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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the Winter term!  TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is typically sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month. The next issue will be distributed on Jan. 17th. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Have You Registered Yet for Winter Orientation?

New graduate students and new TAs are highly encouraged to attend FGPA’s Winter Orientation on Friday, Jan. 12. International students please note that there is an additional Orientation for you on Jan. 7. Don’t forget to review the new graduate student checklist.

Register for Orientation →

To Do List for New and Returning TAs

The Education Development Centre is hosting a TA training day on Jan. 20 for all teaching assistants. If you are a new TA this term, there are several things you need to know.

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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 contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

3MT Information Session

Carleton’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) can help you build confidence, develop your presentation skills and focus your research. If you are interested in participating, we invite you to come to an information session on Jan. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 in 482 MacOdrum Library. Please register for this information session.

SSHRC Researchers - Listen Up!

The SSHRC Storytellers competition is back. Your task is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project – your own or a professor’s. Submissions will be accepted from January 8 to 31. FGPA is holding a training session for all interested students on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 506 Tory.

Register Here →

NSERC Researchers - This One is For You

NSERC’s Science, Action! Video contest is offering 15 cash prizes for videos that tell a 60-second story about fascinating science research. You have until 4:59 p.m. on Jan. 19 to enter. NSERC is also encouraging students to enter its Science Exposed competition. This photographic competition closes Jan. 12.

Library Updates

Over the last several months, MacOdrum Library has made a number of changes. Find out how these updates could affect you.

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Professional Development is Important

When choosing successful candidates, employers typically look for more than just technical skills or subject expertise. You can enhance your employability skills by attending some of our professional development workshops. There are several new listings on our Grad Navigate page.

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Contract Instructor Orientation

If you’re getting ready to teach your first course at Carleton, or if you’re returning after a break, you may have questions about policies and procedures, teaching tips and educational technology. Join Teaching and Learning Services on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 4:30-9 p.m. for a winter 2018 Contract Instructor Orientation to get the answers to your questions.

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Grad Research: Storytelling and Video Games

Although several well-known people have argued that video games are not the right medium to tell stories, PhD student Sarah Thorne disagrees.

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Swiss Bliss - Grad Student Talks About Her ThinkSwiss Experience

Bridget Steele, a Master’s student in International Affairs, won a ThinkSwiss scholarship that allowed her to spend three months in Zürich, Switzerland.

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Reminder - UPass

For students wanting to opt out of the U-Pass, you have until Jan. 14, 2018 to receive a full refund. Read on to find out if you are eligible.

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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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New Online Safety Tool for Carleton

Environmental Health & Safety is launching a new online tool. CU WorkSafe is an integrated online environment that facilitates injury and hazard reporting, remediation and data analysis that will improve safety at Carleton.

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Slips, Trips and Falls

Every year thousands of Canadians are injured from slips and falls. Environmental Health and Safety says that we can all play a part in keeping the campus safe by following simple procedures and reporting hazards that are out of our control. Coming at the end of January, Good Catch Reports can be submitted online with the new health & safety tool, CU WorkSafe!

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Important Dates and Deadlines


January 8:  Winter term classes begin.

January 14:  If you want to opt out of the U-Pass, you need to do so before Jan. 14, 2018 to receive a full refund.

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.

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 7Orientation for international graduate students (sponsored by ISSO)

January 8:  Map the System Challenge.  Register by this date!

January 12:  FGPA’s Orientation for all new graduate students and Teaching Assistants

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)

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 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 10:  Deadline to submit an abstract for the Annual Political Economy Graduate Conference

January 12:  Deadline to enter NSERC’s Science Exposed competition.

January 15:  Deadline to apply for a ThinkSwiss scholarship

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

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

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

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 9:  Storyteller Training Session, 10-11:30 a.m.

January 9:  BioSafety Training. Register now

January 15 Lab Safety Training. Register now

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 new 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.

Check out the Graduate Student Engagement Program through CERIC. There are lots of intriguing opportunities for graduate students.


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.