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.

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.


Monday, November 27, 2017, 10:45 am
Political Science
Stewart, Katie
Contentious Conceptions of We the People: An Analysis of Regional Variation in Russian Nation-building Strategies and Outcomes
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Regina Smyth, (812-856-2822)

Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:00 pm
Groendyke, Brian
Iron-Catalyzed, Selective Csp3-H Functionalization
Simon Hall, S001
Chair: Prof. Silas Cook, (812-856-3273)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12:00 pm
Fernandez, Kyle
"No Lady Need Despair": Abortion, Pharmaceuticals, and the Regulation of Birth Control Commerce
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Judith Allen, (812-855-0037)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 2:30 pm
Tempas, Christopher
Assembly, Structure, and Functionality of Metal-Organic Networks and Organic Semiconductor Layers at Surfaces
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Steven Tait, (812-855-1302)

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 9:30 am
Shi, Fangye
Sharp decouplings for three dimensional manifolds in R5
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Ciprian Demeter, (812-855-1869)

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm
Neural Sciences / Psychology
Fakhari, Pegah
Computational modeling of planning and re-planning in an unknown stochastic environment
Psychological and Brain Sciences, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Joshua Brown / Prof. Jerome Busemeyer, (812-855-9282 / 812-855-4882)

Friday, December 01, 2017, 8:30 am
French / Linguistics
Montano, Francisco
An Optimality-Theoretic Split-Margin Analysis of the Evolution of Consonant Clusters in Historical French Phonology
Indiana Memorial Union, Maple Room
Chair: Prof. Stuart Davis / Prof. Barbara Vance, (812-855-2043 / 812-855-2702)

Friday, December 01, 2017, 11:30 am
Anthropology / Geological Sciences
Nold, Kathryn
Geological Examination of Archaeological Middens in the Dominican Republic
Geological Sciences, Room 507
Chair: Prof. Geoffrey Conrad / Prof. Claudia Johnson, (812-334-7681 / 812-855-0646)

Saturday, December 02, 2017, 11:00 am
Coleman, Neal
Laplace Subspectrality
Rawles Hall, Room 316
Chair: Prof. Christopher Judge, (812-855-2353)

Monday, December 04, 2017, 3:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Rahko, Stephen
Democracy, Corporate Personhood, and the American Rhetorical Imagination
Franklin Hall, Room FF 230M
Chair: Prof. Robert Ivie, (812-821-0656)

Monday, December 04, 2017, 4:00 pm
Jiang, Jiajian
Multiscale Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory: Demonstration for Plasmon in Nanoparticles
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Peter Ortoleva, (812-327-1633)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 11:30 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Christian, Natalie
Jordan Hall, Room 248
Chair: Prof. Keith Clay, (812-855-8158)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 1:00 pm
Koch, Amanda
Rescue the Perishing: Evangelical Rescue Missions, Social Welfare, and the State in Modern America
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Wendy Gamber, (812-855-5876)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017, 1:00 pm
Lin, Ting
Longitudinal Double-Spin Asymmetries for Dijet Production at Intermediate Pseudorapidity in Polarized P+P Collisions at Center of Mass Energy 200 GeV
Conference Room at Center for Exploration of Energy & Matter
Chair: Prof. Scott Wissink, (812-855-5192)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 4:00 pm
Wiggins, Bryan
Using Induced Signals to Develop a Position-Sensitive Microchannel Plate Detector
Chesmitry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Romualdo de Souza, (812-855-3767)

Friday, December 08, 2017, 1:00 pm
Slavic Languages & Literature
Doludenko, Elena
The Effects of Written Corrective Feedback on L2 Acquisition of Russian.
Global & International Studies, Room 0003
Chair: Prof. Maria Shardakova, (812-855-3370)

Friday, December 08, 2017, 4:00 pm
Lindahl, Sarah
Triggering Enediyne Activation: Defining Geometric and Electronic Factors that Mediate Thermal and Photochemical Bergman Cyclization
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Zaleski, (812-855-2134)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:00 am
Yang, Ruiyu
Different Methods for Phylogenetic Reconstruction and Their Properties
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Housworth / Prof. Predrag Radivojac, (812-855-1960 / 812-856-1851)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:30 am
Clark, Andrew
Diagnosed with Sex: Rethinking Social Science, Sexology, and Identity, 1880–1970
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Judith Allen, (812-855-0037)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:00 pm
Regier, Kirsten
Duration modulation in English and Spanish vowels: Dynamic time warping as a tool for acoustic phonetics.
Indiana Memorial Union, Distinguished Alumni Room
Chair: Prof. Kenneth de Jong, (812-856-1307)

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:00 am
Communication & Culture
Chia, Aleena
Boundary Configurations in Gaming Participation
Franklin Hall, Room 0030M
Chair: Prof. Mary Gray, (812-856-3960)

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:00 pm
Sharma, Nitasha
Dark tourism in India: rituals and representation of death
Student Building, Room 014
Chair: Prof. Dennis Conway / Prof. Daniel Knudsen, (812-855-0571 / 812-855-6303)

Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:00 am
Fueki, Takuji
Essays on Macroeconomics
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Todd Walker, (812-856-2892)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2:30 pm
Peng, Tianyuan
Progress towards a glycosidase toolbox for carbohydrate sequencing: assay developments for putative glycosidase characterization and artificial glycosidase design for efficient carbohydrate hydrolysis
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Nicola Pohl, (812-855-0298)


Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 1:00 pm
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Carpenter, Laura
More Than a Name: Using the Framework of Mechanistic Reasoning to Move Beyond Taxonomies in Occupational Therapists' Clinical Reasoning
Wright School of Education, Room 2261
Chair: Prof. Joshua Danish, (812-856-8330)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10:00 am
Higher Education
Bar, Abeer
Factors Affecting the Acculturation of Saudi Female Graduate Students in a US Mid-Western Research University
Wright School of Education, Room 4214
Chair: Prof. Alexander McCormick , (812-856-5824)

Friday, December 08, 2017, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Eker, Ayfer
Teachers as unit designers: exploring the factors behind teachers' decisions
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Dionne Cross Francis, (812-856-8221)


Friday, December 08, 2017, 4:15 pm
O'Brien, Kerry
Experimentalisms of the Self: Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), 1966–1971
Simon Music Center Building, Music Library, M267
Chair: Prof. Phil Ford, (812-855-6985)


Friday, December 08, 2017, 10:00 am
Near Eastern Language & Cultures
Bentil-Mawusi, Nana Aba
Performing Arab and African Royalty: An Intertextual Approach to the Performance of the Abbasid, Ashanti and Yoruba Court Panegyric.
Indiana Memorial Union, Redbud Room
Chair: Prof. Samuel Obeng / Prof. Suzanne Stetkevych, (812-361-6786 / 812-272-2039)


Monday, December 18, 2017, 10:30 am
Public Affairs
Zhang, Yu
Public Opinion of Shale Gas Development in China: Financial Incentives, Trust in Government and a Comparative Study with the United States
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Dean's Conference Room SPEA300
Chair: Prof. John Graham, (812-855-1432)


Friday, December 01, 2017, 3:00 pm
Health Behavior
Simmons, Megan
School of Public Health Annex Building, 801 E. 7th Street, Conference Space
Chair: Prof. Beth Meyerson / Prof. Stephanie Sanders, (812-855-0585 / 812-327-8781)

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 8:30 am
Health Behavior
Carter, Greg
Interplay of agency, community, and attitudinal factors related to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis by advanced practice nurses in Indiana
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Beth Meyerson / Prof. Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, (812-855-0585 / 812-855-1561)