Dissertation defense schedule

Dissertation Defense Details

  • Videoconference Set Up
  • Tips for Effective Videoconference Dissertations

Going forward, all dissertation/thesis/project proposal and defense meetings be held virtually.  Please note that dissertation defenses still require a public defense, and the student will be responsible for setting up the virtual defense (Microsoft Teams, Zoom are recommended).  Note that MU IT is only providing tech support for Microsoft Teams at this time, but the student could choose to use any videoconferencing platform.

Microsoft Teams Training Guide

Learn how to prevent and address videoconference "bombings"

Don’t forget that defenses must be publicly announced, so if being done by videoconference, the announcement should include instructions detailing how to join the videoconference. 

Links to the remote login option, as well as any needed instructions regarding how to login to the defense, should be emailed to gradrecords@marquette.edu

  • Please have the Dissertator send out invitations to those they would like to attend the session. Encourage the invitees to download the software or app of the platform being used in advance so they have a chance to troubleshoot.
  • Functionality is better over the apps than over web browsers. Chrome and Firefox are optimal if using a desktop or laptop browser. 
  • Videoconference dissertations should be scheduled 30 minutes before the scheduled defense time, allowing the dissertator and their audience ample time to troubleshoot and be acclimated to the virtual space. 
  • Include videoconference link and other meeting details in multiple communication so that it can be easily accessed by the invitees.  
  • For Zoom and Microsoft Teams, become familiar with the additional features, including the "PolI" capabilities, which not only helps lighten up the event, but allows people to send encouragement to the dissertator.  
  • Advisors should begin with a brief explanation for the audience for how to use the platform. The most important reminder is to tell invitees to mute themselves unless they are speaking to reduce ambient noise and other distractions. Be sure to ask invitees if they are familiar with how to do this and if not, feel free to walk them through the mute feature. If there are audio issues, it can be helpful to turn the video off.
  • Advisors should record the session for the person defending as a memento for this occasion. This is a recommendation and optional. 

2020 Dissertation Defense Schedule 


Juan Liu

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Kevin M. Koch

Date/Time: August 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Videoconference

Dissertation Title: "Deep Learning for Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping Reconstruction"


Sydney Timmer-Murillo

Program: Clinical Psychology

Advisor: Nakia Gordon, PhD

Date/Time: August 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Videoconference

Dissertation Title: "Building Empathy Toward Community and Reducing Bias in a Chicago Police Sample: A Case for Perspective Taking and Reappraisal within Virtual Reality"


Brendan Henrigillis

Program: Philosophy

Advisor: Dr. Owen Goldin

Date/Time: August 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Videoconference

Dissertation Title: "Cosmic City- Cosmic Teleology: A Reading of Metaphysics 10 and Politics 1 2"


Zhao Wang

Program: Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Baolin Wan

Date/Time: August 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Videoconference

Dissertation Title: "Study of Techniques to Enhance the Performance of Concrete Members Strengthened by Externally Bonded Composite Materials"


Damon Watson

Program: Philosophy

Advisor: Dr. Owen Goldin

Date/Time: August 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Videoconference

Dissertation Title: "Concerning Aristotelian, Animal Essences"



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