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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is sending out weekly newsletters. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at:

COVID-19 Updates

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here.

Plans for the Fall 2020 Term – Timetable and Scheduling Tool Will Open on June 8

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has this message for all graduate students who will be registering for classes this fall.

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Reminder - SAT Grade Designation

The deadline to convert any of your passing grades for the winter 2020 term or full courses for the fall/winter 2019-2020 term to the notation of SAT is May 29, 2020. The request can be made through the Registrar’s Office SAT Request Form. As a reminder, once the change has been made, it cannot be reversed.

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New Bursary for International PhD Students

Effective fall 2020, new and current full-time international PhD students will be eligible to receive a bursary that will reduce their tuition to the amount paid by domestic PhD students in the same program. There is no need to apply; full-time international PhD students within five calendar years from the date they started their program are eligible to receive this tuition support. Existing bursaries, offered through the IDTS program, will be replaced with the new bursary, which covers the difference between international and domestic PhD tuition fees.

Reminder - The Canada Emergency Student Benefit

You may be eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Click here for more information. Please refer to this page for more resources.

Professional Development Workshops

FGPA’s professional development team is offering a new round of Establishing Your Career Narrative workshops. You can register by clicking here.

FGPA is also continuing to offer one-on-one writing consultations, and Individual Development Plan consultations, all online. To be notified when workshops, chat sessions, and other opportunities are scheduled, please sign up for our new mailing list.

You can join our new professional development Twitter account here @CarletonGradPD.

And don’t forget to follow us on our FGPA Twitter account.

Join Our Weekly Grad Cafés

All graduate students are invited to join our online Zoom chats on topics relating to professional development, thesis writing, and grad life in general. To find out more, visit here.

MacOdrum Library Joins HathiTrust

Carleton University is now a member of HathiTrust, a digital repository of millions of books, serials, and other materials from research institutions and libraries from around the world. This means you can now access digitized copies of over 6 million public-domain works.

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BOG Call For Observers

Carleton’s Board of Governors will be meeting remotely on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 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 June 1, 2020. Agendas and approved meeting minutes are available on the Board of Governors website. To learn more about the Board of Governors, please visit this website.

Carleton Researchers Find Younger Canadians Hardest Hit Financially by COVID-19

Younger Canadians are most likely to have had their family income reduced as a result of COVID-19. They’re also more bullish about the need to reopen the economy, less inclined to be keeping up with news about the pandemic and less likely to be following recommended guidance about physical distancing. These are just a few of the findings from a recent survey from Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication.

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New Carleton Study Finds COVID-19 Conspiracies and Misinformation Spreading Online

Conspiracy theories and incorrect scientific information about Covid-19 have taken root in Canada, according to a recent survey conducted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Nearly half of Canadians (46 per cent) believed at least one of four Covid-19 conspiracy theories and myths addressed in the survey.

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New Carleton Research Finds COVID-19 Not Flattening Vaccine Hesitancy

New research suggests a global pandemic has not swayed the opinion of some Canadians who are vaccine hesitant, and may not get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus should a vaccine be developed.

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Carleton’s James Meadowcroft is on National Task Force on Economic Recovery Post-COVID

Carleton University’s James Meadowcroft, a political science and public policy and administration professor, is one of 14 members in a new task force designed to make recommendations to the Canadian government to build a clean and resilient economy post-COVID. Meadowcroft is an international specialist in sustainable development.

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Carleton Immersive Media Studio Helps Create Stunning Virtual Experience of Canadian Parliament

A new virtual tour of Parliament is giving Canadians a hyper-realistic, inside look at one of Canada’s most iconic buildings that they can experience at home. Parliament: The Virtual Experience draws upon highly detailed Building Information Models (BIM) produced by the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) for Parliament’s long-term renovation and rehabilitation project.

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FAQ Update

There have been no changes to the FAQs over the past week. However, we are about to add several new FAQs for prospective students over the next couple of days, so stay tuned.