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.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, August 06, 2015, 2:00 pm
Business
Cho, David D.W.
Behavior, Flexibility, and Quality in Service Operations Management
HH 742A
Chair: Prof. Kurt Bretthauer, (855-3487)

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:30 pm
Business
Guo, Shanshan
Energy Storage Investment and Management
HH-742A
Chair: Prof. Gilvan Souza & Prof. Shanshan Hu, (855-3491 )

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Philosophy
Woodward, Philip
The Emergence of Mental Content: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Mind
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Timothy O\'Connor, (855-6817)

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 2:00 pm
Speech & Hearing Science
Vargas, Susanna M.
Narrative production in school-age dual language learners: a comparison of two tasks
Speech & Hearing Sciences, Room C108, 200 S. Jordan Avenue
Chair: Prof. Raquel Anderson, (855-4161)

Friday, July 31, 2015, 1:30 pm
Communication & Culture
Gilbert, Christopher J.
An Art of War: National Character and the Burden of Caricature
Classroom Office Building 272
Chair: Prof. John Louis Lucaites, (855-5411)

Monday, August 03, 2015, 10:00 am
Chemistry
Jefferies, Latisha R.
Alcohols as Electrophiles!? A Major Breakthrough for Nucleophilic Displacement of Unactivated Alcohols: Direct Access to Various C-C and C-N Bond Formations via a Novel Iron Catalyst
Chemistry, Room C127
Chair: Prof. Silas Cook, (856-3273)

Monday, August 03, 2015, 1:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Gordon, Jeremy G.
A Labyrinth of Warriors, Gods, and Monsters: Towards a Mythopoeic Vision of Combat Trauma
Classroom Office Building, Brigance Library, Room 272
Chair: Prof. John Lucaites, (855-1646)

Monday, August 03, 2015, 2:00 pm
Sociology
Izienicki, Hubert M.
The Role of Immigration in Polish Gay Men\'s Identity Salience and Gay Community Attachment: A Comparative Study
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Brian Powell, (855-7624)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 1:00 pm
Mathematics
Carter, Anne T.
Lubin-Tate Deformation Spaces and (phi,Gamma)-Modules
Rawles Hall, Room 316
Chair: Prof. Matthias Strauch, (856-5179)

Wednesday, August 05, 2015, 10:00 am
Biochemistry
Gebhart, Natasha N.
The Identification and Characterization of RNA-Binding Proteins Involved in Alphavirus Replication
Simon Hall 001
Chair: Prof. Richard Hardy, (856-0652)

Thursday, August 06, 2015, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Bhattacharya, Prasit
Higher Associativity of Moore spectra
Rawles Hall, Room 368
Chair: Prof. Michael Mandell, (855-8524)

Thursday, August 06, 2015, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Hirsch, Brandon E.
Supramolecular Surface Assemblies: Ion Binding, Electric Field Perturbations, and Self-Association
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Steven L. Tait, (855-1302)

Friday, August 07, 2015, 1:00 pm
Physics
Miller, Emily B.
Exploring a Network\'s Topological Parameter Space in Search of Critical Dynamics
Swain West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. John Beggs, (855-7359)

Monday, August 10, 2015, 10:30 am
Religious Studies
Dees, Sarah E.
The Scientific Study of Native American Religions, 1879-1903
Sycamore Hall, Room 224
Chair: Prof. Candy Gunther Brown, (812-269-2710)

Monday, August 10, 2015, 11:00 am
Physics
Niner, Evan D.
Observation of Electron Neutrino Appearance in the NuMI Beam with the NOvA Experiment
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Mark Messier, (855-0236)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 9:00 am
Political Science
Wahab, Hassan
THE POLITICS OF STATE WELFARE IN AFRICA: GHANA’S NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Lauren MacLean, (856-2376)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Ewing, Michael A.
Towards Higher Resolution in Ion Mobility Spectrometry and an Advanced Understanding of Polyubiquitins
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. David Clemmer, (855-8259)

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Dennis, Elise A.
Distance-of-Flight and Zoom–Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometries: Approaches for energy-focused, velocity-based mass separations
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Gary Hieftje, (855-2189)

Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am
Microbiology
Wiltbank, Lisa B.
Integrated Roles of Cyanobacteriochrome Photoreceptors in Light Color Acclimation of Cyanobacteria
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Kehoe, (856-4715)

Friday, August 14, 2015, 11:00 am
Germanic Studies
Hamilton, Andrew B.
Semiotics of Silence: A Theory of German Realism
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Fritz Breithaupt, (855-4551)

Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:00 pm
Physics
Baird, Michael D.
An Analysis of Muon Neutrino Disappearance from the NuMI Beam Using an Optimal Track Fitter.
Swain Hall West, 238
Chair: Prof. Mark Messier, (855-0236)

Monday, August 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Buterbaugh, Chad E.
Vernacular Entrepreneurship as a Model for Oral Tradition
501 N. Park Ave., Room 100
Chair: Prof. John McDowell, (855-0390)

Monday, August 17, 2015, 2:00 pm
Spanish
Herring, Elizabeth M.
¿Por qué piko? Examining Paraguayan Spanish question markers through dissection of Paraguayan tweets and other media
Ballantine Hall, Room 142
Chair: Prof. J. Clancy Clements, (855-7447)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Lo, Chi Yu
The Height-2 Lubin Tate space and p-adic analytic representation
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Matthias Strauch, (856-5179)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 1:00 pm
Biochemistry
Illingworth, Melissa J.
ACTIVATION OF FOLDING FUNCTION OF THE SINGLE RING GROELSR
Simon Hall, MSB1 room 001
Chair: Prof. Lingling Chen, (856-0491)

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Glover, Matthew S.
Developing Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Techniques to Measure Peptide Structure
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Clemmer, (855-8259)

Friday, August 21, 2015, 2:00 pm
Cognitive Science
Bowers, Robert I.
A Behaviour Systems Approach to Causal Reasoning
Eigenmann Hall, 821
Chair: Prof. William Timberlake & Prof. Jonathon Crystal, (336-1632 / 856-2246)

Friday, August 28, 2015, 11:00 am
Geological Science
Donoghue, Kellie A.
Investigation of Prominent Mineralized Fractures in the Middle to Upper Devonian Mudstones of the Illinois Basin: Implications for Multi-Episode Fluid Migration and Seal Breach
Geological Sciences, Room 214
Chair: Prof. Juergen Schieber, (855-5322)

Monday, August 31, 2015, 4:00 pm
Anthropology
Olafardottir, Olof D.
The Prevalence of Osteoarthritis in Middle and Late Woodland Populations: the Pete Klunk Mounds
Student Building, SB159
Chair: Prof. Della Collins Cook, (855-6368)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mathematics
Nguyen, Thang Q.
QI-embedding rigidity of nonuniform lattices in higher rank simple Lie groups.
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. David Fisher, (855-6847)

Friday, September 04, 2015, 9:00 am
Biochemistry
Kumka, Joseph E.
Global transcriptional control of photosynthetic and aerobic events in Rhodobacter capsulatus
Simon Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Carl Bauer, (855-6595)

Friday, September 04, 2015, 2:00 pm
Geological Sciences
Cadieux, Sarah B.
BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING OF METHANE WITHIN ADJACENT CLOSED-BASIN LAKES ON THE MARGIN OF THE GREENLAND ICE SHEET
MSBII 102 Gill Conference
Chair: Prof. Lisa M. Pratt, (855-9203)

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 4:00 pm
Psychology; Cognitive Science
Betzel, Richard F.
AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN HUMAN ANATOMICAL AND FUNCTIONAL BRAIN NETWORKS
PSY-128
Chair: Prof. Olaf Sporns & Prof. Yong Yeol Ahn, (856-5986 & 856-2920)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Higher Education
Jaffee, Deborah L.
The Reward Preferences of Mid-Level Student Affairs Professionals and the Influence on Job Performance Perceived by These Individuals
W.W. Wright School of Education Building, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Thomas Nelson Laird, (856-8366)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 1:30 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Hagan, Heather N.
Pre-Service Teachers\' Use of Children\'s Literature in Social Studies Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Keith Barton, (856-8058)

Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00 am
Instructional Systems Technology
Wisneski, John E.
VARIANCE IN POST-REQUISITE STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE BASED ON PREREQUISITE COURSE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
W. W. Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, (856-7101)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, August 06, 2015, 1:30 pm
Informatics
Dong, Zheng
Small Communities with Strong Ties {And, Or, Versus} Big Data in Detecting Masquerade Attacks
Informatics West, Room 107
Chair: Prof. L. Jean Camp, (856-1865)

Friday, August 07, 2015, 1:00 pm
Computer Science
Luo, Yuan
Virtual Cluster Management for Analysis of Geographically Distributed and Immovable Data
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Beth Plale, (855-4373)

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:00 am
Computer Science
Lee, Heewok
Computational methods to identify genetic mutations from next-generation sequencing data
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof, Haixu Tang, (856-1859)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, July 31, 2015, 9:00 am
Environmental Science
Herbert, Ellen R.
The effects of global change on the fate of soil organic matter in tidal freshwater wetlands
MSB II Gill Conference Room (1st Floor)
Chair: Prof. Christopher Craft, (856-1837)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
Leisure Behavior
Ostermeyer, Matthew D.
Exploring Evidence of Cultural Competence in Public Parks and Recreation: A Case Study Approach
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Lynn Jamieson, (855-8676)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 11:00 am
Health Behavior
Baldwin, Aleta M.
SEXUAL HEALTHCARE UTILIZATION AND CLINICIAN-PATIENT INTERACTIONS AMONG SEXUALITY MINORITY WOMEN AND TRANS* INDIVIDUALS
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Brian Dodge, (856-0792)

Thursday, August 06, 2015, 11:00 am
Health Behavior
Mayo-Gamble, Tilicia L.
UNDERSTANDING FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH INTENTION TO GO TO A DOCTOR TO REQUEST SICKLE CELL TRAIT SCREENING AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS WITHIN MIDDLE REPRODUCTIVE AGES 18-35
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Susan E. Middlestadt, (856-2767)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Health Behavior
Zhao, Xueyin
Western Organizational Change Capacity Theory and its Application in Chinese Public Health Organizations: A Multiple Case Analysis
School of Public Health Room 125
Chair: Prof. Robert Goodman, (812-219-7957)