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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News & COVID Information

FGPA typically sends out newsletters to all grad students every Thursday morning. The last newsletter of this term will be December 10. If you have any questions, please email us at:

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. This COVID-19 screening form must be completed each day you plan to enter a Carleton University building.

Convocation 2020 - Watch the Video

If you missed the Convocation ceremony last saturday, you can view the ceremony by going to the Convocation website.

During the virtual ceremony, Patrice Smith, the dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, had this to say: “Congratulations on completing your graduate degree. This is an exceptional accomplishment, especially during these challenging times. Your degree is not just a piece of paper, it is a testament to your dedication and commitment to using education as a force for good, that can be leveraged toward shaping a bright future. I wish you the very best and welcome you as a new member of the Carleton Alumni family.”

Read Vida Ebadi’s story. She graduated on Saturday with her Master of Political Management.

Nicole Rogers graduated with a Master of Accounting. Read her story here.

Winter Term and Courses

All Winter 2021 courses will be offered online or through other methods of distance learning based on the recommendation of the Carleton University Scenario Planning working group. A small number of pilot projects involving some on-campus learning activities may be allowed on a voluntary basis for both instructors and students.

There have been several adjustments to the winter 2021 academic term, including delaying the start of the winter 2021 term from Wednesday, January 6 to Monday, January 11, 2021.

How to Say Thank You to Your Favourite Professor

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Nominations are open until November 30. More information is available by clicking here.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are still some professional development events and workshops happening in the next two weeks. Fall-only TAs, take note that you need to complete your paid training hours by November 30.

November 19:  Alt-Ac and Beyond: Advancement Services
November 20:  NVivo and Surveys
November 26:  Alt-Ac and Beyond: Communications
November 27Visualizations in NVivo

Find out about other upcoming PD opportunities, including the next Grad Café by clicking here.

TA Café

Teaching assistants are invited to join the next TA Café on Thursday, November 26 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Please email Helen Roumeliotis for the Zoom Link  or check the announcements in the TA Central Hub for it (TAs can self-enroll).

Tri-Council Master's Deadline

The deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) is December 1. Other awards can be found on this website.

The deadline to apply for the following teaching awards for contract instructors is November 20.

Important Deadlines

The Winter Payment Deadline is November 25. Click here for important payment information. Late charges may be applied to the student account after this date.

You need to apply to graduate by December 1 if you are thinking of graduating in February,

December 1 is also the last day for you to submit your supervisor-approved thesis in examinable form to your department.

Launch of the Mental Health & Well-Being Research and Training Hub

The Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub is composed of researchers, students and community partners with a shared interest in mental health, well-being and resilience. MeWeRTH is a virtual space housed within the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. To celebrate its official launch, MeWeRTH will be hosting a virtual Hub Showcase on Thursday, December 10, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM. And you’re invited!

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RA Payments

A reminder to all Type A RAs that, unlike past years, your RA payment has been made in a lump sum directly to your student account. Please check with Student Accounts if you have any questions.

Faculty and students both still use the Grad RA Payment System to set up the funding. Data from that system will be applied to the student account.

For domestic students, a T4A will still be issued. For international students, a T4A-NR (same form, for a non-resident) will be produced. Students will be able to request a refund of the amount applied to their account in excess of their tuition fees.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a Type B income RA (salary for hours worked) to any student who will not be resident in Canada.

Stay tuned.

Feeling Isolated? Need Support?

If you are feeling stressed out, you can access the following resources.

Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually and continues to provide counselling opportunities to domestic students through telephone or video options. Please call 613-520-6674 to book an appointment. You will be triaged by telephone to determine the safest way to provide care. A permanent, full-time Grad Counsellor has been hired. She will be available 10 months per year for grad students.

Carleton offers virtual support services to all students through TAO Online Self-Help and Therapy. The Graduate Students’ Association is running a healing spaces program, one event per month. Students can register here.

International students residing in their home country can visit this website for a list of resources. ISSO has organized a series of workshops for international students.

If you have ideas about how to cope better during the pandemic, please send them to and we can share with other grad students. The CBC sent out this list of helpful hints.

Join in the Conversation

PhD students interested in writing for The Conversation should register now for this upcoming session:

What: The Conversation – An Overview with Scott White
Where: Zoom
When: Thursday November 26, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 PM
Registration: Please email Steven Reid at to receive Zoom meeting information.

Carleton Faculty Receive CFI Funding for Infrastructure to Research Molecular Biology of COVID-19

Carleton’s Alex Wong, Kyle Biggar, Edana Cassol and Ashkan Golshani, have received $250,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Exceptional Opportunities Fund. The funds will provide needed equipment to bolster six ongoing research projects to fight COVID-19.

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Immigrant Women are Falling Behind During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Immigrant women are feeling the brunt of the negative economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — and it may not get better.

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Creating a Network of Refugee Women Leaders in the Pandemic

The World Refugee & Migration Council has partnered with Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders to address the unmet needs of refugee women and girls during COVID-19. Fen Hampson, chancellor’s professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), is the president of the WRMC.

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Research on Dramatic Climate Change on Venus

Carleton’s Richard Ernst, his master’s student and lead author Sara Khawja, along with co-authors have published a paper in Nature Communications. This paper, Tesserae on Venus May Preserve Evidence of Fluvial Erosion, provides the first geological evidence in support of a dramatic climate change event on Venus.

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FAQ Updates

There have been no updates to our FAQs over the past week.