In keeping with academic tradition, defenses are public events. They are advertised throughout the university and anyone is welcome to attend. The culture differs by department/school, but your graduate coordinator can answer any questions on how you should prepare.
You must complete the following steps before you may hold your defense:
Once the Right to Defend has been approved by the Graduate School you and your and committee set a defense date. You should notify the Graduate School of the defense details. You must wait at least 7 days after approval of the Right to Defend form to hold your defense.
After submission of final deposit materials The Graduate will review your thesis/dissertation for correct formatting.
To ensure that theses/dissertations are formatted correctly, we recommend you sign up for an optional format check (most students do this just before their oral defense). The Graduate School does not check the content of your work, only its format.
Before the format check you must submit an electronic draft of your entire thesis/dissertation to ProQuest.
After you upload your draft, call the Graduate School at (309) 438-2583 to schedule your format check. You do not need to be present during the format check, but you do need to reserve a time.
Format checks are done weekly and a limited number of reservations are available. We will e-mail any necessary corrections to your ISU e-mail address.
Due to time limitations only one format check can be done prior to submission of final deposit materials.