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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on May 27. If you have any questions, please email us at:

Reminder: Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Requirements

We would like to remind you that under Orders from the Government of Ontario and guidance from public health officials, Carleton is required to implement COVID-19 Screening for all students and employees, including teaching assistants, researchers and postdoctoral fellows. if you are required to come to campus to perform necessary duties and responsibilities or to perform approved research, you must complete the COVID-19 Daily Campus Access and Screening Form every day you plan to come to campus and enter a university building.

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Grad Research in One Minute or Less

Here are four more videos from the 28 graduate students who entered our first GRADflix competition. Students had to prepare a video that described their research in one minute or less.

Did You Apply to Graduate?

This is another reminder that graduate students who have applied for graduation can download two letters in Carleton Central. The new letters are Confirmation of Application to Graduate and Confirmation of Eligibility to Graduate. Links to automated letters in Carleton Central are found in the Student Online Applications > Apply to Graduate > Applications for Graduation section. More information is available by clicking here.

Writing Opportunities and Assistance

This week, The Conversation is looking for PhD students to write articles on these topics.

A reminder that, over the summer, FGPA is continuing to offer one-on-one writing consultations to assist you with writing-related challenges, or to discuss the effectiveness of your research and writing strategies. To request a consultation, please fill out and submit this web form.

Workshop Today: "Establish Your Career Narrative"

FGPA continues to offer selected professional development workshops over the summer term. Sign up now for the first of three Establish Your Career Narrative workshops, which will take place today from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Other summer workshops will be added to the calendar as they are scheduled. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome. Because these sessions are being held during the summer term, they do NOT count toward paid pedagogical training hours for Teaching Assistants.

Summer 2021 Athletics Fee Rebate

Due to the current stay-at-home order in the Province of Ontario and the likelihood that we will have limited capacity in Carleton Athletics when we are able to safely reopen our facilities, Carleton University has approved a 50% rebate on the Student Athletics Fee for the Summer 2021 term.

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Information for International Students

Please check out updates on the ISSO website. If you are planning on coming to Canada for the Fall or Winter terms, it is important that you contact the ISSO.

Struggling? Need to Talk With Someone?

For graduate students needing some support, please click here for a list of resources you can access. A reminder that Health and Counselling Services remain open.

Graduate Student Wins an EDI Research Award

One graduate student is among six students who have won the inaugural Summer 2021 Carleton University Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Research Awards. Their EDI-related research projects will be conducted through August in collaboration with faculty supervisors in what is a landmark recognition for EDI scholarship in Ontario higher education.

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BoG Call for Observers: June 1

The Carleton University Board of Governors will be meeting remotely on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Members of the community are welcome to observe the open session which begins at 3 p.m. Those interested in attending the open session are asked to email the University Secretary ( by 4 p.m. on May 31, 2021.  Meeting materials will be posted on the Board of Governors website.

Researcher of the Month: Prof. Joe Bennett

On a regular basis, FGPA showcases up and coming professors, along with their grad students, on the current graduate student website. The latest video features Prof. Joe Bennett and two of his graduate students who research ways to conserve species. Check out what they have to say about their research by clicking here.

Report Assesses Pathways to Net Zero Emissions for Critical Sectors of the Economy

It is time for a major shift in the way that we approach the climate problem. That’s the message of a new report entitled Pathways to Net Zero. According to the report’s lead author Carleton Prof. James Meadowcroft, Canada must focus on measures to accelerate the transformation of the large-scale systems of social provisioning, such as the way we produce and distribute energy, move people and goods, and build our cities.

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Alumnus André Picard’s New Book Offers Prescription for Change

At the end of April 2021, a report released by Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission detailed an array of festering challenges that “contributed to deadly consequences for the province’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic.” These problems are not news to Carleton Alumnus André Picard, the award-winning Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist.

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Carleton Welcomes Inaugural Activist in Residence: Rehana Hashmi, Human Rights Defender  

Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies welcomes human rights advocate Rehana Hashmi as the inaugural Activist in Residence. Hashmi will teach students and provide them with access to her firsthand experience and an international perspective.

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Carleton Scholar Cameron Roberts Says Now’s the Time to Push Public Transit

COVID-19 has placed public transit systems and sustainable infrastructure on a “knife’s edge,” argues Carleton postdoctoral research fellow Cameron Roberts.

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Prof. Steven Cooke Becomes Fellow of Famed Explorers Club

Environmental Science and Biology Prof. Steven Cooke has become a fellow of The Explorers Club, joining an illustrious group of current and former members such as astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride, film director James Cameron and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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A Collaboration to Enhance Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning Education

Educators at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and Atlantic Hall have been collaborating to enhance opportunities in entrepreneurship and experiential learning for secondary school students in Nigeria. Since announcing a partnership in November, two initiatives were launched that provided for an exchange of knowledge and experience between the educators, as well as students, from both institutions.

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Grad Research: Living in an Online World

Dora (Yun) Wang is a PhD student whose research intersects between Marketing and Information Systems. Her research work has evolved from analyzing the use of social media analytics in marketing to her current project where she is exploring consumer behaviour in a social media context.

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Grad Research: Motivating Second Language Learners

Juwaeriah Siddiqui, a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, is researching the motivational system of second language learners of Arabic by observing their immediate learning environment.

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COVID Updates

The Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has extended the stay-at-home order until June 2, 2021. Find out more.

To access FAQs about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. For questions concerning current graduate studentsclick here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate studentsclick here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website.

Click here for more information about Carleton’s COVID-19 Reporting System for all students and employees. For those coming on campus, please be aware that a significant roadwork project is now underway on campus.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Today, May 20 is the last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

The Fall/Winter 2021-22 Class Schedule and registration course planning tool will be available in Carleton Central May 25.

The date for graduate students to electronically submit their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has been extended to May 31. If you have not done so by this date, you will not be eligible to graduate in June and will have to register for the summer 2021 term.

June 18 is the last day of early summer classes. (NOTE: full summer classes resume July 2.) Classes follow a Monday schedule on this day. It’s also the last day for academic withdrawal from early summer courses.

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s websiteFor all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.

FAQ Updates

There were no updates to either the prospective or current graduate student FAQs over the past week.