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, August 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 4001, Forest Sciences Centre, 2424 Main Mall

Thais Almeida Lima
Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Forest Disturbances Caused by Selective Logging in the Brazilian Amazon
Supervisor(s): Verena C Griess

Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 203

Stephanie Tak Hei Cheung
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Characterization of Interaction between Ty1 Integrase and RNA Polymerase III For Ty1 Retrotransposon Insertion Into the Yeast Genome
Supervisor(s): Professor Vivien Measday

Monday, August 19, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 203

Joshua Tyler Cantin
Interference in Complex Quantum Systems: From Localization in High-Dimensional Lattices to Surface Spin Echo With Molecules
Supervisor(s): Professor Roman Krems

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 203

Seyedeh Pargol Hashemi
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Small Molecules Effective for Disruption of HIV-1 Latency
Supervisor(s): Professor Ivan Sadowski

Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:30 PM - 418, MacLeod Building, 2332 Main Mall

SeyedMehran Pesteie
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Machine Learning in Ultrasound-Guided Spinal Anesthesia
Supervisor(s): Professor Robert Rohling

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:00 AM - 322, Jack Bell Building, 2080 West Mall

Sevinj Asgarova
(Social Work)
Mothers' Experiences of Continuing Their Pregnancy After Prenatally Receiving a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome
Supervisor(s): Professor Timothy Stainton

Friday, September 6, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 203

Adrian Cyrus Byram
(Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program)
A Proposed Paradigm Shift for Surrogate Decision-Making in the ICU
Supervisor(s): Professor Judy Illes

Monday, September 9, 2019 4:00 PM - Room 200

Andreas Osthagen
(Political Science)
Lines at Sea: Why do States Resolve their Maritime Boundary Disputes?
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael Byers

Monday, September 16, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 203

Wafa Asadian
(Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education)
Developing Professional Identities in a Community of Practice: Learning in an Interprofessional Group Led by a Patient.
Supervisor(s): Professor Jennifer A Vadeboncoeur