TheGraduate@Carleton – December 18, 2013


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Holiday Events & Closures

Happy Holidays! Here are campus building closures and some activities you might want to check out if you are staying in Ottawa.  More

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Register Now for Winter Orientation

New students and TAs starting in January, you will want to register for Orientation. Schedule and registration form are now available.  More

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$25K for Best Student Solution to the Global Energy Challenge

Enter the Global Energy Challenge, sponsored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and you could win $25,000. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31.   More

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Why Grad Students Participate in the 3MT-GRF

Watch Ryan Katz-Rosene  explain why he participated in the 2013 Three Minute Thesis – Grad Research Forum.  The video, details and registration information are available on the 3MT-GRF web page.  More

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New TAs – Important Information

Teaching Assistants beginning in January, please register with Payroll and note specific training and professional development opportunities.  More

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A New Model for Training Lab-based TAs

PhD student William Hughes co-created a new inquiry-based teaching model for Teaching Assistants.  More

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Helping Friends on Facebook – Grad Research

Grad student Laura Friberg is analyzing the effectiveness of Facebook’s “distress” initiative.  Watch Video

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Trip of a Lifetime

Three graduate students will be leaving shortly for Antarctica as part of a Students On Ice expedition.  More

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Tips on Finding Non-Academic Careers – Janet Tamalik McGrath

In our continuing series, Janet Tamalik McGrath shares her best tips for finding employment after graduating with a PhD. In particular, she focuses on strategies for self-employment.  More

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Grad Students Meet the Minister of Multiculturalism

Carleton graduate students from the Religion and Public Life program discussed issues with the Minister of Multiculturalism.   More





Now – Dec. 22 – Final examinations in fall term courses and mid-term examinations in fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all 7 days of the week.

Noon Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 –University closed

Dec. 31 – Final Payment Deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late charges may be applied to the student account any time after this date.

Jan. 6  – Winter-term classes begin. Late Charges now apply.

Jan. 7Deadline to apply to be a Residence Fellow

Jan. 17 –Last day for registration for winter term courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

Jan. 17  – Students who have not deposited (via automated upload) the final copy of their thesis to the office of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs must register.

Jan. 31
Last day for a fee adjustment when withdrawing from Winter term courses or the Winter portion of two-term courses. Withdrawals after this date will create no financial change to Winter term fees (financial withdrawal).

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s website.



Now until Dec. 29 – O-Train Weekend partial suspension

Jan. 17 – Deadline to submit a paper to the Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium

Feb. 28/14 – Deadline for article submissions to Render- The Carleton Graduate Journal of Art and Culture

Mar. 6-8  –  Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium



Jan. 12   Deadline to apply for the Certificate in Blended Online Learning
Jan. 15
   Deadline to apply for the Certificate in University Teaching

You can also check our Grad Navigate website for the winter term, 2014 professional development training opportunities. These sessions are open to all grad students (unless otherwise specified). TAs can claim these as part of their paid training hours, providing the session is during the term in which you are a TA. Here are postings so far. This site is regularly updated.

Research & Writing

Jan. 23 Research Data Management for Graduate Students – Basic Skills

(NVivo Training)
Feb. 27  Intro to NVivo FULL   
Mar. 4  Intro to NVivo  
Mar. 5 
Using NVivo for Literature Reviews
Mar. 12  Advanced NVivo

(Citation Management Training)
Sessions are being offered by MacOdrum Library on the following dates:
Jan. 20        Jan. 28        Feb. 12        Feb. 25        Mar. 3        Mar. 20

Teaching Skills
Jan. 20  Deadline to apply for the Preparing to Teach Certificate 
Accessible Learning Workshops:  
Feb. 13      Feb. 27      March 19

Professional Skills
Jan. 30  Overcoming Procrastination
Feb. 5-6
Foundations of Project Management 1 (Mitacs)
Feb. 10: 
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within (Mitacs)

Jan. 21  Balancing Life, School and Work

Career Planning (These are all specific training sessions for graduate students)
Resumé Writing:      Jan. 15        Feb. 5        Mar. 12
Skills Identification:    Mar. 6
Networking Strategies:   Jan. 22       Mar. 26
Career Exploration Outside Academia:  Jan. 30   March 18
Interview Skills: 
Feb. 26
Graduate Career CertificateFeb. 20


Dec. 20 – Deadline for Papers:  Access/Restriction: 2nd Annual Grad Student Conference

Jan. 6, 2014Deadline to apply for an Ontario Womens Health Scholars award. Send application to

Jan. 15 Deadline to apply to the SSHRC Storyteller competition

Jan. 15Deadline to apply for the PhD Fellowship in Gender Equality Measurement

Jan. 24Deadline to apply for a CIHR Synapse Award

Feb. 1 – Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Scholarship

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


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