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.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, February 09, 2015, 10:00 am
Communication & Culture
Cram, Emily D.
Violent Inheritance: Landscape Memory, Materiality, and Queer Feelings in the Rocky Mountain West
Indiana Memorial Union, Redbud Room
Chair: Prof. John Louis Lucaites, (855-0827)

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 2:00 pm
Folklore
Moore, Rebekah E.
Indie Music in Post-bomb Bali: Participant Practices, Scene Subjectivities
IDAH Conference, Wells Library East Tower, E171
Chair: Prof. Daniel Reed, (855-2535)

Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:00 am
Near Easterm Language & Culture
Gibrill, Muhammed Al-Munir
A Structural-Functional Analysis of the Poetics of Arabic Qaṣīdah: An Ethnolinguistic Study of Three Qaṣīdahs on Colonial Conquest of Africa by Al-ḥājj ῾Umar b. Abī Bakr b. ῾Uthmān Krachi (1858-1
Goodbody Hall, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Salman Al-Ani & Prof. John Hanson, (855-8555 & 855-5212)

Monday, February 23, 2015, 2:30 pm
Biochemistry
Brandt, Sara J.
Synthesis and Characterization of Insulin Receptor Partial Agonists as a Route to Improved Diabetes Therapy
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Richard DiMarchi, (317-625-4664)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 1:30 pm
Physics
Liu, Ao
Design and Simulation of the nuSTORM Facility
CEEM, South Large Meeting Room
Chair: Prof. Shyh-Yuan Lee, (855-2899)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Gaye, Maissa M.
Ion Mobility Spectrometry for the Analysis of Carbohydrates: Structural Characterization and Disease Phenotype Delineation
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. David Clemmer, (855-8259)

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:00 pm
English
Han, Carrie L.
Continual Reading: Modern Adaptations and Victorian Reading Practices
Ballantine Hall Parker Library
Chair: Prof. Andrew Miller / Prof. Joss Marsh, (855-8224 )

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)

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)

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)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, February 03, 2015, 9:30 am
History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Wang, Hsiang-ning
An Exploration of Taiwanese Adolescent Cross-Strait Transmigration, Education, and Identification
Wright School of Education, Room 4228
Chair: Prof, Heidi Ross, (408-679-3050)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 3:30 pm
Higher Education
Blankenship, John B.
THE NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTION OF SEXUAL SELF IN A GENERATION-COHORT OF COLLEGE MEN
School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Andrea Walton, (856-8358)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

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)

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, 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)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 11:00 am
Public Affairs
Chang, Chaeyoung
Empirical Evidence on Factors Contributing to the Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the United States
Dean\'s Conference Room, 1315 E 10th Street
Chair: Prof. David Reingold, (855-5058)