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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:00 AM - Remote

Nicole Evelyn Arsenault
Symmetric and Non-Symmetric Stimuli-Responsive Flexible Lewis Pair Systems
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael Wolf

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:30 PM - Remote

Stephane Melanson
(Physics and Astronomy)
The Production of Negative Carbon Ions from Volume-Cusp Ion Sources
Supervisor(s): Professor Richard Johnson

Friday, June 26, 2020 9:00 AM - Remote

Maryam Afsari Golshan
(Physics and Astronomy)
Intraoperative Use of C-Arm Cone Beam CT for Quality Assurance of Low Dose Rate Prostate Brachytherapy Dose Delivery
Supervisor(s): Professor Ingrid Spadinger, Professor Piotr Kozlowski

Friday, June 26, 2020 12:30 PM - Remote

Javier Gonzalez Anaya
Negative Curves in Blowups of Weighted Projective Planes
Supervisor(s): Professor Kalle Karu

Monday, July 6, 2020 9:00 AM - Remote

Stevan Gavrilovic
(Civil Engineering)
Probabilistic Lifecycle Analysis of Earthquake-Damaged Buildings Using Building Information Models
Supervisor(s): Dr Terje Haukaas

Monday, July 13, 2020 12:30 PM - Remote

Sanjith Gopalakrishnan
(Sauder School of Business)
Essays in Sustainable Operations Management
Supervisor(s): Daniel Granot, Professor Frieda Granot