All physics students are assigned a physics faculty mentor in order to guide their academic progress while pursuing a major in physics. Students must receive mentoring from a physics faculty mentor at least once a semester, prior to registering for classes. Faculty mentors can provide guidance on physics major coursework, research opportunities, and career paths.

Group Mentoring for First-Year Students (entered in Summer or Fall 2018)

First-year physics students who entered CU Boulder in Summer or Fall 2018 are required to attend one group mentoring session in place of individual mentoring. These sessions are designed to introduce the faculty mentors, provide an overview of the major, and answer common questions. New transfer students are welcome to attend group mentoring or see a faculty mentor individually. Students should bring their Buff OneCard to the group mentoring session to register their attendance so their mentoring hold can be lifted. No RSVP is required.

  • Tuesday, October 9, 1:00pm-2:00pm - DUAN G126
  • Friday, October 12, 3:00pm-4:00pm - DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Monday, October 15, 10:00am-11:00am - DUAN G126
  • Tuesday, October 16, 4:00pm-5:00pm - DUAN G2B21
  • Wednesday, October 17, 12:00pm-1:00pm - DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Tuesday, October 23, 1:00pm-2:00pm - DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Thursday, October 25, 10:00am-11:00am - DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Friday, October 26, 3:00pm-4:00pm - DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Tuesday, October 30, 5:00pm-6:00pm - DUAN G130
  • Friday, November 2, 2:00pm-3:00pm - DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)

Meeting with a faculty mentor individually

Continuing students should prepare for a meeting with a faculty mentor by knowing their current schedule and their plans for the future. Assignments by last name are intended for initial visits. Students are encouraged to work with the same faculty mentor over the course of their academic career, when feasible. Students should bring a mentoring form, and should visit faculty mentors during their office hours.

Note: During the summer, faculty mentors do not hold weekly office hours. Please email your mentor for assistance.

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A)

Bethany Wilcox

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30am - 11:30am • Office: DUAN F1017 •

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: B)

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Dennis Perepelitsa

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: B)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00pm - 5:00pm • Office: DUAN F217 • Note: Please see an alternate PHYS faculty mentor from September 10 through October 5, and from November 5 through November 16. Research Interests: The experimental nuclear physics group at the University of Colorado studies the properties of the strong nuclear interaction, one of the four fundamental forces, under extreme conditions. When ordinary nuclear matter is subjected to sufficiently high...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: C-D)

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Oliver DeWolfe

Associate Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: C-D)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00am - 11:00am • Office: DUAN F327 • Research Interests: I am interested in string theory and supergravity, their applications to other phenomena via holography, particle physics, cosmology and quantum field theory. String theory is a leading candidate for a theory of quantum gravity, and also provides a framework for the unification of the forces of nature. It has both "direct" applications, by which one can investigate...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: E-G)

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Michael Calkins

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: E-G)
Physics
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00am - 12:00pm • Office: DUAN F727 • Research Interests: My research interests can be broadly classified as geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics (GAFD). Some of the problems in which I’m interested are the generation of planetary magnetic fields via the inductive action of turbulent motions, and the physics of fluid motion in planetary atmospheres. Research in GAFD requires an interdisciplinary approach that draws on many areas...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: H-J)

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Steven Pollock

Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: H-J)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00pm • Office: DUAN F1013 • Research Interests: Physics Education Research, including issues of teacher preparation, large-scale classes, and upper-division classes. Dr. Pollock studies student learning in large scale physics classes, and the constraints and opportunities involved in replicating "proven" curricular practices, as well as issues of gender gaps in introductory physics. He heads the K-12 Research Team for an NSF-funded research project...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: K-L)

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Joseph MacLennan

Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: K-L)
Physics
Office Hours: Monday 4:00pm - 6:00pm • Office: DUAN F513 • Background: Joseph Maclennan received his B.Sc.(Hons.) in Physics and Electronics from Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1980, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado in 1988. He then spent five years in the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of Mainz in Germany, the first two as a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1994 he returned to...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-N)

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Katherine Perkins

Associate Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-N)
Physics
Office Hours: Monday 11:30am - 12:30pm and Thursday 3:30pm - 4:30pm • Office: DUAN F1027 • Research Interests: Kathy is Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project and Director of CU’s Science Education Initiative. She is also an Associate Professor Attendant Rank in Physics, specializing in PER. Her work in science education research has focused on: pedagogically-effective design and use of interactive simulations; sustainable course reform; students' beliefs about science;...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: O-R)

Eleanor Hodby

Instructor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: O-R)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm • Office: DUAN F1019 •

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: S)

Colin West

Instructor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: S)
Physics
Office Hours: Monday 3:00 - 5:00pm • Office: DUAN F1031 •

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: T-Z)

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Shijie Zhong

Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: T-Z)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00am - 11:00am • Office: DUAN F713 • Research Interests: Our research interests have been primarily in understanding the physical processes that control the evolution of terrestrial planets (Earth, Moon, Mars, ...). Modern space exploration has provided high resolution gravity and topography data about many planets. Other observational techniques including seismology and in-situ sampling have revealed the structure and composition of planetary interiors (primarily for Earth and...