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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is sending out weekly newsletters. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at: PLEASE NOTE: There will be no newsletter next week on July 16th.

COVID-19 Updates

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here.

Registration Now Open

A reminder that Carleton Central is now open for fall/winter registration for new and returning graduate students. Be sure to visit Step 1 of Registration in Carleton Central to view your registration start time. You can view fall and winter Special Topics by clicking here.

Tri-Council Award Extensions

The federal government is offering students who’s NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR awards, that end between March and August, a four-month extension, provided they meet certain conditions. For details, click here. Please note that, although instructions will be sent to eligible students, they must still complete an online form through the Tri-council. Award extensions will not be applied to student accounts until the decisions are sent to the institution. Completing the online document is only the first step in the process.

Deferring Your Tri-Council Award

Tri-Council agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) have temporarily modified award regulations, during the COVD-19 pandemic. Please check the relevant websites for further details. The following information is posted on the Tri-Agency website.

“Training award recipients (master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral) may defer the start date of their award, or request an unpaid interruption of up to four months for reasons related to the COVID-19 situation. For master’s and doctoral award holders, this can be adjusted to align with the next available start date (May 1, 2020; September 1, 2020; or January 1, 2021).”

Grad Student Services

It’s not an easy time right now. Carleton has a number of counselling and other mental health services remotely available. Click here to see what other services are being offered.  Please note that FGPA’s weekly Grad Café sessions will be on hiatus for the month of July, but keep an eye out for when they return in August.

Hope to Graduate This Fall?

For those students who want to graduate this fall, we strongly encourage you to submit your supervisor-approved thesis, in examinable form, to your department by August 1.

TAs - Take Note

August 31 is the last day to apply for a Leave From Duties. You can access the form on Carleton Central.

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Register Now for Fall Orientation

This year, fall orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will be delivered online. Incoming students can register for the general orientation session and TA Orientation sessions by clicking here. Registered students will receive further information about how to access the orientation materials before Academic Orientation Day (September 8).

A Conversation with Carleton University’s New Librarian

Recently, Amber Lannon took time out from her new position as University Librarian to discuss the valuable work being done by MacOdrum Library staff, opportunities ahead and the most rewarding aspects of her role.

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Art Gallery Creates New Connections with Virtual Visits to Physical Exhibitions

When Carleton closed the bulk of its physical operations in mid-March, Carleton University’s Art Gallery (CUAG) responded by contemplating ways to shift exhibitions online, so that professors could still incorporate exhibition visits into their courses.

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Carleton Postdoc Educates Children about Cybersecurity

Carleton postdoctoral researcher Sana Maqsood has spent years studying how to keep students safe, most recently by leading a Carleton collaboration with MediaSmarts that upgraded a popular educational video game. The new iteration is called A Day in the Life of the Jos.

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Carleton Experimental Physicists Design and Validate New Technology for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider is the largest machine on Earth – and one of most complex scientific instruments ever built. Experimental physicists at Carleton are validating the new sensors and readout chips that will be used in the Inner Tracker of CERN’s largest detector: ATLAS.

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Professor's Lab Helps Unveil New Knowledge on the Brain’s Zone of Uncertainty

When it was named, little was known about the area of the brain known as the zona incerta – Latin for zone of uncertainty. We’ve since learned that it has diverse roles in feeding, sleep and fear. A collaboration between researchers at Carleton University and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has shown that neurons in the zona incerta can produce dopamine – which could help determine how it performs those roles.

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FAQ Update

There have been no changes to the FAQs over the past week.