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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. The next issue will be distributed on Aug. 15. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

Register Now for Fall and Fall/Winter Classes

Registration for fall and fall/winter courses at Carleton is now available for graduate students and is done electronically through Carleton Central. For course selection, the 2018-19 Graduate Calendar is now available. To view it, please click here. You can access a list of approved Special Topics by clicking here.

Library Study Space

Registration for Graduate study space in the library will commence August 15, via the Library’s website. Assignments will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.

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Another Important Thesis Deadline

August 1 is the last day for graduate students to submit their supervisor-approved thesis, in examinable form to their department, in order to graduate this fall.

TA Deadlines - A Reminder

For the fall term, August 15 is the deadline to apply to be an out-of-priority Teaching Assistant and August 31 is the last day to apply for a Leave From Duties. You can access the form on Carleton Central.

Does University Safety Need a New Name?

Does the Department of University Safety (DUS) need a new name or is the name still relevant? DUS is looking for input from Carleton students. You can share your thoughts on this topic by attending a discussion group on Aug. 2.

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Grad Student Chosen as a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

Carleton University doctoral student Fahad Ahmad is one of 15 recipients of a unique doctoral scholarship in the social sciences and humanities presented by The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Since 2003, Ahmad is the second scholarship recipient nominated by Carleton and the first from the School of Public Policy and Administration.

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Grad Research: Can Butterflies Hear?

Did you know that some butterflies can hear, and some even use “hearing aids”? That’s what Biology student Carrie Sun found out when she started conducting her master’s research.

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Grad Research: Regenerating Nerves

Neuroscience graduate student Ushananthini Shanmugalingam was a top 10 finalist in Carleton University’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition. Her research explores nerve regeneration in people with traumatic brain injuries and other diseases and disorders related to the central nervous system.

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Grad Research: Generating Random Mathematical Sequences for Passwords

Kirsten Nelson, a graduate student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, is helping to generate new mathematical sequences for passwords that will help increase computer security. She placed in the Top 10 of Carleton’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition.

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Fall Orientation - Registration Now Open

Fall Orientation for all new graduate students and teaching assistants will be held September 4. More information, including how to register, is available on this web page. International graduate students please note that the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will be holding additional workshops for you. Click here for details. You might also be interested in the ISSO’s checklist for new international students. The ISSO also hosts an Airport Welcome Program. Check it out!

Minutes From the Board of Governors Meeting

Find out what happened at the last Board of Governors meeting on June 28th.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


July 20-22:  Early summer term deferred final examinations to be held.

July 23:  Last day for a full fee adjustment when withdrawing from late summer courses (financial withdrawal). Last day to request Formal Examination Accommodation Forms for August examinations from the Paul Mention Centre for Students with Disabilities. Note that it may not be possible to fulfill accommodation requests received after the specified deadlines.

August 1:  Last day for graduate students to submit their supervisor-approved thesis, in examinable form to their department.

August 6:  Civic holiday, University closed.

August 23:  Contract Instructor Orientation. Details TBA.

September 1:  Last day for receipt of applications from potential fall (November) graduates. You can apply in Carleton Central.

September 1-2:  Residence move-in weekend.

September 3:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

September 4:  Orientation for new graduate students and TAs

September 5:   Fall term begins. Fall and fall/winter classes begin.

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.


Summer MonthsCeremonial Guard on campus

July 20:  Women in the Arts

July 26Celebrating Philanthropy: What next for the sector?

August 17 EDC’s Open House

August 31-September 7: Orientation for new International graduate students

September 4 (afternoon):  Orientation for all new graduate students (including International students) and new TAs

September 4 (morning): Some departments will host their own orientation sessions for new grad students

September 10-17: Throwback

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


July 31:  Lab Safety training

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


September 17Deadline to apply for a scholarship from the Migration and Diaspora Awards Committee

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.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are: Aug. 31 (fall term), Dec. 31 (winter term) and April 30 (summer term)  (access form via Carleton Central).

Deadlines to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows: August 15 (Fall/Winter term), December 15 (Winter term) and April 15 (Spring/Summer term).

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by Nov. 30 for a fall-only TAship and 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.