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Dissertation Defense

The student will schedule a dissertation defense at least three weeks prior to the proposed exam date. After the student completes the final draft of the dissertation, it will be given to each of the committee members for at least one week's study. The dissertation defense is to be conducted under the following guidelines:

  1. All parts of the defense are to be public, except the final deliberations of the committee.

  2. The student will begin the defense with a presentation of the highlights of the work which under circumstances is to be allowed to exceed 30 minutes.

  3. The general audience will then be allowed to ask questions.

  4. The committee will follow this with questions prepared on the basis of their study of the dissertation This questioning will serve as the Final Oral Examination required by the Graduate School.

  5. A time period of two hours must be provided for the defense. The committee will then meet in executive session.

  6. If the dissertation is deemed satisfactory by at least two-thirds of the Committee who are members of the Chemical Engineering Faculty, the student will pass the examination and the Committee will decide how to implement improvements in the final draft, if needed.

  7. If the dissertation is not deemed satisfactory, it is the responsibility of the Committee to determine whether another examination may be taken by the student.

    Upon successful completion of the defense, the student will make necessary corrections to the draft, obtain his committee's (majority) approval, and have the final copy typed.

    The student will submit the dissertation to the Graduate School after obtaining the signatures of approval of the advisor and the Department Head.

Note: Forms for committee use when voting on dissertation defense draft are provided at the end of this publication.

Reviewed on 07/23/14

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