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Preparing for and Conducting a Successful
Remote Dissertation/Thesis Defense

  • Create a Zoom account.
  • Arrange a practice session with committee members
    • Ask to meet one week before your defense date to ensure everyone is familiar with Zoom
    • Refer to Blink's Zoom: User Guide 
  • Start early
    • Activate the meeting room 30 minutes prior to starting
    • Request that committee members join at least 20 minutes before starting
      • Consider sending them calendar invites with the Zoom link
  • Be comfortable
    • Find a comfortable location to deliver the presentation
    • There should be good lighting, minimal noise, an appropriate backdrop, and no chance of interruption.
  • Get support
    • Consider ways you might include others in your remote defense, such as inviting them to the meeting room or having household members in the room for support.

Additional Resources

Remote Dissertation Thesis Defense Advice 

Tips & Tricks: Virtual Thesis Defense 

Defending a Dissertation in the Time of COVID-19 by Ashton Merck, PhD, Duke University

Advice for Defending a PhD Remotely

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