watch the FIlm →

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

Introducing Brightspace

Brightspace will replace cuLearn in May 2021 coinciding with the launch of the summer term.

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Professional Development

Even though it is Winter Break. FGPA is still offering this event today,

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.

Coming up over the next week:

February 22: Establish Your Career Narrative: Explore the Job Market
February 22: Grey is the New Black—Grey Literature: How to Find It?
February 23: Job Interviews in 2021 and Beyond
February 24: Literature Reviews in NVivo
February 24: Introduction to Stata
February 25: The Hows and Whys of Networking

You can view other upcoming events by clicking here.

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).

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.

Check Out Our Mental Health Resources

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:

Thesis Deadline Extended

The date for Graduate students to electronically submit their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has been extended to May 31. If you have not done so by this date, you will not be eligible to graduate in June 2021 and must register for the Summer 2021 term. All thesis grades need to have been submitted by that time.

International Students Take Note

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

Callout Opportunities from "The Conversation"

PhD students and faculty are welcome to propose story ideas to The Conversation. Click here to find out what topics they are searching for.

Event Reminders

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. Registration is now open. Click here for more information.

Registration is open for the second annual Kinàmàgawin Symposium, which will be streamed online on Thursday, February 25. The day-long symposium is open for the community to attend any portion of the event, which includes keynote speakers, panel discussions and Inuit cultural performances—all focused on this year’s theme: The Inuit Relocations: Intergenerational Impacts and Inuit Resilience.

Carleton’s Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program and the Nigerian Canadian Association, based in Montreal, will host their third annual, one-day, online Black History Month event at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, the evening’s festivities will celebrate Afro-Caribbean Black Canadian communities, by paying homage to their history and celebrating the great accomplishments of Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) people. Registration and event details are available here:

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Azrieli Mini-Thesis Award

Six graduate students from the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism have received a 2021 Azrieli Mini-Thesis Award. The award is bestowed annually to students who demonstrate excellence in their thesis research and design work.

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Celebrating Black History Month: The Dualities of Nduka Otiono

Prof. Nduka Otiono, the Graduate Program Supervisor at Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies, sees duality in almost all that he does.

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Helping Refugees to Feel at Home in Canada

Meet Prof. Nimo Bokore from the School of Social Work. She is a refugee mother who survived seven months of political imprisonment and torture in her birthplace, Ethiopia. After she was forced to leave home with her four young children, they survived refugee camp life in Africa and Europe. They then came to Canada through one of Canada’s humanitarian refugee resettlement programs.

Find Out What Happened Next →

Striving for Gender Equity

Rowan Thomson, whose award-winning research involves developing and applying computational techniques to improve radiotherapy cancer treatments, is an anomaly in her field. She’s a woman. Although significant progress has been made toward gender balance in some sciences, equality remains elusive in historically male disciplines such as math, physics and computer science. Last summer, Thomson took on a new role at Carleton: assistant dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Faculty of Science. The position is part of a growing effort at the university to ensure that everybody has the freedom to contribute to their chosen field.

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Brightening Care Facilities With Cards

Last spring, Carleton University student Marissa Parker saw handwritten cards as a way to help reduce feelings of loneliness among seniors living in care facilities. In August, she launched a non-profit that collects cards from people around the world and distributes them to Canadian care facilities.

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NSERC Alliance Grants Support Research Strengths at Carleton University

Carleton University has received almost $1 million in funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Alliance Grants. The funds support research in several areas of strength at Carleton such as sustainability and climate change, accessibility and information communications technology.

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Important Dates and 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 recent updates to the FAQs on either the prospective or current graduate student site.