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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on June 17. If you have any questions, please email us at:

COVID Information and Screening Requirement

If you are required to access campus for necessary work that cannot be done remotely, please follow the appropriate building access protocol and complete the mandatory COVID-19 Daily Campus Access and Screening Form each day before coming to campus and entering a university building.

To access FAQs about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. For questions concerning current graduate studentsclick here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate studentsclick here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website.

Registration/Application Information

Please note that graduate applications for winter, summer and fall 2022 admission are now available.

Also, the Fall/Winter 2021-22 class schedule and registration course planning tool is now available in Carleton Central. Course delivery types will appear in the “Section Information” listing in Carleton Central. Descriptions of each course delivery type are available on the Registrar’s Office website.

For All Graduating Students

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. To celebrate your academic success, the University will be hosting a number of Grad Celebration events within faculties the week of June 21-25. In addition, celebratory videos will be available at 7 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 21. They will include an Indigenous blessing for our graduates led by Algonquin Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill, as well as a traditional honour song from Theland Kicknosway. Notifications have been sent to all graduates and you can find further information regarding these celebrations by clicking here.

A Final Reminder - Graduation Letters

Graduate students who have applied for graduation can download two letters in Carleton Central. The new letters are Confirmation of Application to Graduate and Confirmation of Eligibility to Graduate. Links to automated letters in Carleton Central are found in the Student Online Applications > Apply to Graduate > Applications for Graduation section. More information is available by clicking here.

GRADflix: Grad Research in One Minute

Twenty-eight students entered FGPA’s GRADflix contest that asked them to talk about their research in one minute or less. Meet four more participants:

Support for Grad Students

There are many services that can assist graduate students at Carleton. Please click here for a list of resources you can access.

A reminder to please protect yourself and the Carleton community from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated as soon as you are able. The COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested during their development and then carefully reviewed by Health Canada experts. Learn more about the benefits of vaccines on this website.

Health and Counselling Services is offering a new, unique opportunity in group counselling sessions along with peer-to-peer social engagement and resource navigation. This group is for students who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ or who are questioning their gender and sexuality. The first session will begin on Wednesday, June 23. Advance registration is required by Monday, June 21 at 4 p.m. Space is limited. Please call Health and Counselling Services to register at 613-520-6674. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

FGPA is offering several summer workshops and others will be added to the calendar as they are scheduled. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome. Because these sessions are being held during the summer term, they do NOT count toward paid pedagogical training hours for Teaching Assistants. Please check details for all of the workshops, including the following, by clicking here:

  • Creating Portfolios (Today, June 10)
  • Get Connected! Finding Your Social Media Ecosystem (June 14)
  • Professional Writing: Writing Academic Papers (2nd Session: June 15)
  • Establish Your Career Narrative: Enhance Your Employability (June 17)

Preparing to Teach & New Contract Instructor Orientation

Teaching and Learning Services will again offer Preparing to Teach for Carleton’s upper-year doctoral students starting this Fall 2021 (Wednesday afternoons, September 22 – Dec. 1). For Fall 2021, everything will take place online. Registration for the program will open on July 26. More details can be found here.

Are you a contract instructor preparing to teach at Carleton in the late summer term? Don’t miss our fully online Contract Instructor Orientation. Be sure to review all the materials online before joining our live Zoom session on Wednesday, June 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Write for "The Conversation"

Here are the latest opportunities for PhD students who want to write for The Conversation.

For International Students

Please check out the updated information on vaccines on the ISSO’s  FAQ page by clicking here.

The ISSO will be hosting Travel and Quarantine Q&A sessions and we encourage you to join us to learn more about the current travel requirements and have your questions about quarantine answered! Our first session will be happening June 16 at 9am EST. For more information on this and other sessions, please visit our Events Calendar

Please note that students who will be graduating in June 2021 will have valid UHIP coverage until August 31, 2021. Those who wish to extend their coverage for an extra six months (till October 31, 2021) also have the option to do so. Please click here for more information.

Please check out updates on the ISSO website. If you are planning on coming to Canada for the Fall or Winter terms, it is important that you contact the ISSO.

Board of Governors Summary: June 1

The summary from the June 1 Board of Governors meeting and the Board Chair’s Annual Report are now available. In their final meeting of the academic year, the Board approved the reappointment of Carleton’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Benoit-Antoine Bacon. The Board also reviewed the implementation of Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan, Carleton’s plan for a safe and gradual return to campus in the fall, and the annual Carleton Sexual Violence report.

Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

This month, we are celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, voices and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Find out how Carleton University is integrating Indigenous history and ways of learning and teaching into course delivery and campus life as we explore some of the people who are helping to make us a more inclusive community.

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Carleton Faculty Member Studies Indigenous Perspectives on Urban Restructuring

Carleton University’s Rick Colbourne received approximately $250,000  from the Exploration stream of the New Frontiers in Research Fund to support his interdisciplinary research on Indigenous-led responses to restructuring in cities and urban centres.

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Celebrating Pride Month

June is Pride Month and it’s an opportunity to show our respect and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and 2-spirited members of our community. Please check back here for stories on some of our 2SLGBTQ+ community leaders and find out what they are doing to promote inclusivity.

Carleton Researchers Partner With Community on Accessibility Challenges

When COVID-19 lockdowns closed theatres and cancelled concerts, it gave many Canadians their first taste of what it’s like to live in a city without entertainment options. But people with disabilities have always had much more limited access to cultural events. Prof. Adrian Chan is working to change that. Chan is leading the creation of the Abilities Living Laboratory, a new, collaborative lab space that is partly funded through a $2.37 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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ENABLE Ottawa 2021 Launches With Focus on Accessible Technology and Innovations

The sixth edition of ENABLE Ottawa, an annual three-day conference hosted by Carleton University’s Research Education Accessibility & Design (READ) Initiative, kicked off June 1 by highlighting how technologies, research and innovations can be leveraged to make the world a more accessible place for all. ENABLE Ottawa coincides with Canada’s National AccessAbility Week and is a project of the Canadian Accessibility Network based at Carleton.

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Announcing the First Recipients of the Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective Award

In 2020, members of the Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective, including Founder Nneka Allen and MPNL alumna Múthoní Karíukí, created the Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective Award for students in Carleton University’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership graduate program. Meet the four outstanding emerging sector leaders as the first recipients of these Awards.

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Carleton University’s Maria DeRosa Receives 2021 Grants4Ag Award for Agricultural Sustainability Research

Carleton University’s Maria DeRosa is one of 24 scientists worldwide to receive a 2021 Grants4Ag award for her work using short stretches of DNA called aptamers to make agriculture more sustainable. After receiving more than 600 proposals from almost 40 countries, the Bayer Crop Science team selected 24 proposals to fund.

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Carleton Researcher Finds No Link Between Increased Cellphone Use and Brain Cancer

Carleton University Prof. Paul Villeneuve has published research challenging epidemiological reports that linked increased cellphone use to brain cancer, specifically glioma. Villeneuve and his team evaluated whether changes in cellphone use and the incidence of glioma in Canada were consistent with the hypothesis of increased risk.

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Carleton Students Find Career Success After Working on Parliament Hill Rehabilitation Project

When Shawn Duke moved to Ottawa from Nigeria to study Architecture at Carleton University, he wasn’t aware of the historical significance of the buildings on Parliament Hill. Nearly a decade later, Duke has both a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from Carleton, and thanks to the skills he gained while part of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio, he’s spent the past three years working on the team that’s renovating Centre Block—the first comprehensive renewal and modernization since it was built more than 100 years ago and the largest and most complex heritage rehabilitation project ever undertaken in Canada.

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Grad Research: Tracing Acts of Survival and Identity

Nadine Powell is a PhD student in Sociology with specializations in Migration and Diaspora Studies and Political Economy. Her research combines race history and diaspora studies, as she explores how food has played a role in the lives of Jamaican migrants.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

June 18 is the last day of early summer classes. (NOTE: full summer classes resume July 2.) Classes follow a Monday schedule on this day. It’s also the last day for academic withdrawal from early summer courses.

June 21-27: Early summer final examinations and mid-term examinations in full summer courses may be held.  Examinations are normally held all seven days of the week.

June 22: Final summer term payment deadline. Any balance owing on your student account will prevent access to registration for future terms. Holds will be placed on unpaid summer accounts, which will prevent access to marks and/or registration for the 2021-22 Fall/Winter course selection. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

July 1: Statutory holiday. University closed.

July 2: Late summer courses begin. Full summer courses resume.

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s websiteFor all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.

FAQ Update

We added this question to our FAQs for current grad students: Will there be a Spring 2021 (June) graduation celebration? There have been no updates to the FAQs for prospective graduate students.