Dissertation Defense Schedule

Academic Excellence

Sharing original dissertation research is a principle to which the University of Delaware is deeply committed. It is the single most important assignment our graduate students undertake and upon completion is met with great pride.

We invite you to celebrate this milestone by attending their dissertation defense. Please review the upcoming dissertation defense schedule below and join us!

Dissertation Defense Form

Must be received two weeks prior to your defense.

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Upcoming Doctoral Dissertation Defense

The list below is organized by the most current Dissertation Defense first. You may sort by “Program of Study” or search for a specific dissertation via the search box. To learn more about a specific dissertation select the dissertation’s title or the term “Full Abstract”.



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Defense Details Dissertation Program
Date: 12/18/2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Center for Composite Materials
Room: 106

Modeling and Characterization of Electrical Resistivity of Carbon Composite Laminates

By: Hong Yu          Chair: Suresh Advani         Co-Chair: Dirk Heider

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Mechanical Engineering
Date: 12/18/2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Brown Lab
Room: 219

Radical-Driven Silicon Surface Passivation for Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Photovoltaics.

By: Meixi Chen          Chair: Robert Opila         

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Chemistry and Biochemistry
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 11:15 AM
Location: Wolf Hall
Room: 318

Isoform-Specific Functions of the NA,K-AtPase β1- AND β2-Subunits in Medulloblastoma Cells

By: Alisa Litan          Chair: Sigrid Langhans         Co-Chair: Donna Woulfe

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Biological Sciences
Date: 12/07/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 348


By: Samantha Kelley          Chair: William Meyer         

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Political Science and International Relations
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 2:30 AM
Location: ISE Lab
Room: 202

Nanowire based Exchange Coupled Permanent Magnet

By: Muhammad Asif Warsi          Chair: John Xiao         

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Date: 12/05/2017
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Sharp Lab
Room: 215

Spin Orbit Coupling Induced Phenomena in Spintronic Devices

By: Tao Wang          Chair: John Xiao         

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The Process


Visit our “Step-by-Step Graduation Guide” to take you through the graduation process.From formatting your Dissertation to Doctoral Hooding procedures.

Your First Step >

Dissertation Manual

Wondering how to set up the format for your paper. Refer to the “UD Thesis/Dissertation Manual” for formatting requirements and more.

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Defense Submission Form

This form must be completed two weeks in advance of a dissertation defense to meet the University of Delaware Graduate and Professional Education’s requirements.

Submission Form >