e sure to prepare a one- to two-minute summary about why you came to graduate school, why you chose the topic you did, and what the overall findings of your research have been. This will not only get your defense off to a good start, it will also help you later in the job market, where you’ll have a ready answer for common questions such as, “What’s your research about?” or “What are you working on these days?
Congratulations Dr. EM. I came across your post when I was searching for dissertation defense stories. I defended 2 days ago. Everything was a blur. I was in good spirits until 4 of my committee members (including the chair) came in late- 30 minutes late!
My chair walked in 20 minutes late with a bowl of oatmeal! The rest of it went very well though. I maintained a positive attitude all through but to be honest, I'm still upset at the 4. Everyone says I did a fabulous job, so I guess that's what matters. I'm not ready to be called Dr. At least not yet. I want to hibernate- or go away to a far- far away land. I'm so tired.
Best wishes to the soon-to-defend folks.