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.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10:00 am
Germanic Studies
Lukic, Anita
Narrative Turning Points: A Theory of Character Change in the German Novel, 1775-1796
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Claudia Breger, (855-0101)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Larsen, Megan
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbe-phage interactions: Characterizing the stoichiometric constraints of cyanobacteria and myophage
Simon Hall, rom 001
Chair: Prof. Jay Lennon, (856-0962)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1:00 pm
Psychology
Van Loo, Katie
Exploring how power moderates the importance of self-as-perceived-source information in predicting heuristic use in judgments
MSBII Gill Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Robert Rydell, (855-7608)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 3:00 pm
Mass Communications (Tel)
Matthews, Nicholas
The Moral Mind: An Investigation of Moral Decision Making in a Virtual Environment
RTV 271
Chair: Prof. Andrew Weaver, (856-2552)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 4:00 pm
Central Eurasian Studies; Linguistics
Washington, Jonathan
An investigation of vowel anteriority in three Turkic languages using ultrasound tongue imaging
Indiana Memorial Union, Oak Room
Chair: Prof. Christopher Beckwith / Prof. Kenneth de Jon, (855-2428 / 856-1307)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Shocket, Marta
Environmental drivers of disease in a Daphnia-fungus system with seasonal epidemics
Jordan Hall, A100
Chair: Prof. Spencer Hall, (855-6013)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am
Physics
Lara, Manuel
Evidence for e+e- to gamma eta_c(1S) at center of mass energies between 4.01 and 4.60 GeV
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Matthew Shepherd / Prof. Ryan MItchell, (856-5808 / 855-6973)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am
English
Bohman, Erik
Articulated Worlds: Phenomenology, Narrative Form, and the 20th Century Novel
Ballantine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Edward Comentale, (855-8224)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 1:30 pm
Chemistry
Li, Chenglei
UNDERSTANDING VIRAL CAPSID ASSEMBLY BASED ON SIMPLE DODECAHEDRAL SYSTEMS
CH 001
Chair: Prof. Adam Zlotnick, (856-1925)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
Microbiology
Sanfilippo, Joseph
Regulation of blue-green photobehavior in marine Synechococcus
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Kehoe, (856-4715)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
Gender Studies
Ireland, Heather
Privatizing the Welfare Queen: Meritocracy, Mothers of Color, and Discourses of Entrepreneurship
Ballantine Hall, Room 622
Chair: Prof. LaMonda Horton-Stallings, (904-254-2602)

Friday, July 01, 2016, 10:30 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Gibson, Amanda
The consequences of coevolution: field, experimental and phylogenetic examinations of host-parasite coevolution and diversity
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Curtis Lively, (855-3282)

Friday, July 01, 2016, 2:00 pm
Physics
Williams-Garcia, Rashid
Phase Transitions in Living Neural Networks
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. John Beggs, (855-7359)

Friday, July 01, 2016, 2:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Koziol, Elizabeth
The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in prairie grassland succession and restoration
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. James Bever, (855-5969)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 1:00 pm
Theatre & Drama
Stollenwerk, Joseph
A Musical of One's Own: American Women Writing Musicals 1970 - 1985
AD A262
Chair: Prof. Ronald Wainscott, (855-9021)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Waggoner, Jessica
Crip Modernisms: The Roots of Disability Consciousness in American Literature and Culture
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. T. Scott Herring, (855-8224)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Waggoner, Jessica
Crip Modernisms: The Roots of Disability Consciousness in American Literature and Culture
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. T. Scott Herring, (855-8224)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Waggoner, Jessica
Crip Modernisms: The Roots of Disability Consciousness in American Literature and Culture
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. T. Scott Herring, (855-8224)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Wilson, Leah
Neural Mechanisms of Seasonal Flocking
Jordan Hall, Room 009
Chair: Prof. G. Troy Smith / Prof. Ellen Ketterson, (856-0109 / 855-6837)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Smith, Cortney
Countering the Vanishing Race Myth through a Native American Rhetoric of Hybridity
Classroom Office Building, Room 272
Chair: Prof. Robert Terrill, (855-8224)

Friday, July 08, 2016, 9:30 am
Mathematics
Kim, Jiwon
Fixed points on p-adic period domains and rational conjugacy classes: an example for GSp(4)
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Matthias Strauch, (856-5179)

Friday, July 08, 2016, 2:00 pm
Economics
Eiben, Ryan
Essays on the Role of Government Liabilities in Financial Markets: Perspectives on Policy
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Grey Gordon / Prof. Eric Leeper, (855-4203 / 855-9157)

Monday, July 11, 2016, 9:00 am
Geological Sciences
Wei, Lin
Gas genesis and storage in source rocks: Geochemistry, organic petrography, and porosimetry
GY S201
Chair: Prof. Arndt Schimmelmann / Prof. Maria Mastalerz , (855-7645 / 855-9416)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 2:00 pm
Criminal Justice
Scott, Julia
THE PERCEPTION AND MANAGEMENT OF CRIMINAL STIGMA: AN EXAMINATION OF STIGMA’S DIFFERENTIAL IMPACT ON PAROLEES AND PROBATIONERS
Sycamore Hall, Room 312
Chair: Prof. Arvind Verma, (855-0220)

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 3:00 pm
Psychology
Magdaleno, Francisco
The Intrasexual Function of Song Repertoires in the Brown-Headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater ater
Psychology, Room 230
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Alberts / Prof. Stanley Wasserman, (855-3309 / 856-7828)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 10:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior; Psychology
Shelton, Delia
A tale of scales and tails: Environmental mechanisms shape complex behavior in puddles and huddles
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Alberts / Prof. Emilia Martins, (856-5840 / 855-3309)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 11:00 am
Mathematics
Gupta, Nikhil
Spectral Properties of the Hyperbolic Laplacian in the Presence of Unitary Characters
Rawles Hall, Room 104
Chair: Prof. Christopher Judge, (855-2353)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Chemistry
Wu, Fangzhou
Chemical Synthesis and Characterizations of Novel Insulin-like Peptides
Chemistry, CH033
Chair: Prof. Richard DiMarchi, (856-1840)

Monday, July 18, 2016, 10:00 am
Cognitive Science; Psychology
de Leeuw, Joshua
Dynamic Constraints in Statistical Learning
Psychology, 128
Chair: Prof. Robert Goldstone / Prof. Peter Todd, (855-4853 / 855-3914)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:00 pm
Mass Communications
Wagner, A.Jay
A Most Essential Principle: Use and Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act from 1975 to 2014
Indiana Memorial Union, Sassafras Room
Chair: Prof. Anthony Fargo, (855-5420)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 1:00 pm
Gender Studies
Vandenberg, Allison
Modeling Selfhood: Phenomenology and Women's Beauty Practices, 1945-1985
Ballantine Hall, Room 622
Chair: Prof. Brenda Weber / Prof. Colin Johnson, (856-6033 / 855-6702)

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10:00 am
Comparative Literature
Arenberg, Meg
Ulimi Huiba (The Tongue Steals): Genre, Intertextuality and Identity-Making in Tanzanian Literature
BLBH 137
Chair: Prof. Eileen Julien, (855-7537)

Monday, July 25, 2016, 10:00 am
Economics
Ridwan, Endrizal
ESSAYS ON MICROFINANCE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND SOCIAL CAPITAL IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Michael Kaganovich, (855-6967)

Monday, July 25, 2016, 3:00 pm
English
Vishnuvajjala, Usha
Making Friends: Bonds of Sympathy in the Matter of Britain
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Karma Lochrie, (855-8224)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:00 am
Biochemistry
Chandrasekhara, Chinmayi
Selective ribosomal RNA gene silencing in Arabidopsis
Jordan Hall, Room 248
Chair: Prof. Craig Pikaard, (855-1874)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Koh, Eun
Interfacial chemistry and light-induced nanoparticle interactions studied by photothermal heterodyne detection
Chemistry, CH030
Chair: Prof. Bogdan Dragnea, (856-0087)

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
Neural Sciences / Psychology
Bunner, Kendra
Behavioral and electrophysiological assessment following GLT1 upregulation reveals a therapeutic target for Huntington’s disease
MSBII, Room 102
Chair: Prof. George Rebec / Prof. Kenneth Mackie, (855-5351 / 855-2042)

Friday, July 29, 2016, 10:30 am
French
Bastin, Kathryn
Humanity in Play: Man Meets Monkey in Ancien Régime France
Global & International Studies, Room 2067
Chair: Prof. Hall Bjørnstad / Prof. Guillaume Ansart, (855-6596 / 855-9608)

Monday, August 01, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Pirinelli, Alyssa
Protecting Group Comparison On Common 6-Deoxy Sugars With Application To The Automated Solution-Phase Synthesis Of Oligorhamnans
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Nicola Pohl, (855-0298)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Lightfoot, Ashley
Invariants of link homotopy in dimension four
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Paul Kirk, (855-8466)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Anthony, Staci
Design and Development of an MS/MS Instrument for Megadalton-Sized Ions
Chemistry, 033
Chair: Prof. Martin Jarrold, (855-8331)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Chen, Yu-Yuan
Generalized Boole Transformations with Infinitely Many Singularities
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Marlies Gerber, (855-1277)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 3:00 pm
Biochemistry
Ozes, Ali
Targeting the long non-coding RNA HOTAIR in cancer
Jordan Hall, Room 009
Chair: Prof. Kenneth Nephew, (855-9445)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Hu, Hailiang
Z/3-actions on S^8 x S^8 xS^8
Rawles Hall, Room 368
Chair: Prof. James Davis, (855-5069)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 1:00 pm
Cognitive Science / Informatics
Agmon, Eran
The Foundation of Agency: An exploration in how minimal organisms emerge from and adapt to their environment
Eigenmann Hall, Room 821
Chair: Prof. Randall Beer / Prof. Colin Allen, (856-0873 / 855-8916)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 9:30 am
Fine Arts-Art History
Hansen, Lindsey
The Bishop Performed: Sculpture, Liturgy and Episcopal Identity in Thirteenth-Century France
FIne Arts, Room 002
Chair: Prof. Diane Reilly, (855-9556)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Smith, Alison
Optical Properties and Sensing Applications of Stellated and Bimetallic Nanostructures
Chemistry, 033
Chair: Prof. Sara Skrabalak, (856-1892)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instructin
Creager, Mark
The Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Geometric Proof of Secondary Pre-Service Teachers
Wright School of Education, Room 2012
Chair: Prof. Peter Kloosterman, (856-8147)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 9:15 am
Special Education
Grimmet, Kharon
Examining the Quality of Life of Young Adults with Intellectual Disability: Using Photo Elicitation to Empower an Unknown Voice
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. David Mank, (855-6508)

Friday, July 01, 2016, 10:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Escobar, Oscar
LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF LATINO ADOLESCENT RELIGIOSITY ON SUBSEQUENT MARIJUANA USE DURING EMERGING ADULTHOOD
Wright School of Education, Room ED0034
Chair: Prof. Ellen Vaughan, (856-8243)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10:00 am
Special Education
Ruich, Lawrence
VOICES OF SPECIAL EDUCATORS TEACHING STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES (ED): EXAMINING THE MARGINALIZED OF THE MARGINALIZED
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Gretchen Butera, (856-8153)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 11:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Shin, Minkyeong
Gratitude and Asian American Parent-Child Relationships
Wright School of Education, Center for Human Growth, Room 0034
Chair: Prof. Y. Joel Wong, (856-8293)

Friday, July 29, 2016, 1:00 pm
Learning & Developmental Science
Doran, Kelly
Early Alcohol Use and Timing of Sexual and Reproductive Onset
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Mary Waldron, (856-8334)

Monday, August 08, 2016, 11:00 am
Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
Stuehling, Amara
"We Speak `Hola' in School": A Case Study of Global Education in a Partial-Immersion Spanish Preschool
Wright School of Education, 4204
Chair: Prof. Beth Samuelson, (856-8256)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, July 08, 2016, 8:00 am
Computer Science
Arap, Omer
Offloading Collective Operations to Network Aware Programmable Logic
CREST, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Martin Swany, (812-369-0321)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 11:00 am
Informatics
Brown, Travis
Strategic Analysis & Formulation through Design Doing: An Applied Study of Design Strategy
Informatics West, 100A
Chair: Prof. Martin Siegel, (856-1103)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Informatics
Park, Dongoh
Digital Nation-Building: Sociotechnical Development of Korean Public Key Infrastructure
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Eden Medina, (856-1871)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 10:30 am
Computer Science
Lee, Stefan
Data-Driven Computer Vision for Science and the Humanities
Informatics West, Room 100A
Chair: Prof. David Crandall, (856-1115)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 3:00 pm
Information Science
Scheidt, Lois
Scholarly and Producer Perceptions of Genre in Female and Male Adolescent Weblogs
Telecom, TV 180
Chair: Prof. Susan Herring, (408-628-4953)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 1:00 pm
Informatics / Cognitive Science
Agmon, Eran
The Foundation of Agency: An exploration in how minimal organisms emerge from and adapt to their environment
Eigenmann Hall, Room 821
Chair: Prof. Randall Beer / Prof. Colin Allen, (856-0873 / 855-8916)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, July 01, 2016, 10:00 am
Public Affairs
Lee, David
Understanding Intergovernmental Management in Homelessness Program Implementation
SPEA Room 300
Chair: Prof. Michael McGuire, (855-5058)

Thursday, July 07, 2016, 11:15 am
Public Affairs
Demircioglu, Mehmet
Three Essays on Public Sector Innovation
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room (300)
Chair: Prof. Sergio Fernandez, (855-4944)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 9:00 am
Public Affairs
Alcorn, Jessica
Analyzing the energy ecosystem: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding alternative energy realignments
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room
Chair: Prof. John Graham, (855-1432)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 1:30 pm
Public Affairs
Wendling, Zachary
Policy aspects of the diffusion of unconventional gas development
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Room 300
Chair: Prof. John Graham, (855-1432)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Human Performance
Hall, Emily
EFFECTS OF FUNCTIONAL VS NON-FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATION PROTOCOLS ON THE DEFICITS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC ANKLE INSTABILITY
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Carrie Docherty, (856-6035)