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: 03/21/2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Robinson Hall
Room: 206

A Study of Deep Ocean Convection and the Sea Level Variability in the North Atlantic

By: Feili Li          Chair: Xiao-Hai Yan         

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Date: 03/21/2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Willard Hall
Room: 117

Improving Comprehension Instruction of Literary Texts in an Elementary-Level Enrichment Program

By: Jennifer Klima          Chair: Rachel Klein         

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Education – Educational Leadership
Date: 03/20/2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Willard Hall
Room: 207

Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Professional Development

By: Corey Miklus          Chair: Sharon Walpole         

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Education – Educational Leadership
Date: 03/18/2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Hybrid Light Emitting Diodes Based on Solution Processed Polymers, Colloidal Quantum Dots and Colloidal Metal Nanoparticles

By: Xin Ma          Chair: Sylvain Cloutier         

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Applied Physiology
Date: 03/17/2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Willard Hall
Room: 117

Developing an Information Literacy Plan for Cecil College

By: Michael Gutierrez          Chair: Fred Hofstetter         

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Education – Educational Leadership
Date: 03/17/2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 348

Just Security or a Secure Justice?: Mapping the Transitional Justice – Human Security Nexus

By: Lauren Balasco          Chair: Matthew Weinert         

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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.

Submission Form >