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.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, February 19, 2016, 10:00 am
Economics
Zuo, Guang
The Implication of Changes in U.S. Labor Income Uncertainty and Financial Market on U.S. Mortgage Market
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Bulent Guler, (855-7791)

Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:00 pm
Comparative Literature
Li, Lily
Chinese Writers Writing Abroad: Allegories of Diasporic Identity in Transition
Ballantine Hall, Room 916
Chair: Prof. Angela Pao, ((609) 903-5685)

Monday, February 22, 2016, 1:00 pm
Political Science
Slaboch, Matthew
Abandoning Hope, Questioning Change: German, Russian, and American Critics of "Progress" Compared
Woodburn Hall 218
Chair: Prof. Aurelian Craiutu, (855-5883)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 9:00 am
Japanese
Peterson, Joannah
“Re-Envisioning the Workings of Text and Image: Yoru no Nezame and Late-Heian Literature and Art”
GISB 2067
Chair: Prof. Edith Sarra, (855-4031)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 12:45 pm
Law & Social Science
Puckett, Blake
Exporting the Rule of Law to Central Asia: International Actors and Localized Perspectives
Lowell E Baier Hall at IU Maurer School of Law, Faculty Conference Room
Chair: Prof. David Williams, (855-6793)

Friday, February 26, 2016, 12:00 pm
Physics
Roy, Suva
Motion Encoding in the Blowfly Visual System
Swain Hall West, Rom 238
Chair: Prof. Rob de Ruyter van Steveninck, (855-6857)

Monday, February 29, 2016, 12:45 pm
Political Science
Krumm, Mitchell
Legitimate Secession: Self-Determination, Liberalism, and the Consent of the Governed
Woodburn Hall 220A
Chair: Prof. Russell Hanson, (855-4154)

Thursday, March 03, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Abi Mansour, Andrew
Multiscale Equation-free Algorithms for Molecular Dynamics
Chemistry C033
Chair: Prof. Peter Ortoleva, (327-1633)

Friday, March 04, 2016, 10:00 am
English
Tooker, Jessica
To See It Feelingly: Towards a Theory of Theatrical Empathy in the Plays of William Shakespeare
Ballantine Hall, Room 442
Chair: Prof. Joan Pong Linton, (855-2285)

Monday, March 07, 2016, 8:00 am
Psychology
Hill, Yvette
An examination of differences in subjective sexual arousal, testosterone, and visual attention to sexually explicit stimuli in sexually coercive and non-coercive men
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Julia Heiman, (855-7686)

Monday, March 07, 2016, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Jacobsen, Deidra
PLANT-INSECT INTERACTIONS SHAPE PLANT RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND HERBIVORE RESPONSES IN SOLANACEOUS SPECIES
Ballantine Hall, Room 204
Chair: Prof. Lynda Delph, (855-1831)

Monday, March 07, 2016, 1:00 pm
Anthropology
Foley, Allison
Trauma in the Central Illinois River Valley: A paleopathological analysis of the Morton Site
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Della Collins Cook, (855-6368)

Tuesday, March 08, 2016, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
McCormick, Meghan
Development and Application of Experimental and Computational Methods to Elucidate Inorganic Mechanisms and Inspire Molecular Design
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Mu-Hyun Baik, (856-0454)

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 1:30 pm
Germanic Studies; Linguistics
Kaden, Christiane
Lengthenings and Shortenings in Germanic
Indiana Memorial Union, Sassafras Room
Chair: Prof. Tracy Alan Hall, (855-1640)

Friday, March 11, 2016, 10:30 am
Physics
Dattagupta, Aparajita
Observation of Electroweak W+Jets Production and Kinematic Tests of Vector Boson Fusion Using the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Sabine Lammers, (856-2152)

Friday, March 11, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Neal, Carter
Emersonian Friendship: A Splendid Failure
Ballantine Hall, Room 442
Chair: Prof. Christoph Irmscher, (443-622-3277)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 2:30 pm
Near Eastern Language & Culture
Alsaad, Anwar
Narratological Techniques in The Modern Gulf Novels: A case study of the narrative works of Fawziyya Shuawish al-Sālim
Wright School of Education, Room 3004
Chair: Prof. Suzanne Stetkevych, (812-272-2039)

Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:00 am
French
Wagner, David
The Complex Force of Fear: Understanding Power, Faith, and Love in Seventeenth-Century France
Indiana Memorial Union, Maple Room
Chair: Prof. Hall Bjornstad, (855-6596)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
McGuire, Caitlyn
Pollution Electrocution: Reduction of Legacy Pollutants
Chemistry 033
Chair: Prof.Dennis Peters, (855-9671)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 3:00 pm
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Hyten LaFontaine, Stephanie
Maternal Personality and First Graders' Somatic Complaints: Exploring the Moderating Role of Inhibited Temperament
Wright School of Education, Room 4205
Chair: Prof. Anne Stright, (856-8318)

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Fouad, Khadija
American Muslim Undergraduates' Views on Evolution
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Valarie Akerson, (856-8140)

Friday, March 04, 2016, 3:00 pm
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Yu, Christine
DO PEERS MATTER? IT DEPENDS: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION DURING CHILDHOOD, PEER RELIGIOSITY, AND ADOLESCENT RELIGIOSITY OF CATHOLICS, MAINLINE PROTESTANTS, AND EVANGELICALS
Swain Hall West, Room 221
Chair: Prof. Anne Stright, (856-8318)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 3:00 pm
School Psychology
Buckley, Rose
STUDENT VOICE IN URBAN SCHOOL REFORM: STUDENT PERSPECTIVES OF PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICES
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Russell Skiba, (855-4438)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, March 02, 2016, 10:00 am
Public Affairs
Paydar, Naveed
Assessing the Social License to Operate: State Reinvestment Policies for Unconventional Gas Development
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room 300
Chair: Prof. John Graham, (855-1432)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Monday, February 29, 2016, 4:00 pm
Leisure Behavior
Davidson, Curt
BUILDING CHARACTER THROUGH ADVENTURE EDUCATION: A STUDY OF LEVELS OF GRIT AND RESILIENCE IN OUTWARD BOUND STUDENTS
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Alan Ewert, (855-8116)

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8:30 am
Health Behavior
Kim, Nayoung
INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE STUDIES ON SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SMOKING AMONG NEVER-SMOKING ADOLESCENTS
School of Public Health Building, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Dong-Chul Seo, (855-9379)