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 most provide details of the structure of their defenses in their graduate handbooks. Your graduate coordinator can answer any further questions on how you should prepare.
Register and submit a complete draft of your thesis/dissertation to ProQuest.
Complete the Right to Defend form and return it to Hovey Hall 309. Students must wait at least 7 calendar days after the approval of the Right to Defend to hold their defense.
If you have made any changes to your committee since your proposal, you will also need to submit the Committee Change form.
If any changes have been made to your copyright checklist, complete section 5 of the Proposal Approval form and submit it to the Graduate School with your Right to Defend form.
Once the Right to Defend has been approved by the Graduate School, the student will receive an e-mail with further instructions. At this point the student and committee set a defense date. The student notifies the Graduate School of the defense date. Students must wait at least 7 days after approval of the Right to Defend form to hold the defense.
To ensure that theses/dissertations are formatted correctly, we recommend you sign up for a format check of your thesis/dissertation before you submit your final draft. Note that the Graduate School does not check the content of your work, only its format.
For the format check you must first submit an electronic draft of your entire thesis/dissertation to the Graduate School's electronic submission website at ProQuest.
Once you have done that, call the Graduate School at (309) 438-2583 to schedule your format check. You don't need to be present during the format check, however you do need to reserve a time. The Graduate School does format checks weekly with a limited number of reservations available. We will e-mail any necessary corrections to your ISU e-mail address.