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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. The next issue (and final issue of 2017) will be distributed on Dec. 6. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Congratulations to Graduates and Medallists

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs would like to congratulate the more than 500 grad students who will be graduating at Fall Convocation on Nov. 18. A list of the graduate student medallists is available on Carleton’s Convocation website. This is the first time that students have graduated with a PhD in Architecture, a PhD in Social Work and a Master of Entrepreneurship from the Technology Innovation Management program.

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Another Convocation First

This coming weekend, Davide Mezzino, a native of Italy, will be one of the first students to graduate from Carleton with a Phd in Architecture. He is also a cotutelle student.

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Graduating Student Explores the Land and Knowledge Transfer in the North

Find out why graduating master’s student Rebecca Mearns participated in two Inuit land camps near Gjoa Haven in Canada’s North.

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Deadline Extended!

The deadline to nominate your favourite faculty member for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award has been extended until Nov. 30th. This is a great way to acknowledge a faculty member that you feel has gone above and beyond to support you.

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Graduate Co-operative Education: A Key to Career Success

Nine of Carleton’s graduate programs offer a co-operative option. Find out what three graduate students had to say about their co-op experiences.

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Changes to Term Work and Final Term Work Deferrals

Section 9.3 of the Graduate calendar  and Section 2.6 of the Undergraduate calendar have been updated and approved by Senate. These changes apply to all calendar years and to all Graduate, Undergraduate and Special students. Please take a moment to review these changes in detail by reading the relevant calendar entry.

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Award Deadlines

The deadline to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship is today (Nov. 15). Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply for a master’s scholarship from the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). And the deadline is now Dec. 1 to apply for a 2018-19 Ontario Women’s Health Scholarship. Deadlines for other awards are listed on our awards and funding website.

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How to Stay Up-to-Date About Campus News

Here is a list of newsletters and other resources that can help keep you up-to-date about what’s going on around campus. In some cases, you will need to read online.

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Feeling Tense?

As exams loom and deadline dates for projects are fast approaching, it can be a stressful time of year. You might want to sign up for the Managing Procrastination workshop (Nov. 21) or the workshop on Balancing Work, School and Life (Nov. 28). Both of these count towards TA pedagogical hours.

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When Friday is a Monday

Friday, Dec. 8 is the last day of fall-term classes. Please note that classes follow a MONDAY SCHEDULE on this day.

"Heart-y" Research

Every year, more than four billion diagnostic radiological procedures are performed around the world. Researchers, like PhD candidate Sarah Cuddy-Walsh, continue to refine these procedures and improve instrumentation to ensure more accurate diagnoses and radiation dosages are used.

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The 3MT is Back

Carleton’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition will be taking place in March in Richcraft Hall, and we want you to be a part of it. The 3MT can help you build confidence, develop your presentation skills and focus your research. If you are interested in participating in the 3MT, we invite you to come to our information session on Jan. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 in 482 MacOdrum Library. Please register for the information session to let us know that you’ll be coming. If you want to learn more, check out our Carleton 3MT page or our video in which three previous participants explain why you should enter!

Want To Be a Res Fellow?

A Residence Fellow is a role model, resource person, helper, community developer and leader for the students on their floor. Interested in becoming one? Then, you will want to attend an information session on December 10th at 7 p.m. in Fenn Lounge.

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Recognize Outstanding Carleton Educators with a Raving Raven

Want to recognize an outstanding educator at Carleton who you can’t stop raving about?

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Parking Services Wants to Hear From You

If you currently hold a parking permit or have appealed a parking violation, Parking Services would like to hear from you. You have your choice of two sessions on Nov. 29.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


November 18:  Fall Convocation

November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late charges may be applied to the student account any time after this date.

December 1Last day for receipt of applications from potential winter (February) graduates.

December 1:  Last day for graduate students to submit their supervisor-approved thesis in examinable form to the department.

December 8:  Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. Classes follow a Monday schedule. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses. Last day to pay any remaining fall tuition fees to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.

December 9:  No classes or examinations take place.

December 10 – 22:  Final examinations in fall term courses and mid-term examinations in fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all seven days of the week.

December 25-January 1, 2018:  University closed

January 2:  University re-opens at 8:30 a.m.

January 8:  Winter term classes begin.

January 19:  Last day for registration for winter term courses and the last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 19:  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 Winter 2018 (February) and must register for the Winter 2018 term.

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.


A reminder that Fall-only TAs must submit their pedagogical training hours by November 30.

There are still a few Grad Navigate workshops posted for the fall term. Register now! There are sessions listed under the following subject headings:
Research & Writing
Professional Skills Development

There is a Media Training Workshop on November 21 that can be counted towards paid pedagogical training hours for TAs.

November 27.  Strategic Writing for Second-Language Learners: Basic Structures. Writing clearly and with purpose can be hard work, especially if English is your second language. Participants will learn strategies for creating sentences, paragraphs, and longer documents that communicate their ideas effectively. Please note that this workshop does not count towards paid TA training hours (unless otherwise specified). You need to register.

You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


November 15Deadline to apply for a Carleton OGS

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the Richard Van Loon scholarship to an outstanding international student from an African country

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

December 1:  Deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-council award (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

December 1: Note NEW DEADLINE for the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards for 2018-19

December 6:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

February 1:  Deadline to apply to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s International Youth Fellowship Program

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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 ($55,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners, plus a customized research management training program valued at 7,500)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Funding to support research collaborations with international universities.)

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.


Now-November 17:  International Education Week events continue at Carleton

Now-November 28:  Ottawa Writer’s Festival

November 16:  The Goals of Mindfulness: Traditional Asian Life-cultivation and Mind-body Practices

November 17:  Colonel By Classic (Carleton Ravens vs. uOttawa Gee-Gees hockey team)

November 21   The Globe & Mail’s Financial Survival Guide with Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw 

November 22:   Science Café – Protein communications within a cell; what makes a cell “tick”?

November 27:  READi Launch and Symposium

November 27:  CU in the City: A Bigger Jail for Ottawa or Community Alternatives  

November 28:  2017 Quality Showcase 

December 1:  Shannon Lecture Series with Janine Marchessault: “The Missing Archive of Expo 67”

December 8:  Disability, Technology, Inclusion: A Symposium on Interdisciplinary Research, History Exhibits and Pedagogy

December 9:  Holiday Skate

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are: December 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term) and August 31 (fall term) (access form via Carleton Central).

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows: December 15 (Winter term), April 15 (Spring/Summer term) and August 15 (Fall/Winter term). You can apply once you are registered as a full-time student in the respective term (For fall, registration opens June 23).

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by November 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.