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.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

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)

Thursday, September 01, 2016, 3:00 pm
Geological Sciences
Yang, Xiaotao
Seismic Imaging of the Lithosphere Beneath the Southern Illinois Basin and Its Tectonic Implications
Geology, Room S201
Chair: Prof. Gary Pavlis, (855-5141)

Friday, September 02, 2016, 2:30 pm
Linguistics: TESOL & Applied
Kim, Hyun-Jin
Sentence Processing and the L2 Acquisition of the Semantics and Discourse Function of the English Past Progressive
Ballantine Hall, Room 103
Chair: Prof. Laurent Dekytspotter, (855-2221)

Thursday, September 08, 2016, 3:00 pm
Religious Studies
Libby, Christine
Mystic Assemblages and the Translation of Affect
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Constance Furey, (855-3531)

Friday, September 09, 2016, 12:15 pm
Microbiology
Niccum, Brittany
Prokaryotic Genome Stability
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Patricia Foster, (855-4084)

Friday, September 09, 2016, 3:00 pm
Chemistry
Rittichier, Jonathan
Title: On the Development of Tools to Further Understand and Kill Bacteria
Starts @ 3:10pm, Simon Hall Room 2001
Chair: Prof. Michael VanNieuwenhze, (856-7545)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:00 pm
Germanic Studies
Cesaratto, Roswitha
Reader, Embodiment, and Narrative: Shared literary reading experiences
Global and International Studies Building, room number 3127
Chair: Prof. Fritz Breithaupt / Prof. Johannes Türk, (855-1553)

Friday, September 30, 2016, 3:00 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, SI001
Chair: Prof. Roger Innes, (855-2219)

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)

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

Monday, August 29, 2016, 2:00 pm
Higher Education
Schwarz, Michael
AN EXAMINATION OF INSTITUTIONAL IMPROVEMENT ON MEASURES OF OUT-OF-CLASS INTERACTIONS BETWEEN FACULTY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER STUDENTS AT BACHELOR'S-GRANTING INSTITUTIONS
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Thomas Nelson Laird, (856-8366)

Friday, September 02, 2016, 2:00 pm
Higher Education
Lower, Aaron
“LIFT AS YOU RISE”: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE NCAA/NACWAA INSTITUTE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE ADVANCEMENT
IUPUI, Fairbanks Hall (FS), Room 6212
Chair: Prof. Robin Hughes / Prof. Megan Palmer, (317-274-5231 / 317-274-6817)

Friday, September 16, 2016, 1:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Roy, Ria
Underperformance of the Field of Performance Improvement: A Rhetoric with Recommendations
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Barbara Bichelmeyer, (816-235-1024)

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)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 11:00 am
Computer Science
Ekanayake, Saliya
Towards a Systematic Study of Big Data Performance and Benchmarking
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Geoffrey Fox, (812-219-4643)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:00 am
Environmental Science
Scharko, Nicole
Nitrous Acid Sources on Atmospherically Relevant Surfaces
MSBII Room 334
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Raff, (812-885-1188)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Thursday, September 08, 2016, 9:30 am
Human Performance
Wan, Hsuan-Yu
Hypercapnia and voluntary activation of the diaphragm
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Joel Stager, (855-1637)

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 9:00 am
Human Performance
Sun, Ruopeng
Effect of aging on Step Adjustments to Perturbations in Visually Cued Gait Initiation
Indiana Memorial Union, Persimmon Room
Chair: Prof. John Shea, (856-6045)

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:00 am
Human Performance
Shei, Ren-Jay
THE IMPACT OF INSPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING ON EXERCISE TOLERANCE DURING LOAD CARRIAGE
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Timothy Mickleborough, (855-0753)