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.

Fall 2022 Faculty Mentor Office Hours & Zoom Links

 

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

Daniel Dessau Portrait

Daniel Dessau

Professor • Adjunct Fellow of JILA • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A - C)
Physics
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • Research Interests: Professor Dessau's research interests center around using femtosecond optics and electron spectroscopic tools for the study of the electronic structure, magnetic structure, and phase transitions of novel materials systems such as high temperature superconductors (HTSCs or cuprates) and colossal magnetoresistive oxides (CMRs or manganites). Selected Publications: Y. Cao, J.A. Waugh, N.C...

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

Steven Pollock Portrait

Steven Pollock

Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: D - F)
Physics
Office Hours: Monday 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or via email • 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...

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

Michael Calkins Portrait

Michael Calkins

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: G - I)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. in DUAN F727 • 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 GAFD requires an interdisciplinary approach that...

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

Joseph MacLennan Portrait

Joseph MacLennan

Lecturer • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: J - L)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. or by appointment • 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...

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

Katherine Perkins Portrait

Katherine Perkins

Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-N)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • 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...

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

Eleanor Hodby Portrait

Eleanor Hodby

Teaching Associate Professor • Director - Diversity Initiatives • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: O-R)
Physics
Virtual Office Hours: Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form •

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

Daniel Bolton Portrait

Daniel Bolton

Teaching Associate Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: S)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom, and Friday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in DUAN F1033 • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • Research Interests My research is in the field of nuclear theory. My Ph.D. work applied Chiral Perturbation Theory to extract the up-down quark mass difference. My dissertation and the three papers I published along the way can be viewed online. More recently,...

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

Shuo Sun Portrait

Shuo Sun

Assistant Professor • Associate Fellow - JILA • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: T - V)
Physics
Office Hours: Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • PHYS-BA Mentoring Zoom Link • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • Research Interests: Shuo Sun is an assistant professor of Physics and an associate fellow of JILA. 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 artificial atoms with...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: W - Z)

Graeme Smith Portrait

Graeme Smith

Associate Professor • Associate Fellow - JILA • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: W - Z)
Physics
Office Hours: Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in JILA S326 • PHYS-BA Mentoring Form • Research Interests My main research interests are quantum information and quantum computing. I try to identify the fundamental limits that physics places on communication, information processing, and sensing and understand the implications of these limits both in terms of practical technologies and fundamental physics. This involves finding new ways to think about information and computation,...