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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, Jan. 16. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Register Now for Winter Orientation

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) is hosting a winter orientation session on Friday, Jan. 10 for new incoming graduate students and Teaching Assistants. Registration is now open.

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Join Us For a 3MT Info Session

The Three Minute Thesis Competition, in which graduate students are challenged to talk about their research in three minutes or less, is coming this Spring. The 3MT can help you build confidence, develop your presentation skills and focus your research. And there are cash prizes! Join us for one of our info sessions on Jan. 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m. or Jan. 29, 10-11 a.m.  Both are in 482 ML.

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Still Time to Enter SSHRC’s Storyteller Contest

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is once again hosting its annual Storyteller competition. 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. Deadline to enter is Jan. 28.

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And For Students Conducting NSERC Research

NSERC’s research photo contest Science Exposed is challenging individuals and groups to combine creativity and science for a chance to win cash prizes. You have until Jan. 13 to submit a photo.

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Important Info for New TAs

Are you a new Teaching Assistant this term? If so, here are several things you need to know.

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Nominate an Outstanding TA

If you’ve been taught by or worked with a great TA this year (Fall 2019 – Winter 2020), why not take a moment to acknowledge their hard work by nominating them for a TA Award? The Outstanding TA Awards nominations are now open at

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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 “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.

U-Pass Reminder

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

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Carleton Ranks 2nd in Canada for Campus Sustainability

Carleton University has placed 35th among 780 ranked universities – as well as first in Ontario and second in Canada – in the 2019 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings measuring campus sustainability around the globe.

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BOG Positions Vacant

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. 14 or 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 pm.

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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. Good Catch Reports can be submitted online with using CU WorkSafe.

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Grad Research: Cold Hard Cash Turned Digital

James Patriquin, a PhD candidate in Political Science and Political Economy, is researching technological changes related to cryptocurrency and how these connect with the world global finance.

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Grad Research: Piecing Together the future of Accessible Fashion

Digital Media PhD student Lee Jones is working to expand the range of accessible clothing, facilitating a co-design approach that aims to break down the physical and social barriers of existing assistive technologies and smart clothing, and place more power in the hands of users.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


January 6:  Winter term classes start

January 14:  OSAP deferral deadline. Late payment charges and late registration charges applied to the student account on or after this date for eligible OSAP students.

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.


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 13:  Deadline to apply to NSERC’s Science Exposed competition

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 7:  Deadline date to submit your artwork to CUAG for its annual community show

January 8:  Science Café – Twenty-Three and Me for Wildlife: Using Genetics to Manage Species

January 17Webinar on MA in Sustainable Energy

January 19:  Chemistry Magic Show

March 9-10:  Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture

March 31:  Data Day 7.0

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