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.

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 complete the mentoring form prior to meeting their mentor, and should visit faculty mentors during their office hours.

Spring 2021 Faculty Mentor Office Hours & Zoom Links

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)

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Bethany Wilcox

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 1:30pm-3:30pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • Research Interests Bethany Wilcox is a member of the Physics Education Research group. Her research interests include understanding and addressing students' difficulties utilizing sophisticated mathematical tools and techniques in the context of physics problem solving. In addition to investigating students' difficulties in the context of a single course, she is also interested in understanding how these...

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: Wednesday 1:30pm - 3:30pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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 temperatures and densities, the sub-atomic quark and gluon particles which comprise it become free and form...

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) • Director - Center for Theory of Quantum Matter
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 9:30am - 11:30am • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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,...

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 3:00pm - 4:00pm and Friday 9:30am - 10:30am • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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...

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 • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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...

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 3:00pm - 5:00pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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...

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

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Katherine Perkins

Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-N)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00pm-6:00pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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; and institutional...

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

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Eleanor Hodby

Instructor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: O-R)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form •
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Shuo Sun

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: O-R)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 6:00pm - 8:00pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • Research Interests: Shuo Sun is starting his position as an assistant professor at the Department of Physics and an associate fellow at JILA in Fall 2020. His research lies in the areas of quantum optics, nanophotonics, and experimental quantum information science. His group studies strong light-matter interactions at the quantum limit by coupling solid-state...

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

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Colin West

Instructor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: S)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00pm - 5:00pm • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form •

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 • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • 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...