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Finalists vying for $5,000 in Three Minute Thesis competition

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An interesting competition is taking place at the University of Manitoba this evening -- one that forces students to dumb it down a bit.

The final of the Three Minute Thesis event goes tonight at Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre (St. John's College) at the Fort Garry campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentations starting at 7 o’clock.

Three Minute Thesis is a communication exercise that asks graduate students to streamline complicated ideas and vast research into a short message. Three minutes is all the time participants have to get their thesis across is a clear and concise way to a non-specialist audience.

The competition was open to all University of Manitoba students in thesis-based programs. Students can only use a single slide as a visual aid to help develop their ideas during the presentation.

Preliminary heats of the Three Minute Thesis took place early this month. Over 130 entrants took part, with the final nine vying for the title in the final round.

The first place winner gets $5,000 and a spot in the national competition scheduled for later this year.

Free Press editor Paul Samyn will serve as MC for the proceedings tonight. Fiona Odlum from Breakfast Television, Jobs and Economy Minister Theresa Oswald and University of Manitoba board of governors chair Patricia Bovey will serve as judges.

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Updated on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM CST: Updates that Fiona Odlum will be among judges, Richard Cloutier will not

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