Upcoming Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Announcements

One of the last steps to obtaining your doctoral degree is to defend your dissertation. Once you have finalized your dissertation, you must schedule and announce your defense.

Schedule Your Defense

First, arrange a mutually agreeable time with your committee. Set up the oral exam at least 30 days prior to when you wish to defend. Provide all members of your committee with a complete copy of your dissertation at least 30 days before the defense so they will have sufficient time to read and criticize your work.

Learn more about deadlines »


Announce Your Defense

Once the date of your defense has been established, you should complete the Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission through OneStart. The announcement e-doc must reach the University Graduate School at least 30 days before the date of your defense. The University Graduate School begins counting the 30 days from the date your e-doc is received by our office. We recommend that you submit the e-doc at least 40 days before your defense date to allow time for the e-doc to route for approval through your academic department.

The summary should be informative and contain a brief statement of the principal results and conclusions. Unlike the abstract, which is intended for specialists in the field, an attempt should be made in the summary to communicate the findings in language and style that can be understood by the University community at large. The summary should be no less than 150 and no more than 300 words in length.

Submit your announcement through OneStart »

Once announced, the time and place cannot be changed without the approval of the dean of the University Graduate School.

Ordinarily, the defense is conducted here at Indiana University, but under extraordinary circumstances other arrangements can sometimes be made. Prior approval must be obtained from your committee and the University Graduate School.

After submitting your Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission e-doc, track your document to ensure timely approval. Click on the “Student Reference” link in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement" section and scroll to the section pertaining to tracking your e-doc.

Learn how to track your announcement »

At Your Defense

Have your committee sign the acceptance and abstract pages of your dissertation at the defense.

Learn more about formatting requirements »

Upcoming Announcments

This list of scheduled Ph.D. dissertation defenses is distributed so that faculty may attend or see the full announcement. If you are a faculty member and wish to see the full announcement, please call the University Graduate School Office at (812) 855-8853. If you wish to attend, please contact the committee chair in advance as a courtesy.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, September 09, 2015, 3:00 pm
Business
Forcum, Lura E.
Why Good Consumers Love Bad Brands: Assertive Language Makes Consumers Care for Brands
HH 742-A
Chair: Prof. Shanker Krishnan, (855-1210)

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
Business
Stefanescu, Catalin N.
Collective Action Clauses in International Sovereign Bond Contracts and Their Effect on Spreads at Issuance
HH-742A
Chair: Prof. Michael Rauh, (855-2782)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, August 31, 2015, 11:00 am
History & Philosophy of Science
Hyslop, Scott J.
The Mathematics of Collision and the Collision of Mathematics in the 17th Century
Goodbody Hall, Room 107
Chair: Prof. Domenico Bertoloni Meli, (855-3622)

Monday, August 31, 2015, 4:00 pm
Anthropology
Olafardottir, Olof D.
The Prevalence of Osteoarthritis in Middle and Late Woodland Populations: the Pete Klunk Mounds
Student Building, SB159
Chair: Prof. Della Collins Cook, (855-6368)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mathematics
Nguyen, Thang Q.
QI-embedding rigidity of nonuniform lattices in higher rank simple Lie groups.
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. David Fisher, (855-6847)

Friday, September 04, 2015, 9:00 am
Biochemistry
Kumka, Joseph E.
Global transcriptional control of photosynthetic and aerobic events in Rhodobacter capsulatus
Simon Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Carl Bauer, (855-6595)

Friday, September 04, 2015, 2:00 pm
Geological Sciences
Cadieux, Sarah B.
BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING OF METHANE WITHIN ADJACENT CLOSED-BASIN LAKES ON THE MARGIN OF THE GREENLAND ICE SHEET
MSBII 102 Gill Conference
Chair: Prof. Lisa M. Pratt, (855-9203)

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Chen, Xiaohong
Tradition in Process: Dissimilation of Tradition in Cultural Preservation and Invention in Jixian in the Course of Modernization of China
Mather\'s Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave.
Chair: Prof. Jason Baird Jackson, (856-1868)

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 4:00 pm
Psychology; Cognitive Science
Betzel, Richard F.
AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN HUMAN ANATOMICAL AND FUNCTIONAL BRAIN NETWORKS
PSY-128
Chair: Prof. Olaf Sporns & Prof. Yong Yeol Ahn, (856-5986 & 856-2920)

Friday, September 18, 2015, 1:00 pm
Central Eurasian Studies
Walmsley, Nicholas G.
“O, Nava’i!” Imitation, innovation, and the invention of a Central Asian literary icon, 1500–1865
School of Global & International Studies, Room 2026
Chair: Prof. Ron Sela, (856-7017)

Friday, September 18, 2015, 2:30 pm
Linguistics
Burghardt, Beatrix
Boundedness, particles and motion events in L2 acquisition
Indiana Memorial Union, Oak Room
Chair: Prof. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig & Prof. David Stringer, (855-9877 & 855-5992)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Sidebottom, Ashely M.
The Development of Comparative Mass Spectrometry Platforms for Novel Natural Product Discovery
Chemistry 033
Chair: Prof. David Giedroc & Prof. Erin Carlson, (856-3178)

Friday, October 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Germanic Studies / Linguistics
Kostakis, Andrew E.
Height, Frontness and the Special Status of /x/, /r/ and /l/ in Germanic Language History
Indiana Memorial Union, Redbud Room
Chair: Prof. Tracy Hall & Prof. Stuart Davis, (855-1640 & 855-2043)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015, 10:30 am
Anthropology
Shattuck, Eric C.
WHERE HORMONES, HEALTH, AND BEHAVIOR MEET: TOWARDS A BIOCULTURAL MODEL OF HUMAN SICKNESS BEHAVIOR
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Michael Muehlenbein, (855-2040)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, August 31, 2015, 3:00 pm
Higher Education
Beeler McWhorter, Elizabeth J.
AN INVISIBLE POPULATION SPEAKS: EXPLORING COLLEGE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES OF UNDOCUMENTED UNDERGRADUATES AT A CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
WW Wright School of Education, Rm. 2140
Chair: Prof. Thomas Nelson Laird, (856-8366)

Friday, September 04, 2015, 11:00 am
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Barnes, Jacqueline L.
Investigating the Diversity of Users\' Experiences Within an Educational Game
School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Joyce Alexander, (856-8352)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015, 10:00 am
Higher Education
Mallon III, David J.
MAKING THEIR PLACE – IDENTIFYING THE TRANSFORMATION OF COLLEGE SPACE TO STUDENT PLACE, A STUDY OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PLACE MAKING
IUPUI, ES 3138B
Chair: Prof. Thomas Nelson Laird, (856-8366)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 10:00 am
Instructional Systems Technology
Jung, Eulho
Expertise Development Through Accelerated Learning: A Multiple-Case Study on Instructional Principles
Room 2275, Instructional Systems Technology Classroom, School of Education
Chair: Prof. Curtis Bonk, (322-2878)

Friday, September 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
Higher Education
Ferguson, Tomika L.
\"I Can Do More Things\": How Black Female Student-Athletes Contend with Race, Gender, and Stereotypes
W.W. Wright School of Education, Room 2140
Chair: Prof. Robin Hughes, (856-7757)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, September 11, 2015, 10:30 am
Public Affairs
Watkins, Shannon L.
Trees, Communities, and Equity: Nonprofit Tree Planting and the Coproduction of Urban Forests
SPEA Dean\'s Conference Room, Suite 300
Chair: Prof. Burnell Fisher, (855-0441)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Wednesday, September 02, 2015, 1:00 pm
Health Behavior
Lin, Yi-Chun
Evaluation of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in Indiana: secondary analyses of the 2010-2012 dataset
School of Public Health C013
Chair: Prof. Alyce Fly, (855-7975)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Health Behavior
Zhao, Xueyin
Western Organizational Change Capacity Theory and its Application in Chinese Public Health Organizations: A Multiple Case Analysis
School of Public Health Room 125
Chair: Prof. Robert Goodman, (812-219-7957)

Wednesday, September 09, 2015, 9:00 am
Health Behavior
Putz, John W.
Healthcare Integration and Hepatitis C Surveillance in a Community Mental Health Center
SPH Dean\'s Conference Room, Room 107
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Macy, (856-0704)