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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is typically sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month. The next issue will be Feb. 21. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Interested in Participating in Carleton's 3MT Competition?

We are offering two training sessions (Feb. 12 and 15) for graduate students who are participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. When you register, you need to choose which session you want to attend.

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Professional Development

You won’t want to miss our intriguing winter professional development workshops, like Mitacs’ two-day workshop on project management, how to manage stress, or one of our three-hour media training workshops. TAs can claim five of these workshop hours as paid pedagogical training hours.

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Mitacs Professional Development Workshops for Carleton and U of O Grad Students

There are some big workshops from Mitacs coming up this term at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Graduate students from both universities are welcome! Mitacs provides high-quality professional development workshops led by leading business and industry professionals. Click on the links below or visit for more information. February 6-7, Foundations of Project Management I (UOttawa, FULL); February 12-13, Foundations of Project Management I (Carleton); February 21, Skills of Communication (UOttawa); March 7, Essentials of Productive Teams (UOttawa); March 12-13, Foundations of Project Management II (UOttawa); March 23, Practice Your Presentation Skills I (Carleton).

Help Two Carleton Grad Students Win an NSERC Prize

You can help two Carleton University students win NSERC’s Science Action competition. All you have to do is to go to THIS PAGE and watch their videos. The 25 videos with the most views by March 2 at 4 p.m. will proceed to the judges’ panel where the Final 15 prize winners will be decided.

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

Promote Your Big Data Research at Data Day 5.0

Members of the Data Day Committee are looking for graduate students to participate in their annual poster competition. You need to submit your poster abstract by March 9.

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Grad Research: Superbugs and the Outbreak Narrative

Each time there is the grave threat of a new disease, media tells the story to the public in more or less the same way: the outbreak narrative.  PhD student Gabrielle Capurro is researching this phenomenon.

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Grad Research: Tackling Issues of Discrimination Through Theatre

As part of her research, Sociology PhD student Valerie Stam created a 14-week participatory theatre project in the Netherlands to help second-generation citizens examine their sense of belonging, discrimination, citizenship and resistance.

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How to Maximize the Value of Your Extracurricular 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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Walking Safely on Campus

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

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TAO Self-Help: A New Counselling Support System

Carleton now provides TAO Self-Help, a platform that provides self-directed modules and practice tools to help you learn positive skills for personal growth – or to assist you in bouncing back from life’s disappointments and frustrations. TAO Self-Help can improve your understanding, and management of, how you feel, think and act.

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BOG Award for Outstanding Community Service

You have until Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. to submit a nomination for the Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement. The award is worth $2,000. You can nominate yourself or another student.

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Seeking Expressions of Interest for Student Governors

The Carleton University Board of Governors is seeking Expressions of Interest from students to fill FOUR vacant positions as a Student Governor for the 2018/19 Board year by February 16, 2018. Want to learn more?  Attend a Board 101 Session:  February 12th – noon to 1 p.m. or February 14th – noon to 1 p.m.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


February 16:  April examination schedule available online.

February 19:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

February 19-23:  Winter Break. Classes are suspended.

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

March 1: Grad students expecting to graduate at the Spring Convocation must submit their thesis to their supervisor, in examinable form, by this date

March 9:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for April examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Late requests will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Date TBALast day to pay any remaining balance on your Student Account to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.  An account balance may delay Summer 2018 course selection.

March 19:  Financial holds preventing registration will be applied to accounts with an outstanding balance. In order to prevent delayed registration for Summer 2018 courses, please allow adequate processing time as payments normally take 2 days to be applied to your student account.

March 22:  Carleton Central opens at 8:30 a.m. for registration for Carleton University degree students (graduate and undergraduate). Check your time-ticket here.

March 27:  Last day for summative or final examinations for winter term and fall/winter courses before the official examination period (see Examination Regulations in the Academic Regulations in the Graduate Calendar).

March 30:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

April 25:   Deadline for fee payment or assignment of funding to ensure payment is processed to your account without incurring a late charge.  Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

April 27: Last day to add your activities to the Co-Curricular Record

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.



Now – Feb. 9:  Through a Global Lens Photography Competition Display in the Galleria

February 11:  2018 Chinese New Year Concert

February 16:  Deadline to submit an abstract for the Soc/Anth Annual Grad Student Conference

Feb. 24 to March 24:  Faculty of Public Affairs Research Month

March 2:  Political Economy Graduate Student Conference

March 8:  International Women’s Day event 

March 15-17:  24th Annual Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium

March 21: Carleton University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

March 23-24:  Interlock:  A Graduate Student Conference Sponsored by the Art History Graduate Student Society

March 275th Annual Data Day

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



February 16:  Deadline to apply for the Graduate Student Open Access Award

March 9:  Deadline to submit an abstract to the Data Day 5.0 committee

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David award

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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 ($55,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners, plus a customized research management training program valued at 7,500)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Funding to support research collaborations with international universities.)

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



Check out our list of Grad Navigate workshops for the winter term.

February 12:  3MT training session

February 15:  Another 3MT training session

February 22:  Media Training workshop

You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


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). You can apply once you are registered as a full-time student in the respective term (For fall, registration opens June 23).

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