TheGraduate@Carleton – April 20, 2016


Graduate Student News

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New Graduate Programs in Information Technology

Carleton has just launched three new graduate programs in Information Technology. All three will begin this fall.  More

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Carleton Grad Student Has a Great Story to Tell

Ian Wereley, a PhD candidate in History, won one of the top 25 Storyteller awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  More

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Meet the Winner of Carleton’s 3MT

Cassandra Erichsen, a Master’s student in Social Work, won Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition with her talk about shame and social work students.  Watch Her Video

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Grad Student Runner-Up in NSERC Competition

Congratulations to Grad Student Brittany Sullivan who was a runner-up in the Science Action competition organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The title of her biology research video is Connectivity in Forty Mile Creek. The students had to prepare a one-minute video about their research.  More

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Grad Research: Dating Dilemma

Graduate Student Borke Obada decided to research security precautions carried out by people who use online dating sites.  More

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Grad Research: Red Devil Squid

Two graduate students are exploring the mystery of the jumbo flying Red Devil Squid. CTV covered the story about their crowd funding project.   CTV Story   Project Details



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Grad Student Helps With Holocaust Education Project

History Graduate Student Elise Bigley is assisting the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship with a special educational memorial project.   More

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Summer U-PASS

It’s official. All full-time graduate students are eligible for the new summer U-Pass.  More information about the U-Pass and how to opt out is available on the U-Pass website.   More

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List of Summer Special Topics

In case you missed it, you can visit our special FGPA website to find out what Special Topic courses are available this summer.  More

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Important Information for TAs

The deadline for TAs to apply for a Leave From Duties for the summer term is April 30. More (scroll down)  The deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA is May 1.   More

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Building Renovations

Over the summer, four buildings will undergo renovations. Find out how and when you might be affected by this construction.  More


Important Dates and Deadlines


April 25 Deadline for fee payment or assignment of funding to ensure payment is processed to your account without incurring a late charge. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

May 2 – Early summer and full summer courses begin

May 9 – Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for early summer courses.

May 13 Last day for registration and course changes (including auditing) for full summer courses.

May 13 – Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their thesis copy by this date to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Spring 2016 and must register for the Summer 2016 term.

May 20 Last day for a full fee adjustment when withdrawing from early and full summer courses (financial withdrawal).

May 23 – Statutory holiday. University closed.

June 3 – Last day to submit to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, formal Examination Accommodation Forms for June examinations

June 6-16 – Fall/winter and winter term deferred final examinations will be held.

June 13 Final Summer term payment deadline. Any balance owing on your student account will prevent access to registration for future terms. Holds will be placed on unpaid summer accounts, which will prevent access to marks and/or registration for the 2016-17 Fall/Winter course selection. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

June 21 Carleton Central opens at 8:30 a.m. for registration for new and returning graduate students (see Timeticket schedule).

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.


Grad Navigate workshops are not available during the summer months. FGPA will start adding new workshops in late August for the fall term.

April  28 Media Training (CANCELLED)

Starting May 3   Mitacs online workshop about Time Management

Starting May 12 Mitacs online workshop on Practical Tips for Growing Your Network

You can also access online training through Please note that the above online training modules and Mitacs workshops do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


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

May 10  Deadline to apply for 2016 Confucius Institute Scholarship

May 27 Deadline to apply for the Herb Stovel Scholarship

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


Until May 8 –AIDS Activist History Project & MacOdrum Library present an exhibition entitled POSITIVE SEX: Eroticizing safer sex practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s

May 7   Light Up the Night With Chemistry in the Dark

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

“Pedagogical” training hours must be submitted by Nov. 30 for a fall-only TAship and by 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 term is Sept. 1 and for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2017.

TAs – Please note that 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.


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