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. 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: Wednesday 12:00pm - 2:00pm • Office: DUAN F1017 • 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 difficulties change longitudinally...

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 • 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 a quark-gluon plasma (QGP). In...

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: Thursday 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 3:00pm - 5:00pm • 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...