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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 May 16. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: Feedback is welcome. Email us at:

New President and Vice-Chancellor for Carleton

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Awards Update

A reminder that PhD students who won an NSERC award or a 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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Carleton Grad Student Takes 2nd Place in the Provincial 3MT

After her research presentation won first place and netted her a $1,000 award at the sixth annual Carleton Three Minute Thesis competition, Daniella Briotto Faustino went on to take second place at the provincial 3MT competition on April 19 at York University. You can watch a video of her Carleton presentation by clicking here.

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Superb Storyteller

Congratulations to Music and Culture graduate student Michelle MacQueen who was among the top 25 winners of this year’s Storyteller Challenge, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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Architecture Graduate Student Makes Top 10 in a Major International Competition

Carleton graduate student Justin Yan has made the top 10 of a major North American architecture student competition, the only winner from Canada, with his ingenious adaptation of an old building.

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New Sun Grad Bursary Recipient is Researching Traditional Oral Storytelling

MA student Liane Chiblow is exploring traditional oral storytelling as an important part of Indigenous history, culture and ways of life. She was recently awarded a $10,000 New Sun Graduate Bursary.

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PhD Students, Have Some Fun While Writing Your Thesis!

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is looking for four PhD students who would like to attend a writing retreat during the third week of July at the Queen’s University Biology Station on Lake Opinicon, just north of Kingston. FGPA will pick up almost all of the costs. Tell us how this retreat would benefit you and we’ll choose the top four responses. The deadline for submissions is noon on Tuesday, May 15.

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Action Shots

We’re looking for high resolution action photos of our graduate students taken on site while pursuing their research. Your photo could end up in one of our graduate student viewbooks. Please send to Include your name, student number and a suggested caption of when and where the photo was taken.

Data Day Poster Competition

Are you conducting research involving big data? If so, why not enter the annual Data Day Grad Poster competition? The deadline for abstracts is May 18. The actual competition will be held on June 5th in the Residence Common Conference Rooms 270-272-274.

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Summer U-Pass

New full-time student? Visit the Campus Card Office (407 UC) with government-issued photo ID to pick up your U-Pass SmartCard. Have your blue SmartCard? Eligible summer students should check their email for directions on recharging. If you plan to opt out ( you should not recharge your card. Students who recharge their card and become ineligible or opt out have until May 14 to return it to the Campus Card Office. Students who are not eligible or will opt out for the summer should NOT throw away their SmartCard. You can recharge it in future terms. Students who lose or throw away their cards will be charged a replacement fee.

The "Plot" Thickens

The GSA is inviting you to apply for a garden plot in  Kitigànensag, a student-run project that promotes local, organic food production, education and community building. First come, first served.

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Interested in Living in Residence?

New students wanting to live in residence this fall need to apply by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday June 7 to be included in the room lottery.

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Submit Your Thesis by May 11

Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs by May 11 will not be eligible to graduate in Spring 2018 and must register for the Summer 2018 term.

Campus Closures and Construction

In order to maintain campus athletics facilities, some maintenance to various areas of Alumni Hall is taking place. Click here to view the maintenance schedule. As well, Parking Lot 2, located in front of the Architecture Building and University Centre, is now permanently closed in preparation of the upcoming construction of the new Nichol Building. For more details, click here.

Important Dates and Deadlines


May 7:  Early summer and full summer courses begin.

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.

May 14:  Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

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

July 1:  Application deadline to study at another institution on a letter of permission for the fall term.

July 3:  Carleton Central opens for registration for new and returning graduate students (see Time-ticket Schedule for your registration start time).

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 11: Chemistry Light Up the Night event

May 16:  Free Bike Tune-ups

May 30:  Life Sciences Day  2.0

June 5:  Data Day 5.0. Register Now. Details about the grad poster competition.

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.


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

May 15:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD research stay

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.