Dissertation Defense Schedule

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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!

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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: 08/30/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Townsend Hall
Room: 49

Assessing the potential of a novel feed additive and an unsaturated fat alone and in combination to lower methane emission from cattle and reduce their contribution to climate change

By: Megan Smith          Chair: Limin Kung, Jr.         

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Animal and Food Science
Date: 05/25/2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 348

Radioactive Reversal? The Fukushima Accident as a Focusing Event for Comparative Policy Change on Nuclear Energy 

By: Victoria Sanchez          Chair: Janet Johnson         

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Political Science and International Relations
Date: 05/25/2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Purnell Hall
Room: 450

Essays on External Influences on Academic Achievement: Evidence from Political Unrest and Severe Floods in Thailand

By: Kawin Thamtanajit          Chair: Adrienne Lucas         

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Date: 05/24/2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Townsend Hall
Room: 25

Essays on Experiment and Agent-Based Modeling

By: Shang Wu          Chair: Kent Messer         

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Date: 05/23/2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Low Cost Controllable Optofluidic Smart Glass for Energy Efficiency, Thermal Management, and Privacy Applications

By: Dan Wolfe          Chair: Keith Goossen         

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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date: 05/23/2017
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Grid Integration of Clean Electricity Generation and Storage

By: Elpiniki Apostolaki Iosifidou          Chair: Willett Kempton         

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Animal and Food Science

The Process


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

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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.

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