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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). 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 550 grad students who graduated at Fall Convocation on Nov. 12. The day before, four PhD student medallists presented their amazing research at the inaugural Carleton University Medal Lectures.

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Engineering Grad Student Takes Top Honours at Fall Convocation

At Saturday’s convocation ceremony, Burak Gunay was presented with two prestigious medals for his outstanding work at the doctoral level that focused on improving the way our buildings work.

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Grad Alumna Pursued an MBA and MD Simultaneously

Carleton Alumna Jennifer Crichton graduated on Saturday with her MBA. She has been pursuing a medical degree at the same time.

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PhD Students! Writing Help is Available For Your Dissertation

Invitation to Participate in a Focus Group on Student Engagement

In an effort to define Student Engagement at Carleton University, you are invited to provide your feedback on a draft statement developed by the Student Engagement Action Team (SEAT). The focus group is being held on Nov. 24 in the Baker’s Grill Boardroom. Breakfast will be provided. You must register in order to participate.

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Interested in Participating in a Focus Group on Parking?

If you currently hold a parking permit, or have appealed a parking violation, you are eligible to participate in a focus group about parking on campus.

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Awards Update

Have you applied yet for an OGS or Master’s Tri-Council award? The application deadline for both is December 1.

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Apply Now for a Graduate Student Open Access Award

Are you a member of the Graduate Students’ Association? Have you published in an open access journal recently? Then check this out.

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Grad Research in Sioux Lookout

PhD student Ariel Root is completing her degree from Sioux Lookout. She is working on a SSHRC-funded project that is examining Indigenous and Western Approaches to Promote Youth Resilience and Prosperity in First Nations Communities.

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Carleton Grad Co-Edits Book on Harper’s Legacy

Carleton graduate Jennifer Ditchburn (MJ/14) recently spun two books out of her completed thesis.

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The Gift of Life

Grad student Theresa LeBane had to take time off from her graduate studies to make a generous gift to an anonymous recipient.

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Feeling Tense?

Feeling stressed out? Then, you might be interested in one of the two remaining wellness workshops listed on our Grad Navigate website.

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Reminders For Fall-Only TAs and Prospective Graduates (February)

Fall-only Teaching Assistants need to complete their pedagogical teaching hours by Nov. 30. And, if you are planning on graduating in February, don’t forget that you have to apply to graduate by Dec. 1.

CCS Outages May Affect You

Due to scheduled outages affecting Carleton Central and other CCS systems, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be able to assist students with registration and funding questions from Friday, November 18 at 12 noon until Monday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m.

O-Train Construction Update

The City of Ottawa is doing construction work near the Carleton O-Train station that may affect you.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


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

November 30:  Information session for those interested in becoming a Residence Fellow (12 noon in Fenn Lounge, CO)

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

December 1:  Last day to submit the final draft of your Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation to your supervisor in order to graduate in the winter term.

December 9: Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. CLASSES FOLLOW A MONDAY SCHEDULE!!! Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses..

December 9: 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 10-22: Final exams

December 11: Information Session to be a Residence Fellow (7 p.m. in Fenn CO)

December 24 (noon)-Jan. 2: The University and FGPA will be closed for the holidays, re-opening at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3.

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.


November 29:  Giving Tuesday. Join Carleton’s Day for Good today.

Now-January 10:  New Subway Outlet in Athletics

Now-Summer, 2017O-Train Construction Work

November 17:  Fall Showcase of Literary and Dramatic Arts

November 18: Shannon Lecture Series: Dr. Maureen Lux on “A Social History of Indian Hospitals in Canada”

November 21:  Swiss-Canadian Polar Research Symposium

November 30:  2016 Quality Showcase

December 10:  Holiday Skate on campus

January 5:  Deadline to apply to the Carleton Community Art Exhibition

January 20:  Deadline to enter the Green Revolving Fund competition

February 10:  Deadline to enter Digifest Student Showcase

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


There are still a few Grad Navigate workshops that are available to claim your pedagogical training hours for the fall term.  If you are a fall-only TA, you need to complete your training by Nov. 30. Check out these remaining workshops:
Media Training: Nov. 18
AcWriTreats: November 18-21  (Academic Writing Retreat)
AcWriTreats: November 25-28
Dec. 6-10: PhD Dissertation Writing Bootcamps.  Mornings from 9 to 12Afternoons from 1 to 4.

Registration is now open for the winter 2017 cohort of Preparing to Teach, the EDC’s 10-week course for upper-year PhD students who are preparing to teach at the undergraduate level. Registration info is available here,

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


Note:  Students and departments will be notified in mid-December of the status of their application for a donor funded award.

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students. 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 ($57,500 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners).
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research (Travel funding for research projects with international universities)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

November 20Deadline to apply for a Contract Instructor Teaching Award

November 20:  Deadline to apply for a Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

December 1:  Deadline to apply for an OGS and Tri-council Master’s award

December 7:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

December 20: Deadline to enter The Global Challenge

December 31: Deadline to enter the Chief Statistician of Canada Infographic Challenge

January 31:  Deadline to apply for the ThinkSwiss scholarship program

January 31: Deadline to apply for a graduate student open access award

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Scholarship

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David scholarship

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


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

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2017 and for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1.

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by Nov. 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. This is because this process is manual and time-consuming. 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.