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: 05/22/2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 210

Infrared and Terahertz Dual Band Semiconductor Development and Spin Orbitronics Based on Semiconductors and Insulators

By: Dainan Zhang          Chair: John Xiao         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Date: 05/16/2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Purnell Hall
Room: 450

Compensating Differentials and the Gender Earnings Gap Among the Less-Educated

By: Sarah Reed          Chair: Saul Hoffman         

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Date: 05/11/2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Robinson Hall
Room: 105

A New Estuarine Technique for Understanding, Predicting, and Managing Ocean Acidification: the Dissolved Inorganic Carbon to Total Alkalinity Ratio in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays

By: Jean Brodeur          Chair: Wei-Jun Cai         

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Date: 05/08/2018
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: None of the aboveOld College
Room: 211

“Art and Jesuit Patronage in Colonial Quito: the Prophet Paintings at the Church of La Compañía”

By: Isabel Oleas Mogollon          Chair: Monica Dominguez Torres         

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Art History
Date: 05/01/2018
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Graham Hall
Room: 185

Gasoline Demand and Saving Measures during Crises for Thailand

By: Kannika Suyarnsettakorn          Chair: William Latham         

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Energy & Environmental Policy
Date: 05/01/2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: None of the aboveMcDowell Hall
Room: 102

Black Intellectual Cultures and Ideals: Educational Philosophy in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

By: Sarah Patterson          Chair: P. Gabrielle Foreman         

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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.

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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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