HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR DEFENSE (and related end-of-the-year issues) In the last few weeks of the semester there are a number of competing demands on your time: term papers, final exams, graduate school decision, moving, and, of course, your thesis defense and final revisions. Because so much needs to be accomplished in such a short time period, we put together this list of important tasks that are sometimes overlooked. We hope that you will call on us to assist you at any time; we're here to support you in all your thesis and graduate school efforts. SCHEDULING THE DEFENSE: You should discuss preliminary defense plans with your readers early in the semester. Well in advance of your defense you should contact all readers to arrange a date and time, and then schedule a room through your department. Remember, committee members have numerous obligations in the spring making it necessary to begin scheduling your defense as early as possible. When you scheduled the date and location of your defense please notify the URO by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). COPIES TO THESIS READERS: Discuss with your committee members how much advance time they need to read your thesis. This should be your most complete copy to date and should include a table of contents, lists of figures and tables, notes and bibliography. Your committee members cannot be expected to be prepared for your defense if your thesis is incomplete. THE DEFENSE: You will give a 20-25 minute presentation of your work. Your committee will have read your thesis and have prepared questions. Your thesis director will act as moderator and a discussion of your work should develop. Your committee members will have suggestions for required revisions. Your thesis is not complete until these revisions are made. Read page 14 in your Thesis Handbook for a more detailed discussion on what to expect during the defense. POST-DEFENSE SIGNATURES: At the defense, find out when each committee member will be available to sign your final copy after you have made the final required revisions. PHOTOCOPYING ON BOND: When you have a copy of your thesis with format revisions and committee revisions, you may bring it to us for one last check before you get it copied on white bond paper. Bond paper is available at the Bookstore (cheapest source), or at any of the copy stores. You are not allowed to print your thesis on bond paper at any of the computing sites; but copying may be done at any of the local copying stores or through Graphic Communications. TWO COPIES PLUS MONEY ORDER: One print version and one electronic version of your final approved thesis must be submitted to the Undergraduate Research office. The print version must be signed by all thesis committee members. The electronic version can be submitted on a CD, Zip disk, or USB flash drive; since this version of your thesis will be copied onto an Undergraduate Research office hard drive, your electronic device will be returned to you. At the time of submission, you must also provide a money order (not check or cash), payable to the University of Delaware, for $7.75 to contribute to the cost of binding the library’s copy of your thesis. Money orders can be obtained from a post office or any bank. The bound copy of each thesis is deposited in the University Archives. The electronic copy will be kept at the Undergraduate Research office for reference by future senior thesis candidates. Additionally, select theses will be published on the Undergraduate Research Program website. If you would like to bind your own copy of your thesis, you can make your own arrangements through the UD Bookstore (the cost ranges from $17-30) or check with local copy stores. Remember to call (831-8995) or email Sarah Paylor (email@example.com) or R.J. Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the URO, to discuss any issues relating to your thesis.