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Brielle Beaudin Reimer and Thesis Exam Committee

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What format should I submit the thesis in?

What happens in a thesis defense?

Am I required to upload my thesis to WinnSpace – the UW online repository?

What does the Faculty of Graduate Studies do with the 2 final copies?


What format should I submit the thesis in?

In general, the graduate thesis should show that the student has mastery of their topic and is conversant with the relevant literature. The thesis style must follow a standard style manual acknowledged by a particular field of study, be lucid and well written, and be free from typographical and other errors.

For thesis examination purposes, one hard copy of the thesis must be submitted in good, clear type on both sides of the paper for the Chair of the thesis examination committee as well as one digital copy. The thesis copies must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at least 4 weeks prior to the examination date.

Paper size: 8½×11 inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm). Minimum paper weight for the original is 16 lb. bond or equivalent. The minimum left-hand margin allowable is 1½ inches (3.81 cm). Other margins must be at least 1 inch (2.54 cm). Wherever possible, these margins should be adhered to for illustrative materials as well. The body of the thesis must be 10 – 12 characters per inch and no less than 12 point Times Roman with notes in 10-point font.

Thesis Length: Theses should be 50-150 pages long. Science theses will most likely be at the shorter end, with Arts theses at the longer end of this spectrum.

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What happens in a thesis defense?

Thesis students must pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related matters as part of the thesis examination process. The oral examination is open to all members of the University community and guests invited by the candidate. The first part of the examination will consist of an oral presentation of 20-30 minutes that will include a summary of the salient points of the research. This presentation will be followed by one or two rounds of questions from the Thesis Examining Committee, and then may be opened to the audience for informal questions. The Dean of Graduate Studies, or designate, who is designated as Chair of the Thesis Examining Committee, will be responsible for maintaining the relevance of questioning and ensuring that the time limits are not exceeded. Following the completion of questioning, the candidate and all spectators will be required to leave the examination room before the examiners begin to discuss their report.

More information may be found here: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/graduate-studies/policies-guidelines/graduate-program-supervision-and-examination-guidelines.html#anchor9

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Am I required to upload my thesis to WinnSpace – the UW online repository?

Every graduate student registering in a degree program at the University will be required to grant a license of partial copyright to the University and to Library and Archives Canada for any thesis submitted as part of the degree program.  This is a non-exclusive right to distribution. Publication for commercial purposes remains the sole right of the author. Students retain full moral copyrights of attribution and the integrity of the work. Digital copies of theses will be made available by WinnSpace (the University of Winnipeg’s Open Access Institutional Repository) and Theses Canada, through Libraries and Archives Canada. More information on this may be found here: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/graduate-studies/policies-guidelines/graduate-program-supervision-and-examination-guidelines.html#anchor12 

After the approval of the thesis by the Thesis Examining Committee and the completion of any revisions required by that Committee, one electronic and two hard copies of the thesis and a copy of the WinnSpace Thesis Repository Submission Form must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in unbound form, with the sheets enclosed in an envelope or folder prior to the final day of the academic term.

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What does the Faculty of Graduate Studies do with the 2 final copies?

One copy will be retained by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the other thesis copy will become the property of The University of Winnipeg Library. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will arrange and pay for the binding of these two copies of the thesis. These are the property of The University of Winnipeg. Students may wish to make similar arrangements for the binding of additional copies of the thesis at their own cost.

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