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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:  fgpa_newsletter@ca

CU75 Launch is Today

You’re invited to help kick off Carleton’s 75th anniversary celebrations in the Galleria at 11:30 a.m. today. Check out all of the events that are scheduled for this special year.

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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, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

A "Flare" for Research

Recently, Carleton Prof. Matthew Johnson received $5.5 million for Flarenet that provides a quantitative understanding of flare-generated pollutant emissions which are critical to enabling science-based regulations. Several graduate students are involved in the project.

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The 3MT is Back

Wondering about participating in this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition? Find out the details on how to register and participate in the training sessions. You can also watch videos of previous participants.

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Last Call - SSHRC Storyteller Competition

You have until Jan. 31 to enter this year’s Storyteller Competition. SSHRC is awarding a prize of $3,000 to 25 winners! Any questions? Contact

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Professional Development

To help you round out your resumé, Carleton offers a range of professional development opportunities that are listed on our Grad Navigate (GN) website. While all grad students are welcome to attend these workshops, TAs can claim up to five paid, “pedagogical” training hours.

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PhD Writing Assistance

Once again, we will be offering various writing workshops targeted at PhD students who want help with their dissertation process. These will be finalized over the next week but we thought we would give you a preview as to what is coming up this term.

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Research Ethics Process Updated

Find out what changes have been made to the protocol for research ethics at Carleton.

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Orientation Images

Check out some of the photos of new graduate students and others from last Friday’s Winter Orientation.

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Promoting Your Research

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

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Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot on Campus

Flu shots are still available at Health and Counselling Services, 2600 CTTC Bldg., Mon. to Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary. Bring your health card.

A Reminder About Campus Resources

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

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News for International Students

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is offering lots of initiatives and events this term for international students.

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Career Workshops for International Students

Career Services is hosting a workshop series for international students on topics such as the following. For more information, click on each of the topic headings.
Jan. 19  How to Effectively Begin Your Job Search in Canada
Jan. 26  Canadian Workplace Culture
Feb. 2  Introduction to the Canadian Hiring Process.
Feb. 9  What to Expect in a Job Interview
Feb. 16  Staying Motivated Throughout Your Job Search

Got a Great Photo?

Why not submit your original photo to the Through a Global Lens Photography Competition that showcases your international experiences in Canada and around the world? Deadline is Jan. 29.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


January 18:  Last day for registration for winter term courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 18:  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 2017 and must register for the Winter 2017 term.

January 20-22, 27-29Fall-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.

February 17:  April examination schedule available online.

February 20:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

February 20-24:  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.


Now-Summer, 2017O-Train Construction Work

January 20:  Deadline to enter the Green Revolving Fund competition

January 25:   Research Data Management & Portage Network

January 26:  Claudia Schröder-Adams’ research documentary, Arctic Greenhouse will be shown at 8 p.m. on the Canadian Museum of Nature. More information  View movie trailer

February 6:  Deadline for papers “Pathways & Intersections: Navigating the Social”. 5th annual Sociology/Anthropology Grad Student Caucus.

February 10:  Deadline to enter Digifest Student Showcase

February 23-2614th Canadian International Model United Nations (CANIMUN) conference

February 24:  Deadline to apply for a two-week study program in India

February 27:  Deadline to enter CU75 Community-Academic Expo

March 15:  Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition

March 30:  2017 Linguavision Song Competition

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


Grad Navigate workshops are posted for this term. You can always access online training through Please note that these online training modules workshops do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

You might want to consider Media Training workshops – you need to register in advance. Please click on the session for more info.
Monday, Jan. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 617 Southam.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 617 Southam.

For those entering the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, there are two training sessions: Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m. and Feb. 16  from 10-12 a.m.


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)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

January 20:  Deadline to enter the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge

January 31:  Deadline to apply for the ThinkSwiss scholarship program

January 31:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD RISE professional internship 1:

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King scholarship

March 6:  Deadline to apply for the Adrian D.C. Chan award for Volunteer and Community Service

March 6Deadline to apply for the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

March 6:  How would you make Ontario better? Deadline to enter the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David scholarship

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)  (access form via Carleton Central), Aug. 31 (fall term) and Dec. 31 (winter term).

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1 and for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2017.

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