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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Graduate Students' Association Elections, Health Plan Referendum, Call for Nominations and Poll Clerk Hiring

Looking to get more involved in your GSA by running for a position or working as a poll clerk during the elections? Check out the GSA website for more information!

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Carleton University Negotiations with CUPE 4600 - an Update

After a brief period of conciliated talks, CUPE 4600 representing Carleton University teaching assistants and contract instructors has exercised its legal right to put itself in a strike position.

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New Collaborative Specialization in Biochemistry

This fall, Carleton will offer a new Collaborative Specialization in Biochemistry to current or incoming master’s and PhD students who are registered in either Biology or Chemistry. It’s one of five new programs being offered.

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Three Minutes and Counting - It's the Annual 3MT Competition

You won’t want to miss the annual Three Minute Thesis competition on March 15. Everyone is welcome. Cheer on your colleagues as they compete for great prizes.

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Update re. Space and Renovations in MacOdrum Library

Due to the lack of use, rooms 570 to 574 on the fifth floor of the Library have been converted to individual silent study areas – keys will no longer work for these spaces. In the near future, these rooms will be converted to bookable group study rooms. Rooms 504 to 511 remain graduate student study spaces. Updates will be provided when this work has been completed. Also, from Wednesday, March 1 until the end of May, the main stairwell (Stairwell A) will be completely closed from the first to the fifth floor for renovations and upgrading but the other stairwells will still be available. During this work, there will be noise associated with this construction. However, during the exam period, noise will be kept to a minimum.

Deadline to Complete TA Training Hours

Don’t forget that all TA pedagogical training hours for this term must be submitted by March 30. There are still several workshops available in Grad Navigate that you can claim for your training hours.

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OGS and Tri-Council Award Update

Find out when and how you will find out about the results of the OGS and Tri-Council award competitions. If you have been offered an OGS, you need to fill in the acceptance form (available on this web page).

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FPA Research Month

Grad Research: Colour Blindness and Online Gaming

Colour blindness is a condition that affects millions of people in North America. Graduate student Daniela Napoli hopes to discover what accessibility measures may be needed to accommodate colour-blind individuals while they participate in online gaming.

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The Adventure Continues

When we last talked with alumna Genevieve Perkins, she was half-way through her biking trip to Patagonia. She’s now completed her odyssey and is back in Ottawa. Find out about the last leg of her amazing journey.

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Carleton Grad Student Wins Centennial Flame Research Award

A Carleton Master of Journalism student and former Paralympics swimmer Brian Hill has won the 2016 Centennial Flame Research Award.

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Graduate Students Ace National Competition

Recently, a Carleton team of  four Master’s students from the School of Public Policy and Administration blew away a high profile judging panel at a National Case Study Competition.

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MSW Students Being Honoured

Twenty-eight graduate students have drafted a pledge for social workers –  believed to be the first of its kind in Canada – that takes up the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the social work profession. Four of them will deliver the annual Rheal Brant-Hall lecture on March 6.

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Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Committee

Carleton is seeking student, staff and faculty representation on the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Committee. Interested parties need to apply before March 10.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


March 1:  Last day for UHIP refund applications for International Students who will be graduating this academic year.

March 1:  Last day for receipt of applications from potential spring (June) graduates.

March 1:  Grad students expecting to graduate at the Spring Convocation must submit their thesis to their supervisor, in examinable form, by this date

March 10:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for December examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Late requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

March 20Last day to pay any remaining balance on your Student Account to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.  An account balance may delay Summer 2017 course selection.

March 23:  Carleton Central opens at 8:30 a.m. for registration for Carleton University degree students (graduate and undergraduate).  Check your timeticket here.

April 7:  Winter term ends. Last day of fall/winter and winter-term classes. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall/winter and winter term courses.

April 10-25:  Final examinations in winter term and fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all 7 days of the week.

April 14:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

May 5:  Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Spring 2017.

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.


Now-March 31:  4th Annual FPA Research Month continues.

March 2-4 Visions for Canada 2042 conference

March 6:  Master’s students from Social Work deliver the Rheal Brant-Hall Annual Lecture

March 10:  Artist and Activist Emma Sulkowicz on “The nature of sexual violence as it connects to art-making and knowledge production”

March 15:  Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition

March 30:  2017 Linguavision Song Competition

April 7:  Deadline to submit activities/positions to the Co-Curricular Record

April 28:  Deadline to enter a poster project in the CU Academic Expo

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


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


March 6:  Deadline to apply for the Adrian D.C. Chan award for Volunteer and Community Service

March 6Deadline to apply for the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

March 6:  How would you make Ontario better? Deadline to enter the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David scholarship

March 12:  Deadline for PhD students to register for the Fields Institute inaugural thesis competition

March 31:  Deadline for Mitacs international research awards

April 5Deadline to apply for the SSHRC Talent award (click and scroll down on page)

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)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.


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

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1 and for the winter term 2018 is Jan. 1.

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship and by Nov. 30 for a fall-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.