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.

Monday, September 14, 2020 9:30 AM - Zoom

Craig Alexander Mustard
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Compilation-Assisted Performance Acceleration for Data Analytics
Supervisor(s): Professor Alexandra Fedorova

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:30 PM - Zoom

Nicholas Aidan Thomas Irwin
The Functional Diversity and Evolution of Nuclear Processes
Supervisor(s): Professor Patrick John Keeling

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:30 PM - Zoom

Ada Kwan Wing Law
(Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
I Can Suppress the Pain, but Then What? Seeking Resolution to Chronic Musculosksletal Pain Among Immigrants from China
Supervisor(s): Professor Izabela Z Schultz

Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:00 AM - Zoom

Thibaut Astic
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
A Framework For Joint Petrophysically and Geologically Guided Geophysical Inversion
Supervisor(s): Professor Douglas W Oldenburg

Friday, September 18, 2020 12:30 PM - Remote

Abdur Rahman Mohd Abul Basher
Machine Learning Methods for Metabolic Pathway Inference from Genomic Sequence Information
Supervisor(s): Professor Steven Hallam

Friday, September 18, 2020 12:30 PM - Zoom

Assadullah Sadiq
(Language and Literacy Education)
Forgotten Refugees: Understanding the Language and Literacy Practices of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan
Supervisor(s): Professor James Anderson, Dr Marianne McTavish

Friday, September 18, 2020 4:00 PM - Zoom

Ali El Hajj-Hassan
Autoethnography of a One-and-a-Half Generation Immigrant: Zolo Thustra is Negated
Supervisor(s): Professor Juanita Sundberg

Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:00 AM - Remote

Fahad Tarahib Alotaibi
(Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
Interleukin 1-Beta, Plasminogen Activator System, and Nerve Growth Factor in Endometriosis Associated Deep Dyspareunia
Supervisor(s): Professor Paul Yong

Friday, September 25, 2020 12:30 PM - Zoom

Nataliya Yuskiv
(Experimental Medicine)
Comprehensive Analysis of Current PKU Management Practices and Associated Patient and Parent-Reported Outcomes in Canada
Supervisor(s): Professor Sylvia Stockler, Elizabeth Potter