Academics | Candidacy & Defense

The General Announcements states, "All oral thesis defenses are expected to take place on the Rice University campus with the candidate in physical attendance and all thesis committee members in attendance throughout the entire defense. While the physical attendance of the committee is highly encouraged, it is recognized that this may add unnecessary scheduling conflicts delaying the student’s defense. The student may, at their own discretion, provide an online option for guests to attend the defense."

Students should register their defenses with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via and must include the zoom link for any hybrid defense below the abstract.

For tips on how to approach an online thesis defense, click here.

Updated August 2023