Thesis Defense

A. Overview
The Thesis Defense is a presentation of the student's independent research topic including an overview of the experiments completed and a summary of the analyzed data and results. Most students are able to complete their PhD within five to six years after entering the Biophysics Program. The Thesis Defense must be completed within five years after achieving dissertator status.  For more information on this policy, see the Graduate School Academic Policies and Procedures website.
B. Process
At Least Four Weeks Prior to the Thesis Defense:

  • Schedule the Thesis Defense with the Thesis Committee
  • Send an email notification with the scheduled date, defense location, defense time, thesis title,  and listing of thesis committee members to the Biophysics Office
  • The Biophysics Office will request a warrant from the Graduate School, and they will let the student know when they can pick it up from the Biophysics Office
  • Read through the Graduate School's page on "Completing Your Degree"
  • If changes in the Thesis Committee are made after a warrant has been requested, then a new request must be made to the Graduate School for approval and issuance of a new warrant

At Least Two Weeks Prior to the Thesis Defense:

  • Submit a copy of the Thesis Defense to all members of the Thesis Committee
  • The Biophysics Office will create a Thesis Defense flyer and distribute this announcement to the current Biophysics faculty trainer and graduate student email list
  • Notify your departmental payroll coordinator of the date you are expecting to defend and deposit your thesis

At the Thesis Defense:

  • All five committee members must be present
  • Present your independent thesis research project
  • Defend and answer questions asked by the Thesis Committee
  • Obtain signatures of all Thesis Committee members on the Thesis Defense warrant

Following the Thesis Defense:

  • Submit to the Biophysics Office:
    • A copy of the signed warrant
    • The forwarding address form
    • Thesis Abstract
    • A copy of the thesis cover page
  • Pay the dissertation deposit fee required by the Graduate School
  • Complete the doctoral exit surveys from the Graduate School
  • Submit your thesis dissertation electronically to the Graduate School.  All corrections and revisions must be complete before submission.
    • When you submit, you will need proof of payment of the fee, an electronic copy of your signed warrant, and proof of exit survey completion
  • Contact the Graduate School (262-2433) to schedule an appointment for the final review (optional)
  • For more information, see: