The defense version of your dissertation as a PDF Other relevant documents The version of your dissertation attached to your online record is considered the registration copy.
Reading depths varies - some provide line edits, others just suggest larger issues that should be addressed "Your related work section in Chapter 10 is a bit sparse and ends in Step 3 - Scheduling your Defense Once you, your supervisor and committee members determine the date and time preferred for your defense please provide the Doctoral Examination Form to the PhD program assistant at least nine to ten weeks prior to the defence date.
If you can predict some of the questions and prepare the answers, you will be in much better shape during the defense itself. Answer the questions the best that you can and you should have no problem passing.
You will be able to track these approvals in your online record and will receive a confirmation email when approvals are complete. You know your topic better than anyone. In some countries, and at some universities, the defense is almost a formality, with few tough questions and no real prospect of failing--just a pleasant hour or two in front of an audience of friends and relatives.
Let me break that down into more detail, so you have an idea of how I prepared for my defense which, honestly, went really smoothly after I got a hold of my nerves: Where are the trouble spots, the unresolved issues, the shaky conclusions?
Moreover, I used the top 10 viva questions that I got through Twitter. I also contacted my committee members to see if they wanted a final meeting to prepare for the defense, or if they wanted me "to bring some extra material to put on the projector during the defense" this is how I tried to fish for information, but they all just told me that there was no need for a meeting or additional material.
If they are able to point out some real flaws or weaknesses in your study, accept their criticisms with humility, grace and gratitude.
Have a list of your thesis-related publications as a slide. I noticed that I tend to talk faster by about 5 minutes when giving the actual public talk vs.
The committee needs to be able to assess impact and depth. Part 3 will be life after a PhD, making the transition into the workforce, and how to prepare ahead of time i. There is no limit or requirement on how many practice talks you should give, but give as many talks as it takes until you feel like you are ready.
At the end of the day, if you wrote a good quality thesis and are CONFIDENT, you should have no problem successfully defending and leaving that room with a sense of relief.
You will be asked to return to the room to be informed of the outcome by the chair of your exam committee. You are going to want to do all those little tasks that you have been putting off for so long because you have spent X amount of months writing your thesis in solitude and you had no time to do them.
What would you ask the author of this thesis?
I ended up getting data at the last minute and my story changed. By going over my meetings notes, I refreshed their "pet peeves", and in some cases that turned out to be a good direction. Part 2 will be how to finish your thesis in a timely manner and write a good quality thesis.
The thesis defense is conducted before an examining committee, the chair of which is a faculty member from outside your area of specialization.
Prepare handouts or power-points. Between returning from a conference in the USA, and my defense, I had less than a week of time to get over the jetlag and prepare for the defense itself. If the event calls for business casual, wear a business suit.Preparing for a Thesis Defense Kate Hemeon, M.A. Family Studies and Gerontology Department Upon the approval of your thesis committee and the appointment of an external examiner.
Step 5 - After the Defense Once your revisions have been made and approved by your Thesis Supervisor and Committee, your final copy should be submitted to Spectrum. Your Thesis Supervisor will notify the PhD Program Office by email once you have completed any required revisions and have submitted your thesis on Spectrum.
A Guide for Graduate Students Preparing for a PhD Defense in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Table of Contents. I. Before Defense several things that must be done before a thesis defense can occur.
Most importantly, you must meet A Guide for Graduate Students Preparing for a PhD Defense in Arts, Sciences and Engineering Revised. A thesis defense is a cross between an exam and a ceremony. As with all ceremonies, rules must be followed, such as standing when the examiners enter the room and not addressing the examiners by.
Use the following steps when preparing for the oral defense of your thesis/dissertation.
1. Evaluation of oral examination is based on your presentation and your answers to. What’s the best way to prepare for your thesis defence? The tips below will help you in the final few weeks before the exam, but the real preparation begins as soon as you start your PhD.
Talking to people and discussing your work regularly over a long period of time is the best preparation.Download