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Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This 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:

Carleton Appoints New Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Carleton University’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Alastair Summerlee as Carleton’s new interim president and vice-chancellor.

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Final Awards Update

A reminder that PhD students who won an NSERC or SSHRC award need to fill in this form and return to Leslie Main (512 Tory) asap. If you won a Master’s Tri-Council award or an OGS scholarship, you need to fill in an acceptance form to seal the deal. That form is available on our website.

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SPPA Alumna Presented with Prestigious Public Policy Forum Award

Recently, when Carleton alumna Yaprak Baltacioglu (MA/89) was awarded a Public Policy Forum award, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Baltacioglu “is one of Canada’s most distinguished, most respected public servants.”

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RAs - In Case You Missed it!

A new online system for research payments for graduate students is faster and easier. If you’re an RA this summer, you will want to read this.

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Interested in Applying for a Summer Travel Bursary

To apply for a summer travel bursary, go to Carleton Central, look under Awards and Financial Assistance and then click on Graduate Online Application Forms.

Engineering Students Deliver Thought-Provoking Presentations at Carleton's 3MT

Grad students Luke Stephensen and Isis Bennet both placed in the top ten in Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition this year. While Stephensen spoke about (Re)Usable Systems to Augment Neurorecovery, Bennet talked about her research on Promoting Office Energy Conservation.   Watch Stephensen’s video      Watch Bennet’s video

Grad Research: Making Wireless Networks More Effective

If you have ever been aggravated by a slow connection on your smartphone, Carleton student Chengchao Liang’s research may be of interest to you.

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MSW Student Rewarded for Helping People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Grad student Kathleen MacLaurin will receive the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for her research and advocacy for enhancing supports to people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and their caregivers.

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So You Want to be a Postdoctoral Fellow

Wondering how to apply to be a postdoctoral fellow?  Visit our PDF website.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


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.

June 13-16:  Spring Convocation

June 23:  Carleton Central opens for registration for new and returning graduate students

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.


May 18:  CUAG Open Space Lab: Hong Kong Exile and fu-GEN Theatre: Work-in-progress Performance of No Foreigners

May 20:  Carleton is hosting the Early Bird Triathlon on this date. Starting at 7:30  a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m. University Drive from the entrance to Lot 12 at Athletics, and Campus Avenue by Stormont-Dundas Residence will be sporadically closed to accommodate road crossings by triathlon competitors. Colonel By Dr. will also be closed that morning.

May 25:  Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World

June 7:  2017 Katherine A.H. Graham Lecture Presented by Ry Moran

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.


May 31: Media Training workshop

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


May 19:  Deadline to apply for the MEXT Study in Japan scholarship program

June 30Deadline to submit applications for the John W. Davies Memorial Award

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: 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.