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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:

GSA Elections and Health Plan Referendum March 21-23

The Graduate Students’ Association is asking all graduate students to vote in the elections, as well as an important Health Plan referendum, on March 21-23. Information on the candidates and when and where to vote is available on the GSA’s election web page. There will also be an all-candidates forum with free pizza at noon on March 16 in 600 University Centre.

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3MT Competition is Today

Come and watch the 10 grad student finalists compete in the annual Three Minute Thesis competition from 1 to 2 p.m. TODAY (2nd floor, Richcraft Hall).  All are welcome.

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Announcing Two New Graduate Programs in Health Sciences

The new Master’s (MSc) and PhD programs in Health Sciences provide advanced learning and hands-on, interdisciplinary research in health sciences in new, state-of-the-art facilities.

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And the Winners Are....

Seven faculty members took home Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards on March 1. Find out who won.

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They Did It Again!

Congratulations to the Carleton Ravens for their 7th straight victory at the U Sports men’s final 8 championship this past weekend and to the women’s basketball team who won bronze.

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The Talk Exchange

What kind of Carleton do we want to build for future generations? Share your opinion at the first Talk Exchange.

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Grad Research: Using Activity Trackers to Promote Daily Exercise

PhD student Zhao Zhao is using video games as her inspiration to promote exercise and more active lifestyles.

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Grad Research: Vibrating Caterpillars

Believe it or not, Carleton researchers, including PhD student Chanchal Yadav, have found that caterpillars attract other caterpillars by dragging their rear ends to make intriguing sounds.

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Awards Update

OGS recipients – don’t forget to fill in your acceptance form available here. Tri-Council award winners, please check the website for notification dates.

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PhD Students – Need Help With Your Thesis?

Are you a PhD student in search of the ever-elusive research question? Are you struggling to get your ideas onto paper? Check out our two upcoming workshops: Gamestorm Your Research Space and Navigating Obstacles and Feedback.

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ARISE Construction Project

Preparation for construction on the new $29-million Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building is now underway.  Find out the details and how this is affecting the two Para Transpo stops located near the construction site.

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Update Your Password

ITS is reminding everyone to update their password on a regular basis.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


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. Allow adequate processing time as payments normally take 2 days to be applied to your student account.

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.

April 25:  Deadline for fee payment or assignment of funding to ensure payment is processed to your account without incurring a late charge. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

May 1Early summer and full summer courses begin.

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.

May 8:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

May 12:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

May 17-28:  Fall/Winter and Winter term deferred final examinations will be held.

May 19:  Last day for a full fee adjustment when withdrawing from early and full summer courses (financial withdrawal).

May 22:  Statutory 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.


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

March 15:  Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition

March 24-25:  The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture (ICSLAC) and the Art History Graduate Students’ Society (AHGSS) present Off the Record, an interdisciplinary conference

March 29:  Data Day 4.0

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 31:  Deadline for Mitacs international research awards

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

April 21:  Revised deadline to apply for the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge

May 1:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD German studies research grant

May 15:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD research grant – short stay

May 15:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD research stay

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 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 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.