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.

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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

Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 1:00 pm
Business
Wu, Jun
Three Essays on Institutional Investors
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Craig Holden / Prof. Veronika Pool, (855-3383 / 855-9714)

Monday, August 28, 2017, 2:00 pm
Business
Laydon, Betsy
Three Essays in Asset Management
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Matt Billett / Prof. Charles Trzcinka, (855-3366 / 855-9908)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Microbiology
Ramsey, Jolene
The Role of the Alphavirus 6K and TF Small Membrane Proteins in Enveloped Virus Assembly and Exit from Host Cells
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Suchetana Mukhopadhyay, (856-3686)

Monday, July 31, 2017, 1:00 pm
Geological Sciences
Caldwell, Rebecca
Catchments to Coastlines: Determining the controls on the global distribution of deltaic morphology and stratigraphy
Geological Sciences, Room 220
Chair: Prof. Douglas Edmonds, (855-4512)

Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 10:00 am
Astronomy
Boberg, Owen
Stellar populations and kinematics of peculiar Milky Way star clusters
Swain Hall West, Room 338
Chair: Prof. Eileen Friel, (856-3931)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017, 10:00 am
Comparative Literature
Ndour, Moustapha
Contemporary African and Caribbean Women Writing: National Consciousness and Identity
Ballantine Hall, Room 916
Chair: Prof. Eileen Julien, (855-9179)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017, 10:00 am
History
Germano, Nancy
The Urban Midwest's 'Dangerous Friends': At the Confluence of Flooding Rivers, an Environmental Movement, and a National Insurance Program
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Eric Sandweiss, (855-0210)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017, 12:30 pm
Microbiology
Malinich, Elizabeth
A Novel Process of Azospirillum brasilense - Plant Interaction: Association with the Bean Seed.
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Carl Bauer, (855-6596)

Sunday, August 06, 2017, 1:00 pm
Philosophy
Adams, Sarah
Schopenhauer and Environmental Ethics
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Sandra Shapshay, (855-4131)

Monday, August 07, 2017, 9:30 am
Sociology
Apgar, Lauren
The Economic Incorporation of Immigrants Across the 50 United States
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Patricia McManus, (855-8970)

Monday, August 07, 2017, 10:00 am
Mass Communications
El Marzouki, Mohamed
Young and creative: Dissent, youth citizenship and participatory media on the Moroccan social web
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Radhika Parameswaran, (855-8569)

Monday, August 07, 2017, 10:00 am
Physics
Anderson, Eamon
Precision Neutron Flux Measurement and Advancement using the Alpha-Gamma Technique
Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter, North Conference Room (Room #1200)
Chair: Prof. W. Mike Snow, (855-3881)

Monday, August 07, 2017, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Sengupta, Arkajyoti
Development and Application of Novel and Computationally Efficient Methods in Theoretical Thermochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry
Chemistry, Room C127
Chair: Prof. Krishnan Raghavachari, (856-1766)

Monday, August 07, 2017, 3:00 pm
Political Science
Harris, Kirk
Patronage in Development: Ethnicity and the Politics of Public Goods Provision in Kenya
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Lauren MacLean, (856-2376)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017, 1:00 pm
Neural Sciences
Gipson, Byron
Cocaine causes changes in neuronal firing in rats behaviorally sensitized to cocaine after short and extended abstinence periods.
Multidisciplinary Science Building II, Room 102
Chair: Prof. George Rebec, (855-4832)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Liu, Yun
Design of Receptors Solution-phase Anion Recognition
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Amar Flood, (856-3642)

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 10:00 am
Spanish
Sedo del Campo, Maria
La sonorizacion de /s/ en posicion de coda en el espanol del Pai­s Vasco: factores lingui­sticos y no linguisticos
Global & International Studies, Room 2134
Chair: Prof. Erik Willis, (855-8494)

Friday, August 11, 2017, 2:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Abolins-Abols, Mikus
Interaction between stress and reproduction: a physiological life-history perspective
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Ellen Ketterson, (855-6837)

Monday, August 14, 2017, 9:00 am
Biochemistry
Lee, Lye Siang
A Molecular Breadboard: Removal and Replacement of Subunits in a Hepatitis B Virus Capsid
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Adam Zlotnick, (856-1925)

Monday, August 14, 2017, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Burris, Alexandra
Knowledge, interest, and values of youth zoo visitors
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Adam Maltese, (856-8059)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:30 pm
Cognitive Science
Dye, Melody
Bridging Levels of Analysis: Learning, Information Theory, and the Lexicon
Geology, 6th Floor Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Michael Jones / Prof. Richard Shiffrin, (856-1490 / 855-4972)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 4:00 pm
Economics
Gong, Rui
Network Formation Games and Systemic Risk
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Frank Page, (855-4764)

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:00 am
Biochemistry
Lee, Wan-Hung
Disruption of protein-protein interactions downstream of NMDA receptors as novel analgesics
Multidisciplinary Science Building II, Room 102
Chair: Prof. Andrea Hohmann, (856-0672)

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:00 am
African American & African Diaspora Studies
Jones, Caralee
Reimagining the New African Diaspora: Interpersonal Relationships among Jamaicans, Nigerians and African Americans in Houston, Texas
Ballantine Hall, Room 505
Chair: Prof. Matthew Guterl / Prof. Vernon Williams, (401-863-3137 / 812-339-2152)

Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:30 am
Second Langauge Studies
Su, Yunwen
Developing L2 Pragmatics in Chinese: Acceptance and Refusal Sequences in Invitational and Offering Interactions
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, (855-9877)

Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:00 pm
Microbiology
Boersma, Michael
Illuminating the Organization and Dynamics of Peptidoglycan Synthesis in the Respiratory Pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Malcolm Winkler, (856-1318)

Monday, August 21, 2017, 11:00 am
Political Science
Khachaturian, Rafael
Discipline, Knowledge, and Critique: Marxist Theory and the Revival of the State in American Political Science, 1968-1989
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Isaac, (855-6308)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 3:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Rivers, Jessica
The Inglorious Alchemy of Evangelical Fight Ministries
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Susan Seizer, (856-1986)

Friday, August 25, 2017, 4:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Singleton, Stephanie
The Truth about 9/11 Truth Movement: A Folkloristic Study
800 E 3rd Street, Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Diane Goldstein, (855-1168)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Atack, Thomas
Mn-Catalyzed Borylation of Alkyl Halides: Reactivity and Mechanism
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Silas Cook, (856-3273)

Friday, September 01, 2017, 1:30 pm
Neural Sciences
Sakai, Makiko
The identification of novel targets of the receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB4 using a proteomics-based approach
Multidisciplinary Science Building II, Room 102
Chair: Prof. Cary Lai, (856-4998)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 2:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Clouse, Lisa
Disrupting the Status Quo in Favor of Transformation: Stories from Middle School Students
IUPUI, ES 3138 B
Chair: Prof. Christine Leland, (317-695-5732)

Monday, July 31, 2017, 9:00 am
Inquiry Methodology
Wang, Xiaolin
WHEN DO SUBSCORES ADD VALUE AND WHAT METHOD DO WE USE TO ESTIMATE SUBSCORES?
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Dubravka Svetina, (856-3750)

Friday, August 18, 2017, 1:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Lu, Ya-Huei
Sink or Swim: A Beginning Elementary Teacher's Technology Integration Practice at a Technology-rich School
Wright School of Education, Room 2274
Chair: Prof. Krista Glazewski / Prof. Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich, (856-8457 / 812-219-0591)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00 am
Higher Education
Darnell, Carl
Sharecropping in Higher Education: Case Study of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - Florida State University Joint College of Engineering
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Dionne Danns / Prof. Alexander McCormick, (856-8398 / 856-5824)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 9:00 am
Informatics
Nematzadeh Chekuvar, Azadeh
Information diffusion and behavior in groups of networked individuals
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Alessandro Flammini, (856-1830)

Friday, August 04, 2017, 10:00 am
Informatics
Sosa Tzec, Omar
Delightful Interactive Systems: A Rhetorical Examination
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Erik Stolterman, (856-5803)

Monday, August 14, 2017, 2:00 pm
Informatics
Benton, Kevin
Securing the Internet Control Plane
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. L. Jean Camp, (856-1865)

Friday, August 18, 2017, 9:00 am
Computer Science
Shiralkar, Prashant
Computational Fact Checking by Mining Knowledge Graphs
Informatics West, Room 107
Chair: Prof. Filippo Menczer, (856-1377)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
Informatics
Jin, Rong
Graph-based Rhythm Interpretation in OMR
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Christopher Raphael, (856-1849)

SCHOOL OF LAW, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 2:00 pm
Law and Democracy
Bonar, Aaron
By the People, For the People: Linking Democratic Theory to Constitution-Making and Designing an Effective Mechanism for Public Participation in Liberia’s Constitutional Reform Process
Law School, Room 352
Chair: Prof. Susan Williams, (855-6319)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 3:00 pm
Public Policy
Cloran, Andrew
Interest Representation, Campaign Contributions, and Political Support Across the Federal Advisory Committee System, 1997-2011
School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Room A225
Chair: Prof. Matthew Baggetta, (855-2783)

Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:30 pm
Public Policy
Abelkop, Adam
Litigation and Regulation in Chemical Risk Law
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Daniel Cole, (855-2426)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Monday, July 31, 2017, 1:00 pm
Human Performance
Yoon, Juha
A network approach to the use of social media in the Youth Olympic Games and the Olympic Games.
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Paul Pedersen, (855-4066)

Monday, July 31, 2017, 3:00 pm
Human Performance
Madsen, Leif
Cutaneous Reflex Modulation during Functional Movement in Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability
School of Public Health Building, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Carrie Docherty, (856-6035)

Wednesday, August 09, 2017, 3:00 pm
Epidemiology
Dibaba, Daniel
CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM IN RELATION TO ISCHEMIC STROKE AND METABOLIC SYNDROME: THE REGARDS STUDY
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Ka He, (855-7977)

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 1:30 pm
Epidemiology
Chen, Cheng
HEAVY METAL EXPOSURE AND THE RISK OF ISCHEMIC STROKE: THE REASONS FOR GEOGRAPHIC AND RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN STROKE (REGARDS) TRACE ELEMENT STUDY
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Ka He, (856-2260)

Friday, August 11, 2017, 1:00 pm
Health Behavior
Suhaibani, Sara
PREDICTING SEAT BELT USE AMONG MALE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN SAUDI ARABIA USING THE REASONED ACTION APPROACH (RAA)
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. David Lohrmann, (850-221-7385)

Monday, August 14, 2017, 11:00 am
Health Behavior
Yoke, Mary
Dissertation Title: An Exploration of Behaviors and Beliefs: The Determinants of Activity Tracker Usage Among Participants in a Health/Fitness Coaching Program
School of Public Health, Room 019
Chair: Prof. Susan Middlestadt, (857-2767)