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: 09/10/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Allen Lab
Room: 101

Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Wooden Breast Myopathy in Commercial Broiler Chickens

By: Michael Babak          Chair: Behnam Abasht         

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Animal and Food Science
Date: 08/26/2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Linearization of Analog Photonic Links

By: Fuquan Wang          Chair: Dennis Prather         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: None of the aboveAlison Hall
Room: 214

Generational and Experiential Differences of Leaders in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Service Sector

By: Caitlin Bailey          Chair: Steven Eidelman         

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Human Development & Family Studies
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: DuPont Hall
Room: 302

Regulating Cell Phenotype and Function Using Custom-Designed Synthetic Matrices

By: Anitha Ravikrishnan          Chair: Xinqiao Jia         

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Materials Science & Engineering
Date: 07/18/2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Willard Hall
Room: 327

Acculturation and Diabetes in African Migrants to the United States (U.S.)

By: Debora Kamin Mukaz          Chair: Melissa K. Melby         

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Medical Sciences
Date: 07/16/2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: DuPont Hall
Room: 103

Blue Noise and Optimal Sampling on Graphs

By: Alejandro Parada-Mayorga          Chair: Gonzalo Arce         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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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