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Preparing for a PhD Defense

A Guide for Graduate Students Preparing for a PhD Defense in Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

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  1. Before Defense
    1. Get Permission to Start Writing
    2. Nominate a Faculty Member to Serve as Chair for Your Defense
    3. Selecting a Defense Date
    4. International Students and Work Visas
    5. Registration Categories for Defense
    6. Dissertation Writing and Guidelines
    7. Rooms for Your Defense
    8. Preparing Your Dissertation for Defense
    9. Registering Your Dissertation for the Final Oral Exam
  2. The Defense
    1. Know the Rituals
    2. Guidelines for Presentations
      1. Use PowerPoint
      2. Public Lecture
      3. Audience
      4. Dress Professionally
      5. Items to Bring to the Defense
      6. The Closed Examination
      7. Address Questions with Confidence
      8. Outcomes
  3. After the Defense
    1. Student Status
    2. Final Corrected Copies of the Dissertation
    3. Department/Program Requirements Prior to Termination of Student Status
    4. Publishing Your Final Dissertation
    5. Binding Your Final Dissertation
    6. Date of Degree Completion
    7. Date of Degree Conferral
    8. Commencement
    9. Proof of Completion
    10. Student Loans
    11. Health Insurance
    12. UR Email Address
    13. Stay in Touch