TheGraduate@Carleton – January 20, 2016


Graduate Student News

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3MT Training Sessions

If you want to enter this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition (March 1), we encourage you to attend our Information Session on Jan. 21 from 1:30-2:30 in 506 TB.  We also suggest that you attend one of our training sessions.  February 9   &  February 10

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Scholarship Refunds – Final Reminder

This is a final reminder about when and where you can pick up your scholarship refund cheque (if you are receiving a one-time refund).  More

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Grad Research Link Celebrates Its First Birthday

One year ago, we launched Grad Research Link. GRL is an online hub for all campus graduate student research activities and events.  Find out how this initiative can benefit you.  More

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Science Action Competition (NSERC) Deadline

The deadline to enter the Science Action contest, sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, is Feb. 3. You could win $5,000. Your video can feature your own NSERC-funded research or a professor’s (as long as you have their permission).  More

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Storyteller (SSHRC) Deadline

You have until Jan. 29 to submit an entry to the Storyteller contest, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. There are 25 prizes valued at $3,000 each.  More

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Professional Development Opportunities

There are lots of new professional development workshops on Grad Navigate this term. TAs – these count towards your paid “pedagogical” training hours.  More


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Terrific Training Opportunity for TAs

The full program for the EDC’s Winter 2016 TA Training Day is now available. Registration for all sessions is now open on Carleton Central.  TA Training Day takes place on Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the 3rd floor of the River Building.  Schedule

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We’re Here to Help

There are several service groups on campus that can help graduate students.  More

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Career Workshops for International Students

Career Services is hosting a workshop series for international students on topics such as Canadian Workplace Culture and Transitioning into the Canadian Workplace. Visit the International Student Services Office website for more details or register on mySuccess via Carleton Central.  More

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A Carleton Grad Student is Blogging About Her Adventures in NW Ontario

In her blog, graduate student Ariel Root is skillfully weaving personal experience with in-depth reflections on issues relating to homelessness, food scarcity, social connectedness, culture and gender inequality, among other topics.  More

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Global Lens Photography Competition

You have until Jan. 24 to submit your travel photos to the Global Lens Photography Competion for a chance to win one of five $50 campus card credits.  More



How You Can Get Involved!

There are vacancies for grad students on two committees. The LMS Advisory Group meets about once a term to discuss and solve issues regarding Carleton’s Learning Management System. The Teaching and Learning Computing Committee meets monthly to provide guidance on computing matters as they pertain to teaching and learning at Carleton University. If you are interested, please email


Important Dates and Deadlines


Jan. 31 Last day for a fee adjustment when withdrawing from Winter term and Winter portion of Fall/Winter term courses

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.

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.


Jan. 23 EDC’s Winter TA Training Day

Most of our winter term workshops in Grad Navigate have now been added. Stay tuned, as more will be added shortly. Note that Mitacs will be offering the following workshops at Carleton:
Jan. 26 – Skills of Communication
TBC  Practise Your Presentation Skills I
TBC  Foundations of Project Management II – Ottawa, ON

Check out MacOdrum Library’s workshops this term:

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

Jan. 29 – Deadline to enter SSHRC’s Storyteller Competition.

Jan. 29 Annual Autism Awards

Jan. 29 (5 p.m.) Deadline to apply for the Mitacs JSPS internship

Jan. 29 – Deadline to apply for the Grad Student Open Access Award

Feb. 1 Mackenzie King Travelling/Open Scholarship

Feb. 3 (4:59 p.m.) – Deadline to enter NSERC’s Science Action Competition

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)

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.


Jan. 22  – Master of Journalism Annual Documentary Screening Night

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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