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 2019)

First-year physics students who entered CU Boulder in Summer or Fall 2019 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 29, 3:30pm-4:30pm – DUAN G126
  • Wednesday, October 30, 5:00pm-6:00pm – DUAN G126
  • Thursday, October 31, 1:00pm-2:00pm – DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Friday, November 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm – DUAN G126
  • Monday, November 4, 3:00pm-4:00pm – DUAN F1117 (11th floor, Gamow Tower)
  • Tuesday, November 5, 4:00pm-5:00pm – DUAN G126

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 Portrait

Bethany Wilcox

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A)
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30pm-3:30pm • 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 as students...

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

Dennis Perepelitsa Portrait

Dennis Perepelitsa

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: B)
Office Hours: Thursday 2:00pm - 4:00pm • 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)

Oliver DeWolfe Portrait

Oliver DeWolfe

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

Minhyea Lee Portrait

Minhyea Lee

Associate Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: E-G)
Office Hours: Monday 1:00pm - 3:00pm • Office: DUAN F517 • Research Interests: My research focuses on understanding collective behavior in condensed matter systems via electrical and thermal transport properties, under the control parameters of high pressure and magnetic field. The systems of interest include anomalous Hall effect materials, itinerant magnetic systems, novel superconductivity in the vicinity of other ground states, and high thermoelectric materials. We also use nano-fabrication and...

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

Steven Pollock Portrait

Steven Pollock

Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: H-J)
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)
Note: Professor MacLennan is unavailable for mentoring during the Fall 2019, please visit any of the other Arts & Sciences faculty mentors. Professor MacLennan will return to mentoring in Spring 2020. 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...

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

Katherine Perkins Portrait

Katherine Perkins

Associate Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-N)
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm and Thursday 3:45pm-4:45pm • 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; and institutional change. Before...

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

Eleanor Hodby

Instructor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: O-R)
Office Hours: Friday 12:15pm-2:15pm • Office: DUAN F1019 •

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

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Colin West

Instructor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: S)
Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00am - 12:00pm • Office: DUAN F1031 •

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

Shijie Zhong Portrait

Shijie Zhong

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