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: 10/20/2021
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: None of the aboveZoom (https://udel.zoom.us/j/93165940221)
Room: 1

Modeling the Reduction Kinetics of Nitroaromatic Compounds and Munition Constituents in Environmental Media

By: Kevin Hickey          Chair: Dominic Di Toro         

Full Abstract >

Civil Engineering
Date: 10/06/2021
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: None of the abovezoom
Room: 0

The Microbiome of Concrete and Naturally Occurring Carbonate Minerals

By: Erik Kiledal          Chair: Julie Maresca         

Full Abstract >

Biological Sciences
Date: 09/14/2021
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: None of the aboveZoom Meeting
Room: 0

On Characterizing Mechanical Degradation Of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Membranes Using Numerical Simulations

By: Mohammad Morshed Moshiur Hasan          Chair: Michael H. Santare         

Full Abstract >

Mechanical Engineering
Date: 08/27/2021
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Colburn Lab, None of the aboveVirtual (Zoom Meeting)
Room: 0

Addressing Intracellular Protein Delivery Challenges with Site-Specific Protein Conjugation Strategies for Breast Cancer Treatment

By: Rachel Lieser          Chair: Wilfred Chen         Co-Chair: Millicent Sullivan

Full Abstract >

Chemical Engineering
Date: 08/25/2021
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: None of the aboveAlison Hall
Room: 220

Black Virgin Island High Schoolers’ School Mattering

By: Kendell Daughtry          Chair: Dr. Barbara Settles         

Full Abstract >

Human Development & Family Studies
Date: 08/25/2021
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: None of the aboveRemote via Zoom
Room: 000

Smoothness on Rank-Order Path Graphs for Compressive Spectral Imaging and Inverse Problems

By: Juan Felipe Florez Ospina          Chair: Gonzalo Arce         

Full Abstract >

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.

Your First Step >

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 >