You are able to attend live dissertation defenses!
Whether you are attending to support a colleague or are curious about what to expect, you can attend as many as you would like.
One of the smartest things you can do as an NU doctoral student is to attend and participate in the dissertation defense process for your fellow students. Whether you are currently getting your feet wet with chapter 1, in the middle of the process, or about to defend, you will learn so much from attending other students’ defenses.
Here are a few reasons to make time in your schedule to attend these important events:
Students are often surprised when their Dissertation Chairs encourage them to attend dissertation defenses. You may be surprised at how easy and beneficial it is once you try! Check the NU Commons for the event listings calendar in the University Community Forum. You will see all upcoming dissertation defenses listed there, with the necessary login links. Click on the Zoom meeting link just before the defense is scheduled to begin and you become a participant.
Here are some helpful tips:
Now that you’re excited to attend your first dissertation defense, here are a few things to pay attention to:
Attending a peer’s dissertation defense provides many opportunities for learning during the defense, and it can provide even more afterward. Many students have found ways to network with each other after a defense by extending the conversation over email, phone, or other methods later on. This can provide a more in-depth experience and more guidance for students who attend defenses and can further the impact of the scholarly community beyond the defense itself. Many students team up to attend each other’s defenses, in order to provide moral support and cheerleading. When it’s time for you to plan your defense, consider getting support from your peers. It’s all about participating in an ongoing scholarly community together, as ongoing learners.