TheGraduate@Carleton – February 3, 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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Thinking of Entering the 3MT?

Graduate students interested in participating in the Three Minute Thesis competition will want to check out our training sessions on Feb. 9 and 10.  More

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Benefits of Entering the 3MT

If your cat doesn’t want to hear about your research, we do!  Why not participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition?   More
These past participants are glad they did.   2014 Winners    Ryan Katz Rosene     Vinita Ambwani

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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

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PhD Writing Bootcamps Are Back

The highly successful PhD Dissertation Writing Bootcamps fill up quickly so register now to reserve a space.   More

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Reminder – You Need to Apply to Graduate

Don’t forget that the deadline to apply for June graduation is March 1.  Students who graduate in Feb. are welcome to attend the June Convocation ceremony. More

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How To Keep In The Know

There are a variety of newsletters and publications that you can subscribe to that will help you stay up-to-date.  More

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Put Safety First

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

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The Value of Extracurricular Activities

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognizes and validates “out of class” activities for all students – including graduate students. The CCR includes activities such as leadership development, professional skills development, community service learning and involvement activities.  More

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Grad Student Exchange Opportunities

Check out one graduate student’s experiences in St. Petersburg as part of Carleton’s student exchange program.  More

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Showcase Your Big Data Research

The Data Day Committee is looking for graduate students to participate in their annual poster competition. Prizes will be awarded for the top three posters. More


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Capital Idea

The competition is now open to nominate your favourite professor for a Capital Educator Award.  More

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Global Lens Winners On Display

Visit the Unicentre Atrium until Feb. 5, to view all of the incredible submissions to this year’s Through a Global Lens photography competition. Winners will be announced Feb. 5 on the ISSO’s website and via social media.   More



Important Dates and Deadlines


Feb. 12 April exam schedule now available

Feb. 12-20 Fall term deferred exams will be held

Feb. 15 Family Day. The University will be closed as this is a statutory holiday

February 15-19 – 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. 3 (4:59 p.m.) – Deadline to enter NSERC’s Science Action Competition

Feb. 15 – Deadline date to Apply to Co-Author Book Chapter on Atlantic Canada Ports

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

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.

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


Feb. 11 – 1125@Carleton Breakfast for Breakfast Fundraiser

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 (don’t forget about our training sessions on Feb. 9 and 10)

March 10-12 Annual Underhill Colloquium

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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