Public Defense of the Dissertation
In order to proceed to the public defense, the candidate must submit the thesis to the dissertation committee six weeks before the scheduled defense. The scheduling of the defense is arranged through the department's administrative secretary in coordination with the examination committee. The second and third readers must indicate in writing to the Director of the PhD program that the thesis is ready for public defense (but this approval does not prejudice their assessment of the defense itself). To indicate his/her approval of the readiness for defense, the chair of the dissertation committee should complete and send to the Graduate Education Doctoral Candidacy Advisor the Notification of Readiness for the Public Oral Presentation of the Ph.D. Dissertation form (available from the Graduate Education Office website). A copy of the completed form should be sent to the Director of the PhD program. The Doctoral Candidacy Advisor will send the three official ballots to the departmental administrative secretary.
During the two-hour session, chaired by the director of the dissertation, the candidate will make an initial oral thirty-minute presentation. This presentation should summarize the procedure and findings of the research. Each of the dissertation committee members will then be allotted twenty-five minutes for questions. The remaining fifteen minutes will allow for questions from anyone attending the defense.
Upon completion of the public defense, the official written ballots should be completed by the dissertation committee and returned to the Doctoral Candidacy Advisor. The candidate will be notified in writing by the Vice-President of Graduate Education.
Students must also submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the Doctoral Candidacy Advisor for a format review. Further details are given at the Graduate Education Office site.
Doctoral Candidates who wish to be hooded in the Spring Graduation Ceremonies must complete their oral defense prior to April 30.
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