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: 02/14/2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Pearson Hall
Room: 311

Society on its Best Behavior? A Mixed-Method Study on the Influence of External Societal Forces on Delawareans’ Private Pro-Environmental Behavior

By: Ariella Lewis          Chair: Lawrence Agbemabiese         

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Energy & Environmental Policy
Date: 02/07/2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Purnell Hall
Room: 450

Hysteresis: Evidence from the Social Security Disability Program During the Jobless Recovery

By: Chunling Peng          Chair: James Butkiewicz         

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Date: 01/31/2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: ISE Lab
Room: 322

Treating Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Through Nanoparticle-Mediated Photothermal Therapy and Gene Regulation

By: Danielle Valcourt          Chair: Emily Day         

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Biomedical Engineering
Date: 01/22/2020
Time: 1:00 AM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 201

Delay and Collision Reduction in Wireless Networks

By: Seyedmohammad Salehi          Chair: Chien-Chung Shen         

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Computer Science
Date: 01/21/2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Evans Hall
Room: 204

Roaming Inverter Vehicle Energy Resource

By: Rodney McGee          Chair: Fouad Kiamilev         

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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Date: 01/17/2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: ISE Lab
Room: 467

Promoting Sustainable Development as a Virtual Dialogue: Informing, Engaging and Empowering Online Communities

By: Jiajing Bi          Chair: John Bryne         

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Energy & Environmental Policy

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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