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.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 am
Business
Yu, Xiaoyang
Efficient Post-acute Care Management: The Next Frontier in Hospital Operations
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Eugene Helm, (855-3486)

Friday, May 20, 2016, 2:00 pm
Business
Lawal, Olusola
WHAT THEY ONCE KNEW: THE EFFECTS OF EXPERIENCE ON ACQUISITION PERFORMANCE IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Jeff Covin, (855-2715)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00 pm
Business
Kier, Alexander
IMAGINATION IN NEW VENTURE IDEATION: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND SCALE VALIDATION
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Jeffery McMullen, (855-2718)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, April 29, 2016, 9:30 am
English
Kraft, Julie
Professionals in the Pantry: The Professionalizing Project of Victorian Adulteration Reform, 1851-1875
Owen Hall, Room 205D
Chair: Prof. Ivan Kreilkamp / Prof. Lara Kriegel, (855-6132 / 855-6290)

Monday, May 02, 2016, 12:30 pm
English
Baxipatra, Mahasweta
For Love of Country: History, Nation and Identity in British Women's Writings, 1763-1812
Ballantine Hall, Room 448
Chair: Prof. Mary Favret / Prof. Nicholas Williams, (360-4428 / 856-0028)

Monday, May 02, 2016, 1:00 pm
French
Betters, Jennifer
Immersion Education in an Endangered Language: A Linguistic Study of the Oral Production of French Immersion Students in Louisiana
Global and International Studies, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Kevin Rottet, (855-6164)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016, 9:00 am
Sociology
VanHeuvelen , Jane
Practitioners and Practice: Healthcare Providers' Experience of Organizational Change
Schuessler Institute for Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Bernice Pescosolido, (855-3841)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016, 11:00 am
Mathematics
Rohatgi, Ranjan
On the enumeration of lozenge tilings of halved hexagons
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Mihai Ciucu, (855-6731)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016, 2:00 pm
Psychology
Gunn, Rachel
Examining the Predictors of Effective Working Memory Training in Alcohol Use Disorders
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Peter Finn, (856-0843)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 9:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Jewell, Cathleen
Genetics and Evolution of Reproductive Behavior in Solanaceae
Jordan Hall, A106
Chair: Prof. Leonie Moyle, (856-7027)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 12:00 pm
History
Mattila, Kathleen
Sedition and the Sacred: the Political Repression of Religious Figures in Stalinist Ukraine, ca.1930-1950
Indiana Memorial Union, Poplars Room
Chair: Prof. Hiroaki Kuromiya, (855-4150)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 1:30 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Rendon, Nikki
NEUROENDOCRINE MECHANISMS OF SEASONAL AGGRESSION IN FEMALES
Jordan Hall, A100
Chair: Prof. Gregory Demas, (856-0158)

Thursday, May 05, 2016, 9:00 am
Italian
Winkler, David
The Other Consequences of Interpretation: Survivor Literature on Holocaust Memory
Global and International Studies, Room 2067
Chair: Prof. Andrea Ciccarelli, (855-3550)

Thursday, May 05, 2016, 10:00 am
Sociology
Caputo, Jennifer
Gender and Psychological Distress among Contemporary Young Adults in the U.S.
Schuessler Institute for Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Jane McLeod, (855-2149)

Thursday, May 05, 2016, 10:30 am
Spanish
Fritz, Valeriya
The Family, Hybridity, and the Atlantic: Spanish Women’s Narrative of Exile
GSIB 2170
Chair: Prof. Edgar Illas, (855-8907)

Thursday, May 05, 2016, 1:30 pm
Economics
Zheng, Ping
Three Empirical Studies on Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Michael Alexeev, (855-7103)

Thursday, May 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
Biochemistry
Shen, Jiangchuan
Characterization of enzymes involved in hydrogen sulfide (H2S) detoxification and H2S-reactive nitrogen species crosstalk in bacterial pathogens
Simon Hall 001
Chair: Prof. David Giedroc, (856-3178)

Monday, May 09, 2016, 12:30 pm
History
Lee, Hyon Ju
Dr. John Jeffries (1745-1819) and the Uncertain Practices of Smallpox Medicine
Indiana Memorial Union, Poplar Room
Chair: Prof. Ann Carmichael, (855-8234)

Monday, May 09, 2016, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Ashley, Daniel
Quantum Chemical Explorations of Redox Non-Innocence: Controlling and Interpreting Oxidation State in Physical Inorganic Chemistry.
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Mu-Hyun Baik, (856-0454)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:00 am
Geological Sciences
Zhang, Qian
GEOCHEMICAL CHARATERIZATION AND REACTIVE TRANSPORT MODELING OF COAL-COMBUSTION BYPRODUCTS UTILIZED AS CAPPING MATERIALS IN MINE RECLMATION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR LONG-TERM WEATHERING IN THE AMBIENT ENVIRONMENT
Geological Sciences Building, Rom S-201
Chair: Prof. Greg Olyphant, (855-1351)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2:00 pm
English
McGlothlin, John
Underwritten: Finance Capitalism and US Culture after 1970
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. Purnima Bose, (855-5334)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 pm
Classical Studies: Latin & Greek
Fleming, Alan
Slavery in Seneca: Institution and Metaphor
Ballantine Hall, Room 018
Chair: Prof. Eleanor Leach, (855-4129)

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 pm
Biochemistry
Lisher, John
Probing manganese homeostasis and the oxidative stress response in Streptococcus pneumoniae
Simon Hall Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Giedroc, (856-3178)

Friday, May 13, 2016, 3:00 pm
Spanish
Parrilla-Recuero, Antonio
Migration and Nation in the Narrative of the Early Franco Years
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Maryellen Bieder, (855-8297)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 10:00 am
Slavic Languages & Literature
Misteravich-Carroll, Natalie
Writing Nowa Huta: A Cultural Study of Identity
Global & International Studies, Room 4067
Chair: Prof. Joanna Nizynska, (855-7351)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12:30 pm
Classical Studies: Latin & Greek
Smith, Mariah
Dimensions of Space and Time in the Literary Worlds of Pliny and Martial
Ballantine Hall, Room 235
Chair: Prof. Eleanor Leach, (855-4129)

Friday, May 20, 2016, 11:00 am
Sociology
Doan, Long
How Do Racial and Gender Beliefs Affect Emotions?
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Brian Powell / Prof. Stephen Benard, (855-7624 / 856-7418)

Friday, May 20, 2016, 1:00 pm
Criminal Justice
Sardina, Alexa
A Qualitative Study of Convicted Female Child Sex Offenders: Examining Motivation and Attribution of Meaning
Sycamore Hall, Room 312
Chair: Prof. William Oliver, (855-6772)

Monday, May 23, 2016, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Schramm, Katharine
Paantu: Visiting Deities, Ritual, and Heritage in Shimajiri, Miyako Island, Japan
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Room 110
Chair: Prof. Michael Dylan Foster, (855-0395)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Keifer, David
Charge Detection Mass Spectrometry: Improved Charge Precision and Applications to Viruses
Chemistry C033
Chair: Prof. Martin Jarrold, (856-1182)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 2:15 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Larsen, Megan
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbe-phage interactions: Characterizing the stoichiometric constraints of cyanobacteria and myophage
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Jay Lennon, (856-0962)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 2:30 pm
Biochemistry
Deis, Siobhan
Biochemical and Biophysical Analysis of Antifolate Drugs with Disease Tissue Specificity
CH033
Chair: Prof. Charles Dann III, (391-2135)

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:00 pm
Fine Arts - Art History
Sheldon, Brittany
Visualizing Culture: Women's Artistry in Northeastern Ghana and Southern Burkina Faso
Fine Arts Building, Room 002
Chair: Prof. Patrick McNaughton, (855-9556)

Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Hite, Jessica
Feedbacks between host stage structure and parasites: two case studies of disease in amphibians and plankton.
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Spencer Hall, (855-6009)

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)

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)

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
Jordan Hall, Room 009
Chair: Prof. Brian Calvi, (855-5450)

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 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)

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

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, 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, 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)

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)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 am
Counseling Psychology
LaFollette, Julie
Matching Moms: Understanding How Doctoral Student Mothers Experience the APPIC Match
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Jesse Steinfeldt, (856-8331)

Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 am
Higher Education
McCullough, Shannon
Social-Cognitive Gains in Female Undergraduate Peer Instructors in STEM Disciplines
Wright School of Education, Room 3138B
Chair: Prof. Gary Pike / Prof. Megan Palmer, (317-274-8213 / 317-274-5231)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016, 1:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Kargin, Tolga
Literacy in a New Playground: Young Children's Literacy Practices in Commercially Designed Virtual Play Worlds
Wright School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Karen Wohlwend, (856-8275)

Friday, May 06, 2016, 10:00 am
History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Wang, Lei
"I Want to Have a Good Future"---Development, Upper-Secondary Education, and Empowerment of Chinese Rural Girls
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Margaret Sutton, (856-8368)

Monday, May 09, 2016, 10:00 am
Instructional Systems Technology
Martinez, Seth-Aaron
From Novice to Expert: The Development of a Servant Leader
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Boling, (856-8467)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Torres, Heidi
"I Didn't Even Know Cultures Were Real": How Children Respond to Learning About World Cultures
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Robert Kunzman, (856-8122)

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Wei, Zitong
Enriching Confucianism with Constructivism: Why Constructivism is Useful for Teachers in Chinese Culture
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Cary Buzzelli, (856-8184)

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:00 am
Higher Education
Rabourn, Karyn
Beginning College Student Attitudes towards Student Loan Borrowing and Debt: An Exploratory Study
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Alexander McCormick, (856-4435)

Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:00 pm
History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Rias, Hope
Soft Racism? A Multi-layered Look at St. Louis’ Racial History and Its Impact on School Desegregation
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Sylvia Martinez, (856-8582)

Friday, May 20, 2016, 9:30 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Whitmore, Wendy
Invisibility, Tenacity, and Comfort: Appalachian Adolescent Immigrants’ Experience with and Hope for School
Wright School of Education, ROom 3134
Chair: Prof. David Flinders, (856-8189)

Monday, May 23, 2016, 1:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Yumarnamto, Mateus
INDONESIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS’ PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND CHANGING IDENTITY: AN AUTOETNOGRAPHY AND NARRATIVE INQUIRY
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Faridah Pawan, (856-8287)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 2:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Huxhold, Dianna
The Dreaming Art Studio: Exploring Collaborative Art Making With and Among Elementary-Aged Children
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Lara Lackey, (856-8150)

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)

Monday, June 27, 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

Friday, April 29, 2016, 3:00 pm
Informatics
Roedl, David
Making Things Last: Digital Obsolescence and its Resistance by DIY Culture
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Eli Blevis, (360-3553)

Friday, May 06, 2016, 10:00 am
Informatics
Zhao, Yongan
PRIVACY-PRESERVING SHARING AND ANALYSIS ON HUMAN GENOMIC DATA
Lindley Hall, Room 215D
Chair: Prof. Haixu Tang, (856-1859)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, April 29, 2016, 5:00 pm
Music Theory
Sherrill, Paul
The Metastasian Da Capo Aria: Moral Philosophy, Characteristic Actions, and Dialogic Form
Jacobs School of Music, Room 111
Chair: Prof. Roman Ivanovitch, (856-1047)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 9:00 am
Public Policy
Lee, Daewo
Three Essays on For-profit Colleges
SPEA, Room 316
Chair: Prof. Maureen Pirog / Prof. Michael McGinnis, (855-5962 / 855-1209)

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)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Monday, May 02, 2016, 9:00 am
Human Performance
Lee, Minkyo
MOTIVATED PROCESSING OF COMMERCIAL INFORMATION IN TELEVISED SPORTS: HOW TEAM PERFORMANCE INFLUENCES COGNITIVE INFORMATION PROCESSING AND ATTITUDE FORMATION
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Paul Pedersen, (340-2169)

Monday, May 02, 2016, 10:30 am
Leisure Behavior
Chen, Ya-Ling
The Influence of Interactive Drivers on Lodging Experiences: A Case Study of Environmentally-Friendly Hotels
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Joseph Chen, (855-1880)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 9:30 am
Health Behavior
Park, Ji Yeun
Tobacco use behaviors among vulnerable population
School of Public Health, C013
Chair: Prof. Hsien-Chang Lin, (855-6197)

Thursday, May 05, 2016, 8:30 am
Leisure Behavior
Kim, Hyangmi
Examining the structural relationship of memorable travel experiences and reminiscence functions
CO13
Chair: Prof. Joseph Chen, (855-1880)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:00 pm
Environmental Health
Liu, Yibin
THE EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA ON OXIDATIVE STRESS AND WORKING MEMORY
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. James Klaunig / Prof. Alyce Fly, (856-3957 / 855-7975)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:00 pm
Health Behavior
Fasone, Leslie
Student-to-student helping: When college students have too much to drink
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Susan Middlestadt, (856-2767)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 2:30 pm
Health Behavior
Lederer, Alyssa
A critical analysis of conflicting perspectives: The impact of exposing young people to graphic images of sexually transmitted infections in sexuality education
School of Public Health, C013
Chair: Prof. Susan Middlestadt, (856-2767)