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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 June 6. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

Graduate Student Wins Second Place in NSERC's Science Action Competition

Congratulations to Civil Engineering graduate student Brandon Robinson who placed second in the English category in the Science Action competition. This competition is sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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Grad Student Wins Award for Research on "Lost Boys"

Carleton University graduate student Troy Kenny from the School of Social Work is one of two graduate students to win this year’s Hilary M. Weston Scholarship. Kenny is researching the contemporary problem of “lost” adolescent boys who appear to have low ambition/motivation, few interests and little sense of purpose or life direction.

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Second Place Winner of Carleton's 3MT Talks About How to Help Fire Evacuees

Architecture Master’s student Victoria McCartney took second place in Carleton’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition. She talked about “Tinderbox” – her research that developed new wildfire shelter units for evacuees

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Third Place Winner in Carleton's 3MT Focused on a New Kind of Password

Engineering PhD student Mohamed Abdelazez took third place in Carleton’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition. He talked about a new and better way to create passwords by using the electrical pulses from your heart for identification purposes.

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Grad Research: Data-mining Jane Austen

PhD student Jenna Herdman used Google NGram Viewer to track mentions of Jane Austen. It scours Google Books, and shows that Austen’s work is mentioned more often as time passes, as a steady online trend since 1990.

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Final Reminder for Award Recipients

PhD students who won either an NSERC or a SSHRC award need to fill in this form and return to Leslie Main (512 Tory) asap. Students who won a Master’s Tri-Council award or an OGS scholarship need to fill in the relevant acceptance form on our website.

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Exceptional Teaching Assistants

The Educational Development Centre has announced the names of the recipients of the Outstanding TA Awards for 2017-2018.

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IDeA Student Competition

The Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition is now a national contest overseen by Universities Canada. It seeks innovative and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues from all students, including graduate students, in all programs. The deadline date to enter is May 31.

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Data Day Grad Student Poster Competition

Students who are conducting research involving big data may want to enter the annual Data Day Grad Poster competition. The deadline to submit an abstract is May 18. The actual competition will be held on June 5th in the Residence Common Conference Rooms.

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Sexual Violence Information

Find out what you need to know about supports and services at Carleton regarding sexual violence.

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Fall and Fall/Winter Registration

As registration draws near, make sure to check your time-ticket and take advantage of the registration timetable planning tool so you’re ready to register when your time-ticket opens.  Here is a list of Special Topics that have already been approved for the fall and winter terms.

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Media Training

Interested in learning how to talk with the media? Our media training workshop is intended for participants who are already giving media interviews or expect to be interviewed in the near future.

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“Skills of Communication” Mitacs Training Workshop for Graduate Students

One of the upcoming spring workshops from Mitacs Training will be taking place in Ottawa on June 6. “Skills of Communication” will help you develop your verbal communication skills, which are crucial for virtually any profession. Carleton graduate students can attend this or any other Mitacs Training workshop. See the full schedule of upcoming Ontario workshops here.

Careers Outside Academia

Need help finding work outside academia? Then check out these tips from Career Counsellor Yvonne Collins.

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Update from the April 30th Board of Governors Meeting

Find out what happened at the last meeting of the Board of Governors.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


May 18:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

May 18-29:  Fall/winter and winter term deferred final examinations will be held.

May 21:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

May 25:  Last day for a full fee adjustment when withdrawing from early summer and full summer courses (financial withdrawal). Withdrawals after this date will result in a permanent notation of WDN on the official transcript.

June 14:  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 2018-19 Fall/Winter course selection. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

June 18:  The registration timetable planning tool is available in Carleton Central for the 2018-2019 academic year.

June 19:  Last day of early summer classes (NOTE: Full summer classes resume July 3). Last day for academic withdrawal from early summer courses.

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

May 16:  Free Bike Tune-ups

May 18:  Revised deadline to submit abstracts for Data Day 5.0

May 30:  Life Sciences Day  2.0

June 5:  Data Day 5.0. Register Now.

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


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


June 8:  Deadline to apply for a Canadian Derivatives Scholarship

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),

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 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.