Graduate and Postdoctoral Thesis Defense

COVID-19 Accomodations and Requirements


The General Announcements requires that all oral defenses must be public and take place on the Rice University campus with the candidate and all thesis committee members in physical attendance.

  1. To celebrate your scholarship, maintain the integrity of your defense, and to practice self-distancing, all defending students advertising their defense must include a zoom teleconferencing meeting link below their abstract (please use the same text box). This link will be activated by you or your committee chair prior to your defense. This will allow the public to attend your defense in a manner that is the custom within your discipline. If your defense will not be held in a physical location on campus, campus please list the zoom URL in the "Room" field below as well.

    For those students that are new to zoom, please plan to troubleshoot the technology prior to the defense. Information regarding zoom teleconferencing is available here: Please contact Rice IT if you need additional assistance. If your thesis defense has already been published and you need to add a zoom link to your abstract, please email and include the zoom link that will be used.
  2. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has suspended the requirement for public in-person thesis defenses is suspended for the rest of the Spring semester (through May 15). Defenses may still take place on campus if social distancing requirements are met.

Use this form to report your upcoming thesis defense to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.