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 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, or a member of the supervisor's department..

Monday, July 8, 2024 9:30 AM - 350, MacMillan, 2357 Main Mall

Erin Litzow
(Agricultural Sciences)
Essays in Environmental and Development Economics: Lead-Acid Battery Recycling in Mexico, Gender and Informal Labor Markets in Ghana, and Domestic Biogas Adoption in Senegal
Supervisor(s): Professor Sumeet Gulati, Munir Squires

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Deivis Angeli
(Vancouver School of Economics)
Essays in Behavioral Economics
Supervisor(s): Professor Matt Lowe

Friday, July 12, 2024 9:00 AM - Room 200

Katrina Waldhauser
An Examination of Military Veteran Health and Well-Being Following Transition from the Armed Forces, and the Role of Physical Activity
Supervisor(s): Professor Mark Beauchamp

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Bronwyn Malloy
(English Language and Literatures)
“Hold ourselves together with our arms around the stereo”: Listening for Weak Hope in Contemporary Song Lyrics
Supervisor(s): Professor Kevin McNeilly

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 3:30 PM - Zoom

Ying Zhu
(Materials Engineering)
Fabrication, Characterization, and Modeling of Porous Ge from Epitaxial Ge on Si Substrates
Supervisor(s): Professor Guangrui Xia, Professor Rui-Tao Wen

Thursday, July 18, 2024 12:30 PM - Room 200

Irina Della-Rossa
(Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
Skilled Immigrant Women Doing Well With Career Change at Mid-Life
Supervisor(s): Professor Norman E Amundson

Friday, July 19, 2024 10:00 AM - Hebb (HEBB) - 116, Hebb Building, 2045 East Mall

Petar Simidzija
(Physics and Astronomy)
Negative Lambda Quantum Cosmology
Supervisor(s): Professor Mark Van Raamsdonk

Friday, July 19, 2024 12:30 PM - 121, Totem Field Studios, 2613 West Mall

Michel Assis Navarro
Quantization and Quantification: Countability and Scope of Bare Nouns in Kaingang and Beyond
Supervisor(s): Dr Hotze Rullmann

Monday, July 22, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Chiyu Zhang
Representation Leaning for Computational Sociopragmatics
Supervisor(s): Professor Muhammad Abdul-Mageed

Monday, July 22, 2024 9:00 AM - Room 200

Michael Zurel
(Physics and Astronomy)
Classical Descriptions of Quantum Computations: Foundations of Quantum Computation via Hidden Variable Models, Quasiprobability Representations and Classical Simulation Algorithms
Supervisor(s): Professor Robert Raussendorf, Professor William G Unruh

Monday, July 22, 2024 12:30 PM - Room 200

Siu Man Bella Chan
(Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
Implementation of an Adapted MYmind Program with Self-Compassion Component for Preadolescents with ASD and their Parents: A Quasi-Experimental and Feasibility Analysis
Supervisor(s): Professor Joseph Michael Lucyshyn

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 9:00 AM - Room 200

Lorraine Block
A Computerised Ontology to Represent Complex Nursing Knowledge for Indicators of Localised Wound Infection in Chronic Wounds
Supervisor(s): Professor Leanne Currie, Professor Sabrina Wong

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Kate Guan
Why We Fear Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Moral Impression-Violations Threaten Meaning
Supervisor(s): Professor Steven Heine, Professor Kristin Laurin

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Mohsen Gholami
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
3D Human Pose Estimation with Self-Supervision and Learnable Data Generation
Supervisor(s): Professor Zhen Jane Wang, Professor Rabab K Ward

Thursday, July 25, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Karen Gledhill
(Educational Studies)
Who Do We Trust? Life Histories of Women in School Leadership
Supervisor(s): Professor Deirdre Kelly, Professor Fei Wang

Thursday, July 25, 2024 9:00 AM - Room 203

Tsering Watermeyer
(Social Work)
Notions, Structures & Practices of Social Helping: The Tibetan Diaspora as Kinship
Supervisor(s): Professor Miu Chung Yan

Thursday, July 25, 2024 10:30 AM - 101, Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall

Melody Salehzadeh Moghadami
Effects of Lipopolysaccharide on Local Glucocorticoid Regulation in the Mouse Nervous and Immune Systems
Supervisor(s): Professor Kiran K Soma

Thursday, July 25, 2024 10:30 AM - Zoom

Mohammad Reza Yousefidarestani
(Biomedical Engineering)
Exploring Intelligent Ureteral Stent for Wireless Monitoring and Early Detection of Hydronephrosis
Supervisor(s): Professor Kenichi Takahata

Friday, July 26, 2024 9:00 AM - Zoom

Debora Petry Moecke
(Rehabilitation Sciences)
Advancing Telehealth Physiotherapy for Indigenous People: Navigating Virtual Therapeutic Relationships
Supervisor(s): Professor Patricia Camp

Friday, July 26, 2024 12:00 PM - Zoom

Antoine Belley
(Physics and Astronomy)
Probing Beyond Standard Model Physics Through Ab Initio Calculations of Exotic Weak Processes in Atomic Nuclei
Supervisor(s): Professor Reiner Kruecken, Jason Holt

Monday, July 29, 2024 12:30 PM - Room 200

Calem Kenward
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Structural and Functional Characterization of Key Proteins Essential to the Lifecycle of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2
Supervisor(s): Professor Natalie Strynadka

Friday, August 2, 2024 10:00 AM - Zoom

Matthew-John Knights
Drag Queens and Dragons: For Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
Supervisor(s): Professor Dorothy Chang