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: 12/17/2018
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 348

Where is the Half Sky? Women’s Representation at the County People’s Congress of China

By: Xinhui Jiang          Chair: Gretchen Bauer         

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Political Science & International Relations
Date: 12/04/2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Center for Composite Materials
Room: 106

Tendon Multi-scale Structure, Mechanical Function, and Damage

By: Andrea Lee          Chair: Dawn Elliott         

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Biomedical Engineering
Date: 11/26/2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Sharp Lab
Room: 105

Synthesis and Study of L10 Magnetic Nanostructures

By: Frank Abel          Chair: George Hadjipanayis         

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Date: 11/20/2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Improving Verbose Queries Performance in Bio-Medical Domain

By: Yue Wang          Chair: Hui Fang         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Date: 11/16/2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Structure-Property Relationships of Printed Bismuth Telluride Thermoelectrics

By: Glenn Catlin          Chair: Robert Opila         

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Materials Science & Engineering
Date: 11/15/2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Purnell Hall
Room: 450

Education Policy and Economic Development: An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of China’s Higher Education Quota Allocation Plan on Regional Economic Growth

By: Chen Chen          Chair: William Latham         

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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 >