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.

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

Friday, April 03, 2015, 10:00 am
Business
Parker, Owen N.
Catering to the Crowd: Three Essays on Social Judgments and Strategic Action
HH-742-A
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Covin, (855-2715)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, March 03, 2015, 2:00 pm
English
Koester, Christopher W.
John Milton and the Poetics of Solitude
Ballantine Hall, Room 442
Chair: Prof. Joan Pong Linton, (855-2285)

Friday, March 06, 2015, 1:00 pm
English
Han, John S.
Overlooked Spaces: the lumber-room, staircase, and alley in Eighteenth-century British novels
Ballantine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Mary Favret, (855-1543)

Monday, March 09, 2015, 9:00 am
History
Simon, Amy M.
\"Surrounded by the Hunter on all Sides\": Jewish Perceptions of Perpetrators in the Nazi Ghettos
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Mark Roseman, (855-8325)

Monday, March 09, 2015, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Penny, Rebecca H.
Cryptic Dioecy and Evolution of Pollen Morphology in Thalictrum
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Lynda Delph, (855-1831)

Monday, March 09, 2015, 3:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Orakwe, Jude T.
JOYFUL NOISE AND VIOLENT PRAYER: MUSIC AND CHARISMATIC WORSHIP PERFORMANCE IN NIGERIAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES IN ROME, ITALY.
506 N. Fess, Rm. 101
Chair: Prof. Daniel Reed, (855-2535)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:00 pm
Linguistics
Yang, Chung-Lin
Phonological variations and L2 word learning: The role of orthography in word recognition and production
Indiana Memorial Union, Hoosier Room
Chair: Prof. Isabelle Darcy, (855-0033)

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:00 am
Anthropology
Posthumus, David
Aspects of Historical and Contemporary Oglala Lakota Belief and Ritual
American Indian Studies Research Institute
Chair: Prof. Raymond DeMallie, (855-4086)

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 4:00 pm
Physics
Salvat, Daniel J.
A Magneto-Gravitational Ultracold Neutron Trap for the Measurement of the Free Neutron Lifetime
ISAT Hall, Room 1200, North Large Conference Rom
Chair: Prof. Chen-Yu Liu, (856-5806)

Monday, March 23, 2015, 10:00 am
Anthropology
Foster, Todd L.
A Nutritional and Anthropometric Assessment of Marshallese School Children
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Paul L. Jamison, (369-8704)

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:00 pm
Biochemistry
Selzer, Lisa
Biophysical Characterization of Assembly, Stability and Dynamics of the Hepatitis B Virus Capsid.
Chemistry 033
Chair: Prof. Adam Zlotnick, (856-1925)

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Strawsine, Lauren
CATALYSIS WITH A SILVER LINING: MECHANISMS, REACTIVITY, AND ADSORPTION PHENOMENA FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL REDUCTION OF ORGANIC HALIDES AT SILVER CATHODES
Chemistry, 033
Chair: Prof. Dennis Peters, (855-9671)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Ho, Kung-Hsien
CENP-A deposition and centromere function: insights from the synthetic kinetochore system
Jordan Hall, Room A302
Chair: Prof. Soni Lacefield, (856-2429)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Carlton, Elizabeth D.
Energetic signals and stressors regulate reproductive-immune trade-offs and seasonal sickness responses in Siberian hamsters
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (409 N. Park Avenue)
Chair: Prof. Gregory Demas, (856-0158)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:00 pm
Political Science
D\'Amico, Nicholas J.
Product of our Environment: The Influence of Institutions on the Use and Effectiveness of Voting Heuristics
Woodburn Hall 218
Chair: Prof. Edward Carmines, (855-5065)

Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Italian
Bowen, Edward M.
Nuovi Cinema Paradiso?: Closure, Urban Renewal, and Grassroots Movements in Rome, 1993-2014
Ballantine Hall, 209
Chair: Prof. Antonio Vitti, (855-2508)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3:00 pm
Mathematics
Hong, Youngjoon
Analysis and approximation of linear and nonlinear partial differential equations: boundary layers, atmospheric equations, change of phase
Swain East 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam, (855-8521)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 3:00 pm
Mathematics
Bousquet, Arthur
Numerical Analysis and Computations of Fluid Flows: Geophysical Flows and Classical Flows
Swain East 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam, (855-8521)

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:00 am
Political Science
Rees, Kristoffer M.
Citizenship, Identity Politics, and Language Choice in Kazakhstan
Goodbody Hall 144/145
Chair: Prof. Gardner Bovingdon & Prof. Jack Bielasiak, (856-0230 & 855-5072)

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:00 am
Central Eurasian Studies
Rees, Kristoffer M.
Citizenship, Identity Politics, and Language Choice in Kazakhstan
Goodbody Hall 144/145
Chair: Prof. Gardner Bovingdon & Prof. Jack Bielasiak, (856-0230 & 855-5072)

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:15 pm
Mathematics
Wang, Chuntian
`Deterministic and stochastic nonlinear partial differential equations: theory and approximation
Swain East, Room 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam & Prof. Nathan Glatt-Holtz, (855-8521)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Physics
Fry, Jason A.
Exploring the Hadronic Weak Interaction with cold neutrons in the NPDGamma and n-4He Experiments
CEEM, South Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Mike Snow, (855-7914)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, March 05, 2015, 11:00 am
Computer Science
Zhang, Yajia
Knowledge Driven Motion Planning
Lindley Hall 325
Chair: Prof. Kris Hauser , (919-660-5441)

Friday, March 06, 2015, 4:00 pm
Computer Science
Luo, Jingru
OPTIMAL MOTION PLANNING FOR MANIPULATORS AND LEGGED ROBOTS
Informatics West, Room 100A
Chair: Prof. Kris Hauser, (510-384-0564)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 3:00 pm
Informatics
Gu, Yupeng
Creating expressive piano performance using statistical models
Informatics West 232
Chair: Prof. Christopher Raphael, (856-1849)

Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:00 pm
Informatics
Bennett, Casey C.
Robotic Faces: Exploring Dynamical Patterns of Social Interaction between Humans and Robots
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Selma Sabanovic, (856-0386)

THE MEDIA SCHOOL, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, March 05, 2015, 10:00 am
Mass Communications
Jankowski, Stacie M.
The Stigma Factor: How stigma attitudes moderate emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to health message frames
Owen Hall, Distinguished Alumni Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Lesa Hatley Major, (855-8111)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 10:00 am
Mass Communications
Pennington, Rosemary M.
Identity, connection, community? A study of the uses and gratifications of Muslim Tumblr bloggers
Ernie Pyle Hall, Roy Howard Room
Chair: Prof. Christine Ogan, (812-272-8842)

Friday, May 01, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mass Communications
Ehmer, Emily A.
Seeking Refuge in a New Homeland: Media Representations of the Burmese Community in Indiana
Ernie Pyle Lounge, Rm. 203, Ernie Pyle Hall
Chair: Prof. Radhika Parameswaran , (855-8569)