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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 11. 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.

Read the latest message from President Benoit-Antoine Bacon entitled Summer Term to be Mostly Online.

New Collaborative Specialization in Climate Change

Check out the latest new addition to the graduate program family at Carleton – the Collaborative Specialization in Climate Change. Click here to watch Prof. Ron Miller talk about this unique program.

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Need Counselling?

The COVID pandemic is difficult for all of us. If you are a graduate student in need of mental health support, check out these resources. International students studying remotely from outside of Canada can access a new resource called the SOS Emotional Support service. Click here for details. Something new – 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

Emergency Bursary Assistance

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

Graduate Student's Association Health & Dental Plan

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.

Announcing the Winners of Carleton's Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis is a celebration of graduate student research that challenges grad students to communicate the key concepts of their research in a compelling presentation of three minutes or less.To find out who won the top three places in Carleton’s 2020 competition, click here.

Researcher of the Month - Dr. Rachel Burns

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 first item in this series showcases Assistant Professor Rachel Burns from the psychology department talking about the link between Diabetes and mental health.

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Professionalize Yourself

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

February 8: Establish Your Career Narrative: Identify Your Skills
February 8: Digital Research with NVivo (Webpages, Forums, Twitter)
February 9: Financial Skills: Real Estate 101
February 10: Thesis and Dissertation Layout Made Easy
February 11: Professional Writing: Grant Proposals

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.

Adrian Chan Award

The Adrian Chan Award for Volunteer & Community Service is an award issued annually, to a full–time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an Engineering program in the Faculty of Engineering and Design. The award recognizes voluntary involvement and community engagement at Carleton, outside the classroom, and in the community at large. The recipient will be selected by a selection committee and includes a prize of $500. Award applications close March 8, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Applications will be submitted online.

Nominate a Student for the Board Award Honouring Community Contribution

Applications are now open for the 2021 Board Award. All members of the Carleton community are welcome to nominate a student who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism. Students are permitted to self-nominate, and the recipient must be expecting to graduate in 2021 (at either the June or November graduation.) To increase student financial support, the successful candidate will be rewarded with $2,000.  Please visit the Board of Governors website for more information and to apply.  The nomination deadline is February 22, 2021.

International Students Take Note

If you’re an International student, click here to find out some information specifically of interest to you.

President Announces the New Names for New Times Initiative

President Benoit-Antoine Bacon has announced that Carleton is launching an initiative to give three of our main campus buildings new names that reflect Carleton’s diversity and commitment to inclusion.

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Global Human Rights Activist Martin Luther King III Spoke at Carleton SOAR Leadership Conference

Martin Luther King III marked the start of Black History Month in a powerful address at the Carleton University SOAR Leadership Conference for students and called on universities to play a key role in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion on campuses and beyond.

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Bestselling Indigenous Author Jesse Thistle Shared Story of Trauma, Healing and Finding Home at Carleton’s Let’s Talk Series

Jesse Thistle, author of the national bestseller, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, was a guest speaker for Carleton’s annual Let’s Talk Day held on January 26. The talk titled, Different Dimensions of Indigenous Homelessness, Through Lived Experience and Life Story, explored the complexities of Indigenous homelessness and offered a new perspective of what “home” truly means to Indigenous Peoples.

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Register for the Second Annual Kinàmàgawin Symposium

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. The theme refers to the Government of Canada’s relocation of Inuit to the High Arctic in the 1950s, which led to years of hardships and ongoing intergenerational trauma. Many years later, the Government of Canada publicly issued an official apology. The Inuit Relocations continue to impact Inuit communities to this day.

Callout Opportunities for PhD Students from "The Conversation"

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

Carleton Finalizes its Outdoor Space Master Plan

Carleton University’s first-ever Outdoor Space Master Plan has been finalized. This new plan will help the university identify and prioritize improvements to the urban environment on campus and support improvements to pedestrian and cycling pathways. The plan was developed by consultant Brook McIlroy, in consultation with all members of the campus community. The plan’s focus is in alignment with a number of university strategic plans including the Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP), Kinàmàgawin, the Indigenous Strategy, the Transportation Plan, as well as the university’s Sustainability Plan.

Inside Senate - Latest Issue

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The January 29 meeting was held remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. The highlights of the meeting included the confirmation that the Summer 2021 term will unfold primarily online, as per the recommendation of the Carleton University Scenario Planning (CUSP) Working Group. Senators also received a presentation on the now concluded research phase of Carleton’s Reputational Enhancement Project.

Where The Dinosaurs Were: A Saskatchewan Field Trip

Mat Roloson, an Earth Sciences master’s student at Carleton, is trying to solve a paleontological mystery that dates back more than 66 million years.

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Innovative Course Uses Collaborative Methods to Support Rural Village in Tanzania

For the past six years, Carleton’s Sprott School of Business and Faculty of Engineering and Design participated in a multidisciplinary initiative—Buckets to Rainbarrels—where students from different departments travel to Longido, a rural village in Tanzania, and create projects to address challenges for health, agriculture, and waste management.

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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.

FAQ Update

We have added a new Q & A to our current FAQs for grad students: Has the University released any plans for the summer term 2021?