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.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:30 PM - MCLD 418, MacLeod Building, 2356 Main Mall

Bo Zhuang
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Adaptive Ultrasound Imaging to Improve the Visualization of Spine and Associated Structures
Supervisor(s): Dr Purang Abolmaesumi, Professor Robert Rohling

Monday, September 10, 2018 10:00 AM - Seminar Room (400B), Music Building, 6361 Memorial Rd. V6T 1Z2

Daniel Sakari Mahlberg
"The Mighty Spring Tide of Finnish Music": Nationalism and Internationalism in the Music of Leevi Madetoja
Supervisor(s): Professor Vera Georgia Micznik, Professor David J Metzer

Friday, September 14, 2018 9:00 AM - 241, Henry Angus (ANGU), 2053 Main Mall

Erica Kwei Jen Lui
Sequential Intermolecular Hydroamination of Alkynes and Amines Towards the Synthesis of Nitrogen-Containing Compounds
Supervisor(s): Professor Laurel Schafer

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:00 PM - 2512, Kenny, 2136 West Mall

Mason Manuel Silveira
Investigating the Neurobiology Regulating Cognitive Effort Allocation Using a Rodent Model of Cost/Benefit Decision Making
Supervisor(s): Professor Catharine A. Winstanley

Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:00 AM - IONA 533, Iona Building, 6000 Iona Drive

Thomas Hans Dillon Cornwall
(Vancouver School of Economics)
Essays in Political Economy
Supervisor(s): Professor Francesco Trebbi

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:00 AM - 310, Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall

Tyla Marie Frewing
(Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
A Comparison of Different Reinforcement Contingencies During Skill Acquisition Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Supervisor(s): Professor Pat Mirenda, Professor Laura Grow

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:30 PM - 229, Geography, 1984 West Mall

Leonora Adele King
Identifying and Characterizing the Spatial Variability of Supraglacial Hydrological Features on the Western Greenland Ice Sheet
Supervisor(s): Dr Marwan Hassan

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:00 AM - ESB 5104, Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall

Daniel Richard Dinsdale
Methods for Preferential Sampling in Geostatistics
Supervisor(s): Professor Matias Salibian-Barrera

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:00 PM - 1099, Buchanan Tower, 1873 East Mall

Amel Abdelfadil Eldihaib Elradi
(Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice)
Reclaiming Feminist Postcoloniality: Negotiating Nationalism, Gender Politics and Violence in Sudan and the Nuba Mountains
Supervisor(s): Professor Gillian Creese, Dr Dawn Currie

Friday, September 28, 2018 12:30 PM - 1206 Buchanan Tower, 1873 East Mall

Gloria Jane Bell
(Art History, Visual Art and Theory (Fine Arts))
The Eloquence of Things: Indigeneity and the 1925 Pontifical Missionary Exhibition
Supervisor(s): Professor Coll Thrush

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 1:30 PM - 3113, CMMT BC Children's Hospital, 950 W 28TH AVE, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H4

Romy Eleonora Hoeppli
(Experimental Medicine)
Tailoring the Migration Capacity of Regulatory T Cells to Enhance Their Efficacy as a Cellular Therapy
Supervisor(s): Professor Megan Levings