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: 04/07/2014
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Memorial Hall
Room: 37

Mechanisms of Conjunctive Learning in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

By: Sarah Jablonski          Chair: Mark Stanton         

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Date: 04/07/2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Spencer Lab
Room: 133

Durability Study on Carbon Materials Based Electrochemical Capacitors

By: Qing Zhang          Chair: Bingqing Wei         

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Mechanical Engineering
Date: 04/04/2014
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Room: 102

Development and Application of an In Vitro Blood-Brain Barrier Model to Investigate Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

By: Diane Wuest          Chair: Kelvin Lee         

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Chemical Engineering
Date: 04/01/2014
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Brown Lab
Room: 219

Studies of QSOX, a Medically Important Flavoenzyme: Mechanistic Insights, Searching for Inhibitors, and a Potential New Diagnostic Assay

By: Benjamin Israel          Chair: Colin Thorpe         

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Chemistry and Biochemistry
Date: 04/01/2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Colburn Lab
Room: 366

Improving Non-Viral Gene Delivery: Polymer Carriers for Spatial and Temporal Control of Nucleic Acid Release

By: Abbygail Foster          Chair: Millicent Sullivan         

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Chemical Engineering
Date: 03/31/2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 341

China’s Policy Towards the South China Sea – Geopolitics and the International Maritime Regime

By: Lingqun Li          Chair: Alice Ba         

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Political Science and International Relations

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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