Graduate and Postdoctoral Thesis Defense

COVID-19 Accomodations and Requirements


The General Announcements states, "All oral thesis defenses must take place on the Rice University campus with the candidate and all thesis committee members in physical attendance." Generally, defenses are expected to take place in person but due to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, students can defend in person, virtually or in a hybrid mode. Students wanting to defend virtually or in a hybrid mode, need to submit a zoom link with their submission below.

Doctoral candidates must register their defense 14 calendar days before the day of defense.
Masters candidates must register their defense 7 calendar days before the day of defense.

If using zoom for your defense, we strongly encourage you to troubleshoot the technology prior to your defense. Information about zoom can be found here: Please contact IT if you need additional assistance.

Please include a link to your zoom defense below your abstract in the same text field.

Doctoral students stop by the GPS office for a tie to celebrate your successful defense at Valhalla! We have a wide selection to choose from. The Tiebrary is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Use this form to register your defense with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and publicize it to the broader Rice community via

Your name *:
Student ID *:
Your e-mail *:
We may contact you to fill in the specifics.
Thesis title *:
Degree:  Doctoral  Master's
Abstract *:
Department *:
Date * and time: at