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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 July 18. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

Fall & Fall/Winter Registration

Registration for fall and fall/winter courses at Carleton opens on July 3rd 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.

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Convocation - Research With Lifesaving Potential

Congratulations to the more than 500 grad students who convocated this month. For her PhD, one new physics alumna conducted research that could save peoples’ lives.

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Convocation: A Mother-Daughter Success Story

In 2000, Suzanne Gahagan left a graduate program to focus on her young family. Eighteen years later, she found herself sitting in a classroom next to her daughter: both pursuing the same master’s degree.

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Convocation: Patience Pays Off for Graduating Student

Shortly before Francine Harris began her Master of Arts at Carleton, she suffered a head injury that triggered chronic migraines. Harris decided to take a leave to learn how to manage her new condition. Her patience paid off and, last week, she not only graduated with an MA in English but won a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

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Graduate Study Space in the Library

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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Orientation News

Fall Orientation for all new graduate students and teaching assistants will be held September 4. More information, including when registration will open, will be available soon 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.

Thesis Reminder

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.

Grad Research: What Happens When Humans Remove Predators?

PhD student Robert Lennox and a team of researchers have discovered that removing predators such as wolves or sharks can have a negative impact on predator and prey populations. Instead, the researchers argue that there are more effective measures that can be taken. The results are available in an academic journal called “Biological Conservation”. Lennox wrote about his research in “The Conversation”.

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Grad Research: How Drones Can Assist During Emergencies

In his top 10 Three Minute Thesis presentation, grad student Jean Daniel Medjo talked about how a network of drones can supply critical, real-time information during emergency situations.

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Grad Research: Helping Ice Hockey Athletes Perform Better

In her three minute thesis presentation, PhD biomedical student Alicia Gal talked about how she is helping ice hockey athletes perform better by analyzing their skating motion. Her talk landed her a place in Carleton’s top 10.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


June 20-21:  No classes or examinations take place.

June 22-28:  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.

July 2:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

July 3:  Carleton Central opens for registration for new and returning graduate students (see Time-ticket Schedule for your registration start time).

July 3:   Late summer courses begin. Full summer courses resume. Late charges take effect at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) for students registering only in late summer courses (July-August courses).  Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

July 10:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for late summer courses.

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 to 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 the department.

August 6:  Civic 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.


Summer MonthsCeremonial Guard on campus

July 3:  Canada, Asia and Europe in the Global Competition for Talent

July 14:  Working Waterfronts // Freshwater Fictions

July 20:  Women in the Arts

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.


June 20:  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.


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.