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

Monday, August 01, 2016, 1:00 pm
Astronomy
Overbeek, Jamie
The Evolution of Neutron-Capture Elements in the Milky Way
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. Eileen Friel, (856-3931)

Monday, August 01, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Pirinelli, Alyssa
Protecting Group Comparison On Common 6-Deoxy Sugars With Application To The Automated Solution-Phase Synthesis Of Oligorhamnans
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Nicola Pohl, (855-0298)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Lightfoot, Ashley
Invariants of link homotopy in dimension four
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Paul Kirk, (855-8466)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 10:30 am
Italian
Orsi, Marianna
Virgin Martyrs, Suicide Virgins, Sinner Virgins: Chastity between Virtue and Transgression in Italian Literature from the XV to the XVI century
Sycamore Hall, Room 100
Chair: Prof. Massimo Scalabrini, (855-1952)

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 03, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Chen, Yu-Yuan
Generalized Boole Transformations with Infinitely Many Singularities
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Marlies Gerber, (855-1277)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 3:00 pm
Biochemistry
Ozes, Ali
Targeting the long non-coding RNA HOTAIR in cancer
Jordan Hall, Room 009
Chair: Prof. Kenneth Nephew, (855-9445)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Hu, Hailiang
Z/3-actions on S^8 x S^8 xS^8
Rawles Hall, Room 368
Chair: Prof. James Davis, (855-5069)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 1:00 pm
Cognitive Science / Informatics
Agmon, Eran
The Foundation of Agency: An exploration in how minimal organisms emerge from and adapt to their environment
Eigenmann Hall, Room 821
Chair: Prof. Randall Beer / Prof. Colin Allen, (856-0873 / 855-8916)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Koh, Eun Sohl
Interfacial Chemistry & Light-Induced Nanoparticle Interactions Studied by Photothermal Heterodyne Detection
Chemistry 033
Chair: Prof. Bogdan Dragnea, (856-0087)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Schwartz, Andrew
DEVELOPMENT, CHARACTERIZATION, AND EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE PLASMA SOURCES FOR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Gary Hieftje, (855-2189)

Monday, August 08, 2016, 1:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Wang, Junzhou
The Role of Histone Deacetylase 6 (HDA6) in rRNA Gene Intergenic Spacer Transcription
Jordan Hall, Room 248
Chair: Prof. Craig Pikaard, (855-1874)

Monday, August 08, 2016, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Storey, Andrew
GLOW DISCHARGE SOURCES FOR ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR ANALYSES
Chemistry C033
Chair: Prof. Gary Hieftje, (855-2189)

Tuesday, August 09, 2016, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Haywood, Daniel
Nanochannel Devices for Studying Fluid Transport and Assembly of Virus-Like Particles
Chemistry C033
Chair: Prof. Stephen Jacobson, (855-6620)

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)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 2:30 pm
Cognitive Science / Psychology
Avena Koenigsberger, Andrea
EXPLORING COST-EFFICIENCY TRADE-OFFS IN THE HUMAN CONNECTOME
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Olaf Sporns / Prof. Yong-Yeol Ahn, (855-2772 / 856-2920)

Monday, August 15, 2016, 10:00 am
Sociology
Puentes, Jennifer
THE DEFERENTIAL KITCHEN: (RE)PRODUCTION OF GENDER AND CLASS IN CULINARY ARTS SCHOOL
SISR 201
Chair: Prof. Timothy Hallett, (856-1426)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:00 am
Cognitive Science; Psychology
Lorince, Jared
Consumption of content on the web: An ecologically inspired perspective
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Peter Todd / Prof. Fil Menczer, (855-3914 / 856-1377)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:00 pm
Biochemistry
Hoover, Haley
Phosphorylation of the Brome Mosaic Virus Capsid Regulates the Timing of Viral Infection
Jordan Hall, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Cheng Kao, (855-7583)

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 10:00 am
Comparative Literature / German Studies
Ucar, Nurettin
Germany's Course of Social Transformation: The Cycle of Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft in Thomas Mann and Hans Fallada
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. William Rasch / Prof. Fritz Breithaupt, (855-8242 / 855-8927)

Monday, August 22, 2016, 10:00 am
Cognitive Science; Computer Science
Bambach, Sven
Analyzing Hands with First-Person Computer Vision
Informatic West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Chen Yu / Prof. David Crandall, (856-0838 / 856-1115)

Friday, August 26, 2016, 1:00 pm
Physics
Wang, Bo
Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide in Mesoporous Silica MCM-41
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Paul Sokol / Prof. Herbert Fertig, (855-6183 / 856-1980)

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)

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)

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)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, August 01, 2016, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Gursel-Bilgin, Gulistan
Dialogue for Peace Education: The Case of an Alternative School
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. David Flinders, (856-8189)

Monday, August 01, 2016, 3:00 pm
Higher Education
Haywood, Jasmine
Triple Consciousness: The Racialized Experiences of Afro-Latino Collegians
IUPUI Campus, ES3138E
Chair: Prof. Robin Hughes, (317-650-8332)

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 2:00 pm
Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Hendryanti, Retno
The Impact of an Intensive Professional Development Institute on Chinese Teachers' Transfer of Training into Their U.S. Classrooms
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Marthe Nyikos, (856-8272)

Monday, August 08, 2016, 10:00 am
Higher Education
Troilo, Christopher
EFFICIENCY IN HIGHER EDUCATION: STRATEGIC RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR INSTITUTIONAL OPTIMIZATION
W. W. Wright School of Education, Room 4214
Chair: Prof. Victor Borden, (856-1209)

Monday, August 08, 2016, 11:00 am
Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
Stuehling, Amara
"We Speak `Hola' in School": A Case Study of Global Education in a Partial-Immersion Spanish Preschool
Wright School of Education, 4204
Chair: Prof. Beth Samuelson, (856-8256)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 1:00 pm
Informatics / Cognitive Science
Agmon, Eran
The Foundation of Agency: An exploration in how minimal organisms emerge from and adapt to their environment
Eigenmann Hall, Room 821
Chair: Prof. Randall Beer / Prof. Colin Allen, (856-0873 / 855-8916)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:00 am
Computer Science
Chae, Heejoon
Cloud-based information system for integrated analysis of multi-omics epigenetic data
Informatics East, IE-130
Chair: Prof. Haixu Tang, (856-1859)

Friday, August 12, 2016, 3:00 pm
Computer Science
Ruan, Guangchen
Policy-based Analysis in Two Frameworks to Enforce Non-Consumptive Research
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Beth Plale, (855-4373)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 10:00 am
Informatics
Zhang, Simo
Computational methods for improving genome assembly, annotation, and analysis
Jordan Hall, Room 248
Chair: Prof. Matthew Hahn, (856-7001)

Monday, August 22, 2016, 10:00 am
Computer Science; Cognitive Science
Bambach, Sven
Analyzing Hands with First-Person Computer Vision
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. David Crandall / Prof. Chen Yu, (856-1115 / 856-0838)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 2:00 pm
Public Policy
Kreitmair, Ursula
Observing Others: The Effect of Behavioral Information on Collective Action in Social Dilemmas
Woodburn Hall 218
Chair: Prof. Michael McGinnis / Prof. James Walker, (855-1209 / 855-2760)

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 10:00 am
Environmental Science
Scharko, Nicole
Nitrous Acid Sources on Atmospherically Relevant Surfaces
MSBII room 334
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Raff, (855-6525)