Before the Oral Defense
View your committee on Wolverine Access to verify that it is correct. This can be found on your unofficial transcript or the “View My Committee Information” link under Student Business: Academic Records. If adjustments need to be made, have your program submit a reviseddissertation committee form immediately. It is recommended that you complete this step at least 6 months prior to the defense.
At least three weeks prior to the oral defense, register online for a pre-defense meeting. Choose either the group pre-defense meeting (an in person meeting with other students and OARD staff) or the remote (e-mail) pre-defense meeting option. When registering, you will provide your name; program; U-M identification number; defense date, time, and location; and information about your committee members, including e-mail addresses.
Begin viewing your committee on Wolverine Access three days prior to your defense to confirm all members have submitted their evaluation. (All members must complete an evaluation before OARD can authorize the defense.) After confirming all evaluations have been received, your Oral Report form (that all members must sign at the defense) will be available to print through the online evaluation system. Be sure that a copy of that form is taken to the oral defense and signed by the committee members.
Register for a Pre-Defense Meeting
PLEASE NOTE: You must register at least three weeks before the date of your defense.
After the Oral Defense
Submit all of the required content revisions and corrections to your committee chair for approval.
Arrange for a post-defense meeting that must take place before the doctoral deadline. If the final deadline is exceeded, you will be required to enroll in the full term in which degree requirements are completed and pay tuition for 8 credit hours.
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your name, program and U-M identification number. In the subject line of the e-mail, please use “Rackham Post-Defense Remote Option.” An OARD staff member will e-mail you the link and instructions to submit the complete, final, correctly formatted digital copy of the dissertation which will be the official copy of record. You will need to copy and paste the text of your abstract during the online submission (note that special characters cannot be accommodated and the word limit is 550).
Individual Meeting Option
Register for your Individual Meeting.
Register for a Post-Defense Meeting
Please allow at least two working days for a response.
Before Attending the Post-Defense Meeting
During the Post-Defense Meeting
- Submit a complete, final, correctly formatted PDF copy of the dissertation (to be the official copy on record in the University Library’s Deep Blue digital archive). You will be prompted to copy and paste the text of your abstract during the online submission. (Please note that special characters cannot be accommodated).
- After you submit the dissertation online, an OARD staff member will perform a final format check of your dissertation. If format revisions are required, you will need to make the corrections and re-upload the dissertation.
- Verify that your committee Chair has submitted the Final Oral Examination Report and the Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval to Rackham OARD.
- Students are encouraged to submit the final digital copy of their dissertation to ProQuest the world’s largest permanent archive of doctoral dissertations. Abstracts of dissertations submitted to ProQuest are listed with the Library of Congress collections and are published in Dissertation Abstracts International.
- OARD can provide certification of degree completion at your request after all requirements have been met.
- If the final deadline is not met, you must register and pay for an 8 hour enrollment in the term the final degree requirements are completed.
- Your diploma and transcript will not be issued if monies are owed. Verify your financial status with the Student Financial Services (phone (734) 764-7447). Diploma information may be found at the Registrar’s website.
Last updated: August 1, 2017 - 9:07am
|First Name||Last Name||Program||Dissertation Title||Date and Time||Location||Chair|
|Kathryn||O'Connor||Kinesiology||Concussion among military service academy members: Identifying risk factors, recovery trajectories, and the role of mental health||00Monday, March 12, 2018, 9:00 am||Earl Lewis Room Rackham Building||Steven P Broglio|
|Katherine||Crocker||Ecology & Evolutionary Biology||The Past is Never Dead, it Isn?t Even Past: Maternal Environment Affects Multiple Generations of Offspring via Hormone Provisioning||01Monday, March 12, 2018, 10:00 am||TBD||Mark D Hunter|
|Selin||Merdan||Industrial & Operations Eng||OPTIMIZATION AND MACHINE LEARNING METHODS FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING OF PROSTATE CANCER||02Monday, March 12, 2018, 12:30 pm||ROOM 2717, IOE||Brian Denton|
|Melissa||Lee||Chemistry||Remote C-H Functionalization of Aliphatic Amines||03Monday, March 12, 2018, 1:00 pm||Chemistry 1706||Melanie S Sanford|
|Margaret||Echelbarger||Psychology||The Influence of Variety and Scarcity on Children's Decision Making||04Monday, March 12, 2018, 1:00 pm||EARL LEWIS ROOM, RACKHAM||Susan A Gelman|
|Rungroj||Jintamethasawat||Biomedical Engineering||Speed of Sound and Attenuation Imaging of Compressed Breast using Limited Angle Ultrasound Tomography||05Monday, March 12, 2018, 1:30 pm||TAUB LIB 2903, Taubman Library||Oliver Daniel Kripfgans and Xueding Wang|
|Thomas||Zaikos||Microbiology & Immunology||Characterization and Elimination of the HIV Reservoir||06Monday, March 12, 2018, 3:00 pm||2901 Med. Sci 2||Kathleen L Collins|
|Viswambhara||Makam||Mathematics||Invariant Theory, Tensors and Computational Complexity||07Monday, March 12, 2018, 5:00 pm||EH B844||Harm Derksen and Andrew Snowden|
|Audra||McMillan||Mathematics||Differential Privacy, Property Testing and Perturbations.||08Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 10:00 am||Mason Hall 1449||Anna Catherine Gilbert|
|Sonia||Robinson||Epidemiological Science||Nutrition in middle childhood and externalizing and internalizing problems in adolescence||09Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:30 pm||SPH2 1112||Eduardo Villamor|
|Parker||Hill||Computer Science & Eng||Bridging the Scalability Gap by Exploiting Error Tolerance for Emerging Applications||10Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:00 pm||BBB 3725||Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang|
|Thomas||Gamboa||Music Conducting||Three Programs of Wind Music||11Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:45 pm||Room 3252, Earl V. Moore Building||Michael L Haithcock|
|Catherine||Finegan-Dollak||Computer Science & Eng||Selecting and Generating Computational Meaning Representations for Short Texts||12Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:00 am||4941 BBB||Walter Lasecki and Dragomir Radkov Radev|
|Ying||Sheng||Nursing||On the relationship between levator ani tears and urethral closure pressure in women following vaginal birth||13Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:00 am||Earl Lewis Room - third floor in Rackham||Janis Miriam Miller|
|Ramya||Kumar||Chemical Engineering||Directing Interfacial Events Using Biomimetic Polymer Brushes||14Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 pm||NCRC B10 G064||Joerg Lahann|
|Christopher||Donnelly||Oral Health Sciences||Neurotrophic Factor Signaling Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Peripheral Neural Circuits||15Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 pm||DENTISTRY G550||Brian Anthony Pierchala|
|Kyle||Ferguson||Chemistry||Probing the Non-Oxidative Decarboxylation Mechanism of Ferulic Acid Decarboxylase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae||16Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:00 pm||1706 Chemistry Building||E Neil G Marsh|
|Zhiyuan||Yao||Molecular, Cell & Dev Biology||Molecular Mechanism and Regulation of Autophagy||17Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm||BOARDROOM LSI BUILDING||Daniel J Klionsky|
|Chang-Hong||Hsu||Computer Science & Eng||Towards Power- and Energy-efficient Datacenters||18Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm||3725 BEYSTER||Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang|
|Elizabeth||Ela||Sociology||I Should Be Pregnant So Many Times By Now||19Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm||4155 LSA||Jennifer S Barber|
|Joshua||Damron||Chemistry||Insights into Crystalline and Materials Solids from Advances in Magic Angle Spinning NMR||20Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:30 pm||EARL LEWIS ROOM IN RACKHAM||Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy|
|Sarah||Bell||Psychology & Women's Studies||What Happens in a Hook Up?: Young Women's Behaviors, Emotions, and Pleasures.||21Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:00 am||PILLSBURY CONF RM EAST HALL||Sara Isobel McClelland|
|Michael||Deininger||Design Science||Informing Intentional use of Prototyping in Engineering Design: Context-Specific Novice Approaches and Stakeholder Feedback||22Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:30 am||2540 GGB||Shanna Daly and Kathleen Helen Sienko|
|Katherine||Reichl||Aerospace Engineering||Active Metastructures for Vibration Suppression||23Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:00 am||FXB 1044||Daniel J Inman|
|Yu-Pu||Chen||Biostatistics||Semiparametric Latent Variable Models for Chronic Diseases with Responses of Multiple Types and Scales||24Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:00 am||M4318 SPH II||Alexander Tsodikov|
|Claudio||Vilas Boas Favero||Chemical Engineering||Destabilization, Flocculation, and Deposition of Asphaltenes||25Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:00 am||GENERAL MOTORS CONFERENCE HALL - LEC||Hugh Scott Fogler|
|Tian||Bao||Mechanical Engineering||Vibrotactile Sensory Augmentation and Machine Learning Based Approaches for Balance Rehabilitation||26Thursday, March 15, 2018, 2:00 pm||GM CONF ROOM IN LURIE ENGINEERING CENTER||Kathleen Helen Sienko|
|Olivia||McGovern||Microbiology & Immunology||Endocytic Trafficking in Toxoplasma Gondii||27Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:00 am||Medical Science Building 2 WLH-3697||Vernon Bruce Carruthers|
|James||Bour||Chemistry||Accessibility, Reactivity, and Fluoroalkylation Reactions of High-Oxidation-State Organonickel Complexes||28Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 am||ROOM 1300 CHEMISTRY||Melanie S Sanford|
|Ross||Maguire||Earth & Environmental Sciences||An integrated geophysical approach to investigating thermal and chemical heterogeneity in Earth's mantle||29Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 am||2520 CC Little Building||Jeroen Ritsema|
|Yu-Chih||Tung||Computer Science & Eng||Acoustic Sensing: Mobile Applications and Frameworks||30Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pm||2224 EECS||Kang Geun Shin|
|Rebecca||Craig||Chemistry||Applications of Raman Microspectroscopy to the Study of Atmospheric Aerosol Particles||31Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pm||Not available yet||Andrew P Ault|
|Miranda||Fitzgerald||Educational Studies||Texts and Tasks in Elementary Project-based Science||32Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pm||Room 2327 School of Education Building||Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar|
|Ryan||Caverly||Aerospace Engineering||Optimal Output Modification and Robust Control using Minimum Gain and the Large Gain Theorem||33Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00 pm||1000 WILSON STUDENT TEAM PROJECT CENTER||James Richard Forbes|
|Ryan||Wade||Health Behavior & Health Educ||Racialized Sexual Discrimination and Psychological Wellbeing among Young Black Gay/Bisexual Men (YBGBM)||34Friday, March 16, 2018, 2:00 pm||SCHOOL PUBLIC HEALTH I - 2610 CROSSROADS||Gary W Harper|
|Yumeng||Li||Biostatistics||Dynamic prediction of the onset of acute graft-versus-host-disease with longitudinal biomarkers||35Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:00 am||School of Public Health||Thomas M Braun|
|Brady||G'Sell||Anthropology & History||Making Motherhood Work: Women?s Child Support Claims, Race, and the Remaking of Citizenship in South Africa 1950-2014||36Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:00 pm||ANTHRO HISTORY LOUNGE HAVEN HALL||Adam Philip Ashforth|
|Lianli||Liu||Electrical Engin-Systems||Optimizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Image-Guided Radiotherapy||37Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:30 pm||3725 BBB||James M Balter and Jeffrey A Fessler|
|Alexandra||Fraser||History of Art||Picturing the Interior: Materials, Decoration, Politics (1880-1900)||38Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:30 pm||CONFERENCE ROOM, TAPPAN HALL||Alexander D Potts|
|Jaymin||Kim||History||The Rule of Ritual in the Qing Tributary World, 1630s-1840s: Asymmetry and Elastic Sovereignty||39Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:00 pm||RACKHAM 4TH FLOOR EAST CONF. ROOM||Par Kristoffer Cassel|
|Jordan||Bemmels||Ecology & Evolutionary Biology||Species Range Shifts in Dynamic Geological and Climatic Landscapes: Studies in Temperate and Tropical Trees||40Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:00 am||Rackham East Conference Room, 4th Floor||Christopher William Dick|
|John||McCrone IV||Microbiology & Immunology||Influenza evolution within and between human hosts is driven by stochastic processes and tight bottlenecks||41Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:00 am||MEDICAL SCIENCE 1 - M5330||Adam Lauring|
|Kevin||Fries||Civil Engineering||Fusing Large Datasets and Models to Improve Understanding of Hydrologic and Hydraulic Processes||42Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:15 pm||2029 GG BROWN||Branko Kerkez|
|Alaina||Neal||Educational Studies||"They Don't Want to See Us Succeed": How Schools Produce Identities for Black Female Students||43Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:30 pm||SOE BUILDING TRIBUTE ROOM||Carla O'Connor|
|Kyong Tak||Cho||Computer Science & Eng||From Attack to Defense: Toward Secure In-vehicle Networks||44Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00 pm||3725 BEYSTER BUILDING||Kang Geun Shin|
|Erik||Brinkman||Computer Science & Eng||Understanding Financial Market Behavior through Empirical Game-Theoretic Analysis||45Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:30 pm||GENERAL MOTORS CONFERENCE HALL LEC||Michael P Wellman|
|Hyeongseok||Kim||Electrical Engineering||Millimeter-scale RF Integrated Circuits and Antennas for Energy-efficient Wireless Sensor Nodes||46Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 3:00 pm||1303 EECS||David D Wentzloff|
|Grant||Mandarino||History of Art||Seeing Class: Graphic Satire and the Cultivation of Radicalism in the Weimar Republic||47Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 4:15 pm||TAPPAN, 270||Matthew Nicholas Biro|
|Yang||Li||Nursing||Applying Allostatic Load to Perinatal Outcomes Research||48Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10:00 am||ROOM 1184 NORTH INGALLS BUILDING||Julia Schwartz Seng|
|Christian Samuel||Alvarez Privado||Epidemiological Science||Current and Future Perspectives of Prostate Cancer in Thailand||49Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 10:00 am||SPH2 1122, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH||Alison Mondul|
|Aric||Schultz||Microbiology & Immunology||An Analysis of LCAT in Regards to Egress in Toxoplasma gondii||50Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 pm||3697 MEDICAL SCIENCE II||Vernon Bruce Carruthers|
|Katherine||Finn||Nursing||Pediatric Survivors of Severe Malaria: Academic Performance Following a Cognitive Intervention in Uganda||51Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3:00 pm||EARL LEWIS ROOM, RACKHAM||Bruno J Giordani|
|Rebecca||Gadd||Educational Studies||Developing Novices' Professional Scripts for Teaching: An Investigation of Teacher Education Practice||52Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3:00 pm||SEB 2327||Deborah Loewenberg Ball|
|Michael||Hall||Psychology||Living Congenially: Contextual, Relational, and Metacognitive Facilitators of Agreeable Political Information Environments||53Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 4:00 pm||4464 EAST HALL||Allison Nancy Earl and Phoebe C Ellsworth|
|Yevgeniy||Yesilevskiy||Mechanical Engineering||Understanding and Improving Locomotion: The Simultaneous Optimization of Motion and Morphology in Legged Robots||54Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 4:00 pm||2540 G.G. BROWN||C David Remy|
|Dong Ik||Kang||Economics||Three Essays in Macroeconomics||55Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:00 am||LORCH 267||Christopher L House|
|Tina||Le||History of Art||Material Conceptualisms: Philippine Art under Authoritarianism, 1968 ? 1986||56Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:00 am||TAPPAN HALL BASEMENT CONFERENCE ROOM||Joan Kee|
|Ibrahim||Boulares||Physics||Raman studies of surface phonons in the topological insulators Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3||57Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:00 am||2246 Randall||Roberto D Merlin|
|Lauren||Beesley||Biostatistics||Missing Data and Variable Selection Methods for Cure Models in Cancer Research||58Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:30 am||SPHI 1655||Jeremy Michael George Taylor|
|Bradley||Keller||Macromolecular Science & Eng||From Small Molecules to Polymers: Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Conjugated Systems for Solar Applications||59Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:00 am||1706 CHEMISTRY||Theodore G Goodson III|
|Byungjoo||Choi||Civil Engineering||The Role of Socio-Cognitive Process in Construction Workers? Safety Behaviors||60Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 pm||2029, G.G. BROWN BUILDING||Sanghyun Lee|
|Karen||Flannagan||Epidemiological Science||Polyunsaturated fatty acids and early-life chronic disease risk in Latin America||61Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 pm||M1112 SPH II||Eduardo Villamor|
|Hye Jin||Hwang||Educational Studies||Do Knowledge and Motivation Matter? The Role of General Knowledge and Reading Motivation in Reading Achievement in the Elementary Years||62Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 pm||BROWNLEE ROOM IN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION||Kai Schnabel Cortina and Nell Kristine Duke|
|Wen||Guo||Physics||Search for New Resonances and Dark Matter Particles with BSM Higgs Boson Productions at the LHC||63Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3:00 pm||WESTHALL 348||Bing Zhou|
|Xu||Zhang||Business Administration||The Value of Bargaining in Online Platform Markets||64Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3:00 pm||ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, R4020||Francine Lafontaine and Puneet Manchanda|
|Christopher||Miles||Physics||Optimal control of the advection-diffusion equation for effective mixing.||65Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 pm||Weiser 755||Charles R Doering|
|Bharadwaj||Mantha||Civil Engineering||Navigation, Planning And Coordination Algorithms For Mobile Service Robots In Indoor Built Environments||66Friday, March 23, 2018, 9:00 am||163 EWRE||Carol C Menassa|
|Gopal||Nataraj||Electrical Engin-Systems||Advances in Quantitative MRI: Acquisition, Estimation, and Application||67Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00 am||GM ROOM, LURIE ENGINEERING CENTER||Jeffrey A Fessler and Jon-Fredrik Nielsen|
|Elizabeth||Johnson||Anthropology||Social and ecological challenges in female geladas||68Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 pm||4448 East Hall||Jacinta Catherine Beehner|
|Sophina||Taitano||Immunology||Role of Th2 Cytokines in Regulatory B Cells Growth and Function||69Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:00 pm||3330 MED SCI I||Nicholas W Lukacs and Steven K Lundy|
|Meredith||Henstridge||Applied Physics||Manipulating Light with Metamaterials: Synchrotron Radiation from an Accelerating Light Pulse and On-Chip Devices||70Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:15 pm||EARL LEWIS ROOM, RACKHAM BUILDING||Roberto D Merlin|
|Jasmine||Manalel||Psychology||Social Networks Across the Lifespan: Continuity, Context, and Consequences||71Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:30 pm||6080 ISR||Toni C Antonucci|
|Teal||Guidici||Statistics||Methods for utilizing co-expression networks for biological insight.||72Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:30 pm||SEB 2327||Charles Burant and George Michailidis|
|Scott||Rich||Applied & Interdis Mathematics||Interacting mechanisms driving synchrony in neural networks with inhibitory interneurons||73Friday, March 23, 2018, 3:00 pm||East Hall 1096||Victoria Booth and Michal R Zochowski|