TheGraduate@Carleton – April 6, 2016


Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. Please feel free to send us your feedback at

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Two Degrees in One – New MA/MBA

This fall, Carleton is launching a dual-degree MA/MBA pathway that will allow students to obtain both an MA in Economics, with a concentration in Financial Economics, and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance and Economics, in just 20 months.  More

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April Exam Information

Have a question about upcoming April exams at Carleton?  More

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

As the term comes to a close, you may find yourself feeling stressed out?  Wondering where you can go on campus to get some help?   More

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Grad Research in Three Minutes or Less

Meet two more participants in Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition and watch videos of their presentations.  Faisa Omer  Kate Martynova

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Awards Notification – Final Reminder

This is your final reminder about when and how you will find out whether you have won an award from the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC. SSHRC) and/or OGS.  OGS recipients and Master’s Tri-council award winners, you must submit acceptance forms available on our website. Note that returning NSERC and SSHRC PhD recipients must fill in an annual progress report form also found on our website.   More

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GRIT Awards – Apply Now

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of Graduate Research Innovative Thinking (GRIT) awards. Note that the award cycle and deadline have been changed. You have until Aug. 26 to apply.   More

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Special Topics – For Summer 2016

To find out what special topics courses are being offered this summer, you can visit our special FGPA web page.  More courses will be added on a regular basis.  More

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TA Leave From Duties

The deadline for TAs to apply for a Leave From Duties for the summer term is April 30. More (scroll down)

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Outstanding TAs

Congratulations to the Educational Development Centre’s 2015-16 Outstanding TA Award recipients.  More

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Building Renovations on Campus

Over the next several months, upgrades and renovations will be taking place in four buildings on campus. Find out how you might be affected.  More

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Grad Research: Big Data

Several graduate students shared their research findings at Carleton’s annual Data Day. Meet some of them.  More

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Grad Research: How Trauma Impacts the Descendants of Survivors

PhD student Brent Bezo is studying how large-scale traumatic events, such as wars and genocides, not only can impact survivors, but also their descendants.    More

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Grad Research: Chinese and Zimbabwean Migrants in Johannesburg

As part of her PhD thesis, Ying-Ying Tiffany Liu spent 2015 working at a variety of Chinese restaurants across the city of Johannesburg in South Africa.  More

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The Dynasty Continues

The Carleton’s men’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive national CIS championship and 12th national championship in the past 14 years.  More

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Play Ball

Want to have fun and make new friends? The Graduate Students’ Association is bringing back its successful softball league this summer. Find out how to get involved.   More

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Graduate Students Part of CU75 Spring Campaign

Find out about the graduate students who are being featured in the CU75 spring campaignKathy Dobson   Natalie Linklater



Important Dates and Deadlines


April 8 Winter term ends. Last day of fall/winter and winter-term classes. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall/winter and winter term courses.

April 9-10 No classes or examinations take place

April 11-23 Final examinations in winter term and fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all 7 days of the week.

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 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 now finished for this term. FGPA will start adding new workshops in late August for the fall term. Note that the following items cannot be used as part of your paid TA training hours.

April 12  Deadline to register for contract instructor orientation scheduled for April 19.

Don’t forget about the PhD Writing Dissertation Bootcamp April 18-22

April  28 Media Training

You can also 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.


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.


April 7 –  Inaugural Psychology Graduate Student Research Conference.  Details   Schedule

April 11 – Deadline to submit a team roster for the GSA’s Softball League.

April 14 – Provincial 3MT competition takes place at Wilfrid Laurier University. Winner of the Carleton 3MT will compete.

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.


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