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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be Oct. 4. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Meet Carleton's New President and Vice-Chancellor

Alastair J.S. Summerlee, Carleton’s new president and vice-chancellor, is reaching out to the Carleton community in this short video that outlines his priorities for the coming year.

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Orientation in Pictures

Revisit some of the highlights of the overall Grad Student Orientation on Sept. 5 and the International Graduate Student Orientation on Sept. 1.

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Teaching Assistants

New TAs – If you missed the TA Grad Orientation session on Sept. 5, we have scheduled a special showing of the video of this workshop in Room 482 MacOdrum Library (Discovery Centre Multi-Media Lab) on Sept. 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. Please email if you would like to attend. By attending this session, you will be able to claim one hour towards your paid pedagogical training hours. For payroll and other information, please go to our TA web page.

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Final OGS Information Session

The application for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is available online (please check to see if you submit a paper or electronic copy). There will be a final OGS information session in the Senate Room (6th floor, Robertson Hall) today Sept. 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Go to our awards web pages for information about other awards.

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Opting Out of the Health Plan and/or the U-Pass

HEALTH PLAN: All full-time students registered in the fall term are automatically covered by the Graduate Students’ Association medical, dental and accident insurance plan. Part-time students and dependents can join the plan for a fee. The deadline to opt in or out (with a refund) is Oct. 6U-PASS: If you want to opt out of the U-Pass, you must first check to see if you are eligible. The refunds are pro-rated depending on when you opt out.

Nominations Now Open for Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

Want to thank your graduate supervisor? Why not nominate him/her for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award?

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Carleton and Students' Groups Condemn Hate Groups Promoting Intolerance

Recently, there has been an increase in hateful messages in posters on campus. The university administration joined forces with student group leaders to condemn intolerance toward all groups and individuals.

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Safety Sessions for TAs, Contract Instructors and Lab Assistants

Carleton offers a number of health and safety courses. Some are mandatory for TAs, contract instructors and lab assistants. Visit the EHS training web page for further information and register here for upcoming in-class sessions.

Scholarship Balance - Final Reminder

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on “Refund or Scholarship Balance Request”. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. Although you can submit your request prior to the financial drop date, it will not be processed until after Sept. 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Funding Deadline for Student-run Conferences

The deadline to apply for funding to support a graduate student-run conference on campus for this academic year is Oct. 15.

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Update Your Professional Skills

Employers are looking for well-rounded employees with more than just technical job-related skills. You can enhance your skill set by registering for some of our Grad Navigate workshops, including Gamestorm Your Research Space (October 2). This workshop – or ‘playshop’ – draws on Gamestorming, a technique used by entrepreneurs and innovators in the business world involving the use of games, play, and/or visual methods to unlock (and unclog) our thinking in surprising ways. If you are in search of the ever-elusive research question, this workshop is for you. You can also check out these additional professional development opportunities.

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Interested in a PhD?

Visit our Carleton grad school table at the Graduate Recruitment Fair in the Galleria (4th floor, university Centre) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 28th. We invite you to check out our list of graduate programs and specializations on our Admissions website.

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CU 75 – Celebrating Our Best

PhD candidate Gregory Brown is being featured in part four of Carleton’s 75th anniversary campaign, along with several graduate alumni.

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Grad Research: Tackling the Zika Virus

Carleton Biology graduate student Tom Kazmirchuk is designing therapeutics, with the hope that these can manage symptoms produced by a Zika virus infection.

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Have Your Say

Register now to attend an open discussion about the future of Carleton on Oct. 5 and Save the Date for Carleton’s first Rumour Mill on Oct. 18.

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When is Pre-Approval Required for Travel?

Find out how changes to the regulations surrounding the Ontario Government’s Public Sector Accountability Act could affect you.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


September 30:  Last day to withdraw from fall term and fall/winter courses with a full fee adjustment (financial withdrawal). Withdrawals after this date will create no financial change to Fall term fees and will result in a grade(s) of WDN appearing on your official transcript.

October 6:  December examination schedule (fall term final and fall/winter mid-terms) available online.

October 9:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

October 15:  Students who are on an unpaid placement this fall – you must return the signed forms to your department no later than this date.

October 23-27:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

November 18:  Fall Convocation

November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late payment charges and late registration charges applied to the student account on or after this date. Interest charges begin to accrue on January 1.

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.


All Grad Navigate workshops have been posted for the fall term. Register now! There are sessions listed under the following subject headings:
Research & Writing
Professional Skills Development
Career Planning
Teaching Skills

Check out the Media Training workshops on September 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and also on October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MacOdrum Library is offering a Thesis Jumpstart series this term (Using NVIVO for your Literature Review (Registration already available), Literature Reviews and Citation Management and Research Data Management)

As well, we offer a number of professional development initiatives such as thesis writing bootcamps. This year, we have added bootcamps for master’s students.

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


Apply Now for the 5th National Student Paper Competition. Check website for deadlines.

September 20:  OGS information session 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Senate Boardroom (6th floor, Robertson Hall). (This is a repeat of the Sept. 13th and Sept. 19th information sessions)

September 29Deadline to apply for an NSERC doctoral scholarship

September 30:  Deadline to apply for the Mauril Belanger memorial Youth Addictions Research Grant

October 2:  Deadline to apply for a CIHR doctoral scholarship

October 13:  Deadline to apply fpr a SSHRC doctoral scholarship

October 13:  Deadline to apply for the Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research Funding 

October 20:  Deadline for the Vanier scholarship (students who have been nominated will be informed as to how to complete the application)

November 3:  Carleton deadline to apply for a Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship

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 6:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

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.


Click here to see updates on construction projects taking place this fall on campus.

Now-November 28:  Ottawa Writer’s Festival

September 28:  Grad School Recruitment Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Galleria. Info session at 2 p.m.

September 30-October 8:  Annual live butterfly show

September 30:  Panda Game

October 10:  Deadline to apply for the “Cool Japan” program at Chiba University.

October 28:  4th Annual Canadian Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit

November 17:  POSTPONED!  Annual Carleton University Medal Lectures (details available in the near future)

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.