Dissertation defense schedule

Dissertation Defense Details

  • Videoconference Set Up
  • Tips for Effective Videoconference Dissertations

Submitting your Announcement of Public Defense of the Dissertation

Update: 09-01-21

Defenses may be held entirely in person so long as all university protocols are followed regarding such gatherings.  Hybrid defenses are also allowed, where some attendees are in person and others online, or the defense may take place entirely online.  The dissertation chair has the discretion to approve the option, but is asked to be sensitive of requests for remote attendance.

Create a Videoconference via Teams: If a hybrid or entirely online defense is held, the student will be responsible for setting up the virtual defense through the required platform, Microsoft Teams. 

  • Review tips on creating and managing webinars in Microsoft Teams. 
  • 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 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. 

2022 Dissertation Defense Schedule 

June


Jessica Anderson

Program: Biological Sciences

Dissertation Director: Rosemary Stuart

Date/Time: June 10, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Life Sciences 111, Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Modulation of Mitochondrial Protein Synthesis in Yeast - Role of the Mrp7 (bL27) Protein"


Thomas d Aquin Mbatna Taiwe

Program: Educational Policy and Leadership

Dissertation Director: Rev. Jeffrey Labelle, S.J

Date/Time: June 13, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Schroeder Complex

Dissertation Title: "Peacebuilding Through Education: The Case of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis"


Md Hasanul Aziz

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Director: Dr. Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed

Date/Time: June 14, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Smartphone-based non-invasive blood constituent measurement system using photoplethysmographs from fingertip videos"


Shannon Keating

Program: Biological Sciences

Dissertation Director: Tony Gamble

Date/Time: June 16, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Evolution of Sex Chromosome in Geckos (Reptilia: Gekkota)"


Lu Lu

Program: Biological Sciences

Dissertation Director: Allison Abbott

Date/Time: June 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Life Sciences 111

Dissertation Title: "Functional Analysis Of Male Gonad-enriched microRNAs in Caenorhabditis elegans"


Morgan Nitta

Program: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Director: James Hoelzle

Date/Time: June 24, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "The utility of clinical and blood-based biomarkers to discriminate between typical and prolonged pediatric mTBI symptom"


Elizabeth Paitel

Program: Neuroscience

Dissertation Director: Kristy Nielson

Date/Time: June 29, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Frontal-Cerebellar EEG as an Index of Risk for Alzheimer's Disease in Healthy Elders"


Jason Hitchcock

Program: Theology, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Julian V. Hills

Date/Time: June 29, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Finding Paul in the Fourth Gospel: John 8 and the Reception of the Apostle to the Gentiles"


Tianjiao Zhao

Program: Civil Engineering

Dissertation Director: Saeed Karshenas

Date/Time: June 30, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Semantic Representation of Road Infrastructure Information"


Hsiaoan Wang

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Director: Debbie Perouli

Date/Time: June 30, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Adaptive Pedagogy Framework for Risk Management, Incident Response, and Disaster Recovery Education"


Barbara Jane Sloan

Program: Religous Studies

Dissertation Director: Marcus Plested

Date/Time: June 30, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Alumni Memorial Union Room 305

Dissertation Title: "Greek Patristic and Byzantine Exegesis in the Works of Thomas Aquinas, 1261–1274"


 

 

July


Jiachen Ma

Program: Computational Sciences

Dissertation Director: Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed

Date/Time: July 1, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Temporal Sentiment Mapping System for Time-Synchronized Data"


Jessie Haynes

Program: English, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Leah Flack

Date/Time: July 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Marquette Hall 105

Dissertation Title: "Reluctant Sons: The Irish Matrilineal Tradition of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and Flann O’Brien"


Gary Klump

Program: Theology

Dissertation Director: Dr. Joshua Ezra Burns

Date/Time: July 15, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "“Now I Will Recall the Works of God”: Allusion and Intertextuality in Sirach 42:15-43:33"