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.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, December 02, 2014, 2:00 pm
Anthropology
Posthumus, David C.
Transmitting Sacred Knowledge: Aspects of Oglala Lakota Religion and Ritual
American Indian Studies Research Institute
Chair: Prof. Raymond DeMallie, (855-4086)

Thursday, December 04, 2014, 3:30 pm
Chemistry
Shinholt, Deven L.
Charge Detection Mass Spectrometry and a Frequency Scanned Linear Quadrupole: Mass Analysis of Large Ions
Chemistry A400
Chair: Prof, Martin Jarrold, (856-1182)

Friday, December 05, 2014, 8:00 am
Geological Science
Taranovic, Valentina
Petrogenesis and Metallogenesis of Midcontinent Rift System - Associated Tamarack Intrusive Complex and Tamarack Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, Minnesota
GY220
Chair: Prof. Edward Ripley, (855-1196)

Friday, December 05, 2014, 2:00 pm
Geological Sciences
Riese, David J.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CRYPTO- AND MACROBIOTURBATION IN THE NEW ALBANY SHALE FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF DEPOSITIONAL HISTORIES: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH USING CORE DESCRIPTIONS, CT SCANS, NEOICHNOLOGY EXPERIMENTS, AND GEOCHEMISTRY
Geology, Room 522
Chair: Prof, Juergen Scheiber, (855-5322)

Friday, December 05, 2014, 2:00 pm
English
Jankowski, Harmony E.
“Gestural Modernism: Performative Choreographies in American Modernist Literature and Modern Dance”
Ballatine Hall, Room 465
Chair: Prof. Edward Comentale & Prof. Joshua Kates, (855-8224)

Monday, December 08, 2014, 4:00 pm
Physics
Raval, Aditi
Effects of Vectorlike Leptons on Muonic Observables
Swain West 238
Chair: Prof. Radovan Dermisek, (856-6918)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 2:30 pm
Biochemistry
Kocaoglu, Ozden
Activity-Based Probes for Selective Penicillin-Binding Protein Visualization
Simon Hall MSB, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Erin Carlson & Prof. Malcolm Winkler, (612-625-2580 & 812-856-1318)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Laskar, Moitree
Manipulation of the Geometric and Electronic Parameters of Metal Nanocatalysts
Chemistry Building, C127
Chair: Prof. Sara Skrabalak, (206-388-8633)

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 8:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Young, Lauren M.
Effects of local plant neighborhood on plant herbivory
Jordan Hall, Room 422
Chair: Prof. Heather Reynolds, (855-0792)

Friday, December 12, 2014, 2:00 pm
English
Samyn, Jeanette L.
Parasites: On Giving and Taking in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Science
Parker Library; Ballantine Hall 442E
Chair: Prof. Andrew Miller, (855-8224)

Monday, December 15, 2014, 11:00 am
History
Rowley, Sarah B.
\"No Middle Ground\": The Rise of Abortion Politics, 1960s-1980s
Indiana Memorial Union, Poplar Room
Chair: Prof. Michael McGerr, (812-855-6113)

Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
Mathematics
Gangavarapu, Venkata Krishna Kishore
Representation variety of Fuchsian groups in indefinite special orthogonal groups.
Rawles Hall 127
Chair: Prof. Michael Larsen, (855-1064)

Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
Anthropology
Rudolph, Katie J.
An investigation of Late Woodland and Mississippian biological relationships using odontometric and discrete trait analyses
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Della Cook, (855-6368)

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:00 pm
Neural Sciences
Lee, Sung Ha
NEURONAL ADAPTATIONS IN THE NUCLEUS ACCUMBENS CORE UNDER ACUTE AND CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO CANNABINOIDS
MSBII 102
Chair: Prof. George Rebec, (855-4832)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:00 am
Astronomy
Dowell, Jessica L.
Photometric and Kinematic Studies of Extragalactic Globular Cluster Systems
Swain West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. Katherine Rhode, (855-6925)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:00 am
Biochemistry
Dong, Qian
Cyst cell development regulation in Rhodospirillum centenum
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Carl Bauer, (855-6595)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
English
Held, Joshua R.
Struggles of Conscience: Subjectivity and Authority in Shakespeare and Milton
Ballantine Hall, Room 464
Chair: Prof. Judith Anderson, (855-3821)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
Anthropology
Buchanan, Meghan E.
Warfare and the Materialization of Daily Life at the Mississippian Common Field Site
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Susan Alt, (856-5260)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Bhaduri, Sayantan
Fluorous-tag assisted modular synthesis of Keratan sulfate fragments
Simon Hall, SI 001
Chair: Prof. Nicola Pohl, (855-0298)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:00 pm
Dual Major: English / Religious Studies
Harkaway-Krieger, Kerilyn A.
\"Mysticism and Metaphor: Visionary Literature in Fourteenth-Century England\"
Ballantine Hall 442, Parker Library
Chair: Prof. Patricia Ingham / Prof. Constance Furey, (272-8203 / 369-8930)

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:00 am
Criminal Justice
Dearden, Thomas E.
Causal Pathways to White-Collar Offending
Sycamore Hall, Room 312
Chair: Prof. Bruce Sales, (856-1324)

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:30 pm
Chemistry
Wilke, Kaelyn E.
Chemical Probes for Histidine Kinase Protein Profiling and Inhibitor Discovery
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Erin Carlson & Prof. David Giedroc, (612-625-2580 & 812-856-3178)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, December 01, 2014, 1:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Barrett, Andrew F.
Facilitating Variable-Length Computerized Classification Testing Via Automatic Racing Calibration Heuristics
Wright School of Education, Room 2012
Chair: Prof. Theodore Frick, (856-8450)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014, 10:00 am
Language Education
Park, Jaehan
Pedagogical knowledge of and needs for professional development and support for English-medium instruction of university professors in Korea
School of Education Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Faridah Pawan, (856-8274)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 9:00 am
School Psychology
Trachok, Megan A.
Teacher Interview as a Methodology for Assessing Implicit Bias: A Qualitative Investigation
School of Education 4214
Chair: Prof. Russ Skiba, (855-4438)

Friday, December 05, 2014, 1:00 pm
School Psychology
Deskalo, Avital Y.
An Exploration of Varying Levels of CU Traits and Other Relevant Risk Factors in a Sample of Incarcerated Adolescent Females.
School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Thomas Huberty, (856-8332)

Monday, December 08, 2014, 10:00 am
School Psychology
McClain, Maryellen K. B.
A Bilingual Paired Reading Intervention for Native Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners Struggling with English Reading Fluency
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Martinez, (856-8332)

Friday, December 12, 2014, 2:30 pm
Special Education
Mihai, Alina
Enhancing Early Literacy Teaching and Learning in Head Start: The Impact of a Repeated Book Reading Approach
Education Building, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Gretchen Butera, (856-8153)

Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Fisher, Adam R.
Marital Quality and Postnuptial Religious Transitions: Predicting Dyadic Adjustment Among Mormon Couples Following a Change in Beliefs
School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Thomas Sexton, (856-1485)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 1:30 pm
Computer Science
Chen, Yangyi
When the Cloud meets Big Data: Security Challenges and Solutions
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. XiaoFeng Wang, (856-1862)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 1:00 pm
Computer Science
Templeman, Robert E.
Safe Sensing: Controlling Exposure in a Sensor Rich World
Lindaley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Apu Kapadia, (856-1465)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 4:00 pm
Informatics
Kaur, Jasleen
Emergence of Innovation and Impact in Science
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Filippo Menczer, (856-5056)

Friday, December 05, 2014, 2:00 pm
Information Science
Koh, HyunSeung
From Reading Text to Re-designing It: Ebook Design Insights from a Mixed Method User Study of Active Reading
Wells Library, LI001
Chair: Prof. Susan Herring, (856-4919)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 1:30 pm
Musicology
Mero, Alison L.
The Quest for National Musical Identity: English Opera and the Press, 1834–1849
JS 111
Chair: Prof. J. Peter Burkholder, (855-7097)

Monday, December 08, 2014, 4:00 pm
Musicology
Stauff, Derek L.
Lutheran Music and Politics in Saxony during the Thirty Years\' War
Simon Music Building, M267
Chair: Prof. Daniel Melamed, (855-8252)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 4:00 pm
Musicology
Strandberg, Kristen A.
Art or Artifice?: Violin Virtuosity and Aesthetics in Parisian Criticism, 1831-1848
MC 427
Chair: Prof. Halina Goldberg, (855-7096)

Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:00 pm
Musicology
Taylor, Nicholas E.
The Published Church Cantatas of Georg Philipp Telemann
Cook Music Library, M267
Chair: Prof. Daniel R. Melamed, (855-8252)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:00 pm
Public Policy
Chan, Kwan Nok
Punctuated Equilibrium in Authoritarian Regimes: A Comparative Study of Government Information Processing
WH218
Chair: Prof. William Bianco, (856-0940)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Thursday, December 04, 2014, 3:00 pm
Health Behavior
Robbins, Christopher B.
A SECONDARY DATA ANALYSIS OF FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE RESILIENCE AMONG VIETNAM VETERANS WITH WAR-RELATED AMPUTATIONS FORTY YEARS POST INJURY
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Mohammad Torabi, (855-4808)