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, December 1, 2017 12:30 PM - Boardroom, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive

Beth Whitney Stewart
(Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice)
'I Feel Out of Place':Children Born into the Lord's Resistance Army and the Politics of Belonging
Supervisor(s): Professor Erin Baines

Monday, December 4, 2017 9:00 AM - Dorothy Lam Boardroom, B.C. Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue

Stephen Yiu Chuen Choi
Targeting MCT4 for Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancers: Inhibiting Cell Proliferation and Enhancing Anticancer Immunity Through Suppressing Lactic Acid Secretion and Elevated Glycolysis
Supervisor(s): Professor Yuzhuo Wang

Monday, December 4, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 200

Erika Marcela Cedillo Corral
(Allard School of Law)
Arbitration and the Public Policy Exception in Mexico: Local Exceptions to Global Standards
Supervisor(s): Professor Pitman Potter

Monday, December 4, 2017 3:30 PM - Room 418, MacLeod Building, 22356 Main Mall

Ahmed Mohammed ElTantawy
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Architectural Support for Inter-Thread Synchronization on SIMT Architectures
Supervisor(s): Professor Tor M Aamodt

Monday, December 4, 2017 4:00 PM - Room 200

Hafiz Rahman
(Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Novel Measurement of Solids Circulation Rate in Pilot-Scale Dual Fluidized Bed Gasifier at High Temperature
Supervisor(s): Professor Xiaotao Bi, Professor John Grace

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 200

Anna Angelika Hippmann
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
The Physiological and Proteomic Response of Two Strains of the Diatom Thalassiosira Oceanica to Copper and/or Iron Limitation
Supervisor(s): Professor Maria Maldonado-Pareja

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 203

Lorien Hughene Clendinnen Nesbitt
An Exploration of Urban Green Equity in North America
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael J. Meitner

Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 203

Matthew Michael Owen
Neuroscience, Consciousness and Neurofiction
Supervisor(s): Professor Jeffery Severs

Friday, December 8, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 200

Andrew Matthew Snauffer
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
Machine Learning Estimation of Snow Water Equivalent over British Columbia
Supervisor(s): Dr William Hsieh

Monday, December 11, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 203

Shelly Benjaminy
(Experimental Medicine)
Perspectives on the Translational Trajectory of Novel Biotechnologies for Neurodegenerative Disease
Supervisor(s): Professor Judy Illes, Professor Anthony Traboulsee

Monday, December 11, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 203

Nicole Angela Jane Krentz
(Cell & Developmental Biology)
The Cell Cycle Regulates Mouse and Human Pancreas Development
Supervisor(s): Professor Francis Lynn

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 200

Ana Elia Ramon Hidalgo
Disentangling the Social Net: Examining the Links Between Social Capital, Empowerment and Social Difference in Two Ecotourism Villages in Ghana
Supervisor(s): Professor Robert A. Kozak, Professor Howard Harshaw

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 200

Marysol Garcia Patino
(Pharmaceutical Sciences)
The Role of Rho Kinase 2 in the Development of Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Normal and Diabetic Hearts
Supervisor(s): Professor Kathleen MacLeod

Thursday, December 14, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 200

Rui Yang
(Physics and Astronomy)
Study of Several Two Dimensional Materials
Supervisor(s): Professor Joshua Folk

Friday, December 15, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 203

Renira Elyodi Vellos
(Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
Safety in Schools: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Policy and Principals' Interpretations of Policy
Supervisor(s): Professor Jennifer A Vadeboncoeur

Friday, December 15, 2017 2:30 PM - Room 204, Chemical and Biological Engineering Building, 2360 East Mall

David Sebastian Zamar
(Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Bioenergy Supply Chain Optimization - Decision Making under Uncertainty
Supervisor(s): Professor Shahab Sokhansanj, Professor Bhushan Gopaluni

Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 203

Adam Michael Crowe
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
The Catabolism of the Last Two Rings of Cholesterol by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Supervisor(s): Professor Lindsay D Eltis