Be a hero; Chair a Doctoral Exam!

Among the most critical elements of any doctoral exam, from the perspective of those who coordinate these complexities, is the search for a strong Chair. Yet this search serves as a perennial challenge to the Doctoral Examinations team. We consider ourselves very lucky indeed if we issue fewer than 10 invitations before confirming 1 chair for an upcoming exam. It is not at all unusual in some disciplines to invite 30 or more chairs before some gracious faculty member agrees to help us out.

If you would like to contribute your time and wisdom to UBC’s doctoral exams:

  • Please have a look at the list of upcoming exams below and if one interests you, please send us an email to or call us at (604) 822-2080
  • Or send us an email detailing the areas that interest you and days/times that you might be generally available and we'll contact you as new exams are scheduled. Again, send an email to


Please bear in mind that the chair cannot be affiliated with the candidate’s graduate program.

Friday, May 17, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 203

Jonathan David Bergsma Henshaw
Serving the Occupation State: Chinese Elites, Collaboration, and the Problem of History in Post-War China
Supervisor(s): Professor Timothy Brook

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 200

Tayler Hicklin Hetherington
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Software-Hardware Co-Design for Energy Efficient Datacenter Computing
Supervisor(s): Professor Tor M Aamodt

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 200

Parker Jobin
(MD/PhD Program)
Moonlighting tRNA Synthetases as Extracellular Targets of Matrix Metalloproteinases
Supervisor(s): Professor Christopher Mark Overall

Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 200

Amy Isabel Smith-Dijak
Homeostatic Plasticity in Neuronal Cultures from the YAC128 Huntington Disease Model Mouse
Supervisor(s): Dr Lynn Raymond

Monday, June 24, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 200

Justin Mark Tyndall
(Sauder School of Business)
Urban Labour Markets and Transportation
Supervisor(s): Professor Thomas Davidoff, Professor Sanghoon Lee