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 6, 2019 4:00 PM - 2202, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 6250 Applied Science Lane, Vancouver

Tongxin Shu
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Energy Efficient Schemes in a Mobile Sensor Network with Application in Automated Monitoring of Water Quality
Supervisor(s): Professor Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe, Professor Clarence De Silva

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 203

Daniel Sheinbaum Frank
Applications and Connections Between Twisted Equivariant K-Theory, Quantum Mechanics and Condensed Matter
Supervisor(s): Professor Alejandro Adem, Cihan Okay

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 200

Ludovic Henri Le Renard
Interpreting Fossils of Fly-Speck Fungi Using Comparative Anatomy and Phylogenetics
Supervisor(s): Professor Mary Berbee, Ruth Stockey

Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM - Koerner Conference Room, 2nd Floor Koerner Pavilion, 2211 Wesbrook Mall

Matthew Anthony Sacheli
Multimodal Imaging Investigation of Therapeutic Mechanisms of Exercise in Parkinson's Disease: Effects on Dopamine Release, Ventral Striatal Activity and Neuroinflammation
Supervisor(s): Professor A Jonathan Stoessl

Friday, December 13, 2019 12:30 PM - 2107, Anthropology and Sociology Building, 6306 NW Marine Dr.

Marlene McGuire
Suffering Individuals and the Sustainable Collective: Rare Disease Drug Access and Care in Canada's Publicly Funded Health Care System
Supervisor(s): Professor William H McKellin

Friday, December 13, 2019 4:00 PM - Room 200

Mahtab Eskandari
(Curriculum and Pedagogy)
Ecological Literacy, Environmental Ethics, and Contextual Conceptions of Education: The Case of Shia People of Fashapooyeh Village, Tehran County, Iran
Supervisor(s): Professor Samson M. Nashon

Monday, January 13, 2020 12:30 PM - Room 200

Kevin Aissa
The Potential of Using Carbohydrates Binding Modules (CBMs) for the Characterization and Modification of Cellulose Surfaces
Supervisor(s): Professor Jack Saddler

Friday, January 17, 2020 12:30 PM - Room 200

Ana Karina Ramos Musalem
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
Transport Through Submarine Canyons
Supervisor(s): Professor Susan Allen

Monday, January 27, 2020 9:00 AM - Room 200

Deanne Aline Marie LeBlanc
(Political Science)
The Colonial Denizen: A Proposal to Move Beyond the Politics of Recognition Toward a Politics of Responsibilities
Supervisor(s): Professor Barbara Arneil