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Following your presentation, you are expected to answer questions from faculty and observers. This question period generally lasts about an hour. Committee members and observers may ask questions from any area of your thesis work; however, the most common types are as follows:

  • Clarifications
  • Questions probing your understanding of the technical issues
  • Questions about the validity of your assumptions
  • Questions asking you to explain why you took a certain approach
  • Questions about what would happen if something were changed
  • Questions about possible extensions to your work
  • Questions exploring the main contributions of your work
  • We advise you to prepare answers to what you think are the most likely areas for questions. But always expect the unexpected. And remember that if you do not know the answer to a question, it is far better to admit it than to attempt an answer.

    An example of a thesis defense powerpoint presentation may be found on the Thesis Template & Examples page.

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