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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 June 3. If you have any questions, please email us at:

COVID-19 Screening Requirement

If you are required to access campus for necessary work that cannot be done remotely, you must complete the mandatory COVID-19 Daily Campus Access and Screening Form each day before coming to campus and entering a university building. Completing the screening form is necessary to comply with mandatory public health requirements and Government of Ontario Orders.

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Pre-Registration for On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Starting June 2, 2021, Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services will begin administering first-dose mRNA (Moderna) vaccines for eligible people aged 18 or older in 2021. In order to better facilitate appointment bookings and to help determine need, members of the Carleton community are asked to pre-register for their vaccine as soon as possible.

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Grad Research: Edible Insects

Carleton PhD student Matt Muzzatti is looking at packing more protein into edible insects. He was recently interviewed on CTV News.

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Outstanding Graduate Student Research

FGPA hosted its first GRADflix contest over a month ago in which students had to prepare a video that described their research in one minute or less. Twenty-eight students took up the challenge. So far, we have showcased 13 videos. Here are four more:

Brendan Kent (Music and Culture): Staying Connected Through Online Music-Making

Sarah Enouy (Psychology): How Study Design Influences What We Know About Eating Disorders 

Joe Samuel (Systems and Computer Engineering): A Data-Driven Approach for Designing Secure Systems

Oprite Bobmanuel (Civil Engineering): Insulation Materials in Building Block Cavities to Improve Fire Resistance

Incoming Carleton Postdoc Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Laurenne Schiller won the opportunity of a lifetime, a Liber Ero Fellowship, to study as a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University. This highly competitive fellowship supports early career scientists to conduct and communicate world-class research that informs conservation and management issues that are relevant to Canada.

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Are You Graduating in June?

A reminder that the date for graduate students to electronically submit their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs was 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.

Also, 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.

2021-22 Carleton University Graduate Calendar is Now Available

The 2021-22 Carleton University Graduate Calendar is now published and may be found at The online edition of the Carleton University Calendar is the University’s official statement.

Webinar re. the Rhodes Scholarship

Join us online on May 31 at 5 p.m. to hear from recent Canadian Rhodes Scholars about how to apply for the Rhodes scholarship, life in Oxford and the Rhodes program. Please feel welcome to submit your questions along with your registration or submit during the session. Click here to register.

Writing Help and Opportunities

Here are some new opportunities for PhD students who want to write for The Conversation.

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.

Register Now for the "Explore the Job Market "Workshop

FGPA continues to offer selected professional development workshops over the summer term. Sign up now for the next Establish Your Career Narrative workshop, which will take place June 3 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.

For International Students

Please note that students who will be graduating in June 2021 will have valid UHIP coverage until August 31, 2021. Those who wish to extend their coverage for an extra six months (till October 31, 2021) also have the option to do so. Please click here for more information.

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.

Board of Governors Call for Observers

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.

Mental Health Resources

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.

Carleton Researchers Track Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Employees with Children During the Pandemic 

Researchers from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business have tracked the mental health impact of the pandemic on Ontario working parents in a new report which suggests women have been hit harder and the age of children hasn’t been a major factor in wellness.

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Engineering Team Helps Identify Leaking Methane

To meet Canada’s goal of reducing methane emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2025, federal and provincial governments are rolling out regulations to fix methane leaks on oil and gas facility equipment. A big challenge, however, is to know exactly which equipment is leaking the invisible gas. A promising solution lies in a new laser-based monitoring tool developed by Bridger Photonics Inc., that Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Prof. Matthew Johnson and his Energy & Emissions Research Lab team have been testing and applying in the field.

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Virtual Ventures Springs Ahead with Engaging Remote Learning STEM Camps for Youth

This spring and summer, Virtual Ventures at Carleton is making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) even more accessible for kids in Ottawa by enhancing the remote delivery of its renowned camp programming. As a not-for-profit organization operating out of Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design, Virtual Ventures offers nationally recognized and award-winning technology and engineering programs for youth, including a yearly summer camp, clubs in the fall and winter, school outreach workshops, girls outreach events and InSTEM (Indigenous Youth in STEM) programs.

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Two Internationally Celebrated Writers Join the Department of English as Writers-in-Residence

The Department of English Language and Literature is pleased to announce Nadia Masri and Kamal Riahi as their Writers-in-Residence for 2021–2022. Both are internationally influential writers who have each made their distinct mark on arts, culture, and journalism across the Arab world and beyond.

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Carleton University Ravens Add First Female Football Coach to Roster

Nadia Doucoure has joined the Carleton Ravens Football coaching staff as an offensive assistant – receivers coach—the first female football coach to join the team since the first game in 1962.

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Efficiency Canada at Carleton University Takes Part in Prime Minister’s Announcement Supporting Energy Efficiency

Corey Diamond, executive director of Efficiency Canada at Carleton University, took part in a $10-million announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support energy efficiency in Canada’s residential sector. The funds will be used to recruit and train approximately 2,000 energy advisers across Canada, with a focus on under-represented and marginalized groups. They will work with homeowners to identify how to best reduce energy-related costs and emissions.

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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

The Fall/Winter 2021-22 Class Schedule and registration course planning tool will be available in Carleton Central on May 31, 2021.

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.


There have been no updates to the prospective and current graduate student FAQs this past week.