TheGraduate@Carleton – March 16, 2016


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Carleton Offers New Master of Entrepreneurship Pathway

The Ottawa Business Journal published a story about Carleton’s new Master of Entrepreneurship in Technology Innovation Management.  More    Program Information

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Winners of Carleton’s 3MT

Watch videos of the second and third place winners of this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition.   Hatav Shalileh (second place) and Evan Jones (third place).  We cannot publish the video of the first place winner, Cassandra Erichsen, until she has competed at the provincial championship.

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Reminder – GSA Elections and Health Plan Referendum March 22 and 23

The Graduate Students’ Association is asking all graduate students to vote in their elections, as well as an important Health Plan referendum on March 22 and 23. Details about the elections and referendum, nominations and when and where to vote are available on the GSA’s election web page. More

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Mental Health Focus Groups

You’re invited to participate in a focus group on either March 21 or 22 about student mental health at Carleton.  More

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Library Renovations – Next Phase

Beginning March 17, MacOdrum Library will be undergoing new renovations. Find out how and when you might be affected.  More

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Data Day – Deadline Extended for Poster Competition

You now have until March 18 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. You are also invited to attend Data Day on March 29.   More

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PhDs! Register Now for the April Writing Bootcamp

Need some help getting your thesis back on track? There are still a few places for PhD students in the April dissertation writing bootcamp. You need to apply right away.  More

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Final Reminder – Paid Training Hours for TAs

Don’t forget that all TA pedagogical training hours for this term must be submitted by March 30. It is your responsibility to check your TA training transcript in Carleton Central to ensure all training hours have been captured before the deadline. If training hours do not appear, please contact the facilitator or email Holly Gilroy. There are still a few workshops available in Grad Navigate that you can claim for your training hours. More

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Negotiating Fair Pay: Empowering Women Entering the Workforce

Find out how you can help close the pay gap in Canada by getting your fair share.  More

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Reminder – Tri-Council Results

Find out when and how you will find out about the results of the Tri-Council competitions. More

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Grad Research: Battling to Save Canada’s Forests

Prof. David Miller, graduate students, and postdoc fellows have spent decades battling the spruce budworm, that threatens to destroy vast landscapes and forests. Dr. Miller recently won the prestigious NSERC Synergy Award, the latest of many awards, for his research.  More

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Grad Students “Imagine a Canada”

Graduate students met Governor General Right Hon. David Johnston and attended an awards ceremony and roundtable discussions at Rideau Hall, as part of the  Imagine a Canada event organized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  More


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Seeking Expressions of Interest for Student Governors

The Carleton University Board of Governors is seeking Expressions of Interest from students to fill TWO vacant positions as a Student Governor for the 2016/2017 Board Year. The following positions are vacant: one Undergraduate student and one Graduate student. The deadline for submissions of Expression of Interest is Fri. March 18th at 4 p.m. For information please visit the BOG elections web page.


Important Dates and Deadlines


March 22 – Last day for receipt of tuition payment to avoid a hold that will prevent access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of official documents. An account balance may also delay Summer 2016 course selection. Allow adequate processing time as payments normally take 2 days to be applied to your student account.

March 23– Carleton Central opens at 8:30 a.m. for registration for all Carleton degree students. Check your timeticket here.

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.

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

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

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.


TAs!  Don’t forget that all of your pedagogical training hours for this term must be submitted by March 30. There are still a few workshops available in Grad Navigate that you can claim for your 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). Deadline to submit letter of intent is March 23 (5 p.m.)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research (Travel funding for research projects with international universities)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

March 22 – Deadline to apply for the 2016 Global Korea Scholarship

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)

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 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 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, 2017.


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