TheGraduate@Carleton – September 2, 2015


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  Grad Students at General Orientation

What Happened at Orientation

If you were not able to attend our Orientation on Aug. 31, here is what you missed.  More

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When is Friday a Monday?

This Friday, Sept. 4, you should follow a Monday class schedule.  More


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New TAs – Please Read

All new Teaching Assistants should check out information on our TA web page, including how to register with Human Resources.  More

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Scholarship Reimbursement – When & Where to Pick Up Your Cheques

A reminder that you can pick up your scholarship refund cheque for the fall term from the Student Accounts Office on Friday, Oct. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  After that, it will be mailed to you. More

  Fake U-Pass

Opting Out of the U-Pass

You can pick up your U-Pass in the Galleria (4th floor Unicentre). If you want to opt out, the deadline is Sept. 30.  More


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GSA’s Health Plan and Opt-Out Information

The Graduate Students’ Association offers you a comprehensive health plan. If you want to opt out, the deadline is Oct. 2.   Plan Details    Opting Out



Grad Research – Going Batty

Find out about Carleton University’s Own Bat Woman — grad student Liv Monck-Whipp.  More

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Free Professional Development Workshops

Check out a variety of new professional development opportunities on our Grad Navigate web page. More

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MacOdrum Library – A Wealth of Services

The Library has many services for graduate students. Note that the deadline is fast approaching to book special space for this academic year. More

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Putting Safety First

Carleton offers a number of safety courses. Some are mandatory for TAs and contract instructors. More

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Get Your GRIT On!

ABD PhD students can now apply for a Graduate Research Innovative Thinking Award.  More

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GSA to Celebrate Re-Opening of Kitigànensag

The Graduate Students’ Association is celebrating the grand re-opening of their community garden Kitigànensag – and you’re invited!  More


Important Dates and Deadlines


Sept. 2 – Fall term and Fall and fall/winter classes begin.

Sept. 7 – Statutory holiday. University closed.

Sept. 18 Last day of registration and course/section changes for fall term and fall/winter courses.

Sept. 18 – Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Fall 2015 and must register for the Fall 2015 term.

Sept. 25-27 Summer deferred final examinations held.

Sept. 30 Last day to withdraw from fall term and fall/winter courses with a full fee adjustment. Withdrawals after this date will create no financial change to Fall term fees (financial withdrawal). Last day for receipt of applications for appeal of final grades in summer term courses.

Oct, 2 Date you can pick up your scholarship refund cheque from Accounts Payable.

Oct. 9 – December examination schedule (fall term final and fall/winter mid-terms) available online.

Oct. 12 – Statutory holiday (Thanksgiving). University closed.

Oct. 26-30 – Fall break. Classes are suspended.

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.



If you missed TA Orientation, you can come to a screening of the session on either: September 16 10 to 11:00 a.m. OR September 23  2 to 3:30 p.m.. Both sessions are in 506 TB. You must register in Carleton Central. Seating is limited so first come-first services. 

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 fall/15 term is Sept. 1; for the winter term, 2016 is Jan. 1, 2016.



Any time  Apply for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Sept. 7 – Deadline for master’s students to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship in South Africa

Sept. 10  Webinar to find out details about TVA-Mitacs Accelerate Internship (for those working on research projects related to improving health care for the frail elderly.

Sept. 18 – Deadline to apply for a Rhodes scholarship

Sept. 21 Deadline to apply for a Foreign Government Award – Mexico

Sept. 30 Deadline for PhD students to apply for an NSERC award

Oct. 1 Deadline for PhD students to apply for a CIHR award

Oct. 15 Deadline to apply for grad student-run conference funds

Oct. 16 Deadline for PhD students to apply for a SSHRC award

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

Nov. 15 Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

Nov. 18 – Deadline to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship

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. 29, 2016   Annual Autism Awards

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



Registration now open for the EDC’s:

Sept. 12   TA Training Day

Sept. 25  Deadline to register for the EDC’s Preparing To Teach fall sessions

Check out all the new professional development workshops in Grad Navigate. You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


Sept. 16-19  Throwback

Sept. 30  Last day to apply to opt out of U-Pass.

Oct. 2 – Deadline to opt out of the GSA’s health plan

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.


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