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.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 10:00 am
Classical Studies: Latin & Greek
Grothoff, Kyle
Astrology in Augustan Rome: A Cultural History
Ballantine Hall, Room 564
Chair: Prof. Eleanor Leach, (855-4129)

Wednesday, June 01, 2016, 10:30 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Koziol, Elizabeth
The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in prairie grassland succession and restoration
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. James Bever, (855-5969)

Friday, June 03, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Fruchey, Erin
Leveraging Radical Organometallic Chemistry to Create New Complexity-Building Reactions
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Silas Cook, (856-3273)

Monday, June 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Criminal Justice
Yuan, Yue
Fear of Crime and Behavioral Adaptations: Testing the Effects of the Fear of Violence on Unstructured Socializing with Peers and Violent Behaviors
Sycamore Hall, Room 312
Chair: Prof. William Oliver & Prof. Kip Schlegel, (855-6772 & 855-0889)

Tuesday, June 07, 2016, 10:00 am
Sociology
McCranie, Ann
The Institutionalization of Hope? A Sociological View of the Recovery Movement in Mental Health Services
Karl Schuessler Institute of Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Bernice Pescosolido, (855-6213)

Tuesday, June 07, 2016, 2:00 pm
Economics
Ma, Jie
The Behavioral Impact of Health Insurance: An Empirical Examination
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Kosali Simon / Prof. Micheal Alexeev, (856-3850 / 855-7103)

Wednesday, June 08, 2016, 10:00 am
Sociology
Grady, Rebecca
Job Loss and Family Members' Health
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Patricia McManus, (855-8970)

Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Wang, Shida
A Genus Bound for Cobordisms Between Algebraic Knots
Rawles Hall, Room 104
Chair: Prof. Charles Livingston, (855-0066)

Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:00 am
Physics
Li, Hairong
Extraction of azimuthal asymmetries in di-hadron production including neutral mesons.
Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter,ISAT Hall, North Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Scott Wissink / Prof. Anselm Vossen, (855-5192 / 217-819-6176)

Friday, June 10, 2016, 3:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Ackerman, Matthew
Developing quantitative and population genomics techniques to test evolutionary theories.
Jordan Hall, Room 123
Chair: Prof. Michael Lynch, (855-7384)

Friday, June 10, 2016, 3:00 pm
Philosophy
Mason, Sharon
Knowledge and the First-Person Perspective
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Adam Leite, (856-4148)

Monday, June 13, 2016, 10:00 am
Physics
Li, Ke
Neutron Interferometer with Magnets and Crystals
Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter (CEEM), ISAT Hall
Chair: Prof. Mike Snow, (855-7914)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 9:30 am
History
Warner, Jonathan
'If anything else remains, let that also be for the Negro’: Race, Politics, Labor, and the Rise and Fall of West Indian Black Internationalism, 1914-1945
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Gould, (855-6934)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10:00 am
Sociology
Ponce, Aaron
Migration and Universalism
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Patricia McManus, (855-8970)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 11:00 am
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Paranjape , Neha
EPIGENETIC REGULATION OF REPLICATION ORIGINS
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Brian Calvi, (855-5450)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Religious Studies
Widigdo, Mohammad Syifa
IMÄM AL-HARAMAYN AL-JUWAYNÄ ON JADAL: JURIDICAL AND THEOLOGICAL DIALECTIC IN THE FIFTH/ELEVENTH CENTURY
Religious Studies Library (SY224)
Chair: Prof. R. Kevin Jaques, (812-272-8313)

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:00 pm
Sociology
Miller, Lisa
Dating and Sex across the Life Course: Understanding American Singles' Attitudes and Behaviors
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Brian Powell, (855-7624)

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:00 pm
Sociology
Steffy, Kody
Employment, Morality, and Millennial Variations on the American Dream
Schuessler Institute for Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Brian Steensland & Prof. Art Alderson, (317-274-2418 & 856-5883)

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 2:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Qi, Suozhi
Cell cycle remodeling of apoptosis
Jordan Hall 009
Chair: Prof. Brian Calvi, (855-5450)

Friday, June 17, 2016, 10:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior; Psychology
Shelton, Delia
A tale of scales and tails: Environmental mechanisms shape complex behavior in puddles and huddles
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Alberts / Prof. Emilia Martins, (856-5840 / 855-3309)

Friday, June 17, 2016, 2:00 pm
Geography
Gholizadeh, Hamed
Combining machine learning and remotely sensed band-ratios to investigate chlorophyll content and photosynthetic processes
Student Building, Rom 014
Chair: Prof. Scott Robeson, (369-1509)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 1:00 pm
Gender Studies
Brennan, Melinda
All-American Islamophobia: Defensive Whiteness, Nationalism, and Muslims in the U.S.
Ballantine Hall, Room 622
Chair: Prof. Brenda Weber, (856-6033)

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:30 am
Mathematics
Tune, William
A Lambda Calculus for Monotonicity Reasoning
Swain Hall East, Room 240
Chair: Prof. Larry Moss, (855-8281)

Friday, June 24, 2016, 2:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Muscarella, Mario
Microbes and Molecules: Communities, Individuals, and Ecosystem Functions
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Jay Lennon, (856-0962)

Friday, June 24, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Saha, Arjun
New Developments and Applications in Quantum Chemistry: Fragment-based Models for Large Molecular Systems and Structure-Reactivity Relationships of Small Transition Metal Chalcogenide Clusters
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Krishnan Raghavachari, (322-2824)

Monday, June 27, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Coleman, Neal
Laplace Subspectrality
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Christopher Judge, (855-2353)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10:00 am
Germanic Studies
Lukic, Anita
Narrative Turning Points: A Theory of Character Change in the German Novel, 1775-1796
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Claudia Breger, (855-0101)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Larsen, Megan
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbe-phage interactions: Characterizing the stoichiometric constraints of cyanobacteria and myophage
Simon Hall, rom 001
Chair: Prof. Jay Lennon, (856-0962)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 3:00 pm
Mass Communications (Tel)
Matthews, Nicholas
The Moral Mind: An Investigation of Moral Decision Making in a Virtual Environment
RTV 271
Chair: Prof. Andrew Weaver, (856-2552)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Shocket, Marta
Environmental drivers of disease in a Daphnia-fungus system with seasonal epidemics
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Spencer Hall, (855-6013)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am
Physics
Lara, Manuel
Evidence for e+e- to gamma eta_c(1S) at center of mass energies between 4.01 and 4.60 GeV
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Matthew Shepherd / Prof. Ryan MItchell, (856-5808 / 855-6973)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am
English
Bohman, Erik
Articulated Worlds: Phenomenology, Narrative Form, and the 20th Century Novel
Ballantine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Edward Comentale, (855-8224)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
Microbiology
Sanfilippo, Joseph
Regulation of blue-green photobehavior in marine Synechococcus
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Kehoe, (856-4715)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 1:00 pm
Theatre & Drama
Stollenwerk, Joseph
A Musical of One's Own: American Women Writing Musicals 1970 - 1985
AD A262
Chair: Prof. Ronald Wainscott, (855-9021)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Waggoner, Jessica
Crip Modernisms: The Roots of Disability Consciousness in American Literature and Culture
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. T. Scott Herring, (855-8224)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Waggoner, Jessica
Crip Modernisms: The Roots of Disability Consciousness in American Literature and Culture
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. T. Scott Herring, (855-8224)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
Waggoner, Jessica
Crip Modernisms: The Roots of Disability Consciousness in American Literature and Culture
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. T. Scott Herring, (855-8224)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Wilson, Leah
Neural Mechanisms of Seasonal Flocking
Jordan Hall, Room 009
Chair: Prof. G. Troy Smith / Prof. Ellen Ketterson, (856-0109 / 855-6837)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Smith, Cortney
Countering the Vanishing Race Myth through a Native American Rhetoric of Hybridity
Classroom Office Building, Room 272
Chair: Prof. Robert Terrill, (855-8224)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Chemistry
Wu, Fangzhou
Chemical Synthesis and Characterizations of Novel Insulin-like Peptides
Chemistry, CH033
Chair: Prof. Richard DiMarchi, (856-1840)

Monday, July 25, 2016, 3:00 pm
English
Vishnuvajjala, Usha
Making Friends: Bonds of Sympathy in the Matter of Britain
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Karma Lochrie, (855-8224)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:00 am
Biochemistry
Chandrasekhara, Chinmayi
Selective ribosomal RNA gene silencing in Arabidopsis
Jordan Hall, Room 248
Chair: Prof. Craig Pikaard, (855-1874)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Anthony, Staci
Design and Development of an MS/MS Instrument for Megadalton-Sized Ions
Chemistry, 033
Chair: Prof. Martin Jarrold, (855-8331)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 9:30 am
Fine Arts-Art History
Hansen, Lindsey
The Bishop Performed: Sculpture, Liturgy and Episcopal Identity in Thirteenth-Century France
FIne Arts, Room 002
Chair: Prof. Diane Reilly, (855-9556)

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)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Hawkins, Susan
SCAFFOLDING PRESERVICE TEACHERS NOTICING OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS’ SCIENTIFIC THINKING
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Meredith Park Rogers, (856-8168)

Friday, June 03, 2016, 7:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
Bumbalough, Mathew
THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON IDENTITY FORMATION: A NETNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF KOREAN GRADUATE STUDENTS’ VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Serafin Coronel-Molina, (812-219-6027)

Monday, June 06, 2016, 11:00 am
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Warren, Amber
Respecifying Teacher Beliefs in English as a Second Language Teacher Education: A Discursive Psychology Approach to Analysis
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Beth Samuelson, (856-8256)

Thursday, June 09, 2016, 2:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Kim, Minkyoung
Formative Research on Instructional Overlay for Collaborative Project-Based Learning
Wright School of Education, Room 2261
Chair: Prof. Thomas Brush, (812-837-9611)

Friday, June 10, 2016, 1:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Dagli, Cesur
Effectiveness of First Principles of Instruction in an Online Tutorial
Wright School of Education, Room 2261
Chair: Prof. Curtis Bonk, (322-2878)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Easter-Rose, Ciemone
AFRICAN AMERICAN, LOW-SES MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS' MEANING MAKING OF WORK
Wright School of Education, Room ED0034
Chair: Prof. Susan Whiston, (856-8336)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 12:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Zaitsoff, Andrew
High-Engagement Gameplay Behaviors and Mental Health
Wright School of Education, Room 34
Chair: Prof. Y. Barry Chung, (856-8300)

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 10:00 am
Instructional Systems Technology
Shin, Suhkyung
Scaffolding students’ inquiry-based learning in a technology-enhanced classroom: An analysis of interaction patterns of scaffolding
Wright School of Education, Room 2261
Chair: Prof. Thomas Brush, (856-8458)

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Sevis, Serife
Unpacking Teacher Knowledge for Bridging In- and Out-of-School Mathematics Using Mathematically-Rich and Contextually-Realistic Problems
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Richard Lesh / Prof. Peter Kloosterman, ((435) 655-1235 / 856-8147)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instructin
Creager, Mark
The Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Geometric Proof of Secondary Pre-Service Teachers
Wright School of Education, Room 2012
Chair: Prof. Peter Kloosterman, (856-8147)

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 9:15 am
Special Education
Grimmet, Kharon
Examining the Quality of Life of Young Adults with Intellectual Disability: Using Photo Elicitation to Empower an Unknown Voice
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. David Mank, (855-6508)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, July 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Informatics
Park, Dongoh
Digital Nation-Building: Sociotechnical Development of Korean Public Key Infrastructure
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Eden Medina, (856-1871)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, June 10, 2016, 9:00 am
Public Policy
Suzuki, Kohei
The Effects of Government Retrenchment on Citizens’ Provision of Public Services
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room (300)
Chair: Prof. Gregory Kasza, (855-6308)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 1:00 pm
Environmental Science
An, Thuy Thi Hong
Physiological Interactions of Silica, Iron Oxide, and Coal Particulates on Microbial Growth and Isolation of Coalbed-Derived Microorganisms
MSB II, Gill Conference Room, Room 102
Chair: Prof. Flynn Picardal, (855-0733)

Friday, July 01, 2016, 10:00 am
Public Affairs
Lee, David
Understanding Intergovernmental Management in Homelessness Program Implementation
SPEA Room 300
Chair: Prof. Michael McGuire, (855-5058)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 9:00 am
Public Affairs
Alcorn, Jessica
Analyzing the energy ecosystem: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding alternative energy realignments
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room
Chair: Prof. John Graham, (855-1432)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 1:30 pm
Public Affairs
Wendling, Zachary
Policy aspects of the diffusion of unconventional gas development
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Room 300
Chair: Prof. John Graham, (855-1432)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Friday, June 17, 2016, 12:00 pm
Health Beahvior
Bowling, Jessamyn
Risk and Protective Health Behaviors of Sexual Minority Women
School of PUblic Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Brian Dodge, (856-0792)

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 10:00 am
Human Performance
Gonin, Madeleine
Self-controlled feedback: when and why learners ask for feedback
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. John Shea, (856-6045)

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1:00 pm
Human Performance
Hatfield, Brent
Effects of Auditory Feedback on Reduced Vision in a Fitts Task
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. John Shea, (856-6045)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016, 1:00 pm
Human Performance
Hall, Emily
EFFECTS OF FUNCTIONAL VS NON-FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATION PROTOCOLS ON THE DEFICITS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC ANKLE INSTABILITY
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Carrie Docherty, (856-6035)