TheGraduate@Carleton – March 2, 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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Participate in the CGPSS and You Could Win a Prize

You have until March 14 to participate in the Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS).  Fill in the survey and you could win $400.  More

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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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Meet Eight Professors Who Go Above and Beyond

Meet the winners of this year’s Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards.  More

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Find Out Who Won the Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 1 was a great day for grad student research at Carleton as several students competed for top prizes in the 3MT.  And the winners are…….   More

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Reminder – Tri-Council and OGS Results

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

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Reminder – TA Training Hours

Don’t forget that all TA 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.   More

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A Parisian Adventure

During her grad degree at Carleton, Jessica Nasrallah had the time of her life on a student exchange in Paris. More

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The Unique IPA Program – One Participant’s Perspective

Last year, Carleton launched a unique grad diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration. Find out what one of the first cohorts has to say about the program.  More

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Grad Research – Studying Ottawa’s Homeless Youth

Anthropology graduate student Justin Langille is addressing the chronic problem of youth homelessness by speaking directly to the young people who are living on Ottawa’s streets.  More

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Re-imagining the Humanities PhD

In May, Carleton will be hosting a national conference on The Future of the PhD in Humanities. Find out what the organizer had to say about it in University Affairs magazine. More

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Campus Master Plan

You have another opportunity to provide feedback on Carleton’s new Campus Master Plan.  More

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ISSO News Update

The International Student Services Office is looking for peer mentors and helpers.  More

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TalentEdge Program Open for Business

Ontario’s TalentEdge internship and fellowship programs are now accepting applications.  More


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.


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). 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 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.


March 10-12 Annual Underhill Colloquium

March 13 Deadline to submit a research abstract to the Data Day Committee to be considered for the annual Data Day poster competition.

April 14 – Provincial 3MT competition takes place at Wilfrid 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, 2017.


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TheGraduate@Carleton is produced by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs for all graduate students. This newsletter includes news, grad student research stories, and important date information of interest to graduate students. It is distributed twice a month during the fall and winter terms and monthly during the summer term.

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