Dissertation defense schedule

Dissertation Defense Details

  • Videoconference Set Up
  • Tips for Effective Videoconference Dissertations

Submitting your Announcement of Public Defense of the Dissertation

Update: 02-17-21

All defenses must include a videoconference option until further notice.  A concurrent live in-person defense may be held, so long as all University protocols are followed regarding such gatherings.

Create a Videoconference via Teams: All dissertation/thesis/project proposal and defense meetings be held virtually until further notice.  Please note that dissertation defenses still require a public defense, and the student will be responsible for setting up the virtual defense through the required platform, 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. 

2021 Dissertation Defense Schedule 

June

 

Hillary Schiltz

Program: Psychology

Dissertation Director: Amy Vaughan Van Hecke

Date/Time: June 2, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Applying the Vulnerability Stress Adaption Model to Romantic Relationships of Couples Raising a Child with ASD"


Noreen Siddiqui

Program: Educational Policy and Leadership

Dissertation Director: Jody Jessup-Anger

Date/Time: June 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Beyond Ramen: Students’ Lived Experiences of Campus Food Insecurity at Two Catholic Universities"


Heidi Paquette

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Director: Dr. Lisa Hanson

Date/Time: June 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Pregnant Women’s Experiences with Gastrointestinal Discomforts and Strategies They use to Cope"


Jacob Konrath

Program: Educational Policy and Leadership

Dissertation Director: Dr. Jill Birren

Date/Time: June 24, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Inequities of Intradistrict School Choice in a Mid-Sized Urban School District"


Lauren Sara

Program: Exercise Science

Dissertation Director: Sandra Hunter

Date/Time: June 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Defense Location:In-person: Schroeder 356, Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Neuromuscular function in Achilles tendinopathy"


George Olawunmi

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Director: Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed

Date/Time: June 30, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Improved Motor Imagery Decoding Via Deep Learning"


 

July

 

Justin Tirkey

Program: INPR Communication

Dissertation Director: Dr. Sumana Chattopadhyay

Date/Time: July 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Media Competency and Media Literacy Education(MLE) among Tribal Religious/Seminarians(TRS)"


James Makuvaza

Program: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Scott Reid

Date/Time: July 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Resonant Two-Photon Ionization and Velocity Mapped Ion Imaging Studies of Aromatic van der Waals Complexes."


Kayla Rohr

Program: Biology

Dissertation Director: Jennifer Anne Evans

Date/Time: July 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Arginine vasopressin modulates circadian timekeeping in a sex-dependent manner"


Nazmus Sakib

Program: Computational Sciences

Dissertation Director: Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed

Date/Time: July 8, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Sepsis Monitoring and Intervention using Contextually-tailored Bayesian Online Change Point Detection"