TheGraduate@Carleton – November 18, 2015


Graduate Student News

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  Get Your Future Started

Careers Outside Academia

Are you worried about what career you will pursue when you graduate? On Nov. 27, FGPA and Co-op and Career Services are offering an informative workshop, lively panel and reception focusing on careers outside academia.  More

  Share Your Story

SSHRC Storyteller Competition is Back

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Storyteller competition will kick off tomorrow (Nov. 19). Details will be posted on the SSHRC website.  More

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Don’t Forget These Impending Deadlines

Dec. 1 is the deadline to (a) apply for a Tri-Council Master’s and an OGS award (b) apply to graduate in February (c) submit the final draft of your Master’s or PhD thesis to your supervisor. And don’t forget that paid training hours for fall-only TAs must be submitted by Nov. 30.

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Congratulations to the Fall Convocation Grads and Medallists

Congratulations to all of the graduate students who graduated on Nov. 14 and also to all of our medallists.

Maaike Helmus won the Governor General’s Gold Medal.  More
Robyn McQuaid won the University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work at the Doctoral level. More
Eve-Marie Blouin-Hudon won the University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work at the Master’s level. More
For a list of the Senate Medallists for Outstanding Academic Achievement, please go to this website.

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A Master’s and Motherhood

While pursuing her MASc at Carleton, Ravneet Kaur gave birth to two babies, both called Hasrut.  More


MPNL Program Offers Great Experiential Opportunities

Work-life balance was key for new graduates of the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program.  More

  Cathy Liu

Alumna Explains How the Sustainable Energy Program Helped Her

New alumna Cathy Liu explains how a master’s degree in sustainable energy prepares you for a career in this field.  More


Grad Research: Elders Share Their Experiences of Care

In her thesis, new alumna Louisa Hawkins examined elders’ reactions to the independence that technology could provide in the future. More

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Thrive at Carleton

Thrive Week continues at Carleton until Friday. Still to come: more visits from the therapy dogs; recess on the Quad, a talk by Prof. John Zelenski on Using Nature to Help Carleton Thrive and much more.  Hope to CU there.  More


Important Dates & Deadlines


Check out all the new professional development workshops in Grad Navigate. 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.

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


Nov. 25 Winter Payment Deadline. Late charges may be applied to the student account any time after this date.

Nov. 30 – “Pedagogical” training hours must be submitted by this date for a fall-only TAship

Dec. 1 – Last day for receipt of applications from potential winter (February) graduates.

Dec. 1 – Last day to submit the final draft of your Master’s or PhD thesis to your supervisor

Dec. 7 – Last day of fall-term classes. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses. Last day to pay any remaining fall tuition fees to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.

Dec. 8 – No classes or examinations take place.

Dec. 9 – 21 – Final examinations in fall term courses and mid-term examinations in fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all seven days of the week.

Dec. 15 – Fall Co-op Work Term Reports due.

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

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

Nov. 4 Deadline to apply for a Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Nov. 27  Deadline to apply for a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship (to study at Harvard 2016-17) Guidelines   Application

Dec. 1  Deadline to apply for a Women’s Health Scholars Award

Dec. 1 Deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award

Dec. 1 – Deadline to apply for an OGS

Dec. 3 – Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Dec. 15 – Deadline for ABD PhD students to apply for a GRIT award

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

Jan. 29, 2016   Annual Autism Awards

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.


Nov. 16-20Thrive Week at Carleton

Nov. 21-22 O-Train Maintenance

Nov. 26 – Quality Showcase at Carleton

Nov. 28 – Deadline to submit ideas to the Green Revolving Fund

Dec. 1 –  Giving Tuesday

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: Aug. 31 (fall term), Dec. 31 (winter term) and April 30 (summer term).  (access form via Carleton Central)

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