TheGraduate@Carleton – January 6, 2014


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Winter Orientation for New TAs, Grad Students & Instructors

New students and TAs starting in January, register now for the Jan. 17 Winter Orientation.   More    Orientation for new instructors is Jan. 9.   More


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Develop Your Professional Skills and Enhance your Academic Experience

Check out Grad Navigate, a hub of grad-specific workshops and services to help you with your professional development. Individual workshops are also listed below in the Important Dates & Deadlines section of this newsletter.  More

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TAs – Important News

The Educational Development Centre is hosting a training day for all teaching assistants on Jan. 18.   More    You can also check out the EDC’s three teaching certificates.   More     TAs beginning in January, please register with Payroll and note specific training and professional development opportunities. More

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Wonderful Way to Promote Your Research

Registration is now open for the Three Minute Thesis – Grad Research Forum.   Find out why grad students participate. More

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The Sochi Olympics & GLBTI Rights

As the Sochi Olympics approach, grad student Melanie Rickert examines the impact of Vladimir Putin’s stand on same-sex relationships.   More


Mitacs Globalink Research Award

You can travel overseas to conduct innovative research for 12-24 weeks as part of a new Mitacs research award.   More   Mitacs is also sponsoring two professional skills workshops at Carleton as part of FGPA’s Grad Navigate.  More


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Finding Work After Your PhD – Alumna Anu Thomas

Software designer Anu Thomas explains her career path after graduating from Carleton with a PhD in computer science.   More




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.



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

March 6-8  –  Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium

March 22-23 – WISE National Conference



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. This site is regularly updated.

1. Research & Writing

(NVivo Training)
Feb. 27  Intro to NVivo FULL   
March 4  Intro to NVivo  
March 5 
Using NVivo for Literature Reviews
March 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        March 3        March 20

Jan. 23
Research Data Management for Graduate Students – Basic Skills
Feb. 5 Visualizing Your Research Data Using Microsoft Excel
Feb. 12 How to Write a Thesis for Science & Engineering 

2. Teaching Skills

Jan. 7 – Incorporating Alternate Activities in Discussion Groups
Jan. 7
  Developing a Framework for Teaching
Jan. 10
Teaching Talk: Curiosity Is…
Jan. 14
   Providing Feedback to Enhance Student Learning & Engagement
Jan. 17
 Improving Your Teaching Through Feedback
Jan. 20  Deadline to apply for the Preparing to Teach Certificate 
Jan. 21
   Developing a Framework for Teaching
Jan. 22
  Giving Effective Presentations: The Experience of Two Nerds
Jan. 28
 Providing Feedback to Enhance Student Learning & Engagement
Accessible Learning Workshops:  Feb. 13      Feb. 27      March 19

3. Professional Skills

Jan. 30  Overcoming Procrastination
Feb. 5-6
Foundations of Project Management 1 (Mitacs)
Feb. 10
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within (Mitacs)
Feb. 12 
How to Write for Newspapers & Online Publications
Feb. 25
How to Use Twitter for Professional Engagement

4. Wellness

Jan. 21 Sleep, Eat, Exercise and Relax!
Jan. 21  Balancing Life, School and Work
Jan. 21 Healthy Eating & Living
Jan. 29 Student Budgeting & Shopping
Feb. 4 Get Motivated, Manage Time & Relax
Feb. 6 Managing Stress
Feb. 12 Making Friends
March 4 Improve Relationships, Seek Supports and Relax
March 5 Sleep! Catching the Zzzz

5. Career Planning (These are all specific training sessions for graduate students)

Resumé Writing:      Jan. 15        Feb. 5        March 12
Skills Identification:    March 6
Networking Strategies:   Jan. 22       March 26
Career Exploration Outside Academia:  Jan. 30   March 18
Interview Skills: 
Feb. 26
Graduate Career CertificateFeb. 20


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. 15  – Deadline to Apply for a Special Project with Students Without Borders

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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