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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

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

Top Storyteller

Carleton University’s Noah Schwartz is among the top 25 finalists of the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Storyteller competition.

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Carleton PhD Student First Canadian Female to Make Prestigious Rising Star List

Irem Bor-Yaliniz was among 10 researchers appearing in the N2Women 2019 Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications and the first Canadian woman to have ever made it onto this list. This prestigious list highlights the top 10 inspiring women for every year.

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Important Awards Information

OGS winners need to select which start date they want in the acceptance form (available in Carleton Central). If they are not able to complete that acceptance form, please complete this acceptance form available on FGPA’s website. Your award will be built once the term has started and you are registered full-time. Tri-council Master’s awards recipients need to fill in this acceptance form. NSERC and SSHRC PhD results have both been announced. Successful applicants must complete the  “Request for Instalment Form” on the Tri-council website.

The new Indigenous Graduate Student Award is given annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to Canadian First Nation, Metis or Inuit Master’s or Doctoral  graduate students. Recipients will be selected based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation to verify ancestry. This “proof of ancestry” documentation should be uploaded in their application as a supporting letter. Applicants need to go to Carleton Central (under “financial aid and awards” and then “online graduate award applications”), and search under the correct name.

TAs Take Note

The Educational Development Centre is offering two more sessions of the Online TA: Q and A for Spr/Summer 2020 Teaching Assistants. These both offer repeated material from last week’s session. For details, click here. Also, the EDC created the TA Resource Exchange on cuLearn for TAs to share interesting material to other TAs. You can join by emailing And you can access additional resources by accessing The Online TA (click here) or go to this website.

Are You Taking a Leave of Absence This Summer?

A reminder that, if you are not registered as a current graduate student, you will not receive this newsletter. You can always keep up-to-date by visiting our graduate newsletter archives by clicking here.

Library Update

While the MacOdrum Library building is closed, library staff and resources are available online.

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Grad Café Fridays

Graduate students are invited to join this series of online Zoom chats on topics relating to professional development, thesis writing, and grad life in general. Feel free to bring tea, coffee or a snack to your computer or device and join in. To find out more, visit here.

Graduate and Postdoc PD Mailing List

FGPA continues to offer career workshops, 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 unsubscribe anytime.

International Graduate Students

Are you an international  graduate student considering your options for studying and working in Summer 2020? The International Student Services Office has the answers to your questions about study permit validity, work privileges, and Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility. Write to and one of their immigration consultants will be happy to assist you.

New Graduate Calendar

The 20-21 Graduate Calendar (programs, courses, regulations) is scheduled for launch the week of May 11.

What Happened at the Last Board of Governors Meeting?

The Carleton Board of Governors met remotely on April 30, 2020. Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the Board of Governors website once available.

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Vacant Senate Positions

The Senate is looking for graduate students to fill several vacancies on Senate committees beginning July 1, 2020.  The deadline to apply is June 5, 2020.

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The Sound of Self-isolating

It started as a gift to friends and Facebook followers—a musical video a day for 40 days of quarantine to counteract bad news and boredom during the coronavirus pandemic. Jesse Stewart, an award-winning percussionist, composer, multi-faceted artist and Carleton University music professor, can make music with anything. And in these videos, shot at home by family members, he shows us how.

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Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre Looks to the Future

The Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre that became Carleton’s centre for arts, performance and learning is completing its first full academic year. The building has not only been filled with music but has hosted courses, academic conferences and hundreds of community events welcoming tens of thousands of guests through its doors.

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FAQS Update