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.

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.


Thursday, January 19, 2017, 2:30 pm
Shi, Wenqing
Unconventional Nanopipettes for Local Chemical Analysis
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Lane Baker, (856-1873)

Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:00 pm
Krodel, Meredith
Analysis of the TAM Family Signaling Network: Receptor Interaction and Trafficking
Multidisciplinary Science Building II, Rm 102
Chair: Prof. Anne Prieto, (855-4642)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 1:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Walsh, Bryan
The Ephemera of Dissident Memory: Remembering Military Violence in 21st-Century American War Culture
Franklin Hall 230
Chair: John Lucaites, (812-856-0287)

Friday, January 27, 2017, 10:00 am
Germanic Studies
Chiasson, Christopher
Petrific(a)tions: Statues in German Romantic Literature
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Fritz Briethaupt, (812-330-9903)

Friday, January 27, 2017, 3:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Palmer, Landon
Rock Cinema: A Transmedia History, 1956-1986
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Gregory Waller, (855-5721)

Monday, January 30, 2017, 9:30 am
Moore, Christopher
Cine Local: Argentine Documentary Film and the Politics of Presence, 1948-1978
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Daniel James, (855-6321)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 12:30 pm
History & Philosophy of Science
Inglehart, Ashley
Seminal Ideas: The Forces of Generation for Robert Boyle and His Contemporaries
Ballantine Hall 664
Chair: Prof. William Newman, (855-3622)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017, 9:30 am
Adamek, Evan
Measurement of the Neuton Beta Decay Lifetime Using Magnetically Trapped Ultracold Neutrons
MES Hall 1200 (North Large Conference Room)
Chair: Prof. Chen-Yu Liu, (856-5806)

Monday, February 06, 2017, 4:00 pm
Thornton, Remington
Search for Light Dark Matter Produced in a Proton Beam Dump
Multidisciplinary Engineering and Sciences Hall North Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Rex Tayloe, (855-3057)

Friday, February 17, 2017, 11:00 am
Mitchell, Sarah
An Ethnographic Study of the Toronto International Film Festival
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Anya Peterson Royce, (855-9588)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017, 10:00 am
Brondel, Brian
Populations and History in the Outer Limits of the Magellanic System
Swain Hall West, Astronomy Conference Room 319
Chair: Prof. Catherine Pilachowski, (855-6913)

Friday, April 07, 2017, 2:00 pm
Fine Arts - Art History
Matuszak, Joanna
From Red Square to Pushkin Monument: Russian Performance Art in Public Spaces in the 1990s
Fine Arts 002
Chair: Prof. Janet Kennedy, (855-9556)


Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 1:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Jung, Jiyoon
Case-Based Instructional Practices: A Multiple-Case Study from Torts, Marketing, and Online Instructional Design Classes
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Krista Glazewski, (812-856-8457)

Monday, February 06, 2017, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Gatzke, Jenna
Residential Environmental Education Meeting Teachers' Science Needs and Beyond: A Bradford Woods Case Study
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Valarie Akerson, (856-8140)

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Tan, Siew Leng Verily
Collaborative Design Problem Framing in a Youth Maker Space
Wright School of Education, Room 2140
Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Boling, (856-8467)

Monday, February 27, 2017, 11:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Wright, Lauren
The effectiveness of male-targeted sexual assault prevention programs: A meta-analysis
Wright School of Education, Room 0034
Chair: Prof. Susan Whiston, (856-8336)


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Human Performance
Lim, Namhun
Examining Professional Baseball Attendance Determinants: A Multilevel Analysis of Major League Baseball (MLB) Seasons
Chair: Prof. Paul Pedersen, (855-4066)