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.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, October 24, 2016, 3:30 pm
Business
Hutchens, Michelle
HOW DO DISCLOSURE CHARACTERISTICS AFFECT ANALYST FORECAST ACCURACY?
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Sonja Rego, (855-6356)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, October 05, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Li, Yingwei
Pointwise stability estimates for shock and reaction diffusion waves
Rawles Hall, Room 368
Chair: Prof. Kevin Zumbrun, (855-1503)

Friday, October 07, 2016, 9:00 am
Anthropology; Central Eurasian Studies
Rogers, Leland
Understanding Ancient Human Population Genetics of the Eastern Eurasian Steppe through Mitochondrial DNA Analysis: Central Mongolia Samples from the Neolithic, Bronze, Iron and Mongol Empire Periods
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Frederika Kaestle / Prof. Christopher Atwood, (855-3164 / 212-573-0849)

Saturday, October 08, 2016, 1:30 pm
Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Aksu Kargin, Inci
THE SYRIAN REFUGEES IN TURKEY: THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS AND THE WAYS IN WHICH THEIR PRESENCE HAS AFFECTED TURKISH SOCIETY
Global and International Studies Building, Room GA3134
Chair: Prof. Cigdem Balim / Prof. Kevin Martin, (812-361-9010 / 812-361-5328)

Monday, October 10, 2016, 1:00 pm
English
Shishko, Bonnie
Epistemologies of the Kitchen: Art, Science, and Nineteenth-Century British Culinary Writing
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library, Room 442
Chair: Prof. Ivan Kreilkamp, (855-6132)

Monday, October 10, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Cook, Brian
Small Molecule Functionalization and Catalysis by First Row Transition Metals Supported by Redox-Active and Electrophile-Responsive Pincer Ligands
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Kenneth Caulton, (855-4798)

Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:15 pm
Microbiology
Lee, Fredrick
Physiology Of The Honey Bee Microbiota: Describing The Membership & Metabolism Of Gut Symbionts
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Irene Newton, (855-3883)

Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:30 pm
French
Marquez Martinez, Miguel
The acquisition of French nasal vowels: from L1 allophony to L2 phonology
Indiana Memorial Union, Redbud Room
Chair: Prof. Laurent Dekydtspotter / Prof. Isabelle Darcy, (855-2221 / 855-0033)

Friday, October 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
Astronomy
Richards, Emily
Baryonic Distributions in Galaxy Dark Matter Halos
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. Liese van Zee, (855-0274)

Monday, October 17, 2016, 1:15 pm
Psychology
Magdaleno, Francisco
The Intrasexual Function of Song Repertoires in the Brown-Headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater ater
Psychology Building, Room 230
Chair: Jeffrey Alberts & Stanley Wasserman , (855-3309 / 856-7828)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:00 pm
Anthrpology
Kennedy, Jonathan
Fan and Tsai: Food, Identity, and Connections in the Market Street Chinatown
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Laura Scheiber, (855-6755)

Friday, October 21, 2016, 1:00 pm
Economics
Pairolero, Nicholas
Pricing in Complex Networks
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Frank Page, (855-4764)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 1:30 pm
Chemistry
Zhu, Zhimeng
Novel Peptides with Multiple Mechanisms of Action Directed at the Treatment of the Metabolic Syndrome
Simon Hall Rm 001
Chair: Prof. Richard DiMarchi , (856-1840)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10:00 am
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Lee, Michael
Making Church Sound: Contemporary Christian Discourse and Practice about Audio Production and Religious Experience
Classroom Office Building, Room 261
Chair: Prof. Daniel Reed, (855-2535)

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 1:00 pm
Astronomy
Hirschauer, Alec
Metallicities of Galaxies in the Local Universe
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. John Salzer, (855-6175)

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Zeng, Cheng
Structure and Mechanochemistry of Icosahedral Viruses and Virus Shells Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Bogdan Dragnea, (856-0087)

Friday, October 28, 2016, 12:00 pm
Mass Communications
Wagner, A. Jay
A Most Essential Principle: Use and Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, 1975-2014
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Anthony Fargo, (855-5420)

Friday, October 28, 2016, 3:00 pm
Mass Communications (Tel)
Gao, Ya
Interested Processing of Educational Video Messages: Encoding, Storage, and Facial Activation Patterns
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Annie Lang, (855-5824)

Friday, November 18, 2016, 2:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Reddit, Thomas
Recognition of the Pseudomonas syringae effector proteins AvrB and AvrRpm1 by Arabidopsis and Soybean Requires Modification of a Conserved Target Protein, RIN4
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Roger Innes, (855-2219)

Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Plotnik, Joshua
Mechanisms Driving Oncogenic Phenotypes of RAS-Responsive ETS Transcription Factors
Ballantine Hall, Room 109
Chair: Prof. Peter Hollenhorst, (855-1151)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 2:30 pm
Political Science
Woldense, Josef
Ruling Coalitions, Political Survival and the Last Emperor of Ethiopia
Ostrom Room of the Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park Ave.
Chair: Prof. Lauren MacLean, (856-2376)

Friday, December 02, 2016, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Strauss, Alexander
Mechanistic Foundations for the Dilution Effect and Eco-evolutionary Outcomes of Friendly Competition
Ballantine Hall, Room 006
Chair: Prof. Spencer Hall, (855-6013)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016, 10:30 am
Mathematics
Gur, Metin Alper
Hypersurfaces With Central Convex Cross-Sections
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Bruce Solomon, (855-4900)

Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:00 pm
Physics
Haddock, Christopher
Using Neutron Spin Rotation and Neutron Scattering Experiments to Search for Possible Exotic Long Range Neutron-Nucleon Interactions.
Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter (CEEM), NLCR
Chair: Prof. W. Michael Snow, (855-3881)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, October 06, 2016, 2:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Dimitrieska, Vesna
Learning Language Teaching: The Interplay Between Teacher Cognition and Teacher Learning
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Martha Nyikos, (856-8287)

Friday, December 16, 2016, 1:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Zakeri, Bita
CROSSING MULTIPLE BORDERS: TRANSNATIONAL, TRANSCULTURAL, AND MULTILINGUAL IDENTITIES OF IRANIANS IN THE US
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Beth Samuelson, (856-8256)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, October 10, 2016, 10:00 am
Computer Science
Younge, Andrew
ARCHITECTURAL PRINCIPLES AND EXPERIMENTATION OF DISTRIBUTED HIGH PERFORMANCE VIRTUAL CLUSTERS
151 E. Smith Research Center
Chair: Geoffrey Fox, (812-219-4643)

Friday, October 14, 2016, 4:00 pm
Computer Science
Mahajan, Nilesh
Kanor: A Language for Declarative Communication
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Arun Chauhan / Prof. Andrew Lumsdaine, (812-606-2209 / 812-856-5288)

Monday, October 17, 2016, 2:30 pm
Informatics
Quehl, Katherine
Divorce in the Digital Age
SB 140
Chair: Prof. Shaowen Bardzell, (855-1341)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, October 28, 2016, 4:00 pm
Musicology
Quevedo, Marysol
Cubanness, Innovation, and Politics in Art Music in Cuba, 1942-1979
Simon Music Center, Music Library, M267
Chair: Prof. Halina Goldberg, (855-7096)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, November 11, 2016, 1:00 pm
Public Policy
Bolinger, Joel
Poverty Deconcentration Strategies in U.S. Low-Income Housing Policy: A Multi-method Investigation into Impacts and Implementation Challenges
Hodge Hall, Room 3052
Chair: Prof. Sean Nicholson-Crotty, (855-0563)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Friday, October 28, 2016, 1:30 pm
Health Behavior
Weinstein, Melissa
EXPLORING THE INFLUENCE OF JUDAISM ON PARENT-CHILD FEEDING PRACTICES FOR PRE SCHOOL CHILDREN
School of Public Health, Room C206
Chair: Prof. Cecilia Obeng, (856-0502)