Dissertation defense schedule now online


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10:50 a.m., Nov. 1, 2010----The Office of Graduate and Professional Education website now includes the schedule of dissertation defenses by UD doctoral candidates.

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Visit this web page and look for the “Dissertation Defense Schedule” link under Resources in the blue box.

The dissertation is the written culmination of a doctoral candidate's research and scholarly pursuits, and the dissertation defense is the last step toward degree completion in which the doctoral candidate gives a public seminar and responds to questions about the scholarly work by academic committee members.

“The pursuit of new knowledge lies at the heart of doctoral education,” said Charlie Riordan, vice provost for graduate and professional education. “The dissertation is the most significant body of work of a doctoral student's career, and a successful dissertation defense is a last critical step toward earning the highest degree the University has to offer. To elevate campus awareness of dissertation defenses and to highlight the scholarly achievements of our doctoral students, we are pleased to make this information available to the University community. With more than 200 doctorates awarded per year, there are frequent opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research developments at the University.”

To have their dissertation defense dates added to the schedule, doctoral candidates should notify the Office of Graduate and Professional Education at [gradoffice@udel.edu].