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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Students 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. 6. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

How to Promote Your Research in Three Minutes or Less

We will be hosting a second information session on Jan. 29, 10-11 a.m. in 482 MacOdrum Library for graduate students interested in participating in this year’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. This contest challenges participants to talk about their research in three minutes or less.

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Final Reminder – Enter the SSHRC Storyteller Competition

The deadline to enter the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Storyteller competition is Jan. 28. The top 25 finalists will each receive $3,000 and have an opportunity to present their research at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences being held in London, Ontario.

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New Professional Services for Grad Students

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has added more writing and career support services to assist graduate students, including hiring a full-time person to help with both of these services.

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Need Assistance?

There are several service groups on campus that can help you with many different tasks.  Click here for more information. Just a reminder that there are also many mental health resources to help you.

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Consultation on the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy

Carleton University is continuing to accept feedback from all members of the community on the draft Campus Prevention Strategy for Sexual Violence. Feedback and comments can be submitted through the consultation website.

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TAs Take Note

TA Training Day, hosted by the Educational Development Centre, will be taking place on Sat. Feb. 1. Details can be found by clicking here.  New Teaching Assistants this term, please review this information. If you’ve been taught by or worked with a great TA Fall 2019 – Winter 2020, why not take a moment to acknowledge their hard work by nominating them for a TA Award? Nominations for the Outstanding TA Awards are available by clicking here.

Final Reminder- Scholarship Balance

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on “Refund or Scholarship Balance Request”. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. Although you can submit your request prior to the financial drop date, it will not be processed until after Jan. 31, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

FPA Research Series Returns

Join the Faculty of Public Affairs in January, February and March for special events, conferences, lectures, panel discussions and workshops that celebrate the diversity of research produced in FPA. Events include: Wed. Jan. 29Canada as Safe Haven? Two Generations of U.S. War Resisters Cross the Border into Shifting Political Landscapes – a lecture by Alison Mountz; Thurs. Jan. 30The Great Delusion – a lecture by John J. Mearsheimer; Fri. Jan. 31 Global Economic Relations in the Trump Era and After. Learn more about events coming up this term here.

Unpaid Internships

Are you currently on or thinking about participating in an unpaid placement? If so, you need to read this.

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CREWW Changes Name to Reflect Expanded Research Focus

Carleton University’s Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW) is expanding its research scope to focus on the inclusion of under-represented populations at work. To reflect this change, CREWW is changing its name to the Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work (CRIW).

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Interested in Being a BOG Student Member?

The Carleton University Board of Governors is seeking Expressions of Interest from two graduate students to serve a one year term for the 2020/2021 Board year. Interested students must attend an information session on Jan. 16 from 12 – 1 p.m. Please RSVP to a day in advance of the session. The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is Jan. 17, 2020 at 4 p.m.

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Grad Research: The People of the National Rifle Association

Last spring, Carleton graduate student Noah Schwartz found himself standing in a booth at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of his research, he had come to survey American gun owners and find out more about how the NRA influences policy and the American gun culture.

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Grad Research: The Politics of Money

Sam Van Oort, a Master’s student at the Institute of Political Economy, is researching the politics surrounding money.  He is focusing on proposals by those who have put forth ideas that bring about a more fair and stable international monetary system.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


January 17:  Last day for registration for winter term courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 17:  Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in winter 2020 and must register for the winter 2020 term.

January 17-19, 24-26:  Fall term deferred examinations will be held.

January 31:  Last day for a fee adjustment when withdrawing from winter term courses or the winter portion of two-term courses (financial withdrawal). Withdrawals after this date will create no financial change to winter term fees and will result in a permanent notation of WDN appearing on your official transcript.

February 14:  April examination schedule available online.

February 17:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

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

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.


January 23Media Training

Check out our new 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.


January 28:  Deadline to enter the SSHRC Storyteller competition

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

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.



January 17Webinar on MA in Sustainable Energy

January 19:  Chemistry Magic Show

January 31: Lets Talk with Kellylee Evans

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

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

March 9-10:  Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture

March 31:  Data Day 7.0

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