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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News & COVID Information

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on March 4. 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.

Carleton’s COVID-19 Reporting System for all students and employees was updated on February 17. Click here for more information.

Showcasing Your Research

This year, FGPA is hosting an exciting event for graduate students called GradFlix. It is replacing our participation in the Three Minute Thesis competition. If you are interested in receiving updates regarding the contest, please fill out the form on this page.

New Researcher of the Month - Dr. Jason Jaskolka

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs recently refreshed its website for current graduate students. As part of the new look, FGPA added a new feature called Researcher of the Month in which talented rising stars, and some of their graduate students, talk about their research. The second item in this series showcases Assistant Professor Jason Jaskolka talking about his team’s research on cybersecurity.

Watch the Video →

Singing Your Thesis - Watch the Film Premiere

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. Details are available here.

Convocation Story - Like Father Like Son

Congratulations to all the students who will be graduating from Carleton on February 26.  Meet one of them. Sanyar Sohrabi will graduate with a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science. His father, Ahmad Sohrabi, had graduated with his PhD from Carleton in the same field many years before.

Read More →

Your Scholarship Status

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

Professionalize Yourself

Here are some professional development opportunities coming up over the next week:

February 25: The Hows and Whys of Networking
March 1: NVivo and Surveys
March 2: Things to Know Before Starting a Business
March 4: Professional Writing: Writing Academic Papers

You can view other upcoming events, including the next Grad Café on Friday, February 26, by clicking here.

TAs Take Note

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.

Are You Struggling? Need Support?

If you are a graduate student in need of mental health support, check out these resources. And a reminder that Health and Counselling Services is 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 & Other Important Dates

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 and will have to register for the Summer 2021 term. All thesis grades need to have been submitted by that time.

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.

For International Students

Are you an international student taking online classes from outside Canada? You may be eligible for a UHIP refund! UHIP (University Health insurance plan) is mandatory medical health insurance for international students. It’s in place to protect you if you get sick or hurt and need medical attention. However, if you are taking online Carleton classes from outside of Canada during the 2020/21 academic year due to Covid19, UHIP is not required.  Apply for  a UHIP refund by completing the UHIP Opt-Out Form. Deadline to opt out is March 31, 2021.

Please check out updates on the ISSO website:

Callout Opportunities from "The Conversation"

PhD students and faculty are invited to submit their ideas to The Conversation”.  Here are some of the topics they are looking for.

Find Out More →

Upcoming Events

Join the School of Social Work for a virtual celebration showcasing African diasporic accomplishments and culture, as well as a discussion of the challenges, strengths and resilience of Black communities in Canada. In particular, there will be a focus on the importance and value of celebrating Black history every day. Join us online Saturday, March 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information.

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 for the March 30 event is now open. Click here for more information.

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.

Mike's Place - Have Your Say

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.

Carleton President to Receive 2021 Transformational Leader Award for Mental Health

Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon will be honoured with the Transformational Leader Award at the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s 2021 Inspiration Awards on March 4.  Past winners include author and advocate Margaret Trudeau, retired general Roméo Dallaire, former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Olympic skater Elizabeth Manley.

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Sprott Grad Student Combatting Food Insecurity With Social Enterprise

Making a positive impact in the world has been a constant driver for Master of Accounting student Alida Burke and it became the vision behind her business, The Growcer Inc.

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Celebrating Black History Month: PhD Candidate Gives Youth a Voice

Carleton University PhD candidate Warren Clarke wants to inspire Black youth to pursue post-secondary education and study in new ways. He encourages students to see themselves in academia by sharing his own journey, being open about his experiences and organizing community projects. Check out these other stories from our Black History Month series.

Read More About Warren Clarke →

Grad Research: Looking At Justice-Involved Youth Through A Gendered Perspective

For her thesis, Megan Wagstaff, a Master’s student in Psychology, is researching justice-involved youth. Wagstaff has examined risk and strength factors (factors which increase or decrease the likelihood that an individual will reoffend) for this population.

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

Student EDI Research Award Launched for Summer 2021

Apply by April 9 for the new Carleton University Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Research Award, which provides funding (from $10,000 to $15,000) to participate in research projects that use EDI-informed considerations and reflect upon diversity and identity in substantial or significant ways. In collaboration with a faculty member, recipients of this award will participate in an EDI-related research project from May 1 to August 30, 2021. The establishment of this award responds to a recommendation in Carleton’s new EDI Action Plan, which outlines Carleton’s commitment to support, fund and disseminate research that advances EDI.