After years of research on their dissertation topic, PhD candidates present their work and field questions from students, faculty, and postdoctorals. Professors on the dissertation committee then confer privately, and render their vote to the student.
In 2020, a defense on Zoom included a circle of attendees that is no longer restricted by geography — friends, parents, and other family members were able to join from around the world.
Below are short videos with screenshots of some of the Immunology graduate student defenses.
Idoyaga Lab | May 22, 2020
Bollyky Lab | May 27, 2020
Nancy (Qi) Zhao
Blish Lab | June 1, 2020
Blish Lab | June 4, 2020