TheGraduate@Carleton – December 16, 2015


Graduate Student News

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Scholarship Refunds for Winter 2016

We recently asked you to choose which way you wanted to receive your scholarship refund for the winter term. This is just a reminder about how the process for each option will work.  More


Holiday Closures & Reduced Hours on Campus

Here are campus closures and reduced service hours, and some activities you might want to check out over the holidays.  More

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December Exam Information

Here is some information you might find useful during exams.  More

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Storyteller Training

SSHRC is accepting entries to its 2016 Storyteller contest. We are providing training on Jan. 8 to anyone who wants to enter. There are 25 prizes valued at $3,000 each.  More

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U-Pass Opt-Out

If you are a new or continuing student and want to opt-out of your U-Pass for the winter term, please read this.  More

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New Grad Students, TAs & Instructors – Register Now for Orientation

New Grad Students & TAs are encouraged to register for Winter Orientation (Jan 15).  More  ISSO has organized an additional Orientation for all international students on Jan. 5.  More  New PhD instructors, will want to register for their Jan. 7 Orientation.  More

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New TAs, Current TAs, & Out-of-Priority TAs – Important Information!

Will you be a new teaching Assistant as of January?  If so, here are several things you need to know.  More

Want to be a TA for Winter Term? All full-time graduate students who have NOT been awarded a Teaching Assistantship can now express interest in becoming a TA. The deadline to apply for winter 2016 is Jan. 1. Check this page to see if you are eligible and for information on how to apply.

Dec. 31 is the deadline for TAs to apply for a “leave from duties” for the winter term. More (scroll down on the page)

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Why Participate in the 3MT?

The Three Minute Thesis returns to Carleton on March 1, 2016. To find out more, please come to our Information session on Thursday, Jan. 21. More

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Grad Student Helps Water Polo Team Make a Splash

Grad student Ben Bouwer helped the Carleton Ravens men’s water polo team capture the OUA Championship recently. More

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Paving the Way to Better Roads

For his master’s thesis, a Carleton alumnus worked on perfecting new techniques that would lead to more sustainable roads.  More

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Houston – We Have a New Space Company

A graduate student in the Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program has created an Ottawa-based company that focuses on space exploration and robotics.  More


Instructors – Important Message About Scantron Processing in Dec.

The EDC is asking instructors who use scantrons to drop off their sheets to the EDC as soon as possible after their exam is done. More

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Help Make the Carleton Campus More Sustainable

The submission deadline for Carleton’s Green Revolving Fund has been extended to Jan. 15, 2016.  More


Important Dates and Deadlines


Note that EDC’s Winter TA Training Day is Jan. 23.

Jan. 20-March 30Register now for the EDC’s Certificate in University Teaching

All professional development workshops for the fall term in Grad Navigate are now completed. The winter term workshops will be added shortly. Note that Mitacs will be offering the following workshops at Carleton (to be posted shortly):

Jan. 19 to 20 – Foundations of Project Management I
Jan. 26 – Skills of Communication
March 4 – Practice Your Presentation Skills I
March 15 to 16 – Foundations of Project Management II – Ottawa, ON

Over the holidays, you can still access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

TAs – it can take up to two weeks before your attendance is recorded and you are credited with your paid training hours. This is because this process is manual and time-consuming.  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.


Dec. 24 to Jan. 3, 2016 – University closed

Dec. 31 Deadline for TAs to apply for a “leave from duties” for the winter term

Jan. 1 – Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for winter 2016

Jan. 4 – University re-opens

Jan. 6  Winter-term classes begin

Jan. 14 – U-Pass Opt-Out deadline for Winter term

Jan. 19 Last day for registration and also to change courses or sections for winter-term courses.

Jan. 19 – 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.

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.


Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students. 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 ($57,500 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research (Travel funding for research projects with international universities)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

Jan. 8, 2016 – Deadline to apply for a Law Foundation Fellowship

Jan. 29, 2016 Annual Autism Awards

Jan. 29, 2016 (5 p.m.) Deadline to apply for the Mitacs JSPS internship

Feb. 1, 2016  Mackenzie King Travelling/Open Scholarship

March 10, 2016 – Dan David Scholarship Deadline (PhDs and PDFs)

Check application dates online: Want to be a Teaching Assistant in France? Details are here.

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


For information about other Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are: Dec. 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term) and Aug. 31 (fall term).  (access form via Carleton Central)

“Pedagogical” training hours must be submitted by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship and by Nov. 30 for a fall-only TAship.

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the winter term, 2016 is Jan. 1, 2016  Deadline for the fall term is Sept. 1;


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