Doctoral Examinations & Schedule

The Final Oral Examination (FOE) is the capstone experience of your doctoral studies. General information about the FOE is outlined in the SGS Calendar. A Doctoral Exam Schedule (see calendar below) listing current thesis defenses is updated periodically.

Additionally, you may find helpful the Guidelines for the Doctoral FOE, a PDF document that outlines the responsibilities of the graduate unit, SGS, the Examination Committee, and the Chair of the Committee in the planning and conduct of a Final Oral Examination. Faculty and Staff can access additional resources on the SGS Final Examinations webpage.

Academic fees for continuously registered Ph.D. candidates in the final year of the program are pro-rated over the 12-month academic year, based on the date of the final approved thesis submission to SGS. Incidental fees are charged on a sessional (term) basis. More information on the pro-rated fees and schedules can be found in Graduate Fees and on The Student Accounts website under Current Fall-Winter Fee & Refund Schedules.

In-Person Examinations at the School of Graduate Studies

  • Maximum occupancy is four (4) people for rooms 109 and 111 at 63 St. George Street.  
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the examination room and throughout the building.
  • All participants must complete UCheck before coming to campus – external examiners will likely need to complete the paper version.
  • Individuals are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines displayed in the room and sit/stand in designated areas. Please do not move furniture or equipment.  
  • Exam rooms are available for blocks of up to three (3) hours between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. 
  • All surfaces of tables, chairs, equipment and handles must be wiped down before and after using the room; regrettably, we are unable to guarantee sanitization between each use. Please use the antiseptic wipes provided in the wall dispenser. 
  • Windows must be opened and remain fully open during use of the room despite inclement weather.
  • While the door must remain closed throughout the examination, please ensure it stays open at other times and upon exiting the room.
  • No food or drink in the room (with the exception of water that you bring with you).
  • All participants should bring their laptop or tablet with them; the computer, camera, and microphone in the room can be used to provide a full room view for remote participants. The computer is currently configured for anyone to sign into their Zoom or MS Teams account. Teleconference is also available for a maximum of two participants.
  • All signatures files and forms will be administered electronically.

Doctoral Examination Schedule

Exam DateStudent NameExam Information
(Thesis, Supervisor(s), Graduate Unit)
Oct 1Name: Stephen Berquist Assembling an Architecture of the Ayllu: Political Sequence, Historical Process, and Emergent Institutions at the Late Middle Horizon Site of Tecapa, Jequetepeque Valley, Peru
Supervisor(s): Prof. Edward Swenson
Graduate Unit: Department of Anthropology
Oct 1Name: Yan Wang An Organ-on-a-chip Platform for Cardiac Fibrotic Disease Modeling and Pre-clinical Drug Evaluation
Supervisor(s): Prof. Milica Radisic
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Oct 1Name: Hannah Kirby Wood Intersections of Voluntary and Involuntary Poverty The Friars and the Lay Indigent in Late Medieval England 1221-c.1430
Supervisor(s): Prof. Shami Ghosh
Graduate Unit: Centre for Medieval Studies
Oct 4Name: Sayeh Bayat Uncovering Outdoor Mobility Behaviours of Older Adults With and Without Dementia from GPS Data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Alex Mihailidis
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Oct 4Name: Justin John Morris Constellated Media: Serial Stars, Feminist Film Historiography, And Intermedial Hollywood
Supervisor(s): Prof. Charles Keil
Graduate Unit: Cinema Studies Institute
Oct 6Name: Hossein Farrokhbakht Reducing Reliance on Buffering and Virtual Channels in Networks-on-Chip
Supervisor(s): Prof. Natalie Enright Jerger
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Oct 6Name: Daniel Indacochea Three Essays in Labour Economics and Applied Econometrics
Supervisor(s):
Graduate Unit: Department of Economics
Oct 7Name: Timothy Colin Lem-Smith Collusive Critique: Paranoid Reading and Contemporary American Literature
Supervisor(s): Prof. Paul Downes
Graduate Unit: Department of English
Oct 7Name: Lydia Antoniette Sequeira Clinical decision support for suicide: the feasabi lity of predictive analytics and building alternat ive innovative approaches
Supervisor(s): Prof. David Wiljer
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Oct 8Name: Kathleen Gloria Dobson The Prevalence of Depression and Its Impact on Employment Earnings among Canadian Labor Force Participants
Supervisor(s): Prof. Peter Smith
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Oct 8Name: Ira Reuben Halpern Doctoring America: The Literature of Medical Care
Supervisor(s): Prof. Michael Cobb
Graduate Unit: Department of English
Oct 8Name: Heriberto Rochin Banaga U-Pb Dating of Fossils and Hydrogenic Minerals: Toward Practical Paleontological Chronometry
Supervisor(s): Prof. Donald Davis
Graduate Unit: Department of Earth Sciences
Oct 8Name: Steven Coyne Liberal Theories of Political Authority
Supervisor(s): Prof. David Dyzenhaus
Graduate Unit: Department of Philosophy
Oct 8Name: Adora Lai-Yan Chui Inclusion and Representation in Rehabilitation Research and Practice of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury and Comorbid Depression: A Knowledge Translation Perspective
Supervisor(s): Prof. Deirdre Dawson, Prof. Heather Colquhoun
Graduate Unit: Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
Oct 12Name: Anastasia Korolj Engineering the Fractal Properties of Podocytes
Supervisor(s): Prof. Milica Radisic
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Oct 12Name: Yingzhou Wu Estimating the Functional Impact of Single Amino Acid changes using Machine Learning
Supervisor(s): Prof. Frederick Roth
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Oct 12Name: Laurie Christine Faith Achieving Learning Regulation Support: How a Socially Shared Approach Fits, Functions, and Thrives
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rhonda Martinussen
Graduate Unit: Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Oct 12Name: Laura Best NB: All examiners must have agreed to their willi
Supervisor(s): Prof. Isabelle Boileau
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Oct 12Name: Bijun Wen Understanding Pathways Underlying Inpatient Mortality of Children with Complicated Severe Malnutrition
Supervisor(s): Prof. Robert Bandsma
Graduate Unit: Department of Nutritional Sciences
Oct 13Name: Alex De Serrano The Transgenerational Effects of a Dopaminergic Drug on the Behaviour and Morphology of the Trinidadian Guppy (Poecilia Reticulata)
Supervisor(s): Prof. F. Helen Rodd
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Oct 13Name: Sepehr Semsar Full Scale Electric Vehicle Drivetrain-Integrated Charging from a Single-Phase AC Grid and Wireless Power Transfer System
Supervisor(s): Prof. Peter Lehn
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Oct 15Name: Philip Matthew Norman Hitchings Bayesian Optimal Allocation of Search Effort in Archaeological Survey: Seeking the Late Neolith in Wadi Qusaybah, Northern Jordan
Supervisor(s): Prof. Edward Banning
Graduate Unit: Department of Anthropology
Oct 15Name: Judith Apondi Odhiambo Legislation of Structural Violence, Inequities, and Social Injustices?An Institutional Ethnography of the social organization of HIV Healthcare and Treatment for African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) People Living with HIV in Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Daniel Grace, Prof. Daniel Grace
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Oct 15Name: Lauren Emma Tessier The relationship between multimorbidity and incident dimentia in Ontario
Supervisor(s): Prof. Walter Wodchis
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Oct 15Name: Katherine Ann Patterson Zagrodney An examination of factors affecting the labour sup ply of personal support workers in Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Audrey Laporte
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Oct 15Name: Esther Elizabeth Atkinson Anomalous Bodies:Representation of Children’s Deformities in Britain, 1740-1790
Supervisor(s): Prof. Lucia Dacome
Graduate Unit: Inst. for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
Oct 15Name: Rui Xu Focusing Ultrasound to the Vertebral Canal
Supervisor(s): Prof. Meaghan O’Reilly
Graduate Unit: Department of Medical Biophysics
Oct 15Name: Soo Kyung Min Are we playing the blind men and the elephant? Need to understand international students’ social-emotional experiences in Ontario elite boarding schools
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Portelli
Graduate Unit: Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Oct 18Name: Surain Bala Roberts An Evaluation of Primary Biliary Cholangitis as a
Supervisor(s): Prof. Bettina Elisabeth Hansen
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Oct 19Name: Mengye Ren Open World Machine Learning with Limited Labeled Data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Richard Zemel
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Oct 19Name: Kazem Cheshmi Transforming Sparse Matrix Computations
Supervisor(s): Prof. Maryam Mehri Dehnavi
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Oct 20Name: Deborah Lokhorst Ultra-Narrowband Imaging with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array: Toward the Cosmic Web
Supervisor(s): Prof. Roberto Abraham
Graduate Unit: Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Oct 20Name: Fook Lun Benjamin Lai Development of a well plate-based multiplexed organ-on-a-chip platform with perfusable vasculature
Supervisor(s): Prof. Milica Radisic
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Oct 20Name: Mackenzie McLaughlin The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on the Distribution and Metabolism of Select Xenobiotics
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ira Jacobs
Graduate Unit: Department of Kinesiology (Graduate)
Oct 20Name: Boyce William Jeffries Jr. Digitisation, Dissemination, and Reception of Percussion Performance: Evaluating YouTube of John Cage’s Third Construction Through Analysis and Case Studies
Supervisor(s): Prof. Aiyun Huang
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Music
Oct 21Name: Alexander Sasse Inferring RNA sequence specificities from protein sequences to characterize post-transcriptional regulation in eukaryotes
Supervisor(s): Prof. Quaid Morris
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Oct 22Name: Joel Faber “‘Farre more than Himselfe’: Figures of Women’s Friendship in Early Modern England”
Supervisor(s): Prof. Katherine Larson
Graduate Unit: Department of English
Oct 22Name: Christina Belza Evaluating Burden of Care for Caregivers of Childr en with Intestinal Failure on Long-Term Parenteral Nutrition
Supervisor(s): Prof. Paul Wales
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Oct 22Name: Donghe Yang Modelling multilineage human heart field developme nt with pluripotent stem cells
Supervisor(s): Prof. Gordon Keller
Graduate Unit: Department of Medical Biophysics
Oct 22Name: Taoyingnan Li Characterization of immunity-related GTPase Q (IRGQ) as a novel ATG8 family interactor
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Brumell
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Oct 24Name: Kieu Trang Grace Tran Laws of Law: Negotiations of Intimacy and Legitimacy At and Beyond State Borders Through Vietnamese “Marriage Fraud” Arrangments
Supervisor(s): Prof. Audrey Macklin
Graduate Unit: Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
Oct 25Name: Amin Banaiemoqadamfariman Distance Protection of Systems with Inverter-Based Resources
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ali Hooshyar, Prof. Mohammad Iravani
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Oct 25Name: Heather Shearer The Clinical Course of Pain Intensity in children and youth with cerebral palsy
Supervisor(s): Prof. Pierre Cote
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Oct 27Name: Benjamin Robert Kingston Cancer Cartography Three dimensional mapping of tumours to understand and mprove nanoparticle delivery
Supervisor(s): Prof. Warren Chan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Oct 27Name: Fartash Faghri Training Efficiency and Robutness in Deep Learning
Supervisor(s): Prof. David James Fleet
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Oct 27Name: Kuan-Chieh Wang Towards Reliably Handling Inputs Not From the Training Distribution
Supervisor(s): Prof. Richard Zemel
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Oct 27Name: Victoria Sylvana Marshe Towards Precision Medicine: Characterizing and Pre edicting Antidepressant Remission Heterogeneity in Late-Life Depression Using Genetic Data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Daniel Mueller, Prof. Sidney Kennedy
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Oct 27Name: Anne Meyer-Miner Investigating CSF homeostasis and cellular stress in a new genetic zebrafish model of idiopathic scoliosis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Brian Ciruna
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Oct 28Name: Najme Kishani Farahani Hope Amidst Violence: Youths’ Agency and Learning Experiences to Transform Social Conflicts in Iran
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kathy Bickmore
Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Oct 28Name: Dylan Shea The Influence of Aquaculture on Marine Microbiota and Pathogen Communities in a British Columbia Coastal Ecosystem
Supervisor(s): Prof. Martin Krkosek, Prof. Steven Short
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Oct 28Name: Yohan Chiwah Yee The neurobiological correlates of structural covar iance networks
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jason Lerch
Graduate Unit: Department of Medical Biophysics
Oct 28Name: Nicole Revie Exploring Novel Drug Targets and Combination Therapies to Extend the Life of Current Antifungal Agents
Supervisor(s): Prof. Leah Cowen
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Oct 29Name: Aleksa Alaica Non-Human Social Actors in Daily and Ritual Activities of the Andes: Human-Animal Interactions among the Moche in the Middle Horizon, Jequetepeque Valley, Peru (CE 600-1000)
Supervisor(s): Prof. Edward Swenson
Graduate Unit: Department of Anthropology
Oct 29Name: Rohan Ghatage Illegible Subjects: Knowledge and American Modernity, 1898-1985
Supervisor(s): Prof. Neal Dolan
Graduate Unit: Department of English
Oct 29Name: Rami Maher Abou-Seido Three Papers in game Theory and Organizational Economics
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rahul Deb
Graduate Unit: Department of Economics
Oct 29Name: Neil Nunn The 2014 Mount Polley Mine Disaster: Environmental Justice, Antirelationality, and Dreams of Unconstrained Futures
Supervisor(s): Prof. Susan Ruddick
Graduate Unit: Department of Geography and Planning
Oct 29Name: Dustin Gumpinger Deconstructing and Reconstructing Constitutional R ights: Jacques Derrida s General Strategy of Decon struction and the Constitutional Rights of Canada s Indigenous Peoples
Supervisor(s): Prof. David Schneiderman
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Law
Oct 29Name: John Christopher Truman Onderisin Deeply Conserved Cardiac Enhancers Guide Zebrafish Heart Regeneration
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ian Scott
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Oct 29Name: Youssif Ben Zablah The cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the role of LIMK1 in long-term memory and late-phase long-term potentiation
Supervisor(s): Prof. Zhengping Jia
Graduate Unit: Department of Physiology
Oct 29Name: Emil Marmol An Olive in Orange County: My Story of Surviving in a Climate of Racial Hostility
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Portelli
Graduate Unit: Department of Social Justice Education