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.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, June 06, 2017, 2:00 pm
Business
Wu, Jun
Three Essays on Institutional Investors
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Craig Holden / Prof. Veronika Pool, (855-3383 / 855-9714)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, May 29, 2017, 10:00 am
Sociology
La Touche, Rachel
Graduate Students' Mental Health: Departmental Contexts as a Source of Differential Risk
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Jane McLeod, (856-4583)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 10:00 am
Sociology
Grace, Matthew
Fractures in the Medical Education Pipeline: The Social Determinants of Program Attrition Among Early Career Premedical Students
Schuessler Institute for Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Bernice Pescosolido, (855-3841)

Thursday, June 01, 2017, 10:00 am
Psychology
Scott, Kelli
Identifying the Mechanisms of Change and In-Session Therapist Fidelity in Measurement Based Care for Depression
Psychology, Room 137C
Chair: Prof. Cara Lewis, (206-442-4076)

Thursday, June 01, 2017, 10:00 am
French
Frimu, Rodica
Non-linguistic cognitive dimensions of subject-verb agreement error detection in (L2) French
Global & International Studies, Room 1060
Chair: Prof. Laurent Dekydtspotter, (855-2221)

Thursday, June 01, 2017, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Espinosa Duran, John
All-atom multiscale molecular dynamics theory of energy transfer, self-assembly and structural transition in nanosystems
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Peter Ortoleva, (855-2717)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017, 10:00 am
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Wendte, Jered
Functional roles for the C-terminal domains of RNA Polymerase IV and V largest-subunits in transcriptional gene silencing
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Craig Pikaard, (855-1874)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Qiao, Bo
The Use of Selective and Cooperative Anion Binding in Supramolecular Synthesis
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Amar Flood, (856-3642)

Wednesday, June 07, 2017, 10:00 am
English
Kessler, Jeffrey
The Imaginary Portrait in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Monique Morgan, (812-360-9870)

Monday, June 12, 2017, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Noffke, Benjamin
Theoretical Investigations of Well-Defined Graphene Nanostructures: Catalysis, Spectroscopy, and Development of Novel Fragment-Based Models
Chemistry Building, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Liang-shi Li / Prof. Krishnan Raghavachari, (855-7178 / 856-1766)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1:00 pm
Law & Social Science
Fazlioglu, Muge
Decrypting Information Sensitivity: Risk, Privacy, and Data Protection Law in the United States and the European Union
Bryan Hall, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Fred Cate, (856-2096)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 3:00 pm
Philosophy
Perrine, Timothy
Accurate Representation and Epistemic Value
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Mark Kaplan, (855-2539)

Friday, June 16, 2017, 9:00 am
Comparative Literature
Whyde, Julia
Illumination and Umwelt: Apophatic Encounters with the Other in Middle English Vernacular Religious Texts, Wang Wei’s Wheel River Anthology, Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers Without End, and Joe Hutto’s Illumination in the Flatland
Ballantine Hall, Room 137
Chair: Prof. Rosemarie McGerr, (855-7627)

Monday, June 19, 2017, 9:30 am
Religious Studies
Hirschtick, Amy
The Krishnas of Jaipur
Sycamore Hall, Room 224
Chair: Prof. David Haberman, (855-3531)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Mass Communications
Yang, Xinxin
Contemporary Chinese Ethnic Media in Boston: Production and Consumption
Franklin Hall, Room 0030M
Chair: Prof. Emily Metzgar, (855-1255)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 1:00 pm
Physics
Vargas Silva, Arnaldo
Lorentz and CPT tests with atoms
Swain Hall West, Room 251
Chair: Prof. Alan Kostelecky, (855-1485)

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
Anthropology
Rollins, Amanda
Genetic evidence for the prehistoric expansion of Enterobius vermicularis parasites and their human hosts in the greater American Southwest
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Della Collins Cook, (855-6368)

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Gao, Yuan
PROBING IMMUNE CELL FUNCTIONS WITH NANOMATERIALS OF ANISOTROPIC FUNCTIONALITY
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Yan Yu, (855-0593)

Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:00 pm
Economics
Lu, Dong
Essays on Monetary Search Theory with Applications to Financial Markets and International Economics
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Daniela Puzzello, (856-5419)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 3:00 pm
English
Seiler, Rachel
Un/Accountable Enlightenment
Ballantine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Mary Favret / Prof. Jesse Molesworth , (410-516-4103 / 855-8224)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Mass Communications
Lu, Yanqin
Determinants and consequences of incidental exposure to dissonant political information on Facebook
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Edward Carmines / Prof. Jae Kook Lee, (855-5065 / 855-3466)

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 12:00 pm
Economics
Chipeniuk, Karsten
Essays on Heterogeneous Agent Macroeconomics
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Todd Walker, (856-2892)

Friday, June 30, 2017, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
House, Geoffrey
The dispersal and persistence of organisms across a landscape
Jordan Hall, Room 248
Chair: Prof. Matthew Hahn / Prof. James Bever, (812-856-7001 / 785-864-3514)

Monday, July 03, 2017, 3:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Sheaffer, Russell
Smut, Novelty, Indecency: Reworking a History of Twentieth Century American “Stag Film”
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Joan Hawkins, (855-1548)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017, 11:00 am
Mathematics
Sprunger, David
Logics for Coalgebras of Finitary Set Functors
Rawles Hall, Room 368
Chair: Prof. Lawrence Moss, (855-8281)

Thursday, July 06, 2017, 11:00 am
Gender Studies
Cleary, Krystal
Mainstream Sideshows: Disability, Freak Discourse, and Performance in Popular Culture
Wells Library, W305A
Chair: Prof. Brenda Weber, (440-488-7189)

Thursday, July 06, 2017, 11:00 am
Mathematics
Park, Eunhee
Some problems in boundary layer theory and stochastic partial differential equations
Swain Hall East, Room 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam, (855-8521)

Thursday, July 06, 2017, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Basom, Edward
Dynamics and Conformational Heterogeneity in Cytochrome P450s via Infrared Spectroscopy
Chemistry, Room C033
Chair: Prof. Megan Thielges, (856-1909)

Monday, July 10, 2017, 2:00 pm
English
Sweany, Erin
THE ANGLO-SAXON MEDICAL IMAGINATION: INVASION, CONGLOMERATION, AND AUTONOMY
Ballantine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Robert Fulk, (855-1943)

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Geological Sciences
Wang, Yinzhi
Three-Dimensional Structure of the Mantle Transition Zone Revealed by High Resolution Wavefield Imaging with the USArray Dataset
Geological Survey, Room S201
Chair: Prof. Gary Pavlis, (855-5141)

Friday, July 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Horton, Henry
A Symplectic Instanton Homology via Traceless Character Varieties
Rawles Hall, Room 104
Chair: Prof. Paul Kirk / Prof. Dylan Thurston, (855-8466 / 855-6730)

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 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)

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)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, June 02, 2017, 1:00 pm
Inquiry Methdology
Dai, Shenghai
Investigation of Missing Responses in Implementation of Cognitive Diagnostic Models
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Dubravka Svetina, (856-3750)

Monday, June 05, 2017, 1:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Rios, Gilda
Attitudes toward consent and alcohol consumption: Impact on reporting and help seeking after sexual assault
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Ellen Vaughan, (856-8243)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 2:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Erden, Ozlem
Schooling Experiences of Syrian Child Refugees in Turkey
Wright School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. David Flinders, (856-8189)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Feldwisch, Rachel
SAFE SISTERS EVALUATION: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF A BYSTANDER INTERVENTION PROGRAM TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT
Wright School of Education, Room 034
Chair: Prof. Susan Whiston, (856-8336)

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
Warren, Tracey
The Role of Interaction in an Online Mathematics Class
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Peter Kloosterman, (856-8147)

Friday, June 23, 2017, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction / History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Willcox, Sarah
The A/R/T of Teacher Renewal: Ritualized Artistic Inquiry as Professional Development
Wright School of Education, Room 3115
Chair: Prof. Robert Kunzman / Prof. Lara Lackey, ( 856-8122 / 856-8150)

Monday, June 26, 2017, 10:00 am
Curriculum & Instruction
McCormick, Kathleen
Preschool Children’s Construction of Care: A Mosaic of Caring Expressions and Enactments
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Mary Benson McMullen, (856-8393)

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)

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)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 11:00 am
Public Affairs
Kim, Sun Young
Public Sector Whistle-Blowing: The Roles of Structure, Representation, and Management
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Sergio Fernandez, (856-4872)

Thursday, June 08, 2017, 11:00 am
Public Affairs
Yang, Lang
Fiscal Federalism and Distressed Localities: An Empirical Analysis of State Intervention and Bankruptcy Authorization Laws
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Justin Ross, (856-7559)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017, 9:00 am
Public Affairs
Cheng, Yuan
UNDERSTANDING GOVERNMENT-SUPPORTING NONPROFITS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENTS: EVIDENCE FROM LOCAL PARKS AND RECREATION SERVICES
SPEA Dean's Conference Room, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Beth Gazley, (855-1464)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017, 2:00 pm
Public Affairs
, Yulianti
Municipalities Continuing Disclosure: Current Practices and Value Relevance in the Municipal Market
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Craig Johnson, (855-0732)

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)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 9:00 am
Leisure Behavior
Chang, Yun
EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF AUTONOMOUS STUDENT EXPERIENCES ON POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Alan Ewert, (855-8116)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017, 2:00 pm
Leisure Behavior
Knackmuhs, Eric
The Influence of Policy Narratives on Policy Preferences and Interpretive Outcomes at Heritage Sites
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Doug Knapp, (855-3094)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 9:30 am
Leisure Behavior
Hu, Cheng-ming
Post-experience Information Effect on Memory of Sport Event Experience
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Shu Cole, (855-9037)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 10:00 am
Epidemiology
McConnell, William
Achieving Quality in Anesthesia: Survey timing in the collection of patient-reported health outcomes and the integration of patient feedback into an anesthesia quality improvement program.
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Andrea Chomistek, (856-7779)

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 12:00 pm
Health Behavior
Sobiech, Kathleen
Unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services: Results from the 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Michael Reece, (855-0068)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 3:00 pm
Human Performancs
Chitale, Aditi
Effects of knowledge of results on performance and learning through physical practice and mental practice with or without time constraints
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. John Shea, (856-6045)

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)