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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 typically on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be available on Wednesday, February 20. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Mental Health Sevices for Graduate Students

Feeling stressed out? Need someone to talk to? Why not drop in to see Carleton’s new graduate counsellor Alisa McClain every Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in 512 Tory. Or you can book an appointment with Alisa by calling Health and Counselling Services at 613-520-6674. You can meet her in either 512 Tory (on Tuesdays) or at Counselling Services (2600 Carleton Technology and Training Centre Building).

You can also participate in the new Graduate Student Mental Health Peer Support program in the GSA Boardroom (6th floor Unicentre). Times are: Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. You can also check out these events.

If you prefer an online approach, why not access Therapy Assisted Online (TAO)? This web-based program provides assistance to help overcome anxiety, depression, relationship or communication challenges, and substance use concerns. Details can be found on this page.

Other resources are listed on the Health and Counselling website.

Enter the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Contest

If you are a Master’s or PhD student in a program that includes a thesis, major research project, or dissertation component, consider entering the 3MT contest. The 3MT challenges you to communicate the key concepts of your research in three minutes or less. Participating in the 3MT can help you develop professional skills, sharpen your research focus, and have your voice heard. Winners also receive cash prizes. For more information about registration and training sessions, visit Carleton’s 3MT webpage.

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

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

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

Sexual Violence Policy Review Design-Thinking Workshops

As we continue the review process for Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy, and after carefully reviewing the feedback provided, we have published a draft version of the revised policy and posted a report outlining the feedback we received throughout the listening phase. Check the dates for related workshops.

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Complete the Health Assessment Survey

Check your email to see if you have been selected to participate in the National College Health Assessment web survey which began on January 28. The results will provide us with a more detailed understanding of the current status of overall student mental and physical health on campus and provide information that will guide programming and resources for Carleton University students.

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GSA News: Health/Dental Plan and Job Posting

Opt in to YOUR Health and Dental Plan! To all students starting their semester in January: If you need health and dental benefits, the Graduate Students’ Association has you covered. You can opt in to the student Health and Dental Plan by visiting the GSA Office at the 6th floor of the UniCentre. For more details email

Chief Electoral Officer Job Posting: The GSA is hiring a Chief Electoral Officer! Apply by February 12th at noon. For more details, click here.

Take Charge of Your Finances

In February, FGPA is holding four workshops on Financial Skills for graduate students. The first two on February 25, explain how to budget and manage debt. On February 26, learn how to handle income taxes. The final workshop on the 26th is for those grad students who have children or are planning to have children in the near future. Find out about the special financial challenges facing you. To register, visit Grad Navigate.

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ECE Alumni Making a Difference

Many alumni from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program have gone on to pursue successful and exciting careers. The ECE program is offered jointly by the Department of Electronics and the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering (SCE). To read about SCE alumni, click here. Profiles of Electronics alumni are available by clicking here.

Grad Research: Fish Data in the Classroom

A new teaching tool is being developed to help teachers bring real-world fish information to classrooms across Canada. Jacqueline Chapman, a PhD student in Biology has been working with a team of colleagues and professionals to develop AquaTrax.

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Interested in Becoming a Student Governor?

The Carleton University Board of Governors is seeking Expressions of Interest from students to serve a one-year term for the 2019/2020 Board year.

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Submit an Idea to the Green Fund

Carleton’s $1-million Green Revolving Fund (GRF) provides capital for high performance campus design, operations, maintenance, and occupant behavior projects. The micro Green Engagement Fund (GEF) provides capital (limited to $500 or less), to engage and communicate sustainability issues or ideas. Why not submit an idea?

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Find Out About Big Data Research at Carleton

Register now for Data Day 6.0 which, this year, will include presentations by Carleton researchers, government and industry experts, keynote addresses and panel discussions. In addition, there will be a speed networking session where Carleton students can meet and network with industry. Click here to find out more info about the Graduate Student Poster Competition on March 26 and how you can get involved.

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NPSIA Alum Honoured as Community Builder

Congratulations to Ali Tejpar, an alumnus from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (MA/18), who was awarded the United Way Community Builder Award this past November and was also awarded the Mayor’s City Builder Award in December. He is now articling at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in Ottawa.

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Have You Done a Lot of Volunteer Work?

Are you creating a substantial community contribution through volunteering? Then why not apply for the Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement? The deadline for this $2,000 award is today (February 6).

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Walking Safely on Campus

Campus Safety and the Carleton University Students’ Association offer different services to help you navigate the campus safely.

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Changes Coming to MyCarletonOne

On February 11 our password system, MyCarletonOne, is being updated. Your username and password will remain the same. However the next time you change your password you will be prompted to select new security questions. Please note: password changes will be unavailable February 8, 9, and 10 while ITS performs the system updates. Any questions or comments can be directed to the ITS Service Desk at or 520-3700.

Important Dates and Deadlines


February 15:  April examination schedule available online.

February 18:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

February 18-22:  Winter Break. Classes are suspended.

March 1:  Last day for receipt of applications from potential spring (June) graduates.

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

March 15:  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.

March 21:  Registration opens for summer term.

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.


International students! Check out these events just for you.

March 26:  Data Day 6.0

May 4-5  Faculty of Public Affairs is hosting a graduate conference to showcase graduate student research (part of FPA Research Month)

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.


February 26: Media Training

Grad Navigate workshops for the winter term are now posted. has been discontinued. However, students now have free access to, a self-service training site designed to help students gain new skills and advance their careers. You can log in by clicking here.


February 6:  Deadline to apply for BOG’s Student Award for Outstanding Achievement 

July 1, 2019Deadline to apply for a bursary from the Centre for Research and Education on Women & Work

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.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are: April 30 (summer term), August 31 (fall term) and December 31 (winter term) (access 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. Fall-only TAs must complete their hours by November 30.

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.