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: 01/11/2019
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: ISE Lab
Room: 467

The biogeochemical cycling of arsenic in a changing climate

By: Matthew Fischel          Chair: Donald Sparks         

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Plant & Soil Sciences
Date: 12/20/2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Pearson Hall304 Pearson Hall
Room: 304

A Paradox Perspective On Faith-Based Organizations

By: Roger Huston          Chair: John McNutt         

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Urban Affairs & Public Policy
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: 12/13/2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

I. Solar Electrolyzer Coupling via Load-Matching;  II. Sb-Doping in Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells to Overcome Voltage Limitations

By: Gowri Sriramagiri          Chair: Steven Hegedus         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Date: 12/12/2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Room: 102

Supervised Machine Learning For Small RNA Informatics and Big Data Analytics In Plants

By: Parth Patel          Chair: Blake Meyers         

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Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
Date: 12/07/2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

I.  Optimization of Interdigitated Back Contact Silicon Hetero-Junction (IBC-SHJ) Solar Cell Fabrication Process;  II. Passive Tuning of Optical Couplers.

By: Ugochukwu Nsofor          Chair: Steven Hegedus         

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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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