TheGraduate@Carleton – February 17, 2016


Graduate Student News

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Why You Would Want to Fill in the CGPSS Survey

All graduate students are invited to participate in the next Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS). Find out how this can benefit you.  More

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OGS & Tri-Council Update

If you applied for an OGS award, the results should be available during reading week. Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) award results will be available during March or April, depending on the award.  More

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3MT – Two Ways to Participate

Why not c’mon down on March 1 and watch your colleagues vie for top prizes in Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition? And if you want to participate, there is still time to register. Details are available on our 3MT website.   More

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Data Day – How You Can Participate

You have until March 13 to submit a research abstract to the Data Day Committee to be considered for the annual Data Day poster competition. Prizes will be awarded for the top three posters. More

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Grad Student’s Research is By Design

Master of Design student Jed Looker is developing an undergraduate curriculum for design programs that is innovative and in tune with the times.  More



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Imagining the Cities of Tomorrow

A seven-person team including Carleton graduate students and alumni have won the Planning for Job Creation category in the Cities of Tomorrow competition hosted by Ontario’s big city mayors. More

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Grad Students Got GRIT

And the winners of this year’s annual Graduate Research and Innovative Thinking (GRIT) Awards are…..    More

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Capital Educators Award Deadline Approaching

You have until Feb. 29 to nominate your favourite professor for a Capital Educator Award.  More


Deadline – TA Training Hours

Don’t forget that all TA pedagogical training hours for this term must be submitted by March 30. There are still several workshops available in Grad Navigate that you can claim for your training hours.   More

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Voting Reminder – Spring/Summer U-Pass Referendum Feb. 24 and 25

The Graduate Students’ Association is asking all graduate students to vote on an important referendum on Feb. 24 and 25. Details about the referendum and when and where to vote are available on the GSA’s website. More


Important Dates and Deadlines


Until Feb. 20 Fall term deferred exams will be held

Until Feb. 19 – Winter Break. Classes are suspended.

March 1 – Last day for UHIP refund applications for International Students who will be graduating this academic year.

March 1 – Last day for receipt of applications from potential spring (June) graduates.

March 24 – Last day to pay any remaining balance on your Student Account to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.  An account balance may delay Summer 2016 course selection.

March 25 – Statutory holiday. University closed.

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.


Check out our remaining winter term professional development training opportunities on the Grad Navigate website TAs can count these sessions towards their training hours.

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

Feb. 19 (4:30 p.m.) – Deadline for nominations for the Board of Governors’ Award for Outstanding Community Achievement

March 7 – Deadline to apply for the Adrian D.C. Chan Award for Volunteer & Community Service

March 10 Dan David Scholarship Deadline (PhDs and PDFs)

March 31 – Deadline to apply for the Sangster award

March 31 Deadline to enter the SSHRC-Global Affairs Canada inaugural international Policy Ideas Challenge (PDFs and grad students)

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


Feb. 22 –  Parking Services to launch “The Boot”

Feb. 24-March 24  FPA Research Month

Feb. 24 – Making Connections: Community Engagement Event

Feb. 25 Discovery Lecture: The New Communication Climate

Feb. 27  15th Annual New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts:  Above the Noise

March 1 – Carleton University’s Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 10-12 Annual Underhill Colloquium

April 14 – Provincial 3MT competition takes place at Laurier University. Winner of the Carleton 3MT will compete. A reminder that the CU 3MT is on March 1. We hope you either participate or come and watch.

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 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 fall term is Sept. 1 and for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2016.


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