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.

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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.

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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. Retain the email confirmation containing your document ID.

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At Your Defense

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

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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.


Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:00 am
Bhattacharya, Abhimanyu
Market Share: Is it Valuable and for Whom?
Hodge Hall, Doctoral Conference Room (HH 7301)
Chair: Prof. Neil Morgan, (855-1114)


Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:00 am
Wurgler, Emily
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Brian Steensland, (317-274-2418)

Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:30 am
Buelow, Samuel
The Paradox of the Kyrgyz Crossdressers: Ethnonationalism and Gender Identity in Central Asia
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Mary Gray / Prof. Nazif Shahrani, (857-453-6318 / 812-855-4858)

Monday, February 27, 2017, 9:00 am
Political Science
Onishi, Kayo
Electoral Gender Quotas and Women's Policy Representation in Developing Countries
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Diana O'Brien / Prof. Karen Rasler, (855-8216)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017, 3:30 pm
Political Science
Sanders, Ottawa
Threat Perception and the Militarization of Minor Powers: Why Leaders Choose to Pursue and Acquire Nuclear Weapons and Why Some Give Them Up Whereas Others Do Not
Woodburn Hall, Room 220A
Chair: Prof. Karen Rasler, (855-4381)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017, 4:30 pm
Cognitive Science
Sang, Ke
Modeling exploration/exploitation behavior and the effect of individual differences
Geology Building, MindGeology Lab Conference Room, 6th floor
Chair: Prof. Peter Todd, (855-3914)

Thursday, March 02, 2017, 2:00 pm
Germanic Studies
Noelliste, Erin
The Phonology of Sonorants in Bavarian German
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Tracy Alan Hall, (855-1640)

Friday, March 03, 2017, 1:30 pm
Political Science
Scofield, Latherine
Indigenous Rights and Constitutional Change in Ecuador
Woodburn Hall, Room 220A
Chair: Prof. Lauren MacLean / Prof. William Scheuerman, (856-2376 / 855-6308)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017, 10:00 am
Brondel, Brian
Populations and History in the Outer Limits of the Magellanic System
Swain Hall West, Astronomy Conference Room 319
Chair: Prof. Catherine Pilachowski, (855-6913)

Thursday, March 09, 2017, 3:30 pm
Weinert, Benjamin
Measurement of the production cross-section of pairs of prompt J/psi mesons at sqrt(s)=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Swain Hall West, Room 252
Chair: Prof. Daria Zieminska, (855-4986)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 1:00 pm
Fu, Jie
Advancing Synthetic Strategies to Materials for Solar-to-Fuel Conversion
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Sara Skrabalak, (856-1892)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1:30 pm
Giebel, Amanda
Genetic Dissection of Chlamydial Virulence Factors and Niche Determinants: From Immune Evasion to Metabolism.
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Nelson, (317-274-2813)

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:45 am
Ong, Kiah Wah
On some dynamic transition problems
Swain Hall East, Room 320
Chair: Prof. Shouhong Wang, (855-8350)

Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:00 am
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Redditt, Thomas
Recognition of the Pseudomonas syringae effector proteins AvrB and AvrRpm1 by Arabidopsis and Soybean Requires Modification of a Conserved Target Protein, RIN4
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Roger Innes, (855-2219)

Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:00 am
Classical Studies: Latin & Greek
Shedd, Martin
Inventing Free Speech: Authority and Genre in the Historia Augusta
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Cynthia Bannon, (855-6651)

Monday, March 27, 2017, 12:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Marasco, Michelle
Characterization of the Biochemical Activities of Multisubunit RNA Polymerases IV and V
Jordan Hall, Room A440
Chair: Prof. Craig Pikaard, (855-1874)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:00 pm
Mass Communications
Pavelko, Rachelle
Beyond stigma: Developing and testing a scale of perceived trivialization of mental illness
Franklin Hall, Room 215
Chair: Prof. Jessica Gall Myrick, (856-7380)

Friday, March 31, 2017, 11:30 am
Cognitive Science; Psychology
Williams, Joshua
"Modality Adaptation Hypothesis": Neurocognitive alterations to novel visuospatial components of sign language during initial acquisition in adulthood
Psychology, Room 288
Chair: Prof. Isabelle Darcy / Prof. Sharlene Newman, (855-0033 / 856-1776)

Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 4:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Zale, Jennifer
Bolshoi Ballerina Vera Karalli: Russia's First Film Star, The Imperial-Era Dance Film, and the Modernization of Cinema-Going Practices and Perceptions in Prerevolutionary Russia
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Joshua Malitsky, (856-0405)

Friday, April 07, 2017, 2:00 pm
Fine Arts - Art History
Matuszak, Joanna
From Red Square to Pushkin Monument: Russian Performance Art in Public Spaces in the 1990s
Fine Arts 002
Chair: Prof. Janet Kennedy, (855-9556)

Monday, April 10, 2017, 1:00 pm
Communication & Culture
de Onis, Kathleen
Energy Remix: Decolonial Discourses of Decarbonization
Indiana Memorial Union, Sassafras Room
Chair: Prof. Robert Terrill, (855-0118)

Monday, May 01, 2017, 12:00 pm
Mize, Trenton
Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in the Labor Market
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Stephen Benard, (856-7418)


Monday, February 27, 2017, 11:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Wright, Lauren
The effectiveness of male-targeted sexual assault prevention programs: A meta-analysis
Wright School of Education, Room 0034
Chair: Prof. Susan Whiston, (856-8336)

Thursday, March 09, 2017, 2:30 pm
Higher Education
Rekhter, Natalia
International Students’ Use of Social Network Sites for College Choice Activities and Decision Making. Russia State University for Humanities
IUPUI, Education & Social Work Building (ES) 3138-B
Chair: Prof. Robin Hughes, (317-274-6817)

Friday, March 10, 2017, 10:00 am
Higher Education
Ward, LaWanda
Arguing Race, Advocating Racism: A Critical Race and Discourse Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Race-conscious Admissions Cases
Wright School of Education, Room 3138B
Chair: Prof. Thomas Nelson Laird, (856-8366)

Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:00 am
Higher Education
Howe, Elijah
Visions of the Greater Good: A History of Student Philanthropy at Indiana University
Wright School of Education
Chair: Prof. Andrea Walton, (856-8358)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Browning, Thomas
Beyond Downloaded Routines: Core Reflection as a Tool for Addressing Uncertainty
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Robert Kunzman, (856-8122)

Friday, March 31, 2017, 1:00 pm
School Psychology
Merrill, Anna
The Additive Effects of Video Self-Modeling on a Social Skills Training Package Addressing Conversational Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wright School of Education, Center for Human Growth, Room 0020
Chair: Prof. Scott Bellini, (345-3839)


Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 am
Computer Science
Zhang, Bingjing
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Judy Qiu Fox, (855-4856)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017, 1:00 pm
Xing, Luyi
Squatting Menace on the Horizon: Understanding and Mitigating Resource-Hijacking Attacks on Modern Computing Systems
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. XiaoFeng Wang, (412-780-0022)

Friday, April 14, 2017, 10:00 am
Kannabiran, Gopinaath
Embodied Wellbeing: A Reimagination of Sustainability and Desire in HCI
Informatics West, Room 107
Chair: Prof. Shaowen Bardzell, (855-1341)


Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 am
Public Policy
Nath, Sanchayan
Beyond Institutional Diversity: Studying Governance & Leadership in the Social-Ecological System of Urban Lakes in Bangalore, India
School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Room A318
Chair: Prof. Daniel Cole / Prof. Michael McGinnis, (855-2426 / 855-1646)


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Human Performance
Lim, Namhun
Examining Professional Baseball Attendance Determinants: A Multilevel Analysis of Major League Baseball (MLB) Seasons
Chair: Prof. Paul Pedersen, (855-4066)

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:00 pm
Human Performance
Smith, Chase
Investigating the student-athlete self-concept: The relationship between the athletic identity and student identity.
School of Public Health building, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Gary Sailes, (855-0538)