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 

April

 

Margaret Salinas

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Director: Dr Kimberlee Gretebeck, PhD, RN

Date/Time: April 2, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Examining social factors in self-management for older adults living alone"


Jeanne Hlebichuk

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Director: Kimberlee Gretebeck

Date/Time: April 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Examining the Relationship of Physical Activity, Inflammation & Adiposity on Physical Function with Gender Differences"


Mackenzie Kirkman

Program: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Director: Debra Oswald

Date/Time: April 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Can’t Say No and Won’t Take No: Gender Socialization, Entitlement, and Sexual Coercion"


Lisa Anders

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Director: Karen Robinson

Date/Time: April 5, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Experiences of Exclusively Expressing Breast Milk"


Lucas Mirabito

Program: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation Director: Ed de St. Aubin, Ph.D.

Date/Time: April 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Developing and Testing a Brief Alcohol Intervention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Populations"


Edward Wetzel

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Director: William Donaldson

Date/Time: April 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Design and Synthesis of Selective Estrogen Receptor Agonists"


Nuwan Asanka Pannilawithana

Program: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Dr. Chae S. Yi

Date/Time: April 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies of Ruthenium Catalyzed C-c, C-h and C-n Bond Activation Reactions"


Igor Gayday

Program: Arts and Sciences

Dissertation Director: Dmitri Babikov

Date/Time: April 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Toward Understanding the Origin of Mass-independent Fractionation in Sulfur Allotropes and in Ozone"


Yiming Liu

Program: Computer Science, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Satish Puri

Date/Time: April 7, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Hierarchical and Adaptive Filter and Refinement Algorithms for Geometric Intersection Computations on GPU"


Banabithi Bose

Program: Computational Science, Ph.D.

Dissertation Director: Serdar Bozdag

Date/Time: April 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Integration of Multi-omics Data to Compute Gene Regulatory Networks and to Predict Personalized Drug Response in Cancer"


Pandula Kirinde Arachchige

Program: Chemistry

Dissertation Director: Prof. Chae S. Yi

Date/Time: April 7, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

Defense Location: TW 667 Chemistry Building, or Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Scope and Mechanistic Studies of Ruthenium Catalyzed C-n Bond Activation Reaction"


Julie Nelsen

Program: Interdisciplinary

Dissertation Director: Kati Berg, Ph.D.

Date/Time: April 21, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting Standards Utilization and Influences on their Adoption"


 

May

 

Brett Yardley

Program: Philosophy

Dissertation Director: Richard Taylor

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

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "When to Trust Authoritative Testimony: General and Transmission of Knowledge in Saadya Gaon, Al-Ghazālī, and Thomas Aquinas"