PhD Students

  • Complete your final draft of your dissertation
  • Set up a date for your oral defense. You must complete a Request for Final Oral Exam form. (You can find this on the GSBS website,, by clicking Current Students, Ready for Graduation, Request for Final Oral Exam). This form must be completed and turned in to the Graduate School 2 weeks prior to the defense date.

  • On the day of your defense you will have to have the members of your committee sign the signature page (in black ink) for your dissertation, as well as sign a Report of Final Oral Exam Form (this form can be found following the instructions above.)
  • After your defense, you will make any changes to your dissertation required by your committee and then submit it to Dr. Peek as a word document so that she can run it through the ithenticate software.
  • Once approved, you will submit the dissertation to Dr. Joan Nichols in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Nichols will review the document and let you know if there are changes, or if you can go ahead and upload it to the Electronic Thesis Dissertation (ETD) website.
  • Complete the Graduation Packet. This can be found on the GSBS website -, by clicking Current Students, Ready for Graduation, Graduation Packet. You should make sure that all items on the checklist are complete and then turn them in to the Program Coordinator. They, in turn, will keep a copy for your file and turn it in to the GSBS for you.
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