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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is typically sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month. The next issue will be April 18. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

Graduate Student Elections, Referendum and Poll Clerk Hiring

Nominations are open for positions on the GSA Executive, Senate, and the Graduate Faculty Board. During the elections, graduate students will also be asked a referendum question on creating a levy for the Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team (CUSERT). If you need some extra cash, there are also many poll clerk positions available.

Everything you need to know can be found at

You Won't Want to Miss This!

On March 21, come and watch the 10 graduate student Three Minute Thesis finalists talk about their research in three minutes or less. It’s fascinating and fun. And you get to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Second floor conference rooms, Richcraft Hall from 1-2 p.m. All are welcome.

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Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey

The Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey has been launched! You should have received an invitation from CCI Research Inc. to participate in this very important survey. If you are an eligible student and have not received an invitation within the next week, please visit for more information on getting your invitation. You have until March 26 to fill in the survey.

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OGS and Tri-Council Awards 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 or Tri-Council Master’s award you need to fill in the relevant acceptance form.

Find Acceptance Forms →

Graduate Student Helps Paralympic Athletes

While the world waits for the Paralympic Games to start later this week, graduate student Alicia Gal has been spending a lot of time analyzing the biomechanics behind sledges for ice hockey athletes, in order to make them more competitive.

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An International Graduate Student Reflects on Her Time at Carleton

A PhD student from the University of Münster in Germany explains how spending six months at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration has had many benefits. It’s all part of the Visiting Student Researcher program, which allows students with home universities other than Carleton to be hosted by a faculty member in order to collaborate on common research interests.

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Have a Big Data Research Story to Share?

Then why not participate in Data Day 5.0 to showcase your research in a graduate student poster competition? The deadline to enter is March 9.

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Update: Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Programs

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act has been revised to include several changes that required Carleton University to update its Workplace Harassment Prevention and Workplace Violence Prevention programs. Find out how this might affect you.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


March 9:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for April examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Late requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

March 19:  Financial holds preventing registration will be applied to accounts with an outstanding balance. In order to prevent delayed registration for Summer 2018 courses. Please allow adequate processing time as payments normally take 2 business days to be applied to your student account.

March 22:  Carleton Central opens at 8:30 a.m. for registration for Carleton University degree students (graduate and undergraduate). Check your time-ticket here.

March 27:  Last day for summative or final examinations for winter term and fall/winter courses before the official examination period (see Examination Regulations in the Academic Regulations in the Graduate Calendar).

March 30:  Statutory holiday, University closed.

April 7Last 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.

April 11:  Winter term ends. Last day of fall/winter and winter-term classes. Classes follow a Friday schedule. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall/winter and winter term courses.

April 11:  Winter term financial holds preventing access to grades through Carleton Central and the release of official documents will be applied to accounts with an outstanding balance.

April 12-13:  No classes or examinations take place.

April 14-26 :  Final examinations in winter term and fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all 7 days of the week.

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.

April 27: Last day to add your activities to the Co-Curricular Record

May 11:  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 2018 and must register for the Summer 2018 term.

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 to March 24:  Faculty of Public Affairs Research Month

March 7:  Florence Bird lecture: Robyn Maynard 

March 8:  International Women’s Day event 

March 12:  Communication Graduate Caucus 13th Annual Conference  

March 12-15:  2018 Innovation EXPO  

March 15-17:  24th Annual Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium

March 20:  CU in the City: Sun, Sand and Sex: A Conversation about Sex Tourism  

March 21: Carleton University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

March 21:  Munro Beattie Lecture by acclaimed poet Alice Notley   

March 23-24:  Interlock:  A Graduate Student Conference Sponsored by the Art History Graduate Student Society

March 275th Annual Data Day

April 6-7:  6th Annual Soc/Anth Annual Grad Student Conference

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.



March 9:  Deadline to submit an abstract to the Data Day 5.0 committee

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David award

March 21:  Deadline to apply for the Organization of American States (OAS) 2018-19 Academic Scholarships Program

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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 ($55,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners, plus a customized research management training program valued at 7,500)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Funding to support research collaborations with international universities.)

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



Check out our remaining Grad Navigate workshops for the winter term. Reminder that TAs must complete their “Pedagogical” training hours by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship.

You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


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

Deadlines to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows: April 15 (Spring/Summer term), August 15 (Fall/Winter term) and December 15 (Winter term). You can apply once you are registered as a full-time student in the respective term (For fall, registration opens June 23).

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