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

3MT Information Session

You’re invited to attend an information session about participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Jan. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 in 482 MacOdrum Library. To register, please click here.

More Info. →

Got a Great Research Story to Tell?

You still have time to enter NSERC’s Science, Action! Video contest as submissions will be accepted until 4:59 p.m. on Jan. 19.  And you have until Jan. 31 to enter SSHRC’s Storytellers competition.

An Intriguing Way to Showcase Your Research

CBC Radio is looking for PhD research to showcase in their Ideas from the Trenches segment on CBC Radio’s Ideas program.

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Another Way to Promote Your Research

Want to showcase your research or learn more about other grad student research at Carleton? Check out Grad Research Link.

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Professional Development Opportunities

There are lots of new workshops available in Grad Navigate. First come, first served! TAs note that you can be paid for up to five of these training hours.

Workshop Schedule →

Career Planning Workshops for International Students

Career Services is offering a 5-part series for international students on finding a job in Canada. The series walks you though all the stages in the employment process.

Register Now →

Mentorship for International Graduate Students

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) welcomes international students to attend a weekly mentorship group on Tuesdays 3 – 4 p.m. in 374 University Centre and Thursdays 6 – 7 p.m. in 3208 Canal Building. Join a facilitator and other international students to make connections and talk about Canada and culture and to discuss weekly themes relevant to your transition to Canada and Carleton. For more information contact Other events are available by clicking here.

Campus Resources That You Can Access

There are several service groups on campus that can help you with many different tasks.

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Scholarship Balance

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on the “request refund” link. 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 January 31, 2018. If you have any questions, please email Student Accounts at or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Grad Research: Lava Tubes and Life Beyond Earth

Lava tubes are natural formations caused by flowing lava when a volcano erupts. Find out how graduate students are hoping to find out more about life on Mars by studying lava tubes on Earth.

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Grad Blog: An International Approach to Water Resource Management

When grad student Renay Cormier attended a course in Brazil on water management, she said she had an unbelievable academic and cultural experience, as well as an opportunity for personal and professional development.

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Cybersecurity Entrepreneurs

Working under the leadership of Tony Bailetti, the director of the Technology Innovation Management master’s program and Global Cybersecurity Resource Director Dan Craigen, about 40 Carleton students, faculty and alumni are carrying out innovative cybersecurity initiatives.They’re working in a technology and entrepreneurship centre called Bayview Yards that’s playing a key role in the development of critical 21st century digital infrastructure.

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How One Professor is Building a Community Within Her Classroom

Professor Kahente Horn-Miller in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies is breaking down traditional learning structures in her master’s level course, Indigenous Politics and Resurgence.

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Open Access Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Student Open Access awards. Find out if you are eligible to apply.

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Thriving at Carleton

Carleton’s annual Thrive Week kicks off January 29. Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for Carleton University students, faculty and staff. Events include: a mindfulness meditation workshop, a giant yoga class, Bell Let’s Talk guest speaker Kendra Fisher, epic bingo, battle of the bands, and more!

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Board of Governors Update

Find out how the Carleton University Board of Governors has revised its Code of Conduct.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


January 19:  Last day for registration for winter term courses and the last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 19:  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 2018 (February) and must register for the winter 2018 term.

January 19-21, 26-28:  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 grade(s) of WDN appearing on your official transcript.

February 16:  April examination schedule available online.

February 19:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

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

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 19:  ISSO’s Drop-in Session for International Grad Student late arrivals

January 26-28:  Global Game Jam 2018 (sponsored by the School of Info. Technology)

January 31:  Let’s Talk: Beyond the Words with Kendra Fisher, an Elite Canadian Hockey Player and Founder of MentallyfIt

February 2:  Free Giant Yoga Class

February 5-9:  Through a Global Lens Photography Competition Display in the Galleria

March 2:  Political Economy Graduate Student Conference

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

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



January 19 at 4:59 pm:  Deadline to enter NSERC’s Science Action competition

January 19:  Deadline to submit a proposal to Interlock – A Graduate Student Conference on Interdisciplinarity in Material Culture Studies

January 21:  Deadline for submissions for the 24th Underhill Grad Student Colloquium

January 28:  Deadline to submit a photo to the Through a Global Lens Photography Competition

January 31:  Deadline to enter SSHRC’s Storyteller competition

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Travelling and Open Scholarship

February 1:  Deadline to apply to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s International Youth Fellowship Program

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

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.



January 18 (1:30 to 2:30):  Three Minute Thesis Information Session in 482 MacOdrum Library. Please register.

January 20EDC’s TA Training Day

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

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.