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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News & COVID Updates

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.

A Fantastic Professional Development Program

These days, Carleton graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have more resources than ever to assist them with their professional development.

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Last Chance to Nominate Your Professor

The deadline to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award is November 30. More information is available by clicking here.

Winter Term

The Winter 2021 term will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021. All courses will be offered online or through other methods of distance learning. A small number of pilot projects involving some on-campus learning activities may be allowed on a voluntary basis.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are still some professional development events and workshops happening in the next week.

November 27:  Visualizations in NVivo

December 2: Thesis and Dissertation Layout Made Easy

December 4:  Doing More in NVivo (for advanced users)

You can learn about alternative academic (alt-ac) careers in higher education. Today, November 26, Lin Moody will give a brief overview of the field of communications and talk about her career narrative from working for the CBC to her present position as Recruitment & Communications Officer for FGPA. For more information, click here.

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

Paid Pedagogical Training Hours Deadline

Fall-only TAs, your paid training hours have to be completed by November 30. Please note that if you attended any workshops or events (such as those held by Mitacs Training), in which you were not required to sign an attendance form on the Carleton website, you must submit those hours to before the November 30 deadline in order for them to count toward paid training hours.

Important Deadlines

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.

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.

Alumnus in Sustainable Energy Honoured

Carleton Alumnus John McNally was recently named one of the Corporate Knights Under 30 Sustainability Leaders.

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Counselling Assistance

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.

Board of Governors Call for Observers: Dec. 1

The Carleton University Board of Governors will be meeting remotely on Tuesday, December 1, 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 November 30, 2020.  Meeting materials will be posted a week ahead of the meeting on the Board of Governors website.

For International Students

Thinking of coming to Canada for studies in Winter 2021?  Before you make any travel plans, there is much information you need to know in advance, including UHIP coverage, quarantine planning, immigration eligibility and travel restrictions.  Please contact the ISSO at for more details.

Taking online classes from outside Canada for Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021?  If so, then UHIP is not required and you can opt out by clicking here.

Through a Global Lens Photography Competition: Vote Now

The Through a Global Lens Photography Competition is back! The Carleton community is invited to vote on their favourite interpretation of the theme World Beyond My Doorstep. Visit the ISSO website between November 24 and 27 to view student photo submissions and select your top pick. The winning student will be announced November 30.

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News About the Sprott School of Business

The Sprott School of Business has launched a new strategic plan. Find out more by clicking here.

This year marks the 25th anniversary since the launch of the PhD in Management program at the Sprott School of Business and Dhanachitra Kannan recently became the 100th graduate of the program.

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Carleton Professor Receives CIHR Funding for Health Research

Carleton University’s Paul Villeneuve has received approximately $695,000 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support research into cancer rates and deaths among adults living near Canadian nuclear power plants.

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Carleton Celebrates Landon Pearson's Contributions to Children’s Rights in Canada

Senator Landon Pearson has been advocating for children for decades—and has borne witness to improvements in access to education and material well-being for many children. But as she celebrates her 90th birthday in the midst of a global pandemic, there are major challenges that remain.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be Changing Electricity Demand in Ontario – And Not For The Better

The pandemic changed almost every aspect of our daily lives, so it is no surprise that the way we are using electricity is different than it was before. Carleton’s Liam O’Brien is on the case.

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Occupancy-based Ventilation Could Help Reduce Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 in Indoor Environments

Prof. Burak Gunay notes that COVID-19 moves quite differently in indoor environments than it does outdoors.  He and his team are trying to understand the deficiencies that common heating, ventilation and air conditioning configurations have when it comes to delivering and maintaining sufficient indoor air quality.

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Science Initiative to Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Faculty of Science has launched a new series of events called ACE EDI (Awareness, Collaboration and Engagement to advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion).

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Two More Convocation Stories From the Faculty of Public Affairs

Grad Research: Accessibility in Art

Watch this video of PhD candidate Patricia Bérubé who is working with the blind and partially sighted community to create interpretations of colour in art with tactile prototypes and audio experiences.

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FAQ Updates

There are no FAQ updates this week.