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12 20 Dissertation Defense


Please note there has been a revision to this procedure. The form no longer requires your Advisory Committee members’ signatures of approval. The Tentative Approval Page requires you to consult with each committee member to obtain their tentative approval of your dissertation and to affirm that you have done so. Email the Tentative Approval Page of your dissertation at least two weeks prior to the date of your oral defense, on the same day you post your defense on the University Events calendar, to degreeaudit@uconn.edu. The working copy of the dissertation must also be e-mailed to degreeaudit@uconn.edu (along with cc to each Advisory Committee Member). Please do not submit a hard copy. A copy should be retained in your department for those requesting review.


Survey of Earned Doctorates – All research-based graduate students must complete the survey on-line at https://sed.norc.org/survey. The SED is an annual census of all research doctorate recipients in the United States and is the nation's main source of information on the numbers, backgrounds, and specializations of the new doctorate workforce. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and five other Federal agencies. Although your response to most items is optional, doctoral degree recipients are encouraged to respond to as many items as possible. The aggregate data collected from the survey are very important to research on national trends and work force projections. Retain a copy of the confirmation of on-line submission to SED for submission with the Dissertation Submission Checklist.


There are no additional fees. It is an added benefit to submitting your dissertation electronically to Open Commons.


Your defense date is significant but it does not indicate that you have completed all the requirements. You may still have revisions and final approvals to obtain. The date you submit the completed Dissertation Submission Checklist to the Registrar’s Office, Degree Audit, lower level is your completion date. Refer to the Academic Calendar for specific submission deadlines for each conferral period.


Yes, please be certain to apply on-line through your Student Administration System account for graduation early in the semester or summer in which you expect to complete all degree requirements. Verify that all required documents including the dissertation proposal have been submitted and approved at least 2 months prior to your defense date. The courses and requirements listed on your plan of study should be accounted for in your transcript and all grades should be posted. Contact your major advisor or instructor regarding grade discrepancies, incomplete or missing grades including dissertation research credits. Other changes or adjustments to your plan of study should be submitted on a Request for Changes to Plan of Study form prior to submission of your dissertation.


Once the dissertation is submitted, each student's individual record must be audited for compliance to degree requirements and fulfillment. Errors or discrepancies not previously addressed must be resolved by the major advisor and student through documentation. It is a detailed process where errors delay completion. Once the audit is satisfactorily completed, your degree will be conferred and you will receive a degree completion letter from the Registrars Office. At this point, conferral of your degree will appear on your official transcript.


For personal copies of your dissertation, contact the following services:

    Last updated: August 1, 2017 - 9:07am

    First NameLast NameProgramDissertation TitleDate and TimeLocationChair
    CatherineFinegan-DollakComputer Science & EngSelecting and Generating Computational Meaning Representations for Short Texts00Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:00 am4941 BBBWalter Lasecki and Dragomir Radkov Radev
    YingShengNursingOn the relationship between levator ani tears and urethral closure pressure in women following vaginal birth01Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:00 amEarl Lewis Room - third floor in RackhamJanis Miriam Miller
    RamyaKumarChemical EngineeringDirecting Interfacial Events Using Biomimetic Polymer Brushes02Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 pmNCRC B10 G064Joerg Lahann
    ChristopherDonnellyOral Health SciencesNeurotrophic Factor Signaling Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Peripheral Neural Circuits03Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 pmDENTISTRY G550Brian Anthony Pierchala
    KyleFergusonChemistryProbing the Non-Oxidative Decarboxylation Mechanism of Ferulic Acid Decarboxylase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae04Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:00 pm1706 Chemistry BuildingE Neil G Marsh
    ZhiyuanYaoMolecular, Cell & Dev BiologyMolecular Mechanism and Regulation of Autophagy05Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pmBOARDROOM LSI BUILDINGDaniel J Klionsky
    Chang-HongHsuComputer Science & EngTowards Power- and Energy-efficient Datacenters06Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm3725 BEYSTERJason Mars and Lingjia Tang
    ElizabethElaSociology"I Should Be Pregnant So Many Times By Now": Risk Perception, Numeracy, and Young Women's Contraceptive Use07Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm4155 LSAJennifer S Barber
    JoshuaDamronChemistryInsights into Crystalline and Materials Solids from Advances in Magic Angle Spinning NMR08Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:30 pmEARL LEWIS ROOM IN RACKHAMAyyalusamy Ramamoorthy
    SarahBellPsychology & Women's StudiesWhat Happens in a Hook Up?: Young Women's Behaviors, Emotions, and Pleasures.09Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:00 amPILLSBURY CONF RM EAST HALLSara Isobel McClelland
    MichaelDeiningerDesign ScienceInforming Intentional use of Prototyping in Engineering Design: Context-Specific Novice Approaches and Stakeholder Feedback10Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:30 am2540 GGBShanna Daly and Kathleen Helen Sienko
    KatherineReichlAerospace EngineeringActive Metastructures for Vibration Suppression11Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:00 amFXB 1044Daniel J Inman
    Yu-PuChenBiostatisticsSemiparametric Latent Variable Models for Chronic Diseases with Responses of Multiple Types and Scales12Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:00 amM4318 SPH IIAlexander Tsodikov
    ClaudioVilas Boas FaveroChemical EngineeringDestabilization, Flocculation, and Deposition of Asphaltenes13Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:00 amGENERAL MOTORS CONFERENCE HALL - LECHugh Scott Fogler
    TianBaoMechanical EngineeringVibrotactile Sensory Augmentation and Machine Learning Based Approaches for Balance Rehabilitation14Thursday, March 15, 2018, 2:00 pmGM CONF ROOM IN LURIE ENGINEERING CENTERKathleen Helen Sienko
    OliviaMcGovernMicrobiology & ImmunologyEndocytic Trafficking in Toxoplasma Gondii15Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:00 amMedical Science Building 2 WLH-3697Vernon Bruce Carruthers
    JamesBourChemistryAccessibility, Reactivity, and Fluoroalkylation Reactions of High-Oxidation-State Organonickel Complexes16Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 amROOM 1300 CHEMISTRYMelanie S Sanford
    RossMaguireEarth & Environmental SciencesAn integrated geophysical approach to investigating thermal and chemical heterogeneity in Earth's mantle17Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 am2520 CC Little BuildingJeroen Ritsema
    Yu-ChihTungComputer Science & EngAcoustic Sensing: Mobile Applications and Frameworks18Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pm2224 EECSKang Geun Shin
    RebeccaCraigChemistryApplications of Raman Microspectroscopy to the Study of Atmospheric Aerosol Particles19Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pmNot available yetAndrew P Ault
    MirandaFitzgeraldEducational StudiesTexts and Tasks in Elementary Project-based Science20Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pmRoom 2327 School of Education BuildingAnnemarie Sullivan Palincsar
    RyanCaverlyAerospace EngineeringOptimal Output Modification and Robust Control using Minimum Gain and the Large Gain Theorem21Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pm1000 WILSON STUDENT TEAM PROJECT CENTERJames Richard Forbes
    RyanWadeHealth Behavior & Health EducRacialized Sexual Discrimination and Psychological Wellbeing among Young Black Gay/Bisexual Men (YBGBM)22Friday, March 16, 2018, 2:00 pmSCHOOL PUBLIC HEALTH I - 2610 CROSSROADSGary W Harper
    YumengLiBiostatisticsDynamic prediction of the onset of acute graft-versus-host-disease with longitudinal biomarkers23Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:00 amSchool of Public HealthThomas M Braun
    BradyG'SellAnthropology & HistoryMaking Motherhood Work: Women?s Child Support Claims, Race, and the Remaking of Citizenship in South Africa 1950-201424Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:00 pmANTHRO HISTORY LOUNGE HAVEN HALLAdam Philip Ashforth
    LianliLiuElectrical Engin-SystemsOptimizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Image-Guided Radiotherapy25Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:30 pm3725 BBBJames M Balter and Jeffrey A Fessler
    AlexandraFraserHistory of ArtPicturing the Interior: Materials, Decoration, Politics (1880-1900)26Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:30 pmCONFERENCE ROOM, TAPPAN HALLAlexander D Potts
    JayminKimHistoryThe Rule of Ritual in the Qing Tributary World, 1630s-1840s: Asymmetry and Elastic Sovereignty27Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:00 pmRACKHAM 4TH FLOOR EAST CONF. ROOMPar Kristoffer Cassel
    JordanBemmelsEcology & Evolutionary BiologySpecies Range Shifts in Dynamic Geological and Climatic Landscapes: Studies in Temperate and Tropical Trees28Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:00 amRackham East Conference Room, 4th FloorChristopher William Dick
    JohnMcCrone IVMicrobiology & ImmunologyInfluenza evolution within and between human hosts is driven by stochastic processes and tight bottlenecks29Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:00 amMEDICAL SCIENCE 1 - M5330Adam Lauring
    KevinFriesCivil EngineeringFusing Large Datasets and Models to Improve Understanding of Hydrologic and Hydraulic Processes30Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:15 pm2029 GG BROWNBranko Kerkez
    AlainaNealEducational Studies"They Don't Want to See Us Succeed": How Schools Produce Identities for Black Female Students31Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:30 pmSOE BUILDING TRIBUTE ROOMCarla O'Connor
    Kyong TakChoComputer Science & EngFrom Attack to Defense: Toward Secure In-vehicle Networks32Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00 pm3725 BEYSTER BUILDINGKang Geun Shin
    ErikBrinkmanComputer Science & EngUnderstanding Financial Market Behavior through Empirical Game-Theoretic Analysis33Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:30 pmGENERAL MOTORS CONFERENCE HALL LECMichael P Wellman
    HyeongseokKimElectrical EngineeringMillimeter-scale RF Integrated Circuits and Antennas for Energy-efficient Wireless Sensor Nodes34Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 3:00 pm1303 EECSDavid D Wentzloff
    GrantMandarinoHistory of ArtSeeing Class: Graphic Satire and the Cultivation of Radicalism in the Weimar Republic35Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 4:15 pmTAPPAN, 270Matthew Nicholas Biro
    YangLiNursingApplying Allostatic Load to Perinatal Outcomes Research36Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10:00 amROOM 1184 NORTH INGALLS BUILDINGJulia Schwartz Seng
    Christian SamuelAlvarez PrivadoEpidemiological ScienceCurrent and Future Perspectives of Prostate Cancer in Thailand37Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10:00 amSPH2 1122, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTHAlison Mondul
    AricSchultzMicrobiology & ImmunologyAn Analysis of LCAT in Regards to Egress in Toxoplasma gondii38Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 pm3697 MEDICAL SCIENCE IIVernon Bruce Carruthers
    KatherineFinnNursingPediatric Survivors of Severe Malaria: Academic Performance Following a Cognitive Intervention in Uganda39Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3:00 pmEARL LEWIS ROOM, RACKHAMBruno J Giordani
    RebeccaGaddEducational StudiesDeveloping Novices' Professional Scripts for Teaching: An Investigation of Teacher Education Practice40Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3:00 pmSEB 2327Deborah Loewenberg Ball
    MichaelHallPsychologyLiving Congenially: Contextual, Relational, and Metacognitive Facilitators of Agreeable Political Information Environments41Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 4:00 pm4464 EAST HALLAllison Nancy Earl and Phoebe C Ellsworth
    YevgeniyYesilevskiyMechanical EngineeringUnderstanding and Improving Locomotion: The Simultaneous Optimization of Motion and Morphology in Legged Robots42Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 4:00 pm2540 G.G. BROWNC David Remy
    TinaLeHistory of ArtMaterial Conceptualisms: Philippine Art under Authoritarianism, 1968 ? 198643Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:00 amTAPPAN HALL BASEMENT CONFERENCE ROOMJoan Kee
    IbrahimBoularesPhysicsRaman studies of surface phonons in the topological insulators Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te344Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:00 am2246 RandallRoberto D Merlin
    LaurenBeesleyBiostatisticsMissing Data and Variable Selection Methods for Cure Models in Cancer Research45Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:30 amSPHI 1655Jeremy Michael George Taylor
    BradleyKellerMacromolecular Science & EngFrom Small Molecules to Polymers: Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Conjugated Systems for Solar Applications46Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:00 am1706 CHEMISTRYTheodore G Goodson III
    Dong IkKangEconomicsThree Essays in Macroeconomics47Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 pmLORCH 267Christopher L House
    ByungjooChoiCivil EngineeringThe Role of Socio-Cognitive Process in Construction Workers? Safety Behaviors48Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 pm2029, G.G. BROWN BUILDINGSanghyun Lee
    KarenFlannaganEpidemiological SciencePolyunsaturated fatty acids and early-life chronic disease risk in Latin America49Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 pmM1112 SPH IIEduardo Villamor
    Hye JinHwangEducational StudiesDo Knowledge and Motivation Matter? The Role of General Knowledge and Reading Motivation in Reading Achievement in the Elementary Years50Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 pmBROWNLEE ROOM IN SCHOOL OF EDUCATIONKai Schnabel Cortina and Nell Kristine Duke
    WenGuoPhysicsSearch for New Resonances and Dark Matter Particles with BSM Higgs Boson Productions at the LHC51Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3:00 pmWESTHALL 348Bing Zhou
    XuZhangBusiness AdministrationThe Value of Bargaining in Online Platform Markets52Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3:00 pmROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, R4020Francine Lafontaine and Puneet Manchanda
    ChristopherMilesPhysicsOptimal control of the advection-diffusion equation for effective mixing.53Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 pmWeiser 755Charles R Doering
    BharadwajManthaCivil EngineeringNavigation, Planning And Coordination Algorithms For Mobile Service Robots In Indoor Built Environments54Friday, March 23, 2018, 9:00 am163 EWRECarol C Menassa
    GopalNatarajElectrical Engin-SystemsAdvances in Quantitative MRI: Acquisition, Estimation, and Application55Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00 amGM ROOM, LURIE ENGINEERING CENTERJeffrey A Fessler and Jon-Fredrik Nielsen
    ElizabethJohnsonAnthropologySocial and ecological challenges in female geladas56Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 pm4448 East HallJacinta Catherine Beehner
    SophinaTaitanoImmunologyRole of Th2 Cytokines in Regulatory B Cells Growth and Function57Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:00 pm3330 MED SCI INicholas W Lukacs and Steven K Lundy
    MeredithHenstridgeApplied PhysicsManipulating Light with Metamaterials: Synchrotron Radiation from an Accelerating Light Pulse and On-Chip Devices58Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:15 pmEARL LEWIS ROOM, RACKHAM BUILDINGRoberto D Merlin
    JasmineManalelPsychologySocial Networks Across the Lifespan: Continuity, Context, and Consequences59Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:30 pm6080 ISRToni C Antonucci
    TealGuidiciStatisticsMethods for utilizing co-expression networks for biological insight.60Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:30 pmSEB 2327Charles Burant and George Michailidis
    ScottRichApplied & Interdis MathematicsInteracting mechanisms driving synchrony in neural networks with inhibitory interneurons61Friday, March 23, 2018, 3:00 pmEast Hall 1096Victoria Booth and Michal R Zochowski
    RomainFievetAerospace EngineeringImpact of thermodynamic nonequilibrium on the simulation and modeling of dual-mode scramjets62Monday, March 26, 2018, 8:00 amMCDIVITT CONFERENCE ROOM, FXBVenkatramanan Raman
    CherylLeeNursingUnderstanding use of genetic counseling among a sample of young breast cancer survivors63Monday, March 26, 2018, 10:00 amRackham Exec. Board Rm. - 1st flr WestDebra Barton
    SamanthaGrabowskaArchitectureSecret Spaces and Human Traces: The Architecture of Unauthorized Border-Crossers in the Sonoran Desert64Monday, March 26, 2018, 10:00 amTBDLinda N Groat
    MaryRogawskiMolecular & Cellular PathologyRegulation of ATM and CDK2 kinases by the MRN complex in DNA damage signaling and cell cycle checkpoint control65Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 pmTHSL 2903David O Ferguson
    ZhengkangZhangPhysicsEffective field theory approaches to particle physics beyond the Standard Model66Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 pm340 WEST HALLJames Daniel Wells
    ZhizhengZhangElectrical EngineeringOptical Quartz Crystal Microbalance (OQCM) for Dual-Mode Analysis67Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:30 pmGENERAL MOTORS CONFERENCE HALL, LECXudong Fan and Duncan G Steel
    WenjiaFanEnvironmental EngineeringThe Influence of Water-Rock Interaction on Trace Element Mobilization During Shale Gas Production68Monday, March 26, 2018, 2:00 pm2029 GGBBrian Robert Ellis and Kim F Hayes
    Kyoung HaChaChemistryCurrent Status of Glucose Sensing Technique: Non-Invasive and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems69Monday, March 26, 2018, 3:00 pm1706 CHEMISTRYMark E Meyerhoff
    AmritaDharEnglish Lang & LiteratureWriting Sight and Blindness in Early Modern England70Monday, March 26, 2018, 4:15 pm3154 Angell HallMichael C Schoenfeldt and Valerie J Traub
    AnthonyCharlesPhysicsExplorations of Non-Supersymmetric Black Holes in Supergravity71Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 10:00 am340 West HallFinn Larsen
    AngelElizondo GarzaMusic PerformanceAngel Elizondo, tuba & euphonium Dissertation Recitals72Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 2:45 pmMoore Building library conference roomFritz A Kaenzig
    AngelElizondo GarzaMusic PerformanceAngel Elizondo, Tuba & Euphonium Dissertation Recitals73Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 2:45 pmMOORE BUILDING LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOMFritz A Kaenzig
    EricaSchultePsychologyFood Characteristics Implicated in Biobehavioral Indicators of Addiction in Vulnerable Individuals74Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 3:30 pmPOND ROOM, MICHIGAN UNIONAshley Nicole Gearhardt
    YiqinMaMolecular, Cell & Dev BiologyRegulation of chromatin structure during terminal differentiation and cell cycle exit in Drosophila melanogaster75Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 9:00 amEARL LEWIS CONFERENCE ROOM RACKHAM BUILDLaura Buttitta
    JacobGeriChemistryBond Activation by Unconventional Lewis Pairs76Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 11:00 am1706 ChemistryNathaniel Szymczak
    CaitlinRodriguezNeuroscienceDeciphering a role for upstream open reading frames in the nervous system77Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00 pmKahn AuditoriumPeter Todd
    BimingWuBiomedical EngineeringDevelopment of Self-regulatory Gene Circuits for Cartilage Tissue Engineering79Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2:00 pmJohnson Room, Lurie Engineering CenterRhima M Coleman
    JillianMortimerEducational StudiesPre-service Teachers' Understanding and Interpretations of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice80Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2:30 pmSEB2327Edward A Silver
    JacquesVestHistoryVox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1870-193081Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4:00 pm1029B Tisch HallHoward Brick and James W Cook Jr

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