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.

Learn more about deadlines »

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.

Submit your announcement through OneStart »

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. Click on the “Student Reference” link in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement" section and scroll to the section pertaining to tracking your e-doc.

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.


Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am
Zhang, Zhong
Three Essays on Informed Trading
William J. Godfrey Graduate & Executive Center, CG3074
Chair: Prof. Craig Holden, (855-3383)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:00 am
Near Eastern Language & Culture
Albateni, Khaled A.
The Arabian Mission affect on the Kuwait Society 1910-1967
Goodbody Hall, Room 216
Chair: Prof. Kevin Martin, (812-361-5328)

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00 am
Zhou, Liming
The adaptation of the fly\'s early visual system
Swain West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. Robert de Ruyter , (855-6857)

Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Zhang, Bingqing
Regulation of Apoptosis in Drosophila Endocycling Cells
Jordan Hall, 009
Chair: Prof. Brian Calvi, (855-5450)

Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
Cognitive Science
Kelley, Timothy D.
Systemic Effects of Human Factors in Information Security
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. L. Jean Camp / Prof. Rob Goldstone, (856-1865 / 855-4853)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:00 pm
Cognitive Science / Psychology
Braithwaite, David W.
Grounding Mathematics Learning
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Robert Goldstone / Prof. Colin Allen, (855-4853 / 855-8916)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:00 pm
Morton, Kirstin C.
Development of Carbon Electrodes for Electrochemistry, Solid-State Electronics and Multimodal Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Lane Baker, (856-1873)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Ivins-Hulley, Laura L.
Cinema as Surrealist Tool: The Films of Jan Švankmajer
Classroom Office Building, 800 E Third St, Room 256
Chair: Prof. Joan Hawkins, (855-1548)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
Prall, Sean P.
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Michael Muehlenbein, (812-606-9062)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:30 pm
Religious Studies
Fruchtman, Diane S.
Living in a Martyrial World: Living Martyrs and the Creation of a Martyrial Consciousness in the Late Antique Latin West
Sycamore Hall, Room 224
Chair: Prof. Constance Furey, (855-3531)

Monday, August 04, 2014, 3:00 pm
Gladen, Paul T.
I. Total Synthesis of Trichoaurantianolide C and D II. Studies Toward the Total Synthesis of Norzoanthamine
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Williams, (855-6629)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:00 am
Art History
Keener, Chrystine L.
Jacopo Pontormo and Religious Reform: Heretic or Eccentric?
FINA 002
Chair: Prof. Giles Knox and Prof. Bret Rothstein, (855-9556)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:00 am
Hendrickson, Ryan D.
The Liquid Consonants in Picard
Indiana Memorial Union, Redbud Room
Chair: Prof. Julie Auger, (855-7958)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 11:00 am
Jankovic, Marija
Conventional Meaning
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Kirk Ludwig, (855-2404)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 2:30 pm
Lee, Semin
Conventionalizing Non-Conventional CH Hydrogen Bonds Using Cyanostar and Tricarb
Chemistry C033
Chair: Prof. Amar Flood, (856-3642)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 10:00 am
Steiner, Brittany D. J.
Indiana Memorial Union, Hoosier Room
Chair: Prof. Barbara Vance, (855-2702)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 10:00 am
Speech & Hearing Sciences
Chiu, Yi-Fang
Lexical effects on speech production and intelligibility in Parkinson’s disease
Speech & Hearing Sciences, Room C141
Chair: Prof. Karen Forrest, (855-2602)

Thursday, August 07, 2014, 2:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Nie, Jing
Morphogenesis of Drosophila photoreceptor cells
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Andrew Zelhof, (855-0294)

Thursday, August 07, 2014, 2:30 pm
Sussman, Bethany L.
Reading Spatially Transformed Words
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Sharlene Newman, (856-0839)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:00 am
Hobbs, Timothy J.
The Nonperturbative Structure of Hadrons
CEEM, North Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. J. Timothy Londergan, (855-2956)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:00 pm
Rohrman, Shawna L.
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Jane McLeod, (856-7207)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
History & American Studies
Eckelmann, Susan
Freedom’s Little Lights: The World of Children and Teenagers in the U.S. and Abroad during the Civil Rights Era
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Michael McGerr / Prof. Vivian Halloran, (855-6113 / 856-5653)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
Saitta, Alfio S.
From the Barrio to the Nation: Social, Neighborhood, and Sports Clubs in Rosario, Argentina, 1920-1975
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Daniel James, (855-6321)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
Wilkes, Lydia C.
The Ground Truth: Rhetorical Authenticity in First-Person Military Discourse
Ballantine Hall, Room 464
Chair: Prof. John Schilb / Prof. Dana Anderson, (855-5029 / 855-2133)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:00 am
Flores, Tanya L.
A Socio-Phonetic Examination of Co-articulation in Chilean Public Speech
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Erik Willis, (855-8494)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:00 am
Political Science
Kim, Joohyung
Critique and Normativity: Recasting the Habermas/Luhmann Controversy
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. William E. Scheuerman, (855-1208)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
Trollinger, Rebekah K.
Power and Ecstasy: Race, Religion, and Psychology in America, 1890-1930
Ballantine Hall Parker Library
Chair: Prof. Jennifer Fleissner, (855-8224)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
Mulot, Francois P.
“A Journey That Never Ends” - Undocumented Workers in Contemporary French and Francophone Film and Literature
BFC/A seminar room
Chair: Prof. Eileen Julien, (855-7537)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
Comparative Literature
Perez, Ashley H.
Literary Cruelty: The Limits of Empathy, Identification and Understanding in Fiction by Silvina Ocampo, Fernando Vallejo, and Roberto Bolaño
Ballantine Hall, Room 913
Chair: Prof. Herbert Marks / Prof. Patrick Dove, (855-7935 / 855-6136)

Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 am
Greer, Kerry L.
Social Service Agencies: Participation, Governance, and Advocacy in Bloomington, Indiana
Ballatine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Robert Robinson, (855-3987)

Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 am
Neural Sciences
Rey, Olga L.
Cognitive and Linguistic Impairment Associated with Hypertension.
MSBII - 102
Chair: Prof. Laura Murray, (855-3585)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:00 pm
Mukherjee, Sampriti
Homeostatic regulation of flagellar number and assembly in Bacillus subtilis
Simon Hall MSB1, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Daniel Kearns, (856-2523)

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
Patten, Jared
Imagined Masculinities: Conceptualizing Gender and Nation in Franco’s Spain
Ballantine Hall, Room 844
Chair: Prof. Melissa Dinverno, (855-5270)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:00 am
Gao, Xiaohui
Exploration of c-di-GMP signaling in B.subtilis
Chair: Prof. Charles Dann, (856-1704)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Bin, Dongchoel
Writing in Early China: Its Scribal Tradition and Innovation
Goodbody Hall, Room 228
Chair: Prof. Robert Eno, (855-1992)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Political Science
Blarel, Nicolas
Emerging Powers and Grand Strategy Formation: Understanding Continuity and Change in India’s Post-Cold War Foreign Policy
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Sumit Ganguly, (855-1363)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Kay, Jonathan E.
Material Life Review: Folk Art and Aging in Indiana
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, 416 N. Indiana Ave
Chair: Prof. Jason Baird Jackson, (856-1868)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Zhang, Lijun
Living With/in Heritage: Tulou (土楼) as Home, Heritage, and Destination
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, 416 N. Indiana Ave
Chair: Prof. Jason B. Jackson / Prof. Michael D. Foster, (856-1868 / 855-0395)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
Pan, Yi
In vitro and in vivo Studies of an Agobacterium tumefaciens transcriptional factor BlcR
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Lingling Chen, (855-0491)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Zeybek, Zulfiye
Proofs and Counterexamples in Elementary School: Pre-service Elementary Conceptions of Proof and Counterexamples and their Possible Influences on their Instructional Decisions
School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Enrique Galindo, (856-8185)

Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:00 am
School Psychology
Cuadrado, Jason
Racial Threat and Benign Neglect: An Examination of Minority Student Overrepresentation in School Discipline
W.W. Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Russell Skiba, (855-4438)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:00 am
School Psychology
Erichsen, Luke W.
WJ-III COG Administration Errors by Graduate Students: A Video Analysis
School of Education, Room 4214
Chair: Prof. Jack Cummings, (856-8327)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 10:00 am
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Downton, Michael P.
The Learner\'s Intuition: Harnessing the Power of Intuitions During Creative and Collaborative Activities
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Joyce Alexander, (855-8352)

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 12:00 pm
History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Fernandez, Erica
Juntos Pero No Revueltos: A Latin@ Immigrant Parent Group’s Unfolding Struggle Toward Political Legitimization Amid an Anti-Immigrant Climate
School of Educaiton, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Samantha Paredes Scribner, (317-274-0688)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Williams-Pitts, Janna A.
The Impact of Adolescent Substance Use on Maternal Warmth in Emerging Adulthood: Does Race/Ethnicity Moderate this Relationship?
School of Education- Room 20
Chair: Prof. Ellen Vaughan, (856-8243)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
School Psychology
Jochim, Michelle L.
The Relationship Between Emergent Literacy Skills and Family Routines in Young Children from Low Socioeconomic Status Families
School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Martinez, (856-8324)

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 3:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Lee, Dabae
Personalized Learning Practice, Technology Use, and Academic Performance in K-12 Learner-Centered Schools in the U.S.
School of Education, Room 2274
Chair: Prof. Charles Reigeluth, (345-2548)


Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
Kelley, Timothy D.
Systemic Effects of Human Factors in Information Security
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. L. Jean Camp / Prof. Rob Goldstone, (856-1865 / 855-4823)

Friday, August 08, 2014, 2:00 pm
Shuai, Xin
Modeling Scholarly Communications across Heterogeneous Corpora
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Johan Bollen, (856-1833)

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:00 pm
Computer Science
Ruan, Yang
Scalable and Robust Clustering and Visualization for Large-scale Bioinformatics Data
Informatics West, W232
Chair: Prof. Geoffrey Fox, (856-7977)

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am
Computer Science
Chaudhry, Beenish M.
Designing Mobile User Interfaces for Low Literacy Populations
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Kay Connelly & Prof. Katie Siek, (856-1848 & 720-244-0376)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
Computer Science
Zhang, Haipeng
Analyzing the Dynamics Between the User-sensed Data and the Real World
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. David Crandall, (856-1115)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:30 pm
Human Performance
Zimmerman, Matthew H.
How professional sport organizations utilize Facebook to engage their target publics
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Galen Clavio, (855-3367)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00 am
Bell, April J.
Factors influencing pregnancy and STI acquisition among youth attending an urban health clinic
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Juhua Luo, (856-2858)