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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) distributes this newsletter to all graduate students on the first and third Thursday of every month (with a few exceptions). The next issue will be sent to you on Thursday, Feb. 20. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Grad Student Satisfaction on the Increase at Carleton

Graduate student educational experience and satisfaction levels at Carleton are at an all time high, according to a new survey. Check out the results of the 2019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey.

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Enter the Three Minute Thesis Contest

If you are a Master’s or PhD student in a program that includes a thesis, major research project, or dissertation, consider entering the 3MT contest. The 3MT challenges you to communicate the key concepts of your research in three minutes or less. For more information about registration and our upcoming training sessions (Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m. and Feb. 26, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.), visit Carleton’s 3MT web page.

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

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

  • OGS:  TBD – awaiting Province of Ontario notification
  • NSERC PhD:  End of March
  • SSHRC PhD:  End of April
  • CIHR PhD:  End of April
  • CGS Master’s (all):  April 1 through the portal

Monitoring the Coronavirus

Carleton is sending out regular updates about the Coronavirus and how this could affect you. Click here to see the latest update.

Enhance Your Professional Development

You won’t want to miss our intriguing winter professional development workshops, like Mitacs’ Networking workshop (Feb. 12), Career Professionalism workshop (March 12) or Business Writing for Today’s Professional (March 24). TAs can claim five of these workshop hours as paid pedagogical training hours.

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Help Choose Carleton's Next Learning Management System

After a review of the current Learning Management System, cuLearn, Carleton will adopt a new LMS in 2021, with a limited pilot in the winter 2021 term.

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Strategic Planning Update

After a major consultative process, the Strategic Integrated Planning Task Force has released its Strategic Planning Progress Report that provides an overview of the process and a summary of what they heard.

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Outdoor Space Master Plan: Your Feedback is Welcome

There is still time for you to provide feedback and ideas regarding the new Outdoor Space Master Plan.

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How to Maximize the Value of Your Extra-Curricular 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. April 27th is the last day for students to add their activities to their CCR.

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Grad Research: The Relationship Between Diabetes and Depression/Optimism

Master’s Psychology student Elisabeth Bailin Xie worked with Psychology Prof. Rachel Burns, examining the relationship between depression and optimism among individuals living with diabetes.

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Grad Research: Accessible Design

A Digital Media PhD student is working to expand the range of accessible clothing. Her thesis is called Wearable Bits.

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Building Better Entrepreneurs with the Technology Innovation Program

The Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program puts an emphasis on helping train aspiring entrepreneurs, specifically students looking to launch or continue their technology-based companies. Find out what some of the students are working on.

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What Does It Take to Build a Climate Change Researcher?

Carleton University collaborated with several other institutions to create a program that brings together PhD students and junior faculty members from interdisciplinary backgrounds with the purpose of fostering increased research capacity in the areas of societal transformation and climate change.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


February 14:  April examination schedule available online.

February 17:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

February 17-21:  Winter Break. Classes are suspended.

March 1:  Last day for graduate students to submit their supervisor-approved thesis, in examinable form to the department.

March 13:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for April examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Note that it may not be possible to fulfill accommodation requests received after the specified deadlines.

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 243MT Training Session One

February 26:  3MT Training Session Two

Check out our Grad Navigate offerings. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


February 14:  Deadline to enter the Aga Khan Foundation’s International Youth Fellowship Program

March 3:  Deadline to apply for the W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

April 20 or May 5Deadline to apply to the Kosovo International Summer Academy

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)

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.



February 14: Submissions now being accepted to donate or display your artwork to the Annual Brain & Mental Health Art Show on April 3.

February 15:  Last date to submit proposals to present at CRIW’s Early Career Researchers Conference on Equity and Inclusion in Organizations

February 6:  The First Annual Kinamagawin Symposium

February 7:  Capital Hoops Classic

February 12:  Black History Month Film and Guest Speaker

February 12:  Science Café – The Missing Link? Integrating a Microbial Perspective into Our Understanding of Mood and Anxiety Disorders

February 24-28:  FPA Research Series

February 26:  Science Café – Harmful Algal Blooms: Knowns and Knowledge Gaps

February 26: Public Lecture: Treaty Relations and the Politics of Decolonization

February 28  Life Sciences Coffee and Conversation – Why Trade-Offs Matter: Understanding the Evolution of Flight Behaviour and Social Networks in Birds

March 3: Dick, Ruth and Judy Bell Lecture: Rachel Notley

March 9-10:  Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture

March 13:  Grad Student Symposium: Reflecting Back and Thinking Forward in ALDS (Celebrating 15 Years)

March 31:  Data Day 7.0

April 25: 15th Annual Graduate Student Heritage Conservation Symposium

April 28:  CRIW Early Researchers Conference

For other events, please check out the University Events Calendar.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are:  April 30 (summer term), Aug. 31 (fall term) and Dec. 31 (winter term). You can access the form via Carleton Central.

Deadlines to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows:  April 15 (Spring/Summer term), August 15 (Fall/Winter term) and December 15 (Winter term),

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-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