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Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on June 10. If you have any questions, please email us at:

Carleton Stands in Solidarity with Indigenous Communities

Kwey Kwey, Se:kon, Taanshi and Ullaquut. Carleton University is profoundly saddened by the discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s remains at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc land. The Carleton community stands in solidarity with Indigenous communities, students, faculty and staff as we remember the survivors of the residential school system, and with the families of those whose children never returned to them. If you or someone you know is in need of support, there are resources to help.

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Reappointment of President and Vice-Chancellor

The Carleton University Board of Governors, upon the advisory committee’s recommendation, approved the reappointment of President and Vice-Chancellor Benoit-Antoine Bacon at its June 1 meeting.

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Meet One of Canada's Top Storytellers

Carleton University PhD Political Science graduate student Noah Schwartz is a Top 5 winner of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2020 Storytellers Showcase Competition. This is a highly competitive and prestigious competition.

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June is 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. Check the Carleton homepage for stories on some of our LGBTQ2+ community leaders and what they are doing to promote inclusivity. Read our story on Philip Macho Commonda.

COVID 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.

More GRADflix Videos

Twenty-eight students entered FGPA’s GRADflix contest that asked them to talk about their research in one minute or less. So far, we have showcased 17 videos. Here are four more:

Attention June Graduates

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.

2021-22 Graduate Calendar Now Available

In case you missed it, the 2021-22 Carleton University Graduate Calendar is now published and may be found on this website. The online edition of the Carleton University Calendar is the University’s official statement.

Writing for "The Conversation"

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

Want to Learn How to Explore the Job Market?

You can still sign up for the next Establish Your Career Narrative workshop, which takes place today, June 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Other summer workshops 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.

International Students Please Note

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.

Need Support?

There are many services that can assist graduate students at Carleton. Please click here for a list of resources you can access. A reminder that Health and Counselling Services remain open.

Inside Senate May 28

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The May 28 meeting was held remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. The Return to Campus Working Group attended Senate for a presentation and discussion of all the measures being taken towards a safe and successful gradual return to campus in the fall. Senators were also updated on the creative development phase of the Reputational Enhancement Project.

The People of Carleton's Trailblazing Accessibility Centre

Last year, amid all the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant milestone slipped by quietly. Carleton University’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities—the root of Carleton’s reputation as the most accessible university in Canada and possibly the world—celebrated its 30th anniversary. Carleton senior writer Dan Rubinstein recently talked to Larry McCloskey, the centre’s founding director, about his new book about the PMC, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart.

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City of Ottawa Joins the Canadian Accessibility Network led by Carleton University

As part of National Accessibility Awareness Week virtual celebrations, Mayor Jim Watson announced the City of Ottawa is joining the Canadian Accessibility Network, which is led by Carleton University.

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Retired Carleton Professors Fund Program for Visiting Scientists at Canadian Museum of Nature

A major philanthropic gift to the Nature Foundation by two renowned entomologists will fund a program for visiting scientists at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The endowment by Drs. Jarmila and Stewart Peck, now retired but with long-standing ties to Carleton University, will support in-person study of the museum’s world-class collections of beetles and fossil insects by researchers and students from around the world.

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Carleton Student Leads National Push Against Anti-Asian Racism

While balancing classes and work with New Westminster MP Peter Julian, Carleton grad student Doris Mah leveraged decades of experience in politics and community engagement to launch the Stand With Asians Coalition with a goal of uniting grassroots activists across Canada in the fight against anti-Asian hate.

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Carleton Alumni Launch Angel Investment Group to Fund Women, Non-Binary Founders

A group of Carleton University alumni have teamed up with their Shopify co-workers to found an angel investment group focused on projects from more diverse founders. The group, called Backbone Angels, is made up of 10 founding partners with varying technical and operational backgrounds.

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When Digital Media and Racism Intersect, the Medium Is Still the Message

Prof. Armond Towns, the newest faculty member in Carleton University’s Communication and Media Studies program, was drawn to Canada from Virginia’s University of Richmond for a few reasons. For starters, the professorship, which is rooted in the intersection between digital media and racism, is right up his alley as a media theorist and Black Studies scholar.

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Carleton’s Women in Engineering and IT Program Expands Support with New Partners

With Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program officially set to launch this September, the groundbreaking initiative led by the Faculty of Engineering and Design is continuing to develop meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.

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Carleton Undergrad’s Research Discovers Ancient Gray Wolves Adapted to Survive

Undergrad Student Zoe Landry’s research led to the discovery that gray wolves, in what is now the Yukon, were able to shift their diet at the end of the last Ice Age from a primary reliance on horses to caribou and moose. This allowed them to emerge as one of the largest predators to survive the climate change-driven extinction. Her findings are reported in the latest issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

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Grad Research: Investigating Insects

Two Biology graduate students are conducting research that might “bug” you. PhD Student Matt Muzzatti is researching edible insects in collaboration with Entomo Farms, North America’s largest cricket company, while Master’s Student Mahmoud El-Saadi’s research helps to enable a better understanding of the effects of low temperatures on insect survival and fitness, which subsequently affect their abundance and distribution around the world.

COVID Information

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.

There have been no updates to the current and prospective graduate student FAQs over the past week.

Click here for more information about Carleton’s COVID-19 Reporting System for all students and employees. For those coming on campus, please be aware that a significant roadwork project is now underway on campus.

Important Dates and Deadlines

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.

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.

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.