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 "Poll" 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. 

Dissertation Defense Schedule 



Elyse Adler

Program: Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Amy Van Hecke

Date/Time: June 6, 2024, 12:00p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Is Telehealth Equivalent to In-Person Intervention? A Replication and Extension of PEERS for Adolescents"

Huy Minh Phan

Program: Biological Sciences

Dissertation Director: Michael Schlappi

Date/Time: June 7, 2024, 9:00a.m.

Defense Location: Wehr Life Sciences, Room 111

Dissertation Title: "Insights into Cold Stress Response Mechanisms of Rice and the Overexpression of OsUBC7 for Improving Cold Tolerance"

Susan Jones-Landwer

Program: English

Dissertation Director: Sarah Wadsworth

Date/Time: June 12, 2024, 2:00p.m.

Defense Location: Lalumiere Language Hall Room 130

Dissertation Title: "African American Women's Writing:A Critical Edition of A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince (1856)"

Jaclyn Pachicano

Program: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Director: Lucas Torres

Date/Time: June 13, 2024, 9:00a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Navigating Identity: An Examination of Intersectional Discrimination and Suicidal Ideation Among LGBQ Latinx Individuals"

Rahman Heidarykiany

Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dissertation Director: Cristinel Ababei

Date/Time: June 19, 2024, 9:30a.m.

Defense Location: Haggerty 388 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Deep Machine Learning Algorithms for HVAC Energy Usage and Cost Optimization in Smart Grids"

Jiayi Su

Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dissertation Director: Edwin Yaz

Date/Time: June 20, 2024, 1:00p.m.

Defense Location: E-hall 328 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Novel State Estimation Techniques and Their Applications"

Blaine Arney

Program: Exercise and Rehabilitation Science

Dissertation Director: Sandra Hunter

Date/Time: June 20, 2024, 9:00a.m.

Defense Location: AHPRC Film Room - Room 216 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Mechanisms of Fatigability in Individuals with Prediabetes and the Effect of Dietary Nitrate Supplementation"

Krishna Prasad Gnyawali

Program: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Chae S. Yi

Date/Time: June 24, 2024, 10:00a.m.

Defense Location: TW 306

Dissertation Title: "Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies of Ruthenium Catalyzed C–N and C–H Bond Activation Reactions"

Yue Zhao

Program: Computational Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Dissertation Director: Mehdi Maadooliat

Date/Time: June 25, 2024, 9:00a.m.

Defense Location: CU-MSSC-401 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Regularized Multivariate Functional Principal Component Analysis"

Samantha Sloane

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Director: Joseph Clark

Date/Time: June 26, 2024, 10:00a.m.

Defense Location: Todd Wehr Chemistry room 306 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies of Ruthenium Catalyzed C–N and C–H Bond Activation Reactions"

Kazi Shafiul Alam

Program: Computer Science

Dissertation Director: Iqbal Ahamed

Date/Time: June 28, 2024, 9:00a.m.

Defense Location: CU 414 or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "A Smartphone-Based Cardiac Health Monitoring System for Hypertension"


Unmila Purkaystha Jhuti

Program: Biological Sciences

Dissertation Director: Edward Blumenthal

Date/Time: July 22, 2024, 9:00a.m.

Defense Location: WLS 111

Dissertation Title: "Analysis of glia-neuron interaction and cell death pathways in drop-dead model of adult neurodegeneration"